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Events for September 01, 2014–October 13, 2014

Opera star Renée Fleming, who wowed millions at the Super Bowl last winter, will open the 2014-15 season at a gala concert with our own star-studded Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä. Special plans are taking on sparkle for a spectacular evening beginning at 6pm with a dazzling concert at 8pm. It will be fun, festive and fantastic!

Galaxy of Stars Sponsor Ticket benefits include premier seating, pre-concert cocktails and dinner in the stunningly renewed Orchestra Hall, a private reception with Renée and Osmo, and recognition in the evening program, plus tickets to an exclusive chamber concert with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Principal Cello Anthony Ross on October 16, 2014. ($800 is tax deductible at the $1,000 level; $300 is tax deductible at the $500 level.)

Buy Galaxy of Stars Sponsor Tickets, $500-$1,000

Supernova ticket benefits include stellar seating for the gala, plus tickets to an exclusive chamber concert with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Principal Cello Anthony Ross on October 16, 2014. ($150 per ticket is tax-deductible.) Please note: Supernova tickets are no longer available.

All tickets include a celebratory champagne toast, Grammy® Award presentation, starry desserts and festive music throughout the lobby. Cocktails and savories will be available for purchase.

Please note: tickets purchased after Monday, August 25 will not be included in the Event Program due to printing deadlines. Evening attire will be cocktail dress. Black-tie is welcome but not required.

Buy $75-$150 Tickets

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Renée Fleming sings the Top 10 Opera Lyrics on David Letterman:

Concert description

Join us for this star-studded, never-to-be-repeated experience, a heavenly evening to remember. Our brilliant Music Director Osmo Vänskä returns to the podium to lead our Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, joined by the celestial Renée Fleming. Together, they're launching our new season in dazzling style.

NIELSEN
Overture to Maskarade

HILLBORG
The Strand Settings

MASCAGNI
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

PUCCINI
"O mio babbino caro," from Gianni Schicchi

ZANDONAI
"Ier della fabbrica a Triana," from Conchita

BERNSTEIN
"Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty," from West Side Story

RESPIGHI
The Pines of Rome

Please note: This concert is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

Sponsors: Minnesota Vikings and The Wilf Family

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We invite you to join us for Envision Fall 2014 at 8pm (7pm VIP Entry) on Friday, September 12th at Orchestra Hall. Known as one of the largest and most glamorous fashion events of the year, Envision is now presented Spring and Fall within the backdrop of a Twin Cities cultural landmark. After moving to the new venue last Spring, Ignite Models is excited to build on new momentum and glamorous potential for the show.

Envision will show current Fall 2014 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities. This year’s powerhouse line-up will feature designer collections: Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler, Ellie Hottinger, Emily Trevor, George Moskal, Idle Child, Kjurek, Lindsey Hopkins, Mary Pranica, Samantha Rei, Tessa Louise, and Velvet Moon. Local boutiques Cliche and Roe Wolfe join the line-up of designers.The collections will incorporate accessories from: Stephanie Lake Design, SEE Eyewear, Goorin hats, Aldo and Aldo Accessories, Mona Williams, Tess + Tricia and Rewind Minneapolis. Ignite is also pleased to present the Fall 2014 styling team which includes, Amy Shetler (Lead) + Paige Frandsen (Assistant). Collaborating with the stylists will be Rocco Altobeli Salon and Day Spa for hair and Ignite Artists, Kate Erickson + Lauren O’Leary for make-up.

Silent Auction (Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall) includes curated items from around the Twin Cities, local favorites of Public Functionary. Silent Auction participation will be facilitated throughout the evening via text message. Live artists will create pieces on site for auction. Special guest musical performances (TBA) in the Target Atrium during the VIP Hour and following the fashion show.

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 entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP ticket includes seating, early entry, VIP hour (7pm-8pm, complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest musical performances) and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. 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.

With a thrilling 2014-15 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2014-15 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Program details to be announced.

*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2014-15 series package at the Sampler concert or within one month of this event. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • William Eddins, conductor

GLINKA
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

STRAUSS
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

TCHAIKOVSKY
Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

BORODIN
Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor

Join us for this free community concert, a Russian delight at Lake Harriet. Pack a picnic basket and bring the family to south Minneapolis for a late summer afternoon of glorious music to celebrate the start of our 2014-15 season!

The patriarch of Russian classical music, Glinka turns Pushkin poetry into musical gold in Ruslan and Ludmila. Strauss delights with that merry prankster, Till Eulenspiegel, a wonderful showpiece for horn and clarinet. Tragic romance is heartbreakingly rendered in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. And we dance the afternoon away, courtesy of Borodin's sprightly Polovtsian Dances.

The Minnesota Orchestra continues its innovative community engagement program, Common Chords, with a weeklong residency in Bemidji, Minnesota from September 16 to 20, 2014; treating the Bemidji community to a festival week of concerts and events. Tuesday's events include:

Chamber music performance
10:30am | Free and open to the public
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox
300 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji MN 556601
Rain location: Visitors Center

School chamber music performance
10:30am | For students, staff, and faculty
Bug O Nay Ge Shig School
Bena, MN

Chamber music performance
12pm | Free and open to the public; attendees are cordially invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the performance
First National Bank Garden Court
1600 Paul Bunyan Drive
Bemidji, MN 56601

String Master Class
4pm | Free and open to the public
Headwaters School of Music
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji MN 56601

Chamber music performance
4:30pm | Free and open to members of Mt. Zion Church during Community Meal
Mt. Zion Church
Bemidji, MN 56601

BARBER
Cello Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Come celebrate rebirth and reunion at Orchestra Hall! The Orchestra joins a treasured friend, the superb Alisa Weilerstein, in a performance of Barber's Cello Concerto, known for its brilliant musical fireworks. And what could be more appropriate for this concert than Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 2, Resurrection? Using tremendous musical forces, including soloists and the Minnesota Chorale, Osmo Vänskä brings to thrilling life Mahler's concept of the symphony as a world unto itself.

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STRAUSS
Don Quixote

STRAUSS
Salome's Dance (Dance of the Seven Veils), from Salome

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

The first of three sets of concerts celebrating musical giant Richard Strauss on his 150th birthday. In Don Quixote, the tone poem Strauss based on Cervantes’ immortal novel, Principal Cello Anthony Ross takes the title role, joined by Principal Viola Thomas Turner as his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Strauss called it "Fantastic Variations," and we think you'll agree! Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils is one of the most sensual (and shocking) scenes in all of opera. We close with the enchanting and gorgeous Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

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