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Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare Perform Music from the Great American Songbook with the Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks conducts the Orchestra in American standards, featuring vocalist Hilary Kole and vocalist-pianist Tony DeSare, Feb 10


On Friday, February 10, the Minnesota Orchestra performs favorites from the Great American Songbook, under the direction of Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. Critically-acclaimed vocalist Hilary Kole and top-selling vocalist-pianist Tony DeSare join the Orchestra onstage for a program that includes classics from American musical legends such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and many others, as well as contemporary entries to the American songbook from artists such as Prince and Elton John.  

The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $30 to $70. Tickets are 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.


Hilary Kole
Hilary Kole has engaged audiences throughout the world since beginning her professional career at New York’s legendary Rainbow Room, as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage. She has appeared to sold-out audiences at the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, at Lincoln Center as part of the “American Songbook Series” with Jonathan Schwartz, and at Carnegie Hall for a tribute to Oscar Peterson alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson. She has appeared with orchestras throughout America and at jazz festivals worldwide, and has recorded with many musical greats. Her latest album, Hilary Kole: the Judy Garland Project, was released in February 2016 to glowing reviews. More: hilarykole.com.

Tony DeSare
Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, Tony DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion and the Today Show, and his music has been posted by social media celebrity George Takei. Appearances this season include concerts with the Houston Symphony, Philly Pops, Charleston Symphony, Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and the Wengler Center for the Arts in Malibu. He releases new recordings and videos of standards and new songs every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. More: tonydesare.com.

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 concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra include performances with Boyz II Men, Dessa and Ellis Hall, as well as the Inside the Classics series and a screening of the 2009 Star Trek film that features a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s complete score. Earlier this season she conducted additional movie concerts of Ratatouille and It’s a Wonderful Life. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she returns to the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Toronto Symphony. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.


Live at Orchestra Hall
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Hilary Kole, vocals
Tony DeSare
, vocals and piano
Tommy Barbarella, piano
Ed Decker, guitar
Dylan Shamat, bass
Michael Klopp, drums

Tickets: $30 to $70


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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