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About This Concert:

The stellar local trio with a global following, The New Standards join special guests and a big band to play songs and themes from their favorite cult and classic films, presented with flair and filtered through their inimitable style. Garnish with a bruised sprig of mint.

  • Chan Poling, piano and vocals
  • John Munson, bass and vocals
  • Steve Roehm, vibraphone
  • The New Standards Big Band

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Fun Facts:

  • For this concert, the trio puts its spin on gems by jazz greats like Bacharach and Mancini, riff on European film scores that embody the moody cool of the 60’s and 70’s, and use film clips and projections to channel the singular vibe.
  • The New Standards have roots in iconic Twin Cities bands The Suburbs (Chan Poling), Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic (John Munson), and Billygoat and Electropolis (Steve Roehm).
  • The Star Tribune praised The New Standards 2016 Orchestra Hall concert saying “There were moments in Saturday's performance that truly were revelatory.”
  • Stylish, groovy and endlessly inventive, The New Standards host a party you won’t want to miss.

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

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About This Concert:

Transforming classic Broadway songs into a performance entirely her own, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns, bringing her power, artistry and passion to the Orchestra Hall stage.

Fun Facts:

  • Audra McDonald’s two concerts at Orchestra Hall have both sold out, including Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015-16 season opening. The Star Tribune raved: “Versatile Audra McDonald’s Star Power lights up Orchestra Hall.”
  • She studied classical voice at Juilliard and has graced stages such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • McDonald has won six Tony Awards so far, and is the only person to date to have won in all four acting categories.
  • She first performed the role of Billie Holiday on Broadway in 2014 and later won her sixth Tony Award for her astounding portrayal which Broadway World called”… a tour de force.”
  • She is a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes and underprivileged youth. Audra is Mom to two girls—Zoe and Sally—and two shelter dogs—Butler and Georgia.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert:

Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience for all ages conducted by Akiko Fujimoto and featuring guest cellist Nygel Witherspoon.

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

WILLIAMS
Harry's Wondrous World, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN
Overture to West Side Story

FAURÉ
Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Radetzky March

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, mvt. IV from Symphony No. 7

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The Firebird

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • 16-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon makes a guest appearance playing Fauré’s Elégie
  • From Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to Stravinsky’s Firebird, Courage and Triumph is a concert you won’t want to miss. Listen to the music that will be performed on the concert (coming soon)!
  • Come early for pre-concert activities curated by community partners including the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and Toneworks Music Therapy.
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

We designed this concert experience with support from our Accessibility Team and are extremely grateful for the expertise of each member and the contributions they made to develop this concert.

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Fulton Brewing Taproom. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Piccolo quartet? You heard right. We might as well call this event Pint of Piccolos! This is our first-ever piccolo performance at a brewery.
  • Meet the musicians after the music! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Fulton Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the July 27 Symphony in 60 concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Fulton Brewing Taproom
1214, 414 N 6th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About this Concert:

Enjoy one hour (no intermission) of gorgeous music featuring selections by Beethoven, Salonen and Pärt led by trailblazing conductor Roderick Cox, the 2018 winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

SALONEN
Helix

PÄRT
Fratres

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

Fun Facts:

  • Helix was commissioned by the BBC and premiered by Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace on a Proms concert in August 2005.
  • Mandela and his friend, Welsh pianist Harold Rubens, led meetings in the 1950s at which they planned apartheid resistance while Rubens played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 very loudly to thwart government bugs.
  • Arvo Pärt is from Estonia, which is also celebrating its centenary in 2018. His composition Fratres literally means brotherhood, and demonstrates his minimalist tintinnabuli style of composition.
  • Called "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear has collaborated previously with Roderick Cox, who in turn introduced Goodyear to the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • These Symphony in 60 concerts are part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series, which includes a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians after the performance.
  • This performance also marks Roderick Cox's final concert as Minnesota Orchestra associate conductor, although we hope to bring you future concerts with him guest conducting.
  • In May 2018 Roderick Cox won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. The award, conferred by The Solti Foundation U.S., is the largest grant given to young American conductors in the United States.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About this Concert:

Protest music has played an important role in history for centuries, sparking dialogue and inspiring change—and our recent history is no exception. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the music of composers who used their craft as commentary on historical and current events.

This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children. Read an essay by Sam Bergman about how this program was created »

Post-concert on stage reception.

BRITTEN
Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

CORIGLIANO
Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, mvt. I from Symphony No. 1

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

PENDERECKI
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

STILL
In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

SMYTH
Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai
Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

Al-ZAND
The Prisoner

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics, now in its ninth season, features Minnesota Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. The duo explore classical music through conversation and orchestral excerpts. This Inside the Classics concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Karim Al-Zand's The Prisoner is a masterful and moving piece for bass baritone and orchestra that is inspired by the writings of Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Latif, who was held without cause for a decade and died while incarcerated.
  • This wide-ranging program also explores music that commemorates the women’s suffrage movement, acknowledges the service and sacrifice of African-American Civil War soldiers, reflects on the bombing of Hiroshima and pays tribute to friends lost during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa! Book donation guidelines and information »

Books for Africa

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