Autistic children enjoy one-of-a-kind concert

A unique concert put on by world acclaimed musicians at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, offered families with children on the Autism spectrum a first of its kind opportunity.

Unlike other classical concerts Steve Prutsman has played around the world. The first rule of this azure concert is, there are no rules.

The only thing not encouraged is clapping. "Often times the surprise of the clap or the unexpected clap can be very observant or perceived and anxiety ridden."

The Dickson family has three boys and their youngest is 4-year-old Ari, who is autistic. "We don't get a chance to take him out to all the places we'd like to." Carrie Dickson and her family attended the show front and center. "We kind of pick and choose where we are going to go it's nice to have a cultural opportunity for the kids and it was nice to hear he understand s what it's like."

Steve Prutsman is an internationally acclaimed pianist from the Bay area, he has a 14-year-old son who is autistic. Prutsman performed at the Schubert Club Friday night, but said when he travels he often allows time for concerts the next day free of charge to families who face the same challenges he has. "If your kid is vocal or impulse control issues can't sit still… so on, you can't really go to a typical performance. Typical movie or church service, even a restaurant you tend to stay home a lot."

The concert was joined by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert master, Steven Copes. The 50 minute mix of classical and jazz music gave families a much needed relax away from home.

There's another concert being planned for this fall.


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