"Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers has been set to music several times by some of the great composers. Prokofiev was the only one who got it right, because he understood that this is no love story."
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and also hosts the Orchestra's Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. He has participated in many of the Orchestra’s chamber concerts: recent performances have included Brahms' C minor Piano Quartet and Brett Dean's Night Window for viola, clarinet, and piano.
Bergman was a driving force behind the Musical MicroCommission, through which the Minnesota Orchestra commissioned a major new work from Judd Greenstein, funded entirely through donations by more than 400 individuals. Greenstein’s Acadia was premiered by the Orchestra in March 2012 and was performed on the classical subscription series in April and May 2015.
In addition to his Minnesota Orchestra activities, Bergman is principal viola of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, and performs regularly with IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire and Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts.