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Events for September 2015

It's time to celebrate! Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the stage to launch our new season, joined by the legendary Audra McDonald.

If you’ve never experienced the excitement of opening night at Orchestra Hall or the magic that is Audra McDonald, don’t miss this performance. She has earned six Tony® Awards and a devoted fan base who find themselves enraptured by her artistry. The 2015-16 season launches with colorful orchestral showpieces and a thrilling collection of Ms. McDonald’s signature songs.

Overture to The Magic Flute

Letter from Home

Adagio for Strings

“When Did I Fall in Love,” from Fiorello

“I Had Myself a True Love,” from St. Louis Woman

“I Could Have Danced All Night," from My Fair Lady

Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld

Selections from The Fountains of Rome

“Moon River,” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“Can’t Stop Talking,” from Let’s Dance

“Make Someone Happy,” from Do Re Mi

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” from The Sound of Music

March, from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber

Join us for a complimentary champagne toast and post-concert party to launch the new season!

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With a thrilling 2015-16 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2015-16 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Overture to Karelia

Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Embraceable You, from Girl Crazy

Honeysuckle Rose

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin',” from Oklahoma! (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

“Some Enchanted Evening,” from South Pacific (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 7

Dance of the Tumblers, from Snow Maiden

Dance of the Miller's Wife (Fandango), from Suite No. 1 from The Three-Cornered Hat

Russian Dance, from Petrushka

Allegro con grazia, from Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Danse macabre

Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah

*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2015-16 series package at the Sampler concert or within one month of this event. Not valid with any other offer or renewal. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Minnesota Orchestra continues its innovative community engagement program, Common Chords, with a weeklong residency in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota from September 22 to 26, 2015.

Tuesday's schedule of events

10:30-11am | Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center (DLCCC)
Performance by Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet as guests check into the DLCCC fitness center open to the public

11:05-11:25am | Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center (DLCCC)
String Quartet performs in the fitness classroom during the Silver Sneakers cool down

12-1:15pm | Kiwanis Meeting
Conductor Sarah Hicks presents an “Art of Conducting” seminar and our String Quartet performs at this professional business luncheon at Speakeasy Restaurant.

Noon-3:30pm | Detroit Lakes High School
School performances for 9th through 12th grade music students by Minnesota Orchestra Brass Quintet

2-3pm | Detroit Lakes Public Library
String Quartet performs for the senior Library Club open to the public

Schedule for the week

Click on a date to see the schedule of events for that day: Tue Sep 22 | Wed Sep 23 | Thu Sep 24 | Fri Sep 25 | Sat Sep 26

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Check out our daily synopsis and follow us on Minnesota Orchestra's Facebook page for frequent updates of our ongoing adventure in northern Minnesota.

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Fashion enthusiasts can expect an impeccably curated presentation of style, fashion, hair, makeup, music and glam. Staying true to their intention for the event to serve as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will show current Fall 2015 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities.

The runway show will feature Fall/Winter collections from the following local designers: ACG, Caroline Hayden, Cliche, Cory Allen, Form over Function, Jenny Carle, Joeleen Torvick, Kjurek, Russell Bourrienne, Sarah Furnae and Yevette Willaert. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Goorin Bros., Larissa Loden, Mona Williams, Rewind, Stephanie Lake Design, and See Eyewear.

Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen, with hair by Haus Salon and makeup led by Kristine Loehrer. Co-producing the show is John Mark Hostetler. A portion of the event proceeds, 100% of the silent auction and $1 of every presale ticket will benefit our non-profit partner, Public Functionary.

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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. VIP entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP ticket includes seating, early entry, VIP hour (7pm-8pm, complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest musical performances) and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee and a $1 charitable contribution to benefit Public Functionary.  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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