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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Special Offers: $20under40

The Minnesota Orchestra is pleased to offer $20 tickets for guests under the age of 40! This special offer is available for select concerts throughout the season, and more concerts are added monthly. See below for a list of eligible events.


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Simply choose a concert listed below and select “$20under40” for the ticket type when choosing your seats (top-priced seating sections not eligible). Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid ID showing proof of age (must be 40 years or younger) per two tickets purchased. Order online or by phone for Will Call pickup only. Limit one pair of $20 tickets per eligible performance.

Eligible Concerts

About This Concert:

The spirit of Paris runs like the Seine through this program with two 18th-century symphonies dedicated to the City of Light and a hauntingly beautiful 19th-century religious work by one of Paris’ most treasured composers, Fauré.

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 31, Paris



Fun Facts:

  • Both Mozart and Rigel were born in German-speaking countries and came as young men to Paris hoping for fame; Rigel found it, but Mozart didn’t and returned home to Austria.
  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 was premiered in Paris by a larger orchestra than the composer had ever heard, prompting his father to quip that the French must like noisy symphonies.
  • Fauré’s Requiem is filled with a quiet beauty, “dominated from beginning to end,” said the composer, “by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

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About This Concert:

Juraj Valčuha returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto and Debussy’s shape-shifting picture of the sea, La mer.

The Enchanted Lake

Piano Concerto No. 3

The Fountains of Rome

La mer

Fun Facts:

  • At six-foot-six, Rachmaninoff had hands that could span three notes farther than most pianists—one of the reasons his Concerto No. 3 is the most daunting in all the pianist’s literature.
  • The Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parent’s record collection and came to the US when he was only 14 to focus on jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Gerstein won the prestigious (and slightly mysterious) Gilmore Award in 2010, bestowed every four years on an unsuspecting pianist anywhere in the world in recognition of exceptional artistry.
  • Debussy’s parents had plans for their son to join the navy, but Debussy rarely got close to large bodies of water and instead let his imagination set sail when he created his vivid orchestration of the sea in La mer.

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About This Concert:

Casual Concert = FUN, COMFORTABLE and a little DIFFERENT than what you might expect.


  • $5 Happy Hour
  • Local craft brews
  • Meet the musicians onstage

There are revolutionaries in music—and then there’s Cameron Carpenter, who tours globally with an astonishing electric organ of his own design and amazes audiences with his jaw-dropping virtuosity.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Klaus Mäkelä, conductor
  • Cameron Carpenter, organ

Prelude to Khovanshchina

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for organ and orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Fun Facts:

  • This program offers the best of Russia’s musical riches, from lush Romantic melodies and rich harmonies to triumphant cries of survival in the face of oppression.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody is one of the most recognizable pieces of Romantic keyboard music, newly adapted for organ from its piano original by Carpenter.
  • Carpenter’s signature International Touring Organ uses sophisticated technology to reproduce the sounds of many different American pipe organs at the touch of a button.
  • Carpenter’s recent Washington concert drew praise from the Post for his “blazing technique, wit and enthusiasm for the organ [that is] nothing short of contagious.”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 dates from the height of the Soviet Union’s Stalinist terror. Writing in fear for his life, Shostakovich created his most powerful music, and the ovation at the premiere lasted half an hour.
  • 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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About This Concert:

A brilliant, sunny quartet and a Czech-inspired quintet, featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe and her colleagues from each of our string sections.

Please note: this chamber music performance will be held in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.

String Quartet No. 4

String Quintet in G major

Fun Facts:

  • Adding the double bass to the standard string quartet gave Dvořák a chamber ensemble that used each of the string instruments of a symphony orchestra.
  • Dvořák’s Quintet was originally 5 movements; one of these movements is now known on its own as his Nocturne for Strings (Opus 40).
  • The String Quartet No. 4 was composed while Mendelssohn was on his honeymoon in the Black Forest.
  • Mendelssohn’s Quartet has several moments that foreshadow his famous E-minor Violin Concerto—a piece that Concertmaster Erin Keefe performed with the Orchestra in 2014.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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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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Note: All seating subject to availability and may vary by performance. Normal service charges apply. Available while supplies last and may not be combined with any other offer. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.