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Events for May 27, 2016–July 08, 2016

PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

NIELSEN
Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

The soul of a great orchestra is found in its strings, and this program spotlights the glories of the Minnesota Orchestra's own string section—a burnished yet bright sound that virtually sings.

Danish composer Nielsen lavished beautiful string writing into his Symphony No. 6. And Johannes Brahms created one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings in his Violin Concerto, performed in these concerts by the Orchestra's star concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

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BERG
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 5

Christian Tetzlaff, famous for his brilliant technique and insight, reignites his legendary partnership with Osmo Vänskä in Berg's haunting Violin Concerto. And this grand season that began with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, a musical portrait of heaven, concludes magnificently with his Symphony No. 5, a full-throated cry of triumphant orchestral glory.

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Inspired by the opulence of the roaring ‘20s, this art-deco themed gala constructs a multi-level vertical party at Orchestra Hall.

After Party Tickets Available

Dinner seating for Symphony Ball is sold out. After Party tickets are $125 and include music, dancing, savory appetizers, cheeses, and desserts, as well as Prohibition-Era craft cocktails produced by local celebrity bartenders and abundant Champagne.

Registration Deadline is June 9 – don’t miss this party! Click here to secure your tickets »

7:30pm Early Arrival Time for After Party Guests

8:15pm Program, Live Auction and Concert  /  Auditorium
The Minnesota Orchestra will perform:
GERSHWIN  /  Rhapsody in Blue
RAVEL  /  La Valse
BARRY  /  Diamonds are Forever

9:30pm After Party and Dancing with the Wolverines Big Band  /  Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Speakeasies Are Open

12:00am Event Ends

Patron opportunities also available! For more information about Patron opportunities and with questions about this event, please contact Angela Skrowaczewski at 612-371-7128 or askrowaczewski [at] mnorch.org. Reserve your tickets for Symphony Ball 2016 » or call 612.371.7131.


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Frequently asked questions

What should I wear?
The dress code for Symphony Ball is “black tie admired.” A tuxedo or suit always works for the gents, but ladies! Will 2016 be the year your splurge on the ball gown of your dreams, or might you nab that flirty flapper inspired dress with the long ropes of pearls? Going with colleagues? Glam up your little black dress with a special necklace or headpiece. Mandatory attire: shoes you can dance in!

What’s the difference between the Symphony Ball and the After Party?
Starting at 5:30 pm, Symphony Ball includes a sumptuous dinner, tempting auctions, and a dazzling performance by Minnesota Orchestra, as well as the After Party (formerly Crash the Ball), the celebratory event that follows the Ball, including swing dancing with the Wolverines, champagne and prohibition-era cocktails.

After Party tickets allow for two arrival time options:

Early Option: 7:30 pm
Guests who want to hear the live performance of Rhapsody in Blue by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in the auctions are invited to join the Ball at 7:30 pm. The auctions include a great array of items, including private music lessons with various Minnesota Orchestra musicians, travel opportunities and culinary experiences. Then, stay and enjoy a great party with swing dancing and craft cocktails.

Drinks and Dancing Option: 9:30 pm
If you’re all about the dancing, plan to arrive at 9:30 pm, grab a prohibition-era cocktail and jump onto the dance floor with the big band performers, the Wolverines!


Symphony Ball details

Guests will enjoy a custom menu from Fabulous Catering as well as delicious prohibition-era beverage selections. The 2016 live and silent auctions are built around a “bucket list” theme, promising exciting experiences and elegant opportunities. No Symphony Ball would be complete without a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra, who will perform the Symphony Ball title piece, Rhapsody in Blue. The evening will conclude with an After Party, featuring a swinging dance band, speakeasy surprises and more!

Under the leadership of Mary, Greg and Emily Sumners, the 2016 Symphony Ball will raise critical funds to support the artistic excellence and award-winning education and community engagement programs of the Minnesota Orchestra. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Jack and Cathy Farrell.

Evening Program:
5:30pm 
Cocktails with the Travis Anderson Trio and Silent Auction Bidding  /  Balcony A and the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Patron-only lounge featuring Butch Thompson, piano  /  Cunningham Green Room

6:45pm Dinner  /  Target Atrium and Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Entrée options include herb marinated grilled quail with duck confit (gluten free), braised daube of beef with red wine demi glace (gluten free), or wild mushroom and leek tartlets (vegetarian).


