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Charles Lazarus and the Steeles perform with the Minnesota Orchestra

The Steeles, Minneapolis’ own family ensemble, perform with Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus
and the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert inspired by the music of George Gershwin

Concert is conducted by Associate Conductor Roderick Cox, April 6

The Minnesota Orchestra joins forces with Minneapolis-based family ensemble The Steeles and Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus for a performance of Our Love Is Here to Stay at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 6. Led by Associate Conductor Roderick Cox and featuring Lazarus as trumpet soloist, the program includes music by George Gershwin and additional selections from the Great American Songbook, plus a special reprise of Prince’s Purple Rain as performed by the Orchestra and The Steeles before 65,000 fans at the Minnesota Vikings 2016 home opener game.

This concert is performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 6, 2018, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $45 to $80. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Charles Lazarus, trumpet             
Charles Lazarus, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra’s trumpet section since 2000, has masterminded several original productions with the Orchestra, serving as soloist, composer and bandleader. He has created and starred in three original orchestral shows featuring his jazz ensemble: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon. In addition, his holiday concert Merry & Bright has been performed annually at Orchestra Hall since 2015. In 2015 he and the Orchestra performed the world premiere of American Nomad, a trumpet concerto composed for him by Steve Heitzeg. Lazarus’ composition A Perfect Square, paired with Michael Hall’s book of the same name, was recently made into a children’s animated short film. His four solo recordings, Solo Settings, Zabava, Merry & Bright and Lovejoy, showcase his wide-ranging talent and feature collaborations with diverse composers, arrangers and performers, including Orchestra musicians. More: or

The Steeles        
The Steeles—five siblings J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta and Billy—have been singing together since they were children growing up in Gary, Indiana. They have recorded and performed with Prince as well as super producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and they have shared the stage with Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama, among many others, and performed on A Prairie Home Companion. The family has traveled around the world performing the acclaimed musical The Gospel at Colonus, including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theatre in 1988. They have also performed for 3M, Target, AMBEV, U.S. Bank, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of America, Tubman and the Military Family Tribute at the Minnesota State Capitol. Their heartfelt, melodic sounds have been shared throughout the U.S. and around the world in Greece, France, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, India and Austria. Collectively they have several Gold and Platinum albums and earned the Sally Award in Education. More:

Roderick Cox, conductor
Roderick Cox, now in his second full season as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor after one year as assistant conductor, won critical and audience praise for his subscription performances with the Orchestra in January and October 2017. He regularly conducts the Orchestra in Young People’s Concerts, family programs, outdoor community concerts and special performances such as last October’s “Send Me Hope” collaboration with church choirs from north Minneapolis and other local performers. His recent honors include winning a Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and being selected by the League of American Orchestras for the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview. In addition, he is one of five conductors from around the globe invited to work with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Danielle Gatti’s annual conducting masterclass in June 2018. More:,

Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, April 6, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Roderick Cox, conductor
Charles Lazarus, trumpet
The Steeles, vocalists
Tommy Barbarella, keyboards, arranger and producer
Cory Wong, guitar
Jeff Bailey, bass
David Schmalenberger, drums
Ken Chastain, percussion 

Tickets: $45 to $80


Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (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 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 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.



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