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Minnesota Orchestra Begins "Inside the Classics" Season with Program Exploring "Romeo and Juliet," Jan 28

Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman

January 28 concert explores Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, featuring music by Sergei Prokofiev

Inside the Classics, the Minnesota Orchestra’s casual series that explores great classical works through performances and enlightening conversation, begins its eighth season on January 28, with Love in a Time of War: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. In this concert, conductor Sarah Hicks and host Sam Bergman will examine the widely-differing approaches that composers have taken to musically adapting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Orchestra will first perform musical excerpts by a range of composers from Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn to Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. Then, after intermission, the Orchestra will perform the music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, featuring seven movements selected by Sarah Hicks from the composer’s three Romeo and Juliet suites.     

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, January 28, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $30, $20 for patrons under the age of 40 and $12 for students with a valid ID. Subscriptions and individual tickets for all 2016-17 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.

The additional concerts in the 2016-17 Inside the Classics series include Bartók’s Farewell, exploring Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (March 3) and Becoming Legend, featuring Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony (July 15). Visit for more information on these upcoming concerts.

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 2016-17 season she will lead the 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 a film music concert of Star Trek. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she makes return visits to the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Toronto Symphony. For more information, visit

Sam Bergman, 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:

Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concerts
LOVE IN A TIME OF WAR: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

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

The first half of this program includes discussion and performance of excerpts by various composers.

The second half is listed below.

PROKOFIEV                        Romeo and Juliet                                                                                               

                                                                Montagues and Capulets

                                                                The Young Girl Juliet

                                                                Folk Dance

                                                                Romeo with Juliet Before Parting

                                                                The Death of Tybalt

                                                                Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet

                                                                The Death of Juliet

Tickets: $30; $20 for patrons under the age of 40; $12 for students with valid ID.

OH+ Events
Free Samples from our Pint of Music partner, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company, will be available, while supplies last, in the lobby from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Pre-Concert Happy Hour: All beverages will be 50% off at lobby bars from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

For more information on this 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 2016-17 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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