List view
Calendar view
Events for September 26, 2016–November 07, 2016

About this Concert:

The Orchestra blends power and poignancy in Ginastera’s colorful Harp Concerto and gives its first performance of a beautiful Mass—created to fill the vibrant space of the Washington National Cathedral—by a Minnesota master, the late Stephen Paulus.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

GINASTERA
Harp Concerto

PAULUS
Mass for a Sacred Place

Read program notes

More Details:

  • A few years after the six Brandenberg Concertos were finished, the manuscript was auctioned for about $24, and nearly lost.
  • Alberto Ginastera is Argentina’s best-known composer, and this season marks the hundredth anniversary of his birth.
  • Our principal harpist and featured soloist, Kathy Kienzle, gave lessons to young Cuban harpists when the Orchestra toured Havana—one of whom won a scholarship to an American conservatory.
  • Mass for a Sacred Place was commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C. and derives its title from two sources: Washington National Cathedral and the "sacred place" that resides within each individual.
  • Stephen Paulus wrote nearly all of his music at a baby grand in the front room of his Summit Avenue home in St. Paul.
  • Many of Paulus’ beautiful Christmas carols were written with a harp accompaniment, and often premiered by Kienzle.

Complete event details »

After the viral-video phenomenon that captured their impromptu performance of Biebl’s “Ave Maria” while on tour, two of the country's most acclaimed men’s vocal ensembles, Cantus and Chanticleer, come together by popular demand on the stage of Orchestra Hall for one night only!

Each ensemble performs on their own, then the two vocal juggernauts join forces for a set to include the beloved “Ave Maria.”

$250 Gold Sponsor:
Premiere seating, free parking, free drinks at intermission, invitation to post-concert celebration with Cantus and Chanticleer.
(includes $150 tax-deductible donation to Cantus)

$125 Silver Sponsor:
Preferred seating, free drinks at intermission, invitation to post-concert celebration with Cantus and Chanticleer.
(includes $40 tax-deductible donation to Cantus)

$75/$50/$30 Regular Seating

For more information:
www.cantussings.org
www.chanticleer.org

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.  Tickets for this performance will be distributed at the end of August.  All Sponsor tickets will be mailed by Cantus with information about sponsor benefits. 

Complete event details »

In this special, interactive event, Sadhguru will offer refreshing and unique insights into many aspects of life, ranging from the mundane to the ultimate.

Traversing seamlessly from the ancient to the ultramodern, Sadhguru bridges the gap between the known and the unknown, enabling all those who encounter him to explore and experience the deepest dimensions of life. Being in Sadhguru’s presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joy.

Sadhguru is a realized yogi, mystic and visionary who has dedicated himself to the elevation of the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all people. He is an author and opinion maker who is regularly invited to speak at leading international forums. He has spoken at many prestigious global conferences such as World Peace Summit at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary spiritual leader, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal. Sadhguru’s insights into the mechanisms of life are an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, and serve as a guide to exploring the deeper dimensions of life. His life and work serve as reminders that the inner science of yoga is not esoteric philosophy from an outdated past, but is absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today.

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States. Under the guidance of Sadhguru and driven by a sense of oneness, love, and a deep longing to reach out and share, the Isha Foundation has also implemented several large-scale human service projects for rural upliftment, education reform, environmental stewardship, as well as holistic and healthy living.

Ticket Description-$300 Premium Seating
Offers an intimate experience
Receive a copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy signed by Sadhguru
Reserved seating on the Main Floor Rows 1-3, closest to stage
Expedited hall entry and access

Ticket Description-$100 Preferred Seating
Receive a copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy 
Excellent reserved Main Floor seats close to the stage (just behind Premium seating)

Ticket Description-$25 Reserved Seating and $15 Student Seating
All other available Main Floor and Balcony reserved seating

For more information, visit www.meetsadhguru.org

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. A valid student ID is required for student tickets.  All student tickets will be held at will call for pickup.  Ages 7 and above are welcome.  Prices listed above do not include the 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.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

Get a glimpse of heaven, as Bruckner paints a picture of otherworldly serenity and beauty in his soaring Eighth.

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 8

More Details:

  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s hands were injured as a boy in wartime Poland when a German bomber attacked his neighborhood—ending his dream of becoming a concert pianist.
  • Skrowaczewski backpacked and mountain climbed well into his 80s—always wearing a little bell on his belt to warn off bears and cougars.
  • No conductor in the world has earned more praise for his interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies than Skrowaczewski.
  • Bruckner was one of the 19th century’s most painfully shy and unlucky-in-love composers.
  • The slow movement of his Eighth is arguably the most beautiful music he ever wrote.

Complete event details »

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Minneapolis Youth Chorus
  • Voices of Experience
  • Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

As a chill hits the air, wrap yourself in the warm sounds of choral music and recall times when the kindness of others created a path out of loneliness.

Sit back and enjoy two premieres that chart a course from solitude to security using singing as a compass. Bob Chilcott’s The Voyage unites voices from three generations to amplify ageless truths, while Quilt Songs stitches together works created by contemporary quilter Kay McCarthy, timeless poetry, and the music of five prominent women composers (Carol Barnett, Ysaÿe Barnwell, Gabriela Frank, Libby Larsen, and Alice Parker) to celebrate the seasons of life. Hear excerpts from the Bard himself on the subject, as new Guthrie Theater director Joseph Haj reads famous Shakespearean monologues commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

To view the seating chart, click here.

Concert Conversation with Kay McCarthy and Nick Nash at 3 pm.

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.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

Sunrises from Ravel, swashbuckling from Berlioz, and a thrilling new piece by John Adams for the blazing Leila Josefowicz.

