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Events for February 13, 2016–March 26, 2016

The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Jefferson Johnson, Janet Galván, and Bruce Rogers lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee of $2.50. 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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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Peter Haberman, Mark Russell Smith and Kevin Sedatole lead the ensembles. 

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee of $2.50. 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboard
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums and percussion
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Carin Vagle, vocals

Kick off Valentine’s Day with fresh takes on classic love songs made famous during the glamorous Big Band era, plus feel-good, grooving originals.

Revisit beloved standards including Embraceable You, Stardust and Fly Me to the Moon, and discover new favorites in the mix. Jazz trumpet plus a swinging rhythm section: it’s a cocktail of musical romance, served up just for you!

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1

Over the years of Osmo Vänskä's leadership, the Minnesota Orchestra's regular concerts at Carnegie Hall have become sellout events.

Big Apple music-lovers know a good thing when they hear it! Now you can hear our Minnesota stars in the program they're taking to Carnegie. This all-Sibelius program features the sweeping Romanticism of the composer's early symphonies, as well as the breathtaking virtuosity of American violinist Hilary Hahn.

The year 2015 marks the 150th birthday of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. With our own special connection to Sibelius, we’re thrilled to participate in the Sibelius 150 international jubilee. Join us for select Sibelius concerts to commemorate Finland’s most prestigious composer. Click here for more information »

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They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The Peking Acrobats have been astounding audiences around the globe since 1986, and they keep right on making the impossible possible.

If it’s difficult, death-defying or downright unbelievable, it’s in the act: everything from trick cycling, juggling, precision tumbling and more … even hand-balancing atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. And it’s all accompanied by a live Chinese orchestra. Come see why the New York Post calls the Peking Acrobats “amazing—and stunning, and breathtaking and wow!”

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Please Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This event is recommended for ages 6 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Minneapolis Male Chorus
  • Morehouse College Glee Club
  • David Morrow, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Low notes will be high points when the internationally-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club teams up with VocalEssence to celebrate male singing.

Founded in Atlanta in 1867, Morehouse College remains the only all-male historically black college in the nation. The Glee Club is known for its musical precision, wide-ranging repertoire and distinguished alumni such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. VocalEssence and the Glee Club will share the stage with guest conductor David Morrow, singing everything from classical favorites to the Morehouse College Glee Club anthem, “Betelehemu.”

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2015-16 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 Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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MARTIN
Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and String Orchestra

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 21

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

HONEGGER
Symphony No. 2

Piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker plays Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 21, then makes an amazing gear-switch to sit down at the harpsichord with a chamber ensemble for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

The program also shines a spotlight on the astonishing range and virtuosity of soloists within the Orchestra. Capping the cast is Gilbert Varga, one of the Orchestra’s favorite guest conductors. This fiery British-Hungarian has his own surprises up his sleeve, including Martin’s brilliant Concerto, and Honegger’s Second, marked by the tragedies of war but ending in triumph.

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Join a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Boom Island Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on February 25, Boom Island Brewing Company will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the March 11 Inside the Classics: And Bach Begat... Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Boom Island Brewing Company
2014 N Washington Ave #300
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Directions »

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  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jake Baldwin, trumpet
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

Here’s your chance to revel in music from some of jazz’s biggest, boldest greats from our own time zone—and discover how the spirit in our own city connects with these innovators.

Think Charlie “Bird” Parker. And Lester Young, who cut his teeth in Minneapolis’ clubs in the ’20s. Bix Beiderbecke, whose sound was so pretty, Louis Armstrong himself spoke of its beauty, and whose fluid melodies inspired the Hoagy Carmichael classic, Stardust. And of course the great Ornette Coleman, whose free jazz restored the music’s fundamental spirit at the same time it pointed to the future. In this concert, Minneapolis-based pianist Bryan Nichols returns to the Atrium to lead the AJE through music from Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and others—exploring the singular musical contributions of some of jazz’s great iconoclasts.

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.

Listen to the November 19, 2015 performance of NY Looms Large with Ron Miles

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KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

HINDEMITH
Morgenmusik (Morning Music)

SCHUMANN
String Quartet in A minor

MENDELSSOHN
Trio in C minor for Violin, Cello and Piano

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Hilary Hahn, violin

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1

The Guardian wrote that Osmo Vänskä “conducts Sibelius better than anyone else alive.” He returns to Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra for works by the great Finnish master, including the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Hilary Hahn.

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Already have tickets to the concert at Carnegie Hall? Attend our post-concert reception—call Angela Skrowaczewski at 612-371-7128 for more information and to register! The reception cost is $125 per person.

