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Events for December 03, 2016–January 14, 2017

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Prokofiev gave the world a gift when he wrote the musical story Peter and the Wolf, here brought vividly to life by the Orchestra and actors who are alumni of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumni

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  • Young listeners will recognize the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the bird, duck, cat, hunters and the stealthy wolf.

Join us at 11:45am and 1:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Journey to Bethlehem this Christmas to experience the wonder and awe of the nativity with Conrad Susa’s Carols & Lullabies.

This playfully charming setting of the Christmas story weaves in music of Mexico and the American Southwest accompanied by harp, marimba and guitar. Tap your toes to contest-winning carols for choir and vibraphone, and round off your experience with a sing-along of your favorites to get you in the Christmas spirit.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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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The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 29th annual Christmas concert, Gathering Together, at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance, with a program of choral and instrumental music for Christmas, features over 350 student performers across nine of the university’s ensembles. Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Donne Unite, Festival Choir, Liturgical Choir, String Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

This performance will be audio recorded; recordings will be available on CD for $15.

The concert is 90 minutes long and there is not an intermission.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform at 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. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders. Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance.

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The Concordia Christmas Concert at Orchestra Hall is an annual Christmas tradition of music, performed by more than 400 members of the Concordia choirs and orchestra. Make plans today to attend “Gather Us In, O Child of Peace” and be a part of this Christmas tradition.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

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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About this Concert:

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Minnesota Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Buc, conductor

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  • Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
  • This enchanting film earned three Oscar® nominations and is the first entry in the most successful movie series in box-office history!
  • In this adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned first son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own.
  • At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a Dark wizard bent on destroying him.
  • Happy 15th Anniversary! It may seem like yesterday, but the original theatrical release date was November 16, 2001.

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

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About this Concert:

Few composers have ever matched Handel for the sense of awe he creates with his Messiah. Our special guest this year is Scotsman Douglas Boyd who conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra so beautifully for several years.

HANDEL
Messiah

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  • Long before Douglas Boyd picked up a conductor’s baton, he was an oboist. He was a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, serving as its principal oboe for 21 years.
  • Gentlemen, please don’t wear your dress swords: men in mid-18th-century Dublin who bought tickets to the Messiah premiere were asked to leave their steel at home because the hall was sold out and every spare inch of room was spoken for.
  • And ladies, no hoops: same for the women, who were asked to keep the dress-line slim to save space at the premiere.
  • After a dark and dramatic overture, the first words you hear sung in Messiah are “Comfort ye…” which is kind of what we all need to hear at this time of year, right?

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  • Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz,III, conductor

Clap, wiggle and sing along to your favorite carols at our 45-minute family holiday concert.

Sit up close and experience the wonder of choral singing (maybe even for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles and teddy bears welcome!

Tickets: $12 Adults, $8 Child (Age 4-17), FREE (Age 3 & Under); All seating general admission.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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 $2.50 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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About this Concert:

The evening opens with a dramatic showcase of Shiloh Temple singers, dancers and choirs offering celebratory Christmas music, followed by a full performance of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, among other works, led by Roderick Cox and featuring the Minnesota Orchestra.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Shiloh Temple performers and selections to be announced

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Danse Nègre, from African Suite

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

DVOŘÁK/arr. Able
“Goin’ Home,” arranged for Gospel Choir

HANDEL
“Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah

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  • Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor in September 2016 after one full season as assistant conductor. A native of Macon, Georgia, Cox earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Illinois.
  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth Symphony while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • The evening concludes with a sing-along performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
  • Tickets are free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: First half is approximately 60 minutes. The Orchestra will perform at approximately 6:30pm, after a 30-minute intermission.

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About this Concert:

The Tonight Show's legendary alumnus Doc Severinsen will kick your holiday spirit into high gear with a perennial extravaganza complete with choral favorites, big band showstoppers and the traditional sing-along.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Twin Cities Bronze

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  • Doc Severinsen became the Minnesota Orchestra’s pops conductor laureate in April 2007, after completing 14 seasons as principal pops conductor.
  • He has been wowing audiences with his trumpeting prowess—and outrageous outfits—since his days leading The Tonight Show Band for Johnny Carson.
  • Besides being a fixture for 30 years on The Tonight Show, Doc was also a sideman on Lena Horne’s immortal Stormy Weather.
  • 89 years young, Doc Severinsen is still an unbelievable force of nature and a horn player par excellence.

