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Events for April 16, 2014–May 28, 2014

Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli: Straighten Up and Fly Right

"Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "Too Young," "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer"—these songs evoke Nat King Cole. Cole's silky, smoky baritone caressed the lyrics of every hit, starting with "Straighten Up and Fly Right," which put him on the map in 1943.

Who better to pay tribute to Cole than two giants of music, Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli? Guitarist Pizzarelli handles the vocals, while piano legend Lewis takes on Cole’s brilliant keyboard stylings.

With stars like these doing full justice to the Cole catalog, the evening is guaranteed to be...“Unforgettable.”

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

Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall

To some, Bobby McFerrin will always be the guy who sang "Don’t Worry, Be Happy." But that great song shows only one aspect of his musical genius! Consider his skillful improvisations, his stunning rendition of Bach’s Ave Maria, his unparalleled interpretations of Beatles songs and his collaborations with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Sesame Street. His new project spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves as Bobby reinvents Americana, inviting us back to the great folk tradition with some unexpected new ingredients.

Hear Bobby and his band on beloved tunes like "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" and "Every Time I Feel the Spirit," and experience his eloquent original songs, powerful expressions of his daily search for grace, wisdom and freedom.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This program will be performed without intermission.

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Young People's: Rite of Spring

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Lauren Stringer, author and narrator

STRAVINSKY
Rite of Spring

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging.

Experience Stravinsky's Rite of Spring’s vibrant sounds of nature. The new book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky will be read by author Lauren Stringer, as illustrations are projected above the stage.

$4 tickets available to this concert as part of our UPbeat initiative. Call for details.

Download curriculum materials (pdf).

WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKY by Lauren Stringer (Boston: HMH, 2013)

Red Baraat

Get ready to party! These eight musicians from Brooklyn are part Bollywood and part New Orleans brass band, adding some hip-hop, jazz, funk and go-go for a marvelous musical patois.

As the critics say, "Just watching them make music is a shot of pure adrenalin." Red Baraat is all brass, drums and vocals, formed, says India-born founder Sunny Jain, with a mission to spread joy and unity—which it does, drawing crowds more diverse than the players on the stage. Listen to songs from their 2013 release Shruggy Ji, raise your voice along with the power-to-the-people anthem "Halla Bol," and prepare to be on your feet dancing when Red Baraat takes over Orchestra Hall.

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Use your Minnesota Fringe coupon code online or show your Fringe button in person for $25 tickets!

Red Baraat @ Brooklyn Bridge Park from Red Baraat on Vimeo.

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

Envision Spring 2014

Known as one of the largest and most glamorous fashion events of the year, Envision (formerly Envision Artopia) plans to raise the bar on a long-standing reputation for a spectacular event. This dramatic move will provide the audience with a fresh and unexpected experience.

Fashion enthusiasts can expect an impeccably curated presentation of style, fashion, hair, makeup, music and glam. Envision will show Spring/Summer 2014 collections from 14 local designers and boutiques. Known as one of the largest and most glamorous fashion events of the year, Envision plans to raise the bar on a long-standing reputation for a spectacular event. This year’s line-up will feature local boutiques: Atmosfere, Martin Patrick3, Roe Wolfe and Velvet Moon. Designer collections include: Caroline Hayden, Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler, Idle Child, Khamphian Vang, Kjurek, MAI, Russell Bourrienne, Samantha Rei, and Tessa Louise. The collections will incorporate accessories from: Stephanie Lake Design, SEE Eyewear, Goorin Bros., Aldo and Aldo Accessories, and Call it Spring. Ignite is also pleased to present the 2014 styling team which includes; Suzanne Simmalavong, Alex Kelm and Alyssa Gregoire. Collaborating with the stylists will be Rocco Altobeli Salon and Day Spa for hair and The Beauty Lounge for make-up.

The beautiful backdrop of Orchestra Hall’s Grand Foyer and mezzanine levels will provide built-in spectacle, illuminated by an inspired soundtrack from DJ Bryan Gerrard. The show will be hosted by Tricia Khutoretsky, Director/Curator of Public Functionary, a new contemporary art exhibition space in Northeast Minneapolis. Consistent with Envision’s long-standing support of art and artists, a portion of pre-sale ticket proceeds and silent auction will benefit Public Functionary, whose focus is on creative collaborations and social interaction around art and culture.

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 and Front Row entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP and Front Row admission includes seating, early entry, VIP hour 7-8pm and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP and Front Row tickets are available. Afterparty (11pm-1am) will be held at Orchestra Hall. Entry included in all ticket prices. 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.

Rite of Spring

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Courtney Lewis, conductor
  • Lauren Stringer, author and narrator

Friends & Family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Thanks to generous support from Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, children’s tickets to this performance are FREE!

Each concert date features Sound Discovery Stations in the lobby, where you can learn more about the instruments used on stage, and even try playing some yourself!

Experience Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, an iconic Russian masterpiece.

The new book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky will be read by author Lauren Stringer, as illustrations are projected above the stage. Most enjoyed by ages 9+.

Performance is approximately one hour with no intermission. Read more about Friends and Family concerts.

Download Program Notes (pdf)

How to get your tickets: after clicking the "BUY" button, select all of your desired seats using Adult and Child ticket types. When you proceed to the shopping cart, you will see the free child tickets reflected there. Limit of two free children’s tickets for each paid adult.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

VocalEssence: Tchaikovsky for Voices

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Bethel Choir
  • The Gustavus Choir
  • Luther College Nordic Choir
  • University of St. Thomas Chamber Singers
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

With the power of 300 voices, immerse yourself in the grandeur and romantic beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music. A celebration of centuries-old Russian orthodox tradition, The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, a precursor to Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, combines lush romanticism with an equally haunting and austere simplicity.

