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Events for July 23, 2014–September 03, 2014

Divertimento for Orchestra

Suite from The Incredible Flutist

Rhapsody in Blue

Casey at the Bat
Narrated by WCCO Radio's John Williams

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

This is razzle-dazzle music made by a virtuosic orchestra and one phenomenally gifted conductor. Andrew Litton, beloved for his baton work here in Minnesota, will show his astonishing range of gifts as he plays piano and conducts Gershwin’s fabulous Rhapsody. Equally vibrant are the other works he presents, including West Side Story’s high-energy dance-inspired masterpiece from the Broadway stage.

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Join us in the Target Atrium and on the Cargill Commons patio for a pre-opera Sommerfest celebration including strolling musicians, appetizers by Vincent, signature beverages and a hosted bar! Then settle in and enjoy our annual semi-staged Sommerfest opera (tickets sold separately).

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Robert Neu, stage director
  • Barbara Shirvis, Rosalinde
  • Sarah Lawrence, Adele
  • Philip Cutlip, Eisenstein
  • Robb Asklof, Alfred
  • Christina Baldwin, Prince Orlofsky
  • Paul Coate, Dr. Blind
  • Gabriel Preisser, Dr. Falke
  • James Ramlet, Frank
  • Bergen Baker, Sally
  • Jim Lichtscheidl, Frosch
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Samantha Fromm Haddow, Costume Designer
  • Ann Gumpper, Set Designer
  • Cal Metts, Technical Director and Props
  • English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin

Die Fledermaus

Ever since the Waltz King unveiled this magnificent romp in 1874, Die Fledermaus has been performed every single season—bringing sheer delight to audiences around the world!

Just consider: lovers, mistaken identities, masked balls, ridiculous acts of vengeance, a delicious laughing song: it’s Strauss at his absolute effervescent best! We love to wrap up Sommerfest with opera and its over-the-top glories—and there’s no more joyous season-ender than Die Fledermaus.

Please note: This performance will be two hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions.

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