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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sean Newhouse, conductor
  • Jake Endres, narrator

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

STOOKEY
The Composer is Dead

STRAVINSKY
Circus Polka

The Composer is Dead is a musical “Who Done It” adventure with narration written by popular children's author Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Learn about the orchestra's instruments while unraveling the mystery surrounding the composer’s untimely death.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, January 26, 2015, 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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Irish music stirs all the emotions: love, loss, joy...and it can make you want to jump up and dance!

Join master Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers for a concert that will have you feeling all that and more. The child of Irish immigrants, this Bronx native brings a deep appreciation of her Irish musical roots to every style of music she encounters from jigs and reels to Cajun, bluegrass and everything in between. Ivers makes all these traditions uniquely her own, thrilling the lucky people who flock to her performances around the globe. It's a can't-miss evening of wonderful music. Erin go bragh!

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sean Newhouse, conductor
  • Jake Endres, narrator

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

STOOKEY
The Composer is Dead

STRAVINSKY
Circus Polka

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.

The Composer is Dead is a musical “Who Done It” adventure with narration written by popular children's author Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Learn about the orchestra's instruments while unraveling the mystery surrounding the composer’s untimely death.

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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BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

Of course Beethoven wrote only (only!) nine symphonies. But he exerted an enormous musical influence over Brahms, who was seen as Beethoven’s natural successor and, in fact, was expected to top the master. It took Brahms more than 21 years to create his First Symphony, which has such strong echoes of Beethoven that after its premiere in 1876, a prominent conductor nicknamed it “Beethoven’s Tenth.”

What was it about Beethoven that Brahms found so compelling—and so intimidating at the same time? And what is it about the sound of both composers’ symphonies that has made them timeless favorites? Join Sarah, Sam and the Orchestra as we celebrate these giants of classical music.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Attend all three Inside the Classics performances or mix and match with Symphony in 60 performances and save!

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Christina Baldwin, actor
  • Nikki Swoboda, director
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible.

Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new choral opera titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the opera will include a swinging salute to radio legend Fred Waring, “The Man Who Taught America How to Sing,” and other radio choral favorites, all on the home stage of A Prairie Home Companion.

Concert Activities
Concert Conversations with composer Jake Heggie at 7 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Fitzgerald Theater online box office.

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.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Chris Botti, trumpet

He's earned so many superlatives in his career, it may be best to put it simply: the cat can play. Trumpeter Chris Botti brings his superb musicianship, his killer band and his on-stage generosity to Orchestra Hall for one night of can't-miss musical thrills.

Botti moves effortlessly from jazz to pop and in between; he's also at home with a symphony orchestra, and is sure to take full advantage of the Orchestra’s talents, sharing the stage and happily throwing the spotlight on the gifted artists who surround him. Chris Botti may spend more than 300 days on the road every year, but every concert is special; catch him at Orchestra Hall!

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Here’s a theater lover’s dream come true: performances of a beloved Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel — featuring one of the world’s great ensembles, our own Minnesota Orchestra, with fantastic actors, costumes and choreography.

Revel in music performed as its creators intended, by a full symphony orchestra — and be there as the Orchestra unveils a new tradition, spotlighting one great American musical each year. As carnival barker Billy Bigelow woos and weds Julie Jordan, their heartrending story unfolds in one unforgettable song after another: “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy,” “This is a Real Nice Clambake” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Come see why Carousel is one of musical theater's greatest, most soul-stirring masterpieces!

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Grab a drink and enjoy the music of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Crescendo Project!


This event is free and open to members and non-members. Please register below so we can get an accurate headcount.

Meet us for happy hour at 6:30 pm at Orchestra Hall in the Beverly Grossman Bar on the second level, and join us for the concert at 8 pm in the auditorium.

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  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Imagine you’re journeying all the way down the Mighty Mississippi to Louisiana, heading for an evening of pure, unadulterated Crescent City jazz at Preservation Hall. For more than half a century, this historic French Quarter venue has been the place to hear the music that made the city famous.

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band—whose founding members played with the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong—keeps the tradition alive. Down in New Orleans they play in a hall with no air conditioning, no concessions and no amenities of any kind. But here, hallelujah, you can enjoy their glorious sound in the comfort of Orchestra Hall.

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

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Performers include the Luther College Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and student soloists, led by Dr. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at Luther College.

The performance will be of Handel's Messiah, a long-time tradition at Luther College. This will be the first time in over 10 years that Messiah will be presented by the Luther College Music Department.

Please note: This performance is approximately 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission. 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 Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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The annual Middle Level Orchestra festival, a joint project of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association features 7 outstanding school orchestras from around the state that were selected in regional festivals held earlier this year.

Performing groups include:

  • Moorhead Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Moorhead Freshman Orchestra
  • Chippewa Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Stillwater Junior High Camerata Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Scherzando Strings
  • Owatonna Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Spiritoso

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

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 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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