The Mankato Symphony Orchestra says received a sizable grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Mankato Symphony Orchestra will fund an “Inside Out” orchestral concert , where listeners sit on stage with the artists.

MSO Interim Executive Director Kimberly McGuire said the NEA support of such projects, “Gives us continued opportunities to engage our community. Our hope and mission are to bring meaningful musical experiences directly into the lives of children and individuals in Southern Minnesota.”

At the performance, listeners will be seated on the stage among the orchestra musicians. They can watch the players perform, read music over their shoulders, and hear the individual sounds the instruments make, and McGuire said the purpose of this project is to draw increased first time concertgoers from the primarily rural region, many of whom are unfamiliar with classical music and instruments.

The performance will take place Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Verizon Center Grand Hall.