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For over forty years the Minnesota Youth Symphonies has inspired talented K-12 musicians and amazed audiences with performances of great orchestral literature.

Our Winter Concert will feature the winner of our annual Symphony Solo Competition, Debussy’s beloved masterpiece La Mer, and more.

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.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

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LARSSON
A Winter’s Tale

TCHAIKOVSKY
Violin Concerto

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

A lyrical Scandinavian take on Shakespeare opens the concert: utterly charming, sweetly pastoral music by the Swede Lars-Erik Larsson, inspired by the Bard’s late-period romance. Augustin Hadelich solos in the majestic Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Hailed for his gorgeous sound, this young German virtuoso will bring out all the depth and emotion of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. Our British-Swedish-Russian-German connections finally lead us home — to the stirring New World Symphony of Dvořák, a wonderful showpiece for the Orchestra.

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts...”

— Shakespeare, As You Like It

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sarah Jane McMahon, Patrick Miller and Sal Viviano, vocals

“When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine, that’s amore!” On this February night, our love for Italy shines in a concert that showcases her beloved music.

This concert features songs by the composers who created and the artists who performed the classics. You’ll hear music by ever-popular film composers Ennio Morricone (Cinema Paradiso) and Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, Romeo and Juliet), as well as timeless hits of legends Dean Martin (“That’s Amore”) and Enrico Caruso (“O Sole Mio”). No musical salute to Italy would be complete without transcendent opera favorites by the greatest of the greats: composers such as Puccini (La Bohème, Tosca), Verdi (La Traviata, Rigoletto) and Rossini (The Barber of Seville). Now, that’s amore!

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  • Sounds of Blackness
  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • South High School Varsity Choir
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Laurie Meyers, conductor

Celebrating 25 years of WITNESS, VocalEssence salutes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Grammy Award-Winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness.

Under the direction of Gary Hines, Sounds of Blackness performs and proclaims the music, culture and history of African-Americans to audiences all over the world with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind. The VocalEssence Chorus, Sounds of Blackness and the South High School Varsity Choir will commemorate our American hero by tracing the roots of African American music and rhythm through spirituals, gospel music and R&B.

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with Sounds of Blackness music director Gary Hines

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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MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

KORNGOLD
Violin Concerto

HINDEMITH
Concert Music for Strings and Brass

RAVEL
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe

Theater and genius in their many forms are showcased, from the stage to ballet, even to Hollywood! Mendelssohn produced his famous Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was just 17, and it never fails to delight. Erich Korngold made his mark in ‘30s and ‘40s movie spectacles, but he also composed remarkable concert music. Gil Shaham (hailed by the LA Times for his “brilliant, almost ecstatic performance”) has made the Korngold Concerto one of his signature works. We close with Ravel’s timeless Daphnis and Chloe, written for the legendary Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes. Wonderful, dramatic music!

"Once I... heard a mermaid...
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres..."

— Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Mary Kay Geston, Jonathan Reed and Brad Holmes lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 45 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 ranging from $2.50-$3.50. 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 Scott Hagen, Anthony Elliott and Craig Kirchhoff 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 ranging from $2.50-$3.50. 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 King’s Singers are one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation and impeccable vocal blend, they are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

The last time The King’s Singers played at Orchestra Hall, the show sold out. Don’t wait; buy your tickets today. This Valentine’s Day concert titled "A Love Affair" will be the perfect gift for a loved one.

The King's Singers are dedicating the performance to their friends Jerry and Cathie Fischer in gratitude for three decades of strategic advice, friendship, and support. This event benefits Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center.

VIP tickets

We have a selection of VIP tickets available in the front nine rows for $250.00. Please contact Park Nicollet Foundation for concierge seating services at 952-993-5023.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Krista Danner for more information, 952-993-6107 or krista.danner@parknicollet.com.

Tributes gifts

Tributes gifts: recognize someone special with a tribute gift and we will add their name to our beautiful ribbon wall on display at Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center and Orchestra Hall on the day of the concert. Click here for more information.

Visit parknicollet.com/foundation or call 952-993-5023 to learn more about The King’s Singers, the Fischers and this remarkable event.

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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The St. Olaf Choir, the widely acclaimed ensemble and longtime creative influence behind the a cappella choral tradition, has toured annually since 1912, when it was founded by F. Melius Christiansen.

The 1920 tour to the major music centers of the East Coast sowed the seeds of the ensemble's national reputation—and established its unaccompanied style of singing as a significant force in American choral music.

Anton Armstrong has served as music director of the St. Olaf Choir since 1990. A 1978 Bachelor of Music graduate of St. Olaf College (where he was a member of the choir he now leads), Armstrong later earned a Master of Music degree in choral music from the University of Illinois and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University. He returned to St. Olaf after 10 years on the faculty at Calvin College In Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The annual tour brings the choir's artistry and message to thousands across the nation and around the world, performing for audiences in the major concert halls of the United States (New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, Minneapolis), Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

For more information, visit stolaf.edu/stolaf-choir.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for The St. Olaf Choir. 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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BERLIOZ
Les Nuits d’été (Summer Nights)

SIBELIUS
Selections from The Tempest

Shakespeare Winterfest comes to its dramatic conclusion with The Tempest, as interpreted by Sibelius and Osmo Vänskä, who leads his own arrangement of this suite in a first-time performance in Minnesota narrated by Joe Dowling, Director of the Guthrie Theater. Mezzo Heather Johnson sings the role of the spirit slave Ariel, who helps conjure the island storm of the title. But first the stage is set by Berlioz, a great Shakespeare fan, and his lovely six-movement song cycle Les Nuits d’été.

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

— Shakespeare, The Tempest

Download Program Notes (pdf) | Download Finnish translations and Heather Johnson bio (pdf)

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Bringing the Minnesota Orchestra to your favorite Twin Cities craft breweries.

Experience a live performance from the world-class brass players of the
Minnesota Orchestra. Then stay to share a brew with the musicians!

Share your experience! #SudsNCider

Symphony, Suds, and Cider Event from Ben Lifson on Vimeo.

What is Symphony, Suds, and Cider?


A new initiative born from Orchestrate Excellence, this unique series brings musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra to local craft breweries of the Twin Cities. These casual events include a live music performance and a special opportunity to share a brew with musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Attendees of these brewery events receive exclusive discounts and invitations to behind-the-scenes extras not provided to the general public.

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VERDI
Requiem

Travel to the gates of heaven when the illustrious conductor Roberto Abbado leads the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and four soaring-voice soloists in Verdi’s magnificent, heart-stopping Requiem. The spine-tingling Dies irae — day of wrath — never fails to provoke chills; you’ll be holding your breath as the trumpets proclaim the Day of Judgment. Profound themes of death and redemption are nothing short of ethereal in the hands of two Italian masters — composer and conductor. Pure operatic drama!

Please note: this concert is approximately 90 minutes and is performed without intermission.

Download Program Notes (pdf) | Tamara Mumford bio (pdf)

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