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Minnesota Orchestra Presents Symphony Ball 2019: Northern Lights

Music Director Osmo Vänskä to conduct Symphony Ball performance at Orchestra Hall 

The Orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser, held June 8 at Orchestra Hall, features the Minnesota Orchestra and acclaimed guest performer Chastity Brown, plus dinner, auctions, dancing and entertainment

Chaired by Betsy Frost and Charlie Anderson, the 2019 Symphony Ball celebrates the magic of the night sky

The Minnesota Orchestra presents its annual premier gala on June 8, 2019, the 63rd annual Symphony Ball, Northern Lights: A Night of Brilliance with the Minnesota Orchestra, inspired by the magic of the night sky. In the event’s centerpiece, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Orchestra in a performance of music that celebrates the ethereal energy, exquisite light and stunning colors of the aurora borealis. The Orchestra will be joined by special guest artist Chastity Brown, an acclaimed singer-songwriter who will perform two pieces with the Orchestra, followed by a solo set after the Orchestra performance concludes.

Tickets starting at $450 are now available for the full evening, which includes a seated dinner with Orchestra musicians and an auction. $125 Partier tickets are also available for those who would like to arrive after the dinner hour. Partier tickets include a pre-concert cocktail hour with music performed by the MOB (Minnesota Orchestra Band), access to the Minnesota Orchestra concert and Chastity Brown’s performance, the opportunity to bid in a silent auction, plus a post-concert party, desserts, dancing and entertainment by dance band Synergy. The event’s activities conclude at 1:00 a.m.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Orchestra Hall and the adjoining Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. For more information and ticket options, see event details at the end of this press release or visit

Symphony Ball, which is the Orchestra’s most significant annual fundraising event, is Chaired this year by Betsy Frost and Charlie Anderson, with Marilyn Carlson Nelson serving as Honorary Chair. Since 1956, the annual Symphony Ball has raised millions of dollars in support of the Minnesota Orchestra, its musicians and education programs. This year’s event will continue to raise critical funds to support the artistic excellence and award-winning education and community engagement programs of the Orchestra.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor           
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. He has led the Orchestra on five major European tours, an August 2018 visit to London’s BBC Proms, and historic tours to Cuba in 2015 and South Africa in 2018, as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. Their recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony earned a 2018 Grammy Award nomination; since then, two additional Mahler symphony albums have been released. More:

Chastity Brown, singer-songwriter
Raised in Union City, Tennessee, and now based in Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Chastity Brown became an artist to watch when her critically acclaimed Red House debut, Silhouette of Sirens, was featured as an NPR “First Listen.” Since then, she’s toured extensively with Ani DiFranco and, most recently, award-winning poet Andrea Gibson. Brown’s music brings together blues, folk, R&B and soul and embraces the political, covering topics of identity and belonging. Live, she shares her experiences as a woman of color touring and living in our currently divisive country. As a songwriter with roots in the classic folk traditions, she believes music can be a force for change. More:

Northern Lights

Saturday, June 8, 2019 / The Hilton Hotel and Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Chastity Brown, singer-songwriter

Tickets that include dinner start at $450

 Event begins at 5:00 p.m.

 Includes welcome reception with formal dinner, auctions, the Minnesota Orchestra performance, desserts, live music and dancing

Partier Tickets: $125

 Arrive at 8:00 p.m.

 Includes pre-concert refreshments, the Minnesota Orchestra performance, desserts, live music and dancing

To purchase tickets, visit

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