Singer-songwriter-composer Rufus Wainwright performs a concert featuring his original music with the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks
Award-winning singer-songwriter-composer Rufus Wainwright makes his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in concert on Saturday, December 2, at Orchestra Hall. The concert, which is conducted by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, features original music by Wainwright such as Poses, This Love Affair, and Oh What a World, plus holiday selections and more. Wainwright’s first performance at Orchestra Hall was during Sommerfest 2010 (performing without the Orchestra), when he shared a special concert with his sister, folk-rock singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.
The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, December 2, at 8 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $40 to $99. 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.
Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. His album Rufus Does Judy, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006 was nominated for a Grammy. His acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and will be performed this summer at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and the Augsburg Theatre in Germany. Wainwright celebrated Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death with the spring 2016 release of his latest album, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, on Deutsche Grammophon worldwide. The Canadian Opera Company commissioned Wainwright’s second opera, about Roman Emperor Hadrian, to premiere in Toronto in the fall of 2018. More: rufuswainwright.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. During the 2017-18 season, she conducts Orchestra performances with Ben Folds, Pink Martini, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, as well as a brand-new “Home for the Holidays” program, and film music concerts including La La Land, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Little Mermaid and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. She has 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.
Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Rufus Wainwright, piano and vocals
Tickets: $40 to $99
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.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator