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Sensory Friendly Concerts at the MN Orchestra


The Minnesota Orchestra has a new Sensory-Friendly Concert Series that will include three concerts in Orchestra Hall’s Target Atrium. The series ends with a full-Orchestra Sensory-Friendly Concert, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. The first of these inclusive events occurs on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and features a duo of Minnesota Orchestra violinists.

“One of the greatest things about music is that everyone responds to it in ways that are unique to who they are,” says Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. “I am thrilled to conduct the Orchestra’s first full-Orchestra Sensory-Friendly program, and to welcome those who might not have yet had the opportunity to hear live orchestral music in a concert hall.”

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. While the musical experiences onstage follow formats typical to many family concerts, the surrounding experiences throughout Orchestra Hall are carefully designed to create a relaxed and inclusive environment for all attendees. Patrons can also access specially-designed online preparatory materials one month before each performance. Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, ear plugs and quiet spaces are available at all concerts.

  • When: Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am
  • Where: Orchestra Hall – 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional Dates: Tuesday, February 13, and Saturday, April 14, 2018

Small Ensemble Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required.

Tickets for the July 14 full-Orchestra performance are $12 each.

Tickets for all events are now available at and by phone at 612-371-5656. Information about accessibility at each of these concerts is available at

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