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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7

The Minnesota Orchestra won its first-ever Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance with a Sibelius recording—and no wonder. Osmo Vänskä is the world’s preeminent expert in the work of his fellow Finn, and under his baton, the music is magically transformed. Vänskä and the Orchestra will complete their cycle of Sibelius symphonies in 2015, the year that marks the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth. In this concert, our orchestra performs Sibelius' two final symphonies: the mysterious Sixth and the one-movement Seventh, its C-major ending a triumphant culmination of the composer’s life’s work.

About Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

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

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 6

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 7

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

The Minnesota Orchestra won its first-ever Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance with a Sibelius recording—and no wonder. Osmo Vänskä is the world’s preeminent expert in the work of his fellow Finn, and under his baton, the music is magically transformed. Vänskä and the Orchestra complete their cycle of Sibelius symphonies with his final two: the mysterious Sixth and the one-movement Seventh, its C-major ending a triumphant culmination of the composer's life’s work. The program concludes—as the season began—with Mahler. His epic First Symphony takes us on a sonic journey, full of orchestral color, for a celebratory finish to this historic season.

“White-cold and white-hot, Vänskä's performance has an elemental austerity.”

The Guardian

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BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique

It’s one of the most peculiar works in the classical repertoire, featuring visions, witches, romantic despair, even a macabre execution. But it’s also a musical milestone: The Symphonie fantastique sparked a brushfire of what’s called “programmatic” music, symphonies designed to tell a specific story. This serious classical piece was also written under the influence of opium (don’t try this at home!). Where—besides that mind-altering trip—does this amazing work come from? Explore its origins, its influence and its enduring popularity with Sarah and Sam as your guides.

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.

Northern Spark

Northern Spark 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra and Orchestra Hall are pleased to be part of this year's Northern Spark festival, running Saturday, June 13 from 9pm to 5:26am. We invite you to stay after this evening's performance for a FREE chamber concert at 10:15pm in Orchestra Hall, featuring the music of Mason Bates.

In addition, the UCLA Game Lab will transform Target Atrium into a Game Bar, which opens at 9pm. Ticket holders for this Inside the Classics concert will be permitted into the Atrium in advance of the general public from 7-8pm to play!

Chamber music event details | Complete guide to 2015 Northern Spark events

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A mainstage performance at Orchestra Hall featuring a string quartet of Minnesota Orchestra musicians, playing music from composer and DJ Mason Bates.

Bates’ music, which fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, has been performed by major symphony orchestras throughout North America.

From Amber Frozen is as much influenced by today's electronica as by Indonesian gamelan. It starts with a lopsided groove of plucked out-of-tune notes and evolves from this rhythmic pointillism to more sustained lines, where a melody begins to emerge, and crystalline beats melt into a warmer lyricism. By the work's end, it has returned to its initial rhythmic space and ultimately loses pitch altogether.

Performance length is 15 minutes. This performance is free and does not require a ticket for entry. Presented by the Minnesota Orchestra as part of Northern Spark 2015, produced by Northern Lights.mn.

The Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall will be open all night from 9pm to 5:26am featuring the UCLA Game Lab's Game Bar—a fun place to explore games in a variety of formats, from installations and board games to virtual reality environments. Beverage service will be available for purchase featuring beer from Fulton Brewery.

Presented by Northern Lights.mn
Sponsored by Fulton

Inside the Classics concert details (8pm, same evening) | Complete guide to 2015 Northern Spark events

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Margee Bracken, Chair
Kathy and Charlie Cunningham, Honorary Chairs

A benefit for the Minnesota Orchestra

Bravo! Brava! Brazil! The 2015 Symphony Ball, inspired by the spirit of Brazil, promises to be colorful, creative and celebratory! Please join the Minnesota Orchestra for this premier gala to raise funds to support artistic initiatives and music education activities.

Last-minute tickets for Symphony Ball may still be purchased by contacting Maiyia Vang at 612.371.7128. Or, join us for Crash the Ball! Tickets available through Wednesday, June 17. Details & tickets »

Auction catalog

There will be some fabulous Live Auction offerings, including a trip to Istanbul, Turkey; a cruise to the Galápagos Islands; and a signed photograph by internationally-renowned artist, Alec Soth. Be sure to check out the 125+ Silent Auction items—from vacation homes and travel getaways to French fries to the many experiences donated by our musicians!

Download the auction catalog (pdf)

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Led by Kate Gillette, Crash the Ball 2015: Carnival is a part of Symphony Ball 2015—the biggest annual fundraiser benefiting the Minnesota Orchestra. Crash the Ball is a fun way for people to attend this annual premier event.

Crash the Ball tickets are no longer available.

Evening Schedule for Crash the Ball:
7:30pm: Hosted bar, passed hors d’oeuvres (by Vincent’s), and silent auction in main lobby
8:45pm: Live auction, Fund a Need, and Orchestra Concert in auditorium
9:45pm: Champagne, desserts and dancing to Charanga Tropical, other entertainment and more!
11pm: Crash the Ball After Party inside Target Atrium with DJ Ackerman. Includes Brazilian themed food carts, hosted bar, photo booths and more!

Symphony Ball is Black Tie; Crash the Ball is Cocktail Attire

Auction catalog

There will be some fabulous Live Auction offerings, including a trip to Istanbul, Turkey; a cruise to the Galápagos Islands; and a signed photograph by internationally-renowned artist, Alec Soth. Be sure to check out the 125+ Silent Auction items—from vacation homes and travel getaways to French fries to the many experiences donated by our musicians!

Download the auction catalog (pdf)

RSVP and follow Crash the Ball on Facebook

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Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video.

Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Tomlin's film and television career includes: 9 to 5, Big Business, Tea with Mussolini, I Heart Huckabees, A Prairie Home Companion, Laugh-In, The West Wing and Desperate Housewives. Tomlin's new film Grandma received rave reviews at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is set for release later this year. Additionally, Tomlin co-stars in a new series on Netflix entitled Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda. It is set to be released this May.

Tomlin can be found online at www.lilytomlin.com

This performance will last approximately 90 minutes without intermission.  Following the performance, there will be a brief question and answer session with Ms. Tomlin.

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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SMITH/Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

SHOSTAKOVICH
Festive Overture

BIZET
Habañera and Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite No. 2

SOUSA
Washington Post March

WILLIAMS
Selections from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5

HEITZEG
Blue Liberty

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

Each summer, the Orchestra presents a series of free outdoor concerts for the community called Symphony for the Cities. Please join us at Lake Harriet, Plymouth, Winona, and Hudson for magnificent summertime music-making.

WEATHER RELATED CANCELLATIONS

LAST UPDATED: MON JUNE 29, 4:35pm

Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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