VocalEssence and four of the region’s most acclaimed college choirs join forces to recreate the spirit of the premiere performance that Pyotr Tchaikovsky called “one of the happiest moments” of his career. Join us at our 45th season finale for an afternoon of beautiful music that will stir your soul.

“The liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is one of the most exalted works of art. Anyone following the liturgy of the service attentively, trying to comprehend the meaning of each ceremony, will be stirred to the very depth of his being.” — Pyotr Tchaikovsky

For more information, visit www.VocalEssence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2013-14 Concert Season. 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 Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices located on the 5th Floor of the International Centre at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

Young People's: Rite of Spring

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Lauren Stringer, author and narrator

STRAVINSKY
Rite of Spring

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging.

Appalachian Spring is an iconic American masterpiece that glows with the “American sound” created by its composer Aaron Copland. Experience Stravinsky's Rite of Spring’s vibrant sounds of nature. The new book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky will be read by author Lauren Stringer, as illustrations are projected above the stage.

$4 tickets available to this concert as part of our UPbeat initiative. Call for details.

Download curriculum materials (pdf).

WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKY by Lauren Stringer (Boston: HMH, 2013)

Echoes of History

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • William Wolfram, piano
  • University of Minnesota Marching Band
  • Combined Choirs of the University of Minnesota
  • Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, choral conductors
  • Timothy Diem, director, Marching Band

WAGNER
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

DVOŘÁK
Largo, from Symphony No. 9, From the New World

LISZT
Les préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3
Piano Concerto No. 1

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

Be a part of history as Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a program that will re-create the very first Northrop concert by the then-Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra on October 22, 1929.

Tickets available exclusively through the University of Minnesota at 612.624.2345. More information here.

GTCYS Spring Festival

GTCYS’ largest concert event celebrates students’ talent and artistry developed during the year. The concert features individual performances of orchestral classics by each orchestra. The soul-stirring finale features all 540 students plus GTCYS alumni playing Gustav Holst’s Jupiter en masse from the balconies, aisles and stage! A perennial favorite, the day also attracts a large crowd to the annual silent auction in the lobby prior to the concert.

Join us for a silent auction in the Orchestra Hall lobby from 2:30-4pm!

Day of show ticket prices increase to $16-$22 for adults and $12-$18 for students and seniors, max 4 tickets per household.

 

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 $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices located on the 5th Floor of the International Centre at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

Second Wind Tour

For millions of adults, aging is a dirty word. We live in a “youth obsessed” culture in which every race goes to the swiftest and every prize to the most aggressive. The Second Wind Tour invites you to join a new conversation exploring evidence-based approaches to growth, change, aging, health, and wellness.

Sponsored by AARP's Life Reimagined and Capital Impact Partners

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Chris McKhool's FiddleFire!/Sultans of String

  • Chris McKhool, fiddle and vocals
  • Kevin Laliberté, nylon string guitar
  • Drew Birston, electric bass
  • Alberto Suarez, percussion

Friends & Family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Thanks to generous support from Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, children’s tickets to this performance are FREE!

Each concert date features Sound Discovery Stations in the lobby, where you can learn more about the instruments used on stage, and even try playing some yourself!

With Gypsy jazz, blues, world, rumba-flamenco, funk, boogie-woogie, East Coast fiddling, dance party music and more—this musical romp around the world is a celebration the entire family will love. Enjoyed by all ages.

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

Performance is approximately one hour with no intermission. Read more about Friends and Family concerts.

How to get your tickets: after clicking the "BUY" button, select all of your desired seats using Adult and Child ticket types. When you proceed to the shopping cart, you will see the free child tickets reflected there. Limit of two free children’s tickets for each paid adult.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

Erin Keefe Plays Mendelssohn

MENDELSSOHN
Violin Concerto

WAGNER/de Vlieger
The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a tour-de-force whirlwind. At times you’ll expect sparks to fly from the violin of Erin Keefe, but you’ll also experience lyrical, deeply touching moods in the middle movement, the true heart of this piece. The concert’s amazing conclusion: all four of Wagner’s dramatic Ring cycle works encapsulated in a riveting one-hour event—presented by the star conductor just named to the English National Opera's top post.

Young People's: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • George Daugherty, conductor

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging.

Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Daffy Duck at Orchestra Hall? Yep! These, and other unforgettable Warner Bros. characters, will be cavorting across the big screen, bringing all the side-splitting humor of your favorite classic Looney TunesRhapsody Rabbit, The Rabbit of Seville, What's Opera, Doc?, and more! Adding to the experience will be the Minnesota Orchestra’s live performance of Carl Stalling's and Milt Franklyn's brilliant original scores.

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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • George Daugherty, conductor

Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Pepe Le Pew at Orchestra Hall? Yep! “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes as their legendary stars are projected on the big screen, while the extraordinary original scores of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn are played live by the Minnesota Orchestra.

This new edition of the critically acclaimed concert spotlights classics like What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville and Rhapsody Rabbit, plus new additions like Duck Amuck, Show Biz Bugs and brand new eye-popping Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat and Coyote Falls...not to mention special guest stars Tom and Jerry! A side-splitting evening that will delight audiences of all ages!

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