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About this Concert:

This 1947 beloved holiday classic stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore—hear it in a whole new light as we screen the complete film in Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s iconic score live.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor

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  • It’s a Wonderful Life is the classic tale of a small-town man who overcomes a crisis of faith with a little angelic intervention.
  • The film was not a box office success when it first came out, but is now ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.
  • Director Frank Capra called it his favorite work, and screened it for his family every Christmas.
  • Dimitri Tiomkin (who composed the score) is a Hollywood music legend, and also wrote the themes for the TV westerns Rawhide and Gunslinger plus other classics such as High Noon and Dial M for Murder.
  • One of the writers for this touching script was the sharp-tongued Dorothy Parker! 

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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About this Concert:

From The Four Seasons to the Holiday Season (with the Beatles, Motown and more '60s classics in between), The Midtown Men—Broadway's Jersey Boys—will deck Orchestra Hall with timeless tunes, top-shelf choreography and incredible vocal performances!

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  • Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer logged over a thousand performances as the Jersey Boys on Broadway before hitting the road as The Midtown Men.
  • True to their Jersey roots, The Midtown Men turned to Steven Van Zandt and other members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band for help with their first radio single, “All Alone on Christmas.”
  • Christian Hoff made his Broadway debut in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning The Who’s Tommy (and recorded Grammy Award-winning cast albums for both Jersey Boys and Tommy.)
  • Reaching beyond the stage, The Midtown Men have also delighted television audiences with performances on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, Katie, and The Chew.
  • The Midtown Men had the distinct honor of opening the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. The Midtown Men is not a performance of and not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

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About this Concert:

From traditional favorites to his own highly personal compositions, the sound of George Winston’s piano is truly unique—and the perfect ambience to warm up a winter night!

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  • Winston’s albums December and Winter into Spring both went Platinum (million-plus sales in the United States).
  • The range of his music is extraordinary including everything from holiday classics to The Doors—all in the inimitable George Winston style.
  • Winston’s Orchestra Hall performance will include some of Vince Guaraldi’s timeless tunes from the Peanuts® cartoon shows...Good grief! (and great music).
  • If you listen closely, you can hear all these influences in George Winston’s music: Floyd Cramer, Booker T and The MGs, Professor Longhair and the Ventures.
  • You may know George strictly as a pianist...but he’s also an ace harmonica player and an ardent devotee of the Hawaiian style known as slack-key guitar.

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

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Make Orchestra Hall your New Year’s Eve destination and celebrate the start of 2017 with a glass of Champagne and celebrate the music you love!

$250/per person ($130 tax deductible per person – does not include concert tickets)
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
5:30 pm Cocktails
6:15 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Minnesota Orchestra Concert performance with Dawn Upshaw
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10:30 pm – 1:00 am New Year’s Eve Party (includes a champagne toast, live entertainment, dancing, midnight countdown and more!

Attire: Black Tie Admired

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About this Concert:

We've got a glass of musical champagne with your name on it, as superstar Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra offer brilliant tunes from the American songbook to celebrate 2017. Capping our celebration: Rachmaninoff’s grand, gorgeous Second Symphony.

PUTS
Millennium Canons

WEILL
“My Ship,” from Lady in the Dark

DUKE
“Autumn in New York,” from Thumbs Up!

DUKE
“April in Paris,” from Walk a Little Faster

BERNSTEIN
“Somewhere,” from West Side Story

BERNSTEIN
“A Little Bit in Love,” from Wonderful Town

GERSHWIN
“Someone to Watch Over Me,” from Oh, Kay!

SONDHEIM
“What More Do I Need,” from Saturday Night

SONDHEIM
“There Won’t Be Trumpets,” from Anyone Can Whistle

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2

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  • Dawn Upshaw grew up outside Chicago, playing guitar and singing Pete Seeger and Joan Baez songs with her parents in the Upshaw Family Singers.
  • Upshaw had a surprising megahit (Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3) in the '90s with her recording made with conductor David Zinman, who for several years led the Orchestra’s Sommerfest.
  • Upshaw has garnered the MacArthur (“genius”) Award, commissioned dozens of composers to write for her and served as artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2007-2013.
  • After-party from 10:30pm to 1:00am Festivities include champagne toast, live entertainment from The King Baron Hot Several (formerly known as Jazzland Wonderband) in the Orchestra Hall Grand Foyer and Atrium, midnight countdown and more!

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Jan 5, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jan 28 Inside the Classics: Love in a Time of War Minnesota Orchestra concert.

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

Lakes and Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Naples, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Sarasota, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, to perform two of their musical specialties: Beethoven’s powerful First Symphony and Sibelius’ masterful Fifth. The program opens with contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä has also recorded Beethoven’s First Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra to great acclaim.

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About this Concert:

Alisa Weilerstein makes the cello sing like few others can. Hear her in the unparalleled masterpiece for her instrument, Dvořák's hauntingly beautiful Concerto.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

Dvořák
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about three, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age four.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra 2012 recording won enormous critical and audience praise.

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