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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.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Audra McDonald, soprano
  • Andy Einhorn, conductor

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.

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About This Concert:

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

Fanfare for the Common Man

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

“Hedwig’s Flight,” from The Children’s Suite, from the motion-picture Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Overture to West Side Story

Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

Radetzky March

Symphony No. 7 in A major, movement IV

Finale from Firebird

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, including opportunities to try ‭orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience.

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 Concert:

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Associate Conductor Roderick Cox leads the orchestra in a program reflecting on themes of peace and reconciliation.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Stewart Goodyear, piano



Piano Concerto No. 4

Fun Facts:

  • This Symphony in 60 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 (9pm concert only).
  • Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra's associate conductor in September 2016, following a year in which he served as the ensemble's assistant conductor.
  • During the 2016-17 season, Roderick Cox made conducting debuts with The Cleveland Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.

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About this Concert:

From the 1960s through today, protest music has played an important role in American culture. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the stories, music, and achievements of composers who used their talents to participate in social protest through the centuries.

Post-concert on stage reception.

Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

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

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

Overture to Fidelio

Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

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.

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