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Minnesota Orchestra Explores the Evolution of Opera in "Inside the Classics" Concert


Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman; May 20 concert explores opera from Baroque to Wagner and beyond

Vocal soloists Christina Pier, Carrie Henneman Shaw and Eric Barry perform with the Orchestra

Inside the Classics, the Minnesota Orchestra’s casual series that explores great classical works through performances and enlightening conversation, concludes its seventh season on May 20, with a program designed to traverse the history of opera through conversation and performance. In this concert, conductor Sarah Hicks leads the Orchestra and joins host Sam Bergman in sharing insight about opera’s evolution and the orchestra’s role in this art form. Joining them onstage for solo performances are soprano Christina Pier, soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and tenor Eric Barry. Music will include selections by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and others.  

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $29. Tickets 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.

Vocal Soloists
American soprano Christina Pier has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Her engagements in the 2015-16 season include singing Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Virginia Opera, Poulenc’s Gloria and Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony. More:

St. Paul-based soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw specializes in singing music written before Mozart and after Schoenberg. She has collaborated with composers from around the world, including acclaimed Minnesota composers Abbie Betinis and Jocelyn Hagen, and she has received invitations to sing with top American early music ensembles such as the Boston Early Music Festival, for which she originated the roles of Euridice and Roselie in their international touring production of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orfée aux Enfers. More:

Tenor Eric Barry has a close association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, for whom he has sung and recorded Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, The Turn of the Screw, Maria Padilla, Iphigénie en Tauride, At the Boar’s Head, L’Amore dei Tre Re and Simon Boccanegra. He has also performed with companies such as Amarillo Opera, the Florentine Opera Company, North Carolina Opera and Opera Memphis, and in concert with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and others. More:

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 newly-announced 2016-17 season she will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts with Dessa, Boyz II Men, Ellis Hall, Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare, among other artists, as well as the Inside the Classics series and film music concerts of Star Trek and Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille. 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. He has performed works in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber music concerts, including Brett Dean’s Night Window at the 2015 Sommerfest. His writings about the Orchestra and the music world are featured on the Orchestra’s website. More:

Inside the Classics

Friday, May 20, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola
Christina Pier, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano
Eric Barry, tenor

Visit to view the complete program.

Tickets: $29

OH+ Event

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

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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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