It's time to celebrate! Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the stage to launch our new season, joined by the legendary Audra McDonald.
If you’ve never experienced the excitement of opening night at Orchestra Hall or the magic that is Audra McDonald, don’t miss this performance. She has earned six Tony® Awards and a devoted fan base who find themselves enraptured by her artistry. The 2015-16 season launches with colorful orchestral showpieces and a thrilling collection of Ms. McDonald’s signature songs.
Overture to The Magic Flute
Letter from Home
Adagio for Strings
“When Did I Fall in Love,” from Fiorello
“I Had Myself a True Love,” from St. Louis Woman
“I Could Have Danced All Night," from My Fair Lady
Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Selections from The Fountains of Rome
“Moon River,” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
“Can’t Stop Talking,” from Let’s Dance
“Make Someone Happy,” from Do Re Mi
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” from The Sound of Music
March, from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber
Join us for a complimentary champagne toast and post-concert party to launch the new season!
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Sarah Hicks, conductor
With a thrilling 2015-16 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?
Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2015-16 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!
Program details to be announced.
*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2015-16 series package at the Sampler concert or within one month of this event. Not valid with any other offer or renewal. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fashion enthusiasts can expect an impeccably curated presentation of style, fashion, hair, makeup, music and glam. Staying true to their intention for the event to serve as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will show current Fall 2015 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities.
The runway show will feature Fall/Winter collections from the following local designers: ACG, Caroline Hayden, Cliche, Cory Allen, Form over Function, Jenny Carle, Joeleen Torvick, Kjurek, Russell Bourrienne, Sarah Furnae and Yevette Willaert. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Goorin Bros., Larissa Loden, Mona Williams, Rewind, Stephanie Lake Design, and See Eyewear.
Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen, with hair by Haus Salon and makeup led by Kristine Loehrer. Co-producing the show is John Mark Hostetler. A portion of the event proceeds, 100% of the silent auction and $1 of every presale ticket will benefit our non-profit partner, Public Functionary.
For more information please visit www.envisionmpls.com
Please Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. VIP entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP ticket includes seating, early entry, VIP hour (7pm-8pm, complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest musical performances) and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee and a $1 charitable contribution to benefit Public Functionary. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Osmo Vänskä, conductor
- Katie Van Kooten, soprano
- Erin Keefe, violin
- Adam Kuenzel, flute
- John Snow, oboe
- Douglas C. Carlsen, trumpet
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Four Last Songs
Symphony No. 4
This delightful program begins with a rare Orchestra Hall performance of a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, which launches a two-season journey through these chamber ensemble masterpieces.
Next, Katie Van Kooten sings the golden and serene benediction of Richard Strauss, the Four Last Songs, which encapsulate all he knew and loved about the human voice and the orchestra. Finally, a child's captivating view of heaven as painted by the master of orchestral color, Gustav Mahler.
- Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, alto saxophone
- Chris Thomson, tenor saxophone
- Jeremy Walker, piano
- Jeff Brueske, bass
- Tim Zhorne, drums
Minneapolis, both urbane and earthy, claims a location at the confluence of three major areas: it’s at the highest navigable point of the Mississippi, and in its environs, the Great Plains meet the Eastern forests.
Our music has been shaped by the barnstorming territory bands that crisscrossed the country for much of the 20th century and by our late-night disc jockeys. This season, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) launches the series with original music in this same tradition—wide open and pioneering. These musicians will put their stamp on songs including Lazy River and Skylark by Hoagy Carmichael and Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan, and they will debut Jeremy Walker’s suite A River like a Train. The concert also spotlights New Orleans’ Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, a favorite colleague of many Twin Cities jazz musicians and a decades-long collaborator with Wynton Marsalis, who says: “Wess Anderson’s playing contains the essence of soul, that’s why we call him WarmDaddy.”
Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism
This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.
The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.
They’re the Grammy®-winning superstars of klezmer, and they’re coming to Orchestra Hall!
Descended from the centuries-old Jewish cantillation of the Middle East, klezmer music began in the Yiddish-speaking world of Eastern Europe, where it became a fixture in Jewish culture—and is very much alive today thanks to masters like the Klezmatics. This seriously entertaining sextet from New York City is dedicated to keeping klezmer music vital and spreading its infectious, expressive, danceable sound around the globe.
Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.