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

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SPCO Ordway family concert

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


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


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


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


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

 Press Release by SPCO


images by Anna Botz



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