BERLIOZ
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

RAVEL
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe

ADAMS
Scheherazade.2

More Details:

  • Ravel’s ballet contains a passage that depicts a glorious sunrise.
  • John Adams was inspired to write Scheherazade.2 after visiting an art exhibit in Paris.
  • Leila Josefowicz earned her high school diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree in the same year; and when she was 31, a MacArthur (“genius”) Award. Her father is a physicist, her mother a biologist.  
  • Josefowicz is known in the music world for her fearlessness in new violin pieces, many of them written for her fiery, sensual style of playing.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

In this meditation on the ballad, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker, draws inspiration from two of John Coltrane’s greatest albums: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and his simply-titled Ballads.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Rodolfo Nieto, vocals
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

More Details:

  • From ache to flirtation to every kind of indigo mood, the jazz ballad is one of the great achievements of American art.
  • The AJE will dig deep into the Great American Songbook, including music by Gershwin, Strayhorn, Rogers and Hart, and others.
  • Rodolfo Nieto’s rich baritone bathes listeners in singular sound—from opera to musicals to the music of Billy Strayhorn.
  • Bring your sweetheart or your memories. A ballad is a solitary contemplation enjoyed in the company of other revelers.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

If strings are your thing, here’s a beautiful French-German program just for you. The Minnesota Orchestra’s string players are renowned globally for their singing sound, and here’s your chance to witness their virtuosity up close.

BOLLING
Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Cello

BRAHMS
String Quintet No. 2 in G major

More Details:

Download program page (pdf)

  • Claude Bolling was working professionally as a jazz pianist by age 14, and his greatest hit as a composer was this suite that blended jazz’s energy with the grace of the Baroque.
  • Ravel’s 1922 Sonata surprisingly has no keyboard part, as had been customary for chamber-music sonatas for two centuries.
  • Brahms’ Quintet in G uses melodies that he’d sketched for his never-to-be-completed Fifth Symphony.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

Complete event details »

Purple Philanthropy Sheila E. Benefit Concert will kick off a season of fundraising to continue to support organizations that make space for youth to create and innovate musically, artistically and athletically.  The kick-off Sheila E. Benefit Concert will be held on October 23rd at 7:30pm at Orchestra Hall.

In addition to performances from Sheila E. and legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, the concert will highlight youth performers from Minnesota.  Orchestra Hall will be filled with an electrifying, high energy show from Sheila E. and her amazing band performing her hits that include “A Love Bizarre”, “The Glamorous Life” and her newest single “Girl Meets Boy”, which was inspired by the tremendous loss felt after the passing of her longtime collaborator and former fiancé Prince telling the story of the first time they met.  

Free “Girl Meets Boy” download here

All proceeds from the kick-off Sheila E. Benefit Concert will be donated to the Purple Philanthropy fund administered by Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project. Organizations that Prince supported in the past will be able to apply for grant funding to honor his legacy by continuing the programs Prince knew would make a difference in transforming lives of youth living in poverty.

Prince’s humanitarianism centered around his love and compassion for all people. He often used his music to transcend peace and unite people. It is not surprising that Prince gave anonymously to disadvantaged youth around the world. What is surprising is the level of philanthropic work that was directly connected to transforming the lives of young people in his childhood community of North Minneapolis.

Prince did not need approval or accolades. He gave from his big musician heart anonymously and generously. It is the goal of Purple Philanthropy to learn more about these organizations and how their work impacts our community. Purple Philanthropy pays tribute to Prince's humanitarianism and preserves his philanthropic legacy with this kick-off benefit concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30pm.

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.

Complete event details »

Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

“E.T. phone home.” Join us for an out-of-this-world experience as we screen one of the world’s most-beloved movies—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial—with the Minnesota Orchestra playing John Williams’ unforgettable score live!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Steven Reineke, conductor

Download program page (pdf)

More Details:

  • Relive the adventure of Elliot and E.T. as they soar across the moon and beyond in their attempt to return E.T. home.
  • Revisit some of Hollywood’s most memorable childhood scenes—remember when a pigtailed Drew Barrymore first met E.T.?
  • A classic ‘80s film, E.T. is science fiction meets heartwarming drama—and a story of true friendship.

Complete event details »

Guarantors' Celebration

During the first two weeks in November, we perform concerts in dedication to the Orchestra’s outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra’s annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us—thank you for investing in its future. Become a donor and support the music you love »

About this Concert:

Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

More Details:

  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth 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.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

Complete event details »

Campus Night

Buy tickets early – this concert is expected to sell out!

Our Student Ambassadors have chosen this concert as the season’s first Campus Night. You’re invited to join your Ambassador hosts and fellow students for a world-class Minnesota Orchestra performance plus exclusive pre- and post-concert activities, created especially for students and held in the Target Atrium, including a chance to meet Orchestra musicians!

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

About this Concert:

Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

More Details:

  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth 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.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

Complete event details »

About this Concert:

A lovely 20th-century surprise and a favorite 19th-century Romantic classic comprise this NightCap.

PERSICHETTI
Serenade No. 10 for Flute and Harp

DVOŘÁK
Dumky for Piano, Violin and Cello

More Details:

  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 8pm performance).
  • The prolific composer Vincent Persichetti often made his daily commute through Philadelphia traffic with blank score paper taped to the steering wheel so he could sketch ideas at red lights.
  • Persichetti loved putting surprising combinations of instruments together, and one of his 15 Serenades is for cello, viola and trombone.
  • Persichetti’s Serenade No. 10 is a collection of eight tuneful little movements for harp and flute.
  • Dvořák’s Dumky Trio is shadow and light, inspired by the Ukrainian word “dumka,” a kind of lament. Six pieces make up this suite, each starting in a melancholy mood, then breaking into a lively contrasting dance.

Complete event details »