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Children at Orchestra Hall
© Greg Helgeson

Classics with Thomas Søndergård

Sun Jan 7, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~1 hr no intermission
In his first season as music director, Thomas Søndergård is curating a one-hour concert of music he wants to share with our youngest listeners. Create memories for the whole family at Orchestra Hall with this engaging concert featuring music from The Nutcracker and other favorites from the season along with fun and educational pre-concert activities in the lobby. 
Our Relaxed Family Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Classics with Thomas Søndergård will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Review our tip sheet (coming soon) to read about quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones and other options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  2. Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  3. Prepare for the concert experience with our playlist, lobby map, pre-visit story and other materials. Scroll down this page for those resources!

Date & Time







    D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)   


    “Nimrod”, Variation IX from Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 36 (Enigma)


    Starburst (for Symphonic Orchestra)


    Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a, IV: Storm Presto con fuoco   


    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, (Danse de la Fée-Dragée) from The Nutcracker, Opus 71.     


    Dance of the Mirlitons (“Reed Flutes”) from The Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71a


    Trepak (“Russian Dance”) from The Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71a    


    Symphony No. 3 in C minor, III: Juba 


    Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, X. The Great Gate of Kiev 


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård


Emily Switzer


Plan Your Visit

  • Pre-concert activities
  • Valet Parking
  • Pre-order Beverages
  • Directions & Parking
  • Helpful Tips


When: Sun Jan 7 | 12:30-1:45pm, 3-3:30pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try out orchestral instruments, create your own conducting baton, learn how different sized objects and materials affect the sounds you can create with the Science Museum, engage in creative movement, meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians, and more.

Know Before You Go

An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Directions & Parking

All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • ASL Interpretation
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Braille & Large Print Programs
  • Open Captioning
  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
  • Headphones & Ear Plugs

Additional services are available upon request.

The Family Concert series is made possible by


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Co-Sponsored by Eric and Celita Levinson