Orchestra Hall Field Trip

For 3rd Grade and 3-4 CP

At Countryside Elementary, Neigborhood grade 3 (and 3/4CP when they are on the third grade curriculum cycle) travel by bus to downtown Minneapolis each year to hear the Minnesota Orchestra play at Orchestra Hall. Unfortunately, because tickets are ordered the previous spring, this means that there are no extra tickets for parent chaperones. To see what concert your child will attend or to find a permission slip link, scroll down.

Young People's: Star Wars and Beyond

John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—ever wonder how? This concert will look at the ways in which Williams uses techniques found in classical music to tell his own musical stories.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.