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“It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” – Paul Simon

Paul Simon’s album Graceland made them famous. They’ve won fans around the world for their exuberant, joyful performances. They’ve collected four Grammy® Awards. And now Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming back to Orchestra Hall! The South African ensemble’s nine powerful singers express their harmonies in English and Zulu, accompanied by tongue clicks, snaps, whistles, kicks, hops and waves, and will make you feel like dancing with Diamonds on the Soles of (Your) Shoes.

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ben Folds, vocals and piano

“Orchestras DO rock!” says Ben Folds. And he should know: this dynamic singer-songwriter-keyboard whiz has been sharing symphonic stages all over the globe. We’re thrilled to have him back for another Orchestra Hall session with the Minnesota Orchestra!

Ben’s bracing blend of rock, jazz and just plain pure music is sure to intrigue, delight and energize—whether he’s showing off his back catalog in a new light, unveiling new pieces or getting orchestra and audience to join in some spontaneous composition. Sarah Hicks conducts this high-energy, musically rich concert!

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Recommended for grades 6-12
In this exciting new offering specifically designed for middle and high school students, violist Sam Bergman hosts a concert that reveals how the “American sound” became what it is today—the way Native American elements were used, and how deeply Afro-American culture influenced rhythm, harmony and more.

Taking center stage is Gershwin’s jazzy, brilliantly evocative American in Paris, while additional repertoire highlights include works of Copland and William Grant Still—notably his Afro-American Symphony, where we’ll recognize the “12-bar blues” chord progression that makes up the bass line in early rock ’n’ roll.

A homeschool workshop is available for this performance on Feb 15, 2016 10am. Register today »

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

BEETHOVEN/Steinberg
Grosse Fuge

He had 21 children of his own, but J.S. Bach’s musical offspring are innumerable—the last 250 years’ worth of composers who have looked to him as Papa. In German, the name Bach means brook, and of all the big-name composers who’ve drunk from his amazing stream, no one did so more deeply or powerfully than Beethoven. Inspired by Bach’s mastery of the great musical form of his time, the fugue, Beethoven—a hundred years later—created an awe-inspiring fugue of his own.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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Listen: do you want to know a secret? Rajaton is returning to Orchestra Hall...with the Best of the Beatles!

There’s never been anything like Beatlemania, encompassing not just fan frenzy, but stunningly original music that still sounds fresh half a century after its birth. Now the scintillating Finnish vocal group Rajaton, who brought us the music of Queen and ABBA, brings the music back to life in a dynamite show that begins with their one-of-a-kind take on the complete Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. After intermission, you’ll sure to be hand-clapping and singing along with some of the Beatles greatest hits. Order your tickets now—you know you will be glad!

New! Stream the entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, watch behind-the-scenes videos, and read fun facts about this legendary Beatles album. Details »

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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SCHUMANN
Overture to Manfred
Piano Concerto

RAVEL
Rapsodie espagnole

de FALLA
Suites No. 1 and 2 from The Three Cornered Hat

Here’s one of the season’s most anticipated programs—the Orchestra Hall debut of the Spanish-born conductor Jesús López-Cobos. The long-time music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, now its esteemed conductor emeritus, brings with him music full of the brilliant colors of his homeland. He and the Orchestra also partner with a pianist of deep lyrical insight—the extraordinary Andreas Haefliger—in Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto.

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We are going to celebrate the Patriot’s 15th Birthday with a birthday bash like no other!  For the first-time ever, we are bringing four (4) of our national hosts to town for one engaging evening:  Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt.  A lot has taken place since March 2001, but AM 1280 The Patriot has been consistent as the Twin Cities’ home of intelligent talk!

Start your evening with dinner at 5pm in the Target Atrium.  VIP tickets including both dinner and reserved seats for the round-table discussion are available beginning at $149.  Or, have dinner with your favorite host as a VIP Elite guest.  A limited number of VIP Elite tickets including dinner at a host table and reserved seats for the program are available for $279.  Show-only tickets are available for $15-$25.  Program begins at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium. Please note: VIP Elite tickets are sold out. VIP Dinner & Show tickets as well as Show Only tickets are still available.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All guests, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. 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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  • Alan Cumming, vocals
  • Lance Horne, piano
  • Eleanor Norton, cello

He’s achieved legendary status on Broadway as the slinky emcee in Cabaret. He’s the ultimate political fixer Eli Gold in the Emmy-winning hit The Good Wife. There’s no one else quite like Alan Cumming—and there’s certainly no other evening that comes close to “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”

Thrill to yet another side of this incredible entertainer, lovingly described as “a bawdy countercultural sprite!” by The New York Times. What good is sitting alone in your room? Come see Alan Cumming live at Orchestra Hall!

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

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