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Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s
principal conductor of Live at Orchestra
Hall, has led a broad range of programs
since joining the Orchestra as assistant
conductor in 2006. Her upcoming
performances with the Orchestra include
a program with trumpeter Chris Botti,
semi-staged performances of Rodgers and
, performances
of music from
Singin’ in the Rain
synchronized with the film, and a concert
with the violin-piano duo Igudesman &
Recent, upcoming:
During 2014-15
she returns to the San Francisco
Symphony, Detroit Symphony and
Alabama Symphony, and she makes
her conducting debut with the Santa
Fe Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic,
Edmonton Symphony, New Jersey
Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic and
Kansai Philharmonic. In 2011 she toured
with British rock icon Sting, leading 31
concerts over two months in venues
throughout Europe.
Of interest:
Born in Tokyo and raised
in Honolulu, Hicks originally studied
composition. She has arranged several
works for the Orchestra’s annual
Scandinavian Christmas concerts.
Sam Bergman
, host
Violist Sam Bergman, who joined the
Minnesota Orchestra in 2000, has hosted
Inside the Classics since its inception
in 2007. He has also served as host for
many additional Orchestra programs,
such as Young People’s and Close to
Home concerts.
Additional orchestras
: Since 2013 he
has been principal viola of the Cabrillo
Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa
Cruz, California. In recent years he
has performed as a guest or substitute
musician with ensembles including the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra,
New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia
Bergman performed
Tchaikovsky’s string sextet
Souvenir de
as part of the Orchestra’s new
NightCap series in November 2014.
He has played in chamber ensembles
at many Sommerfest concerts and
additional Orchestra programs.
Bergman’s writings about
music have appeared on such outlets
as the Minnesota Public Radio website,
ArtsJournal and the Minnesota
Orchestra’s website.
Brahms in 1869, 14 years after
he began his First Symphony—and
seven years before its premiere.
Inside the Classics: Beethoven’s Tenth
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