Tag - St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
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Free Weekend Family Events for February 6-7, 2016
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10 Free Things to Do in February in the Twin Cities
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Free Family Events List: March 7 – 8, 2015
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events List – February 21-22
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Events List for February 7 – 8, 2015
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Target Free Family Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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Free Concert: SPCO’s Chamber Music Series opens with the music of Joseph Haydn
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Tickets available for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s fall Target FREE Family Concerts at the Ordway

Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

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5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm




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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

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With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.

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Free Weekend Family Events for February 6-7, 2016

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What better to liven up the dead of winter than tons of free family events? Saturday is packed full of stuff to do from the final weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival to Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday program. Plus, you can always check our Family Fun Calendar for more Twin Cities free events and festivals this weekend and beyond.

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10 Free Things to Do in February in the Twin Cities

10 Free Things to Do in February in the Twin Cities with your Family

Once the holidays and hockey season are over, I tend to change my tune about winter. If you’re like-minded, we’ve got plenty of free ways to hunker down inside and wait out the rest of the cold snap. Or, if you desire to be out of doors, we’ve included some frosty winter festivals and a really cool art event on White Bear Lake. Read More

Free Family Events List: March 7 – 8, 2015

So much to choose from this weekend! Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family activities this Saturday. And, our very own Gianna Kordatzky will be repping Family Fun Twin Cities at a special children’s literature event at Calhoun Square. Details below. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas on where to get out and about with your family.

Saturday, March 7

Family Fun Twin Cities at Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Ste 301A Minneapolis, MN 55408

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Ages: All ages welcome!
Details: Please join us in a celebration of children’s lit at Calhoun Square’s indoor farmers market. Gianna has selected some of her favorite locally-written stories to bring to life – and she needs your help!

Start the Music! Serenading Strings: Meet the String Family
@ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Historic Hamm Building, 3rd floor
408 Saint Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Time: Concerts at 10:15 & 11:15am, pre-concert activities begin 45 min. prior
Ages: Designed for kids ages 3-6
Details: This program is a wonderful way to introduce young children to classical music. I brought my three girls (ages 3, 5,& 7) last month and they enjoyed the short classical pieces, “meeting” the stringed instruments, and a classic children’s story set to music. Don’t miss out on the games and crafts available only before the concert. Secure your free tickets here, then pick them up at will call.

First Free Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Time:  10am – 3pm
Ages: Designed for kids ages 6-12, but all ages are welcome
Details: Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month at the Walker! This month features a collection of animated short films and an art project experimenting with animation.

We Are Hmong Minnesota Family Day & Exhibit Opening
@ Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

Time: 11am – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: Immerse your family in Hmong culture through craft projects, a community artwork puzzle, traditional music and dance, and the new We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit (running through November 2015). Free admission for all ages.

Sunday, March 8

Family Day: Kings, Queens and Castles
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: It’s a royal affair at the MIA as families take part in activities based around the new exhibit The Habsburgs. Help construct a giant cardboard castle, do some royal role play with Children’s Theatre Company, meet a knight in shining armor and much more.


Twin Cities Free Weekend Events List – February 21-22

Our picks below for the upcoming weekend are just the beginning – check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of Twin Cities-area events for this weekend and beyond!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Childish Films: Feathers and Fins
@ Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hours: Doors open at 10am for snacks and activities, pre-show performances begin about 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.
Ages: All ages are welcome; films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+.
Details: Join the Walker Art Center for an art project, then enjoy four short, kid-friendly films about fish and birds.
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Events List for February 7 – 8, 2015

Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family days this weekend! If you’ve yet to bring the kids out to one of these events, I highly recommend it as a remedy for the mid-winter blahs.  For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started: Read More

Target Free Family Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

NOTE:  THIS IS NOW STARTING JANUARY 7, 2014. 

DSCF8570Starting today, January 6, 2014, tickets are available for Target’s Spring Free Family Music Series on a first-come, first-serve basis.  They offer three different musical experiences:  Xplorchestra!, Ordway Family Concert, and Start the Music.  Each family can have up to 4 tickets per concert.  But hurry because these tickets go fast.

If you can only choose one, I recommend the Ordway Family Concert because you get the real concert experience and the full orchestra.  But I hope you don’t have to choose because these events are fun!

 

 

 

Event-Page-Thumb_xplor_width_140Xplorchestra! Musical Experiences!  (for ages 6-12)
The Music Room in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center (in the Hamm Building)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:30 am and 11:00 am

 

Family-concert-event-page_width_140Ordway Family Concert Orchestravaganza! (for ages 6-12)
The Ordway Performing Arts Center
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:30 am and 11:00 am

 

Event-Page-Thumb_stm_width_140Start the Music! Pounding Percussion:  Meet the Percussion (ages 3-6)
The Music Room in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center (in the Hamm Building)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:15 am and 11:15 am
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Saturday, May 24, 2014 
10:15 am and 11:15 am


 

DSCF8504This past fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the SPCO in this creative way.  The first event we went to was the Ordway Family Concert.  It was called Teaching Mozart Music.  They had a young actor play the part of  young Mozart with an animated Narrator speaking to the audience.  We learned that Mozart liked to call himself Punchatini, that he was four years old when he wrote his first piano concerto, and that he wrote 26 piano concertos in all.

The concert began with Concerto No. 23 in A for Piano and Orchestra.  It was beautiful.  Then, the narrator came out and the stories and lessons about Mozart began.  David Mann was the narrator and he was hilarious especially when he displayed how to walk and sit with elegance and dignity.  He spoke right to the audience and engaged them in each story.


 

 

DSCF8550A few weeks later, I took three of my children to Start the Music!

