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Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert, as small groups of musicians reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Concerts will feature the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra—and classical music—in unique ways.

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About this Concert:

A unique and extraordinary concert that champions the work of trailblazing young composers—a thrilling view into the crystal-ball of tomorrow’s music.

KATHERINE BALCH
Leaf Catalogue

MICHAEL BOYMAN
Tightrope Walker

JUDY BOZONE
Spilled Orange

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI
Music from the Castle of Heaven

TONIA KO
Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide

PHIL TAYLOR
Chiaroscuro

CONRAD WINSLOW
The Old Motion Parade

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  • The Orchestra’s Composer Institute is a week-long training ground for the nation’s brightest young composers at Orchestra Hall that culminates with the Future Classics concert featuring a live performance of each composer’s work.
  • The Institute includes nuts-and-bolts sessions on writing orchestral music and tips on how to make a living at it.
  • Composers often create their music today via computer programs that—while handy—can only approximate the sound of the various orchestral instruments. There is no substitute for actually hearing what works (and what doesn’t) when musicians bring the music to life.
  • It is rare for a major American orchestra to devote an entire week of rehearsal time, and a full evening’s concert to emerging composers.
  • Osmo Vänskä has programmed some past “discoveries” on Minnesota Orchestra classical concerts, giving young composers a stunning career boost.

Radio Sponsor:

Classical MPR

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Performance cancelled

We regret to inform you that Cameron Carpenter has been forced to cancel the “Evening of Silent Film and Organ” that was scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Orchestra Hall.

If you hold tickets for this performance you will be notified by Ticket Services with further details. You do not need to take any immediate action. Refund checks will be mailed mid-November. If you have given your tickets to someone else, please notify them of this cancellation.

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Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

This Young People’s concert for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. The concert will showcase Kodály’s Dances of Galánta as the centerpiece of the program supplemented with other important works showing the history of Hungarian music in classical repertoire.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

Young People’s concerts for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. This concert will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 performed in its entirety.

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'S wonderful! 'S marvelous! These all-time favorite standards from the Great American Songbook soar to new musical heights with Sarah Hicks leading the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Hilary Kole, vocals
  • Tony DeSare, vocals and piano

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  • Heart-stirring, toe-tapping favorites from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland, from Irving Berlin to Bruce Springsteen, and from Cole Porter to Prince.
  • Tony DeSare is a great song interpreter, but he’s also an accomplished song writer; his tunes have appeared in the movies The Tooth Fairy and My Date With Drew.
  • USA Today puts DeSare in a class with “neo-traditional upstarts” including Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.
  • Hilary Kole enjoyed an astonishing professional debut at the legendary Rainbow Room, as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage.
  • Kole has been described as a singer whose “smooth melodic lines...spell the difference between sounding pretty and having something to say.” (The New York Times)

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About this Concert:

Four-time Grammy Award-winners® Boyz II Men add their seductive harmonies to the lush sound of the Minnesota Orchestra for a romantic evening of chart-topping Billboard hits on Valentine’s weekend.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Boyz II Men, vocals

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  • With 64 million albums sold and four Grammy Awards,® Boyz II Men is the number one-selling R&B act of all time.
  • They’re all grown up now, but the velvety vocals of one of America’s favorite ’90s bands are as seductive as ever.
  • Boyz II Men will perform all their big hits, including I’ll Make Love to You, End of the Road and On Bended Knee.
  • It will be like old times: Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman have been singing together for 25 years.
  • Part romance, part fun, this concert is perfect way to celebrate with the sweetheart in your life.

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Featuring Symphony Solo Competition Winner violinist Vivian Murphy performing The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. All four orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Rogers, Rutter, Liszt, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and Rachmaninoff! Our concert opens with students from our String Studio program performing a charming medley.

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

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 is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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Hear this young star from Uzbekistan in a performance of one of the most beloved Romantic showpieces.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 6

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  • Say it out loud: Santtu-Matias Rouvali = “SAHN-tu MAH-tyahs ROO-vah-lee”
  • All together now: Behzod Abduraimov = “BAY-zhawd AHB-doo-RYE-moff”
  • Abduraimov is an Uzbekistani pianist, rare in the international classical world. At only 26 he has already performed in all the world’s major concert houses, and calls Kansas City home today.
  • The young Finnish phenom Rouvali is just 30 years old, a product of the same Finnish conducting school that launched Osmo Vänskä.
  • In his spare time: Rouvali loves to fish and hunt in the Finnish forests.

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Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Modist Brewing Co. for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Feb 16, Modist Brewing Co. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Mar 3 Inside the Classics: Bartók's Farewell Minnesota Orchestra 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.

Modist Brewing Co.
505 N 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Directions >> 

#PintOfMusic

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"Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium is the Twin Cities' answer to New York's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center — a smaller, more intimate venue where listeners can enjoy concert hall-quality jazz." —Pioneer Press

About this Concert:

In 1962, Duke Ellington joined the uncompromising modernists Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums) in a now-legendary meeting of disparate musicians communing with Duke’s classic compositions. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble, in this concert led by Minneapolis-based Bryan Nichols, looks at their landmark recording, Money Jungle.

  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

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  • Money Jungle has inspired hundreds of musicians and is a clear view of the negotiations that jazz requires.
  • The music in this program is another example of Duke Ellington’s towering place in the American compositional canon.
  • Money Jungle stands as witness to confrontation, uncompromising individualism and rich beauty. Even the title suggests a kind of critique on “selling out” to make your path through the modern urban jungle.

Media Partner:

Jazz 88

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Sigrid Johnson, Andrew Last and Jing Ling-Tam lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee of $2.50. 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 MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Douglas Droste, Jerry Luckhardt and Robert Taylor lead the ensembles. 

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee of $2.50. 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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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Franklin Middle School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • North High School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Johnson Senior High School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Melanie DeMore, guest artist
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Come prepared to sing, clap and stomp along the path to freedom with Melanie DeMore.

Following her sold-out concert in 2014, Melanie returns to raise up immigrant voices past and present through songs of liberation and freedom, illuminating Minnesota’s historic role as a sanctuary for the oppressed.

Concert Conversation with vocal activist Melanie DeMore at 3 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 Concert Season. 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 the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Hugh Wolff led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to international acclaim in the '90s, and makes this rare return visit to Minnesota with violin star Karen Gomyo.

ADÉS
Dances from Powder Her Face

BARTÓK
Violin Concerto No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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  • When violinist Karen Gomyo isn’t playing classical music, she teams up with friends to play tango.
  • Hugh Wolff recorded an astonishing 19 CDs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) between 1988-2000.
  • Fans and critics especially love Wolff’s recording with the SPCO and Hilary Hahn in Barber’s Violin Concerto; the final movement tears the lid off the piece!
  • Wolff was born in Paris, where his father worked as a US Foreign Service officer.

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About this Concert:

A spring breeze moves through these three intimate pieces, each composer in a sunny mood that feels just right on a midwinter evening.

MOZART
Adagio for English Horn and Three Strings

BARTÓK
Duos for Two Violins

NIELSEN
Wind Quintet

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 6pm performance).
  • Mozart’s Adagio was left incomplete at his death—only a melody line for English horn and unspecified accompanying instruments. Amazingly, even as a fragment, this is one of his most beautiful creations, with an echo of his popular choral masterpiece Ave Verum Corpus.
  • Nielsen’s Wind Quintet is one of the prickly Dane’s sunniest pieces, and you can practically feel a warm breeze in every bar.
  • Béla Bartók created these 44 short, virtuosic and peppery duos based on folk tunes from his homeland—so wherever two violinists meet, they’ve got fun repertoire to play.

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