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Minnesota Orchestra Presents "Inside the Classics" Concert Exploring Bach and His Successors


Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman; March 11 concert showcases the music of Bach and Beethoven in a program that includes 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, continues its seventh season on March 11, with Inside the Classics: And Bach Begat… In this concert, conductor Sarah Hicks and host Sam Bergman take an in-depth look at Johann Sebastian Bach and the great many composers who were inspired by his compositional genius. Beethoven in particular was motivated by the great fugues that Bach created, and he set out to master this style on his own. In this concert’s first half, Hicks and Bergman introduce excerpts from works by Bach and composers such as Mozart, Britten, Bartók and Arvo Pärt—including a special performance by a local vocal ensemble. After intermission, the Orchestra will give complete performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, set for string orchestra by the late musicologist and author Michael Steinberg.        

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, March 11, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $29. 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, in addition to many other 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

Friday, March 11, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sam Bergman, host

BACH                                            Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN/Steinberg          Grosse Fuge

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

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

Music in our Schools Month: Throughout March, we celebrate MacPhail Center for Music’s K-12 School Partnerships Program. Prior to this evening’s concert, patrons will enjoy music from choir students of FAIR School Downtown, in the lobby of Orchestra Hall from 7:00pm to 7:45 pm.

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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