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Holiday Music at Orchestra Hall Continues with Trumpeter Doc Severinsen and the Classic Film "It's a Wonderful Life" In Concert

Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra perform “Jingle Bell Doc” concerts, Dec. 16 and 17

Sarah Hicks conducts performances of the complete score for It’s a Wonderful Life, while the 1946 film is shown on a large screen, Dec. 17 and 18


On the third weekend in December, conductor-trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the Minnesota Orchestra’s beloved pops conductor laureate, performs his ever-popular “Jingle Bell Doc” program of holiday favorites and new arrangements. He conducts the Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and additional performers in concerts on December 16 and 17. The same weekend, Sarah Hicks leads the Minnesota Orchestra in live performances on December 17 and 18 of It’s a Wonderful Life. This classic film is projected on the big screen as the Orchestra provides a live performance of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score.             

The performances of Jingle Bell Doc take place on Friday, December 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 17, at 1 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $75. The performances of It’s a Wonderful Life In Concert are held on Saturday, December 17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $80.

All performances take place at Orchestra Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra’s home in downtown Minneapolis.  More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.


Jingle Bell Doc
Legendary conductor-trumpeter Doc Severinsen—beloved nationally for his 25-year tenure as bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson—was the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal pops conductor from 1993 to 2007 and now serves as pops conductor laureate. He leads the Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale, vocalists Vanessa Thomas and Joseph Wolverton, a spirited rhythm section, and local handbell ensemble Twin Cities Bronze in a delightful program that includes a variety of favorite holiday music.

Holiday Concerts
JINGLE BELL DOC
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, December 16, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1 p.m./ Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Doc Severinsen
, conductor and trumpet
Vanessa Thomas, vocals
Joseph Wolverton, vocals
Kevin Thomas, bass
Stockton Helbing, drum set
Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Minnesota Chorale, chorus
Twin Cities Bronze, handbell ensemble
Tony DiLorenzo, conductor and arranger

Tickets: $30 to $75


It’s A Wonderful Life In Concert
It's a Wonderful Life, the treasured 1946 film directed by Frank Capra, and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and has been a beloved holiday movie for 70 years. Generations of audiences have been uplifted by the classic tale of businessman George Bailey and the life-affirming lessons he learns on Christmas Eve with the help of his guardian angel. Dimitri Tiomkin, who composed the score performed in these concerts, was one of the most distinguished music writers of Hollywood, earning four Oscars and 22 Academy Award nominations. In addition to It’s a Wonderful Life, he collaborated with Frank Capra on films such as You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Meet John Doe.

While the film is projected on a large screen above the stage, Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, conducts the Orchestra in the complete score. Joining them onstage is the Minnesota Chorale, whose artistic director is Kathy Saltzman Romey.          

Holiday Concerts
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE IN CONCERT

Complete Film with Live Orchestra

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Minnesota Chorale, chorus

Tickets: $30 to $80

It’s a Wonderful Life In Concert is produced by CineConcerts and licensed by Paramount Pictures.


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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