Volunteer at Symphony Ball 2016

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Volunteer job descriptions (pdf)

Perks of volunteering include:
- The opportunity to join the After Party for no cost (after your shift)
- Complimentary parking after 4 pm at the Hilton Ramp
- Hosted Volunteer Room with refreshments
- Knowing you did your part to support the Minnesota Orchestra’s largest fundraising event!

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Two-time Emmy award winner, Grammy winner, NY Times bestselling author, 2009's GLAAD Vanguard recipient, 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, and IAVA's 2013 Leadership in Entertainment Honoree Kathy Griffin once again takes the stage for a night of take-no-prisoners laughs.

Kathy has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and appeared on numerous talk shows including "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Howard Stern" and "The View.” In 2013, Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for performing in 20 televised stand up specials – more than any comedian, male or female, in history!

More recently, Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album, joining Whoopi Goldberg (1986) and Lily Tomlin (1972) as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album

Griffin can be found online at www.kathygriffin.net

This event is open to guests age 16 and up and will be performed without an intermission.  This event will be ASL interpreted.  Please contact the Box Office for best seating options.

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. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. 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.

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One evening that celebrates two legends: Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

In the first half of the concert, you’ll be treated to those unforgettable Ellington hits including Caravan, Mood Indigo and, of course, Take the A Train, performed by the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra. After intermission, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin joins this swinging Orchestra, scatting and singing her way through a tribute to that First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a one-of- a-kind salute to these two giants of jazz, and you’re invited to the party!

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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About this Concert:

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth, from E.T (The Extra-Terrestrial)

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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About this Concert:

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth, from E.T (The Extra-Terrestrial)

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

RSVP for this free event on Facebook!

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About this Concert:

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

HEITZEG Blue Liberty

WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth, from E.T (The Extra-Terrestrial)

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

RSVP for this free event on Facebook!

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth, from E.T (The Extra-Terrestrial)

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

The June 30 concert is presented as part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, which since 2007 has celebrated the music and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven, in an unequaled environment of performance, discovery, and community, nestled in the quaint bluffs of southeast Minnesota. Click here to learn more.

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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About this Concert:

You may have caught their holiday show or one of their gigs at the Dakota. Maybe you remember them from the Suburbs, Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic. Now you can be there for their first concert with orchestra—right here in Orchestra Hall!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • The New Standards
  • Chan Poling, piano
  • Steve Roehm, vibes
  • John Munson, bass

More Details:

  • They’re called The New Standards because they wanted to play interesting songs that weren’t old standards—they play tunes from every musical era.
  • You may have heard Semisonic’s biggest hit, the bar anthem Closing Time at, well, closing time. But it was originally written to mark the birth of a band member’s first child.
  • Going back to their roots, The New Standards often cover the Suburbs hit Love is the Law; a tune that got a new lease on life as a theme song during the same sex marriage debate.
  • Pianist Chan Poling also wrote the music and lyrics for Glensheen, a musical based on a murder committed nearly 40 years ago in Duluth.

Presented by:
US Bank

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About this Concert:

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

SMETANA Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

SOUSA Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March

WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth, from E.T (The Extra-Terrestrial)

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

The July 4 concert is presented as part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Red, White and Boom! Fourth of July celebration this summer, performing a free concert on the banks of the Mississippi River at Boom Island Park, 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day. The annual Red, White and Boom! fireworks display will follow the concert at 10 p.m. along the river. Click here to learn more »

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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About this Concert:

Sommerfest 2016 begins with dance-inspired showpieces for a virtuoso orchestra.

COPLAND
Rodeo, Ballet in One Act

LISZT
Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Dalila

GINASTERA
Estancia

RAVEL
La Valse

More Details:

  • At the 1942 Metropolitan Opera premiere in New York City, Copland’s ballet about American cowboys earned choreographer Agnes de Mille 22 curtain calls.
  • Ginastera’s Estancia dates from the year after Copland’s ballet and tells a similar tale of cowboys, though set in Argentina. Estancia means ranch in Argentine Spanish.
  • 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of Ginastera’s birth.
  • The phenomenal young Chinese pianist, Zhang Zuo, makes her Orchestra Hall debut.
  • Zhang Zuo, who also goes by the name “Zee Zee,” was born in China and at five, her father moved the family to Germany. Not knowing anyone and not being able to speak the language, she was given a piano and threw herself at it with hours of daily practice.

Presented by:
US Bank

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