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Minnesota Orchestra Begins Seventh Season of Inside the Classics with Exploration of Haydn and Mozart


Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman; February 12 program showcases the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart through insightful conversation, excerpts and full performance

Inside the Classics, the Minnesota Orchestra’s casual series that explores great classical works through performances and enlightening conversation, begins its seventh season on February 12, with Inside the Classics: Hipster vs. Nerd. In this concert, Conductor Sarah Hicks and host Sam Bergman lead an exploration of the music of Mozart and Haydn, the two great geniuses of the Classical era. Haydn (the “nerd”) created new forms and idioms that would serve as templates for the next several generations of concert music, while Mozart (the “hipster”) was less about changing musical forms and more about coloring outside the lines, creating beautiful but often sardonic pieces with a bit of an edge. In the concert’s first half, the Orchestra will play excerpts from several symphonies and other works by Haydn and Mozart. After intermission, Hicks will conduct the Orchestra in complete performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, Haffner, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, The Clock.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, February 12, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $29 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 and up. Subscriptions and individual tickets for all 2015-16 season concerts are available online at 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 2015-16 season she leads the Orchestra in performances with Ben Folds, Rajaton, Pink Martini and Cirque de la Symphonie, among other artists, and in concerts featuring film music. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she makes return visits to the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and debuts with the San Diego Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she toured with British rock icon Sting, leading 31 concerts over two months in venues throughout Europe. More:

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 hosted many additional Orchestra programs. 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 Orchestra. He has performed works in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber music concerts, including Brett Dean’s Night Window at the 2015 Sommerfest. More:

Inside the Classics concerts
The seventh season of Inside the Classics continues with And Bach Begat… on March 11, a program featuring the music of Bach and Beethoven. For the season finale, presented on May 20, vocal soloists will join Hicks, Bergman and the Orchestra onstage to explore The Evolution of Opera. “Inside the Classics is a series for everyone,” says Bergman. “It bridges the gap between frequent concertgoers and people who are new to the concert hall.” The series was launched during the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2007-08 season.

Inside the Classics

Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sam Bergman, host

MOZART                    Symphony No. 35, Haffner
HAYDN                      Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Tickets: $29 (adults); $12 (children ages 6 and up)

OH+ Events
Gopher Night: The Minnesota Orchestra is collaborating with the University of Minnesota to offer specially-planned activities for students with a valid University of Minnesota student ID.

Symphony and Suds: Patrons will enjoy free samples from Excelsior Brewing Company, as well as a variety of other products available for purchase in the lobby.

GLITCH: A Playful Sounds Exhibit about musical video games and video game composers will take place in the lobby at this concert.

Visit for more details on these and other OH+ events.


Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at, 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 For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit 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 2015-16 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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