The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra
This year marks our 70th Year of Public Performance!
Since 1950 the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra has been making a difference in the community by offering summertime concerts at Lake Harriet and other park locations. Check the events calendar for details.
Note: there is an error on the Park Board website and season pamphlet. The Pops Orchestra will perform tonight at 5:30, NOT 2:00 PM.
The schedule for today is:
4:00-5:30pm Musical activities for children in front of the stage. Faculty from Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® will lead singing, dancing, and instrument exploration. Children can make their own instruments to play with the Pops Orchestra during the concert!
5:30pm Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Concert
Each year 20,000 to 25,000 concertgoers enjoy our beautiful music in glorious open-air public venues. Learn More About The Pops
Tickets are now on sale for Hops for Pops on November 4, 2019! A wonderful evening of music, food, beer, and fun awaits you at the third annual Hops for Pops party. This year, we are moving to Surly’s taproom for a change of pace. This new, larger venue will allow us to accommodate more guests and the food is EXCELLENT! You can learn more and purchase tickets by visiting: https://hfp2019.brownpapertickets.com.
Bring the power and pleasure of live orchestra concerts,
performed by professional musicians,
to the Twin Cities community, free of charge.
Increase the amount of training and educational services by Pops’ expert musicians in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools year-round. Improve access for low-income, senior, and other diverse audiences in the Twin Cities that will benefit from free and open concerts but are not aware of our offerings.
Increase and diversify the Pops repertoire.
Collaborate with area arts organizations and form enriching partnerships with local artists.
Increase the number of concerts for seniors.
CONCERTS & PROGRAMS
Our Musicians Enrich Our Community
The professional musicians of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra are actively engaged in enriching our community in the art of music. We spend our summers providing a variety of performances and activities for all ages.
The Pops hosts ten concerts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell each summer.
Each year the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra presents free concerts for seniors at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
Kids Play, an instrumental coaching/mentoring program for high school musicians during the school year, side-by-side performance with the Pops pros in the summer.
We also host an annual Neighborhood Concert at Elliot Park.
Our Major Supporters
The Pops Relies on Your Support
Our orchestra is made possible by contributions from major supporters, and individuals like you. Every dollar matters and the Pops is one of the most financially efficient non-profits around.
Voices from the Crowd
“I was amazed by how we got to know so many professional musicians and how willing to teach they were."