Target Free Family Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra


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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
or
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


 

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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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