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With a thrilling 2016-17 season ahead, featuring over 100 performances 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 2016-17 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!

*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2016-17 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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Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Warren Mack and President and CEO Kevin Smith invite you to join us for one of two celebratory dinners preceding the spectacular Season Opening performances of Osmo Vänskä and Joshua Bell.

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm
featuring scrumptious food prepared by D'Amico Catering

Thursday night Target Atrium seating: $250/person ($130 tax-deductible per person) includes: dinner, drinks, champagne and complimentary parking

Registration is closed for the 2016-17 Season Opening celebration dinners. For more information, please contact Angela Skrowaczewski, Director of Special Events, at 612-371-7128.

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About this Concert:

Our season launches with Brahms at his most lush and Tchaikovsky at his most virtuosic, with superstar Joshua Bell adding the fireworks.

LEVIN
Blur

TCHAIKOVSKY
Violin Concerto

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2

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  • Levin’s 2004 Blur is a fun jolt to the system—full of big percussion.
  • Joshua Bell’s concerts always sell out, but the most talked-about gig of his career remains his undercover busking at a Washington, DC metro stop.
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 is sunny and warm and has one of the most electrifying endings in all of classical music.

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BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Brahms’ Second Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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Envision 10 Year Anniversary

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 2016 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, Cliché, ColdVenus, Emah The Label, George Moskal, Joeleen Torvick, Kindred Folk, Kyra Deva, Raul Osario, Reinier Vigoa, Russell Bourrienne, Spencer Versteeg and Xee Vang. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Call It Spring, Goorin Bros., Mona Williams, Rewind, SEE Eyewear and Stephanie Lake Design.

Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen (1st) and Jamie Overlund (2nd),with hair by HAUS Salon and makeup led by Andrea Holton.

Afterparty The Exchange Nightclub & Alibi Lounge 11pm-2am

General Admission: Standing Room only, entry begins at 8pm; advance price until September1 $29.50; $34.50 after September 1

VIP Admission: $64.50 VIP ticket (limited availability) includes seating, early entry at 7pm, VIP hour (7pm‐8pm complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest music performances) and Swag Bag 

Front Row Admission: $79.50 Front Row ticket includes all perks of VIP + Front Row Seat (limited availability)

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.

For more information please visit www.envisionmpls.com

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 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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About this Concert:

The Orchestra blends power and poignancy in Ginastera’s colorful Harp Concerto and gives its first performance of a beautiful Mass—created to fill the vibrant space of the Washington National Cathedral—by a Minnesota master, the late Stephen Paulus.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

GINASTERA
Harp Concerto

PAULUS
Mass for a Sacred Place

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  • A few years after the six Brandenberg Concertos were finished, the manuscript was auctioned for about $24, and nearly lost.
  • Alberto Ginastera is Argentina’s best-known composer, and this season marks the hundredth anniversary of his birth.
  • Our principal harpist and featured soloist, Kathy Kienzle, gave lessons to young Cuban harpists when the Orchestra toured Havana—one of whom won a scholarship to an American conservatory.
  • Mass for a Sacred Place was commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C. and derives its title from two sources: Washington National Cathedral and the "sacred place" that resides within each individual.
  • Stephen Paulus wrote nearly all of his music at a baby grand in the front room of his Summit Avenue home in St. Paul.
  • Many of Paulus’ beautiful Christmas carols were written with a harp accompaniment, and often premiered by Kienzle.

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