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Kinder Konzerts™ in the Hall welcomes preschoolers to Orchestra Hall to:

  • listen to a narrated story with live music performed by a Minnesota Orchestra ensemble
  • learn simple music concepts
  • touch and play with orchestral instruments

Kinder Konzerts is an award-winning music education program, and a repeat winner of the League of American Orchestra’s Gold Book Award. During their visit to Orchestra Hall, children participate in guided “sound factories” where they explore musical concepts and try orchestral instruments (e.g. a snare drum, violin, and cello). After the sound factory the children get to sit on the Orchestra Hall stage where an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra musicians greet them, introduce their instruments with creative introductions, and then perform the chosen work together. The on-stage experience culminates with the featured story narrated to the featured composition.

Each year’s story is selected from the FRIENDS library of original musical scores, commissioned by our non-profit organization specifically to support the Kinder Konzerts program. Kinder Konzerts in the Hall is performed at least 36 times each season, reaching more than 6000 children, teachers, and adults.

The 2019-20 season will feature the story One-Dog Canoe, written by MN author, Mary Casanova. This unique story is perfect for preschool and kindergarten-aged children (4-5). The music is specially commissioned by the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra by local composer Daniel Nass just for this program. This exciting new commission will premier in September 2019.

Registration is now open for the 2019-20 Kinder Konzerts season!

To register:

⋅ Fill out the entire form and be as flexible as possible with date and time choices. Our goal is to accommodate every group as best as possible.

⋅ We understand that you may not know exactly how many children and adults you believe will attend your Kinder Konzerts program, but try to be as accurate as possible. Final counts for children are due two weeks prior to your Kinder Konzerts date.

⋅ Please let us know in the notes section if you require any special accommodations, we are happy to work with you to make your Kinder Konzerts experience a great one.

⋅ Send questions or requests to kinderkonzerts@mnorch.org.

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming your group to a Kinder Konzerts program!

Kinder Konzert FAQ

Who can participate?
All schools, daycares, and individuals are invited to bring their 4 and 5-year-old children. Advanced registration is required.

Is there a teacher/parent workshop?
Each year we host two workshops for educators and interested parents. The September workshop has passed but we will have a second workshop on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Information and tickets can be found here.

What is the cost of Kinder Konzerts?
Children and adult chaperones are $6 per person. Paid faculty are no extra charge.

What are the dates for the 2019-2020 season? 

Monday, October 21, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (9:35 & 10:15 sessions almost full)
Friday, November 8, 2019 (10:15 session full)
Monday, November 11, 2019 (Veteran’s Day, Federal Holiday, 10:15 session almost full)
Friday, November 22, 2019 (10:15 session full)
Monday, December 2, 2019 (All sessions full)
Friday, January 31, 2020 (10:15 session full)
Monday, February 3, 2020 (10:15 session full)
Monday, March 16, 2020 (9:35 & 10:15 sessions full)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (9:35 session almost full, 10:15 session full)
Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
Friday, May 15, 2020 (10:15 & 10:55 sessions full)
*Session availability is updated periodically. Availability is as of 08/30/2019

What are the program times? 
The Kinder Konzerts program is approximately 70 minutes long and is offered at 3 staggered start times on each available date:

9:35am – 10:45am
10:15am – 11:25am
10:55am – 12:05pm

Learn about Kinder Konzerts on the Road

If you have any questions please contact our office at 612.371.5694, or email kinderkonzerts@mnorch.org.

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