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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Wynton Marsalis, music director and trumpet
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals

For a single glorious night, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis are heading back to Orchestra Hall! Beloved by Twin Cities music fans, these top-class musicians are America’s ambassadors of jazz, performing everywhere from Moscow to Berlin, from São Paulo to Yokohama.

Trumpeter and Music Director Wynton Marsalis is a true renaissance man, a master of jazz and classical traditions, a revered educator—and an acknowledged cultural leader. He and the JLCO will have Orchestra Hall swingin’, as will the bluesy stylings of vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, one of today's hottest young jazz vocalists.

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

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KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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  • Jeremy (Boot) Walker, piano and bandleader
  • Ted Nash, saxophone
  • Marcus Printup, trumpet
  • Vincent Gardner, trombone
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

The Jazz in the Target Atrium series launches with a welcome on the microphone by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and a celebratory performance featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

About Jazz in the Target Atrium
Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

VIP tickets include front row cabaret table seating with drink ticket; $50 tickets include drink ticket.

Please Note: this performance follows the 7:30pm Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant in the Orchestra Hall auditorium. (A separate ticket fee applies.) Seating is general admission; this concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • Riley Eddins, treble
  • Karin Wolverton, soprano
  • Kathy Lee, soprano
  • Brad Benoit, tenor
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone
  • Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
  • Steven Hodulik, bass
  • James Sewell Ballet, dance company
  • Minnesota Chorale, chorus

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors

On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this brief, wondrous opera, mother and child receive the miracles they need most: hope, love, faith and forgiveness.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, November 10, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Katherine Ferrand, narrator
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddler
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

God Jul! Leave your lutefisk, julbord, glögg, and Dala horses at home and come celebrate a VocalEssence Nordic Christmas with carols from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Sing along to a new Christmas cantata, A Light in the Stable by Alan Bullard, with Katherine Ferrand as narrator, and hear two premieres of contest-winning Welcome Christmas carols accompanied by folk fiddler Sara Pajunen. Join VocalEssence for a performance that will warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit!

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • Riley Eddins, treble
  • Karin Wolverton, soprano
  • Kathy Lee, soprano
  • Brad Benoit, tenor
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone
  • Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
  • Steven Hodulik, bass
  • James Sewell Ballet, dance company
  • Minnesota Chorale

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors

The Minnesota Orchestra’s family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to this performance are FREE and adult prices are just $15. All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission. Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.

On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this brief, wondrous opera, mother and child receive the miracles they need most: hope, love, faith and forgiveness.

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.

You’re invited! Come early for pre-concert activities in the lobby

Thanks to Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, each concert features pre-show educational and interactive experiences throughout the Orchestra Hall lobby.

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This year’s St. Thomas Christmas Concert, Light of Light, will be held at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The concert is a tradition for the entire St. Thomas community. All are invited to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, enjoying the amazing talents showcased by student ensembles.

Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Brass Ensemble.

Proceeds support the UST Music ensembles' international performance tours.

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 $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 450 members of the Concordia choirs and orchestra. Make plans today to attend "Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come" and be a part of this Christmas tradition.

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.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Rejoice greatly! Handel's immortal Messiah gets two jubilant performances under the baton of the renowned Christopher Warren-Green.

The Orchestra is joined by the Minnesota Chorale and four distinguished vocal soloists, to produce a musical experience that will be nothing short of extraordinary. That story about King George II standing for the “Hallelujah Chorus” may not be true, but we're confident these concerts will have you on your feet.

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  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Dancers from Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddler
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Come listen, clap, dance and sing at Star of Wonder, the VocalEssence annual one-hour family Christmas concert.

