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Minnesota Orchestra announces 2017-18 Inside the Classics and Symphony in 60 concerts

Three Casual Concerts added to Minnesota Orchestra’s 2017-18 season

Inside the Classics series, led by conductor Sarah Hicks and host Sam Bergman, enters its ninth season

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox conducts Symphony in 60 concert


Today the Minnesota Orchestra announced that four new concerts have been added to the 2017-18 season: two Inside the Classics programs on March 24 and July 28, 2018, and two performances of a Symphony in 60 program on July 27, 2018. These concerts are all part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Casual Concert series, which includes features such as $25 tickets, pre-concert happy hours, local craft brews and opportunities to meet musicians onstage after the performances.

The Inside the Classics series, which enters its ninth season this year, is led by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman. In these unique concerts, Hicks, Bergman and the Orchestra explore classical music through conversation and musical examples. On March 24, 2018, they present a concert titled Love That Dare Not Speak, looking back through musical history at LGBT composers, musicians and others who ignored social conventions of their times and made a lasting impact on classical music. In the July 28 program, Speaking Truth to Power, the duo explores musical works throughout history that were created in response to major social and political events. On July 27, Associate Conductor Roderick Cox leads a Symphony in 60 program on themes of peace and reconciliation, offering a complete Minnesota Orchestra concert in only 60 minutes.

Specific program details for each of these concerts will be announced at a later date. For more information and a complete listing of all ten Casual Concerts in the 2017-18 season, please visit minnesotaorchestra.org/casualpass.

The concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall. Subscriptions and individual tickets for all 2017-18 season concerts are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For more details on purchasing tickets, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

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. During the 2017-18 season, she conducts Orchestra performances with Leslie Odom, Jr., Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Pink Martini, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, as well as film music concerts including La La Land, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Little Mermaid and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she debuts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She has also recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuted with the major orchestras in Melbourne, Brisbane, Montreal, Toronto and Lisbon. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Roderick Cox, conductor
Roderick Cox, now in his second full season as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor after one year as assistant conductor, won critical and audience praise for his debut subscription performances with the Orchestra this past January. He regularly conducts Young People’s Concerts, family programs, outdoor community concerts and special performances such as October’s “Send Me Hope” concert and a December 2016 “Spirit of the Season” concert at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in north Minneapolis. A native of Macon, Georgia, he served as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. His recent honors include winning a Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and being selected by the League of American Orchestras for the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview. In August 2017 he debuted with the Johannesburg Philharmonic in South Africa. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Sam Bergman, Inside the Classics host
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and also hosts the Orchestra’s Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. 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 Orchestra. He has performed works in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber music concerts, including Brett Dean’s Night Window at the 2015 Sommerfest. He has written frequently for the Orchestra’s website, including a series of posts about the historic Cuba tour in May 2015. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.


Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concerts
INSIDE THE CLASSICS
Love That Dare Not Speak

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola


Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concerts
SYMPHONY IN 60

Friday, July 27, 2018, 7 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, July 27, 2018, 9 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Roderick Cox
, conductor


Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concerts
INSIDE THE CLASSICS
Speaking Truth to Power

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible 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 2017-18 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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