We learned all about the brass section by participating in activities before the concert began.  Anyone who wanted to try to play a brass instrument was given the opportunity to blow in a trumpet, french horn, or trombone.  My daughter decided that she wanted to play the trumpet.  There were coloring pages, puppet-making, a race, directing your own orchestra, horn-making stations.  After we played there, we went into the Music Room and listened to a reading of the Tortoise and the Hare with the help of the different instruments.

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Then, I took my boys to Xplorchestra!  I wasn’t as excited about this event.  Mainly I think because I thought it was for 3-6 year olds and it is designed for 6-12 year olds.  They didn’t have any activities before hand, and the story and audience participation were geared for older kids.  But we still enjoyed ourselves.  We were able to  sit up close to the musicians and experience the music in this short concert.

 


 

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some images courtesy of the SPCO, used with permission


 

Free Concert: SPCO’s Chamber Music Series opens with the music of Joseph Haydn

A Press Release from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Note:  I don’t believe this is a Family Concert.  Small children are usually not welcome at orchestra concerts, but this is a late show anyways, probably best for grade school and up.  As of the time I sent this to print, there are still tickets available for tomorrow’s family concert!! The rest are sold out.  But sometimes rush tickets are available the day of — could be worth a try.

CapriChamber Music Series at the Capri Theater
Thursday | Oct 10 | 7:00pm

Kyu-Young Kim, host
SPCO Principal Second Violin and
Senior Director of Artistic Planning

Join us at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis as the SPCO’s Chamber Music Series opens with the music of Joseph Haydn, the father of the string quartet. Listeners will delight in new discoveries of rarely heard works for unusual combinations of instruments by Swiss timpanist Pierre Métral and Charles Whittenberg, an American composer and academic. Bohuslav Martinù, the early 20th Century master of neo-classical chamber music, is represented by his Madrigals, and Prokofiev’s folk-inspired Second Quartet brings the program to a fiery conclusion.

Tickets for the Chamber Music Series at the Capri Theater are FREE but reservations are required.
More at thespco.org.

Tickets available for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s fall Target FREE Family Concerts at the Ordway

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Saint Paul, MN, September 16, 2013 – Tickets are available for the SPCO’s fall Target Free Family Concerts at the Ordway on October 5 at 9:30am and at11:00am. In past years, tickets to these free concerts have been given away through a random drawing. Starting this year, free tickets are being given on a first-come, first-served basis through reservations on the SPCO’s web site or by calling the SPCO’s ticket office.

Family Concerts at the Ordway are an exciting introduction to a full-fledged concert experience in which kids get the thrill of entering the large concert hall, getting a program, and seeing the full orchestra on stage. The SPCO’s Family Concerts are appropriate for a wide range of ages (6-12 is our recommendation), as children of different ages take away different things from the experience. It is a comfortable, warm, welcoming place to try a concert for the first time.

The SPCO’s other concerts geared especially for children, Start the Music! (for ages 3-6) and xplorchestra! (ages 6-12),  give kids a chance to be up close to a small ensemble of musicians in the intimate Music Room. Xplorchestra! concerts are a fast-paced humorous ride exploring different elements of music via great repertoire. Start the Music! concerts focus on one instrument family, feature a narrated children’s book with musical accompaniment, and include an opportunity for little listeners to engage in hands-on activities that reinforce the concert’s theme. The fall offerings of Start the Music! and xplorchestra! are sold out.

 

Tickets for the spring free family concerts will be made available at a later date. Patrons interested in being alerted to the on-sale date for the spring family concerts should request to be added to the SPCO’s email club.

 

Fall concert information:

Family Concert: Teaching Mozart Music

Saturday, October 5, 9:30am

Saturday, October 5, 11am

Ordway, Saint Paul

On Saturday mornings, we present kid-sized concerts with a full-sized chamber orchestra! Our popular 50-minute Family Concerts weave together fun, learning and interesting characters with classical music repertoire plucked from the SPCO’s season. Geared for ages 6-12, these concerts are sure to educate and entertain!

Tickets: FREE Call 651.291.1144, visit www.thespco.org

 

Start the Music! Brilliant Brass: Meet the Brass Family SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 12

9:30am activities, 10:15am concert

10:30am activities, 11:15am concert

SPCO Center, Saint Paul

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Saturday, October 26

9:30am activities, 10:15am concert

10:30am activities, 11:15am concert

SPCO Center, Saint Paul

Designed for families with children ages 3-6, Start the Music! is an engaging and exciting way to introduce a young listener to classical music. Crafts, activities and a 30-minute concert hosted by Joanna Cortright engage small hands and big imaginations.

Tickets: FREE Call 651.291.1144, visit www.thespco.org

 

xplorchestra! X-traordinary Music! SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 16, 9:30am

Saturday, November 16, 11am

SPCO Center, Saint Paul

 Girl explorer Sydney Forte, played by the hilarious Vera Mariner, leads families on a fast-paced and energetic musical adventure, exploring classical music and introducing an ensemble of SPCO musicians. For 50 minutes, Sydney captivates audiences in an intimate setting with music, information and fun geared for ages 6-12.

 Tickets: FREE Call 651.291.1144, visit www.thespco.org

ABOUT THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, now its 55th season, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with four artistic partners – Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair – the virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.2 million listeners each week on 256 stations, andSymphonyCast reaching 230,000 listeners each week on 126 stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 133 new works, and performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 16 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America. Launched in 1994, the SPCO’s award-winning CONNECT education program reaches over 5,000 students and teachers annually in 12 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools. For more information, visit www.thespco.org.

 Press Release by SPCO

 

images by Anna Botz


 


 

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