Kids are invited to sit up close as members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers perform familiar holiday music, including a rousing (if a little goofy) “Twelve Days of Christmas” sing-along. Bring the whole family. Baby bottles and teddy bears welcome! Order tickets now as an add-on to your season subscription.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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SALAS
Villancico: Un Musiquito Nuevo
Misa de Navidad

BACH
Air, from Suite No. 3 for Orchestra

ARAUJO
Negrito a 6: Los coflades de la estleya

CHAVARRIA
Villancico: Oigan las fiestas de toros

HANDEL
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon

ANONYMOUS
Three Negrillas

ANONYMOUS/Zajac
Pastorella: Duérmete niño lindo

ANONYMOUS
Villancico: Señora doña Maria

ANONYMOUS/Russell
Gozos al Señor San José

CASTELLANOS
Oygan una Xacarilla

FERNANDES
Xicochi conetzintle a 5
Villancico: En un portalejo pobre

BACH
Sarabande and Polonaise, from Suite No. 2 for Orchestra

CORSELLI
Dixit Dominus

Orchestra Hall is magically transformed into Havana Cathedral for this Christmas concert with a rich Latin flavor. In a first-ever collaboration, the Orchestra will be joined by Twin Cities’ own Rose Ensemble, specialists in vocal music from around the world.

You’ll thrill to the sounds of the 18th-century Cuban Christmas mass they perform, and you’ll delight in their music from the Mexican Baroque. Be prepared for a stunning rhythmic tradition that sparkles with energy and excitement. Feel your musical horizons expanding on the spot—Feliz Navidad!

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Hark! The herald trumpets sing—along with french horn, trombone and tuba—in this most wonderful holiday highlight, Christmas with Canadian Brass.

The five brass masters are always amazing audiences with their exquisite ensemble playing, their wide-ranging repertoire and the sheer joy of their music-making. Hear thrilling versions of classic carols, sacred music, popular Christmas tunes and traditional or novel fare, such as the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas. Even the Grinch would love this concert!

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Vanessa Thomas, vocals
  • Joseph Wolverton, vocals
  • Twin Cities Bronze, handbell ensemble

Never mind Santa Claus: Pops Conductor Laureate Doc Severinsen is coming to town! More jolly than St. Nick, this beloved trumpeter is fit as a fiddle and playing better than ever as he returns for his annual visit with just two concerts of holiday hits.

“Jingle Bell Doc” also features the Minnesota Chorale at its most festive, singing in the season with our sure-to-be-sequined conductor. Don’t be left out in the cold! Doc is guaranteed to dazzle and delight—and his shows are guaranteed to sell out!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Christina Baldwin, vocals
  • Robb Asklof, vocals
  • Patrick Harison, accordion
  • Ethnic Dance Theatre
  • Minnesota Boychoir
  • Twin Cities Girls Chorus

Nobody celebrates a Scandinavian Christmas better than the Minnesota Orchestra. Bundle up the whole family in your favorite Nordic sweaters for a delectable concert of warm Christmas cheer.

Special guests include Minnesota vocalists Christina Baldwin and Robb Asklof, button accordionist Patrick Harison, and two children’s choirs, all bringing you lovely music from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The festivities extend beyond the stage with a sing-along, holiday treats in the lobby and the candlelit Santa Lucia procession. Don’t miss this magical Minnesota Orchestra tradition!

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Kathy Mattea—one of Nashville’s most soulful singers—is welcomed back to Orchestra Hall for a concert with distinctive holiday style.

Settle in for a blend of old favorites with music from her acclaimed holiday albums, Joy for Christmas Day and the Grammy Award-winning Good News. From her organic re-imagining of traditional carols like “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “I Saw Three Ships," to her meditative “Mary, Did You Know?” and the powerful gospel song “Somebody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus,” Mattea will focus on the spiritual side of Christmas, bringing joy, reverence and enrichment to your own celebration of the season.

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Sylvia McNair, soprano

Program includes:

GERSHWIN
The Man I Love

GERSHWIN
’S Wonderful

GERSHWIN
But Not for Me

GERSHWIN
Summertime

GERSHWIN
Shall We Dance/I Got Rhythm

A romantic symphonic concert on New Year’s Eve is a glamorous tradition in capitals across the globe. This season, the Minnesota Orchestra will ring in the New Year, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, the perfect chanteuse for this festive evening.

This pair of special concerts showcases Gershwin favorites and surprise orchestral delights announced from stage. Our early show lets you get to your evening plans; or join us for our late concert and celebrate with us afterward in the lobby. Cheers!

Please note: Concert is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

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