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Events for November 13, 2018–December 25, 2018

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Kinetically joyful, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony represents the composer at the height of his powers, while Kevin Puts' contemporary work Imagining Beethoven brings new depth to Beethoven's creative process.

During the second week of November, the Minnesota Orchestra will celebrate its 7,000 + Guaranty Fund donors. This week's concert performances will be dedicated to all whose generous contributions ensure that the Minnesota Orchestra can continue to bring incredible music experiences to our community. In fact 80% of our overall budget – including generous gifts from the community - goes directly to support the Orchestra and its gorgeous music. With ticket sales only covering one quarter of the budget, donor support remains absolutely critical. To all of our donors – THANK YOU! You make this exciting season of music possible.

Donors: please see your email or postcard for directions on how to access your free tickets. Not yet a Guaranty Fund donor? Become a donor and support the music you love »

Program

*PUTS
Inspiring Beethoven / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 2 / 33 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 / 42 min

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Q&A with Kevin Puts

Artists

Fun Facts

  • The second movement of the Shostakovich concerto is built on a popular 1920s street song from Odessa that he loved, "Bubliki, kupite bubliki" loosely translated as “Pretzels, buy my pretzels.”
  • The Allegretto from Symphony No. 7 is heard as George VI delivers his first wartime speech in the Oscar®-winning movie The King’s Speech.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle. Instructor Michelle Henkel from The Whispering Cave will facilitate this experience in the Orchestra Hall lobby for beginners and experienced yogis alike!

Fun Facts:

  • Sun salutations meet live music in our new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.
  • Michelle Henkel has been teaching yoga since 2008. Her career in movement began years earlier as a dancer in NYC. In the time since she has expanded her skill set with multiple trainings in various forms of yoga, meditation, and personal fitness.
  • The Whispering Cave is a Yoga/Salt Therapy Studio co-owned by Michelle Henkel and Greta Walch. This unique space offers mindful and traditional yoga in a wide variety of styles. All are welcome to visit the studio, which is located in Wayzata and open seven days a week!
  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.

Accessibility

Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

Additional services are available upon request. Accessibility offerings at Orchestra Hall »

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia West, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia West, Sinfonia East, Concertino, Concert Orchestra and Symphony.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra cellist Katja Linfield and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials. Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Other access services are available upon request.

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One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before.

Renowned paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are part of an exclusive group invited to the island for a sneak preview of the park’s wonders. When things go terribly wrong, they must fight for their lives against unimaginable dangers in a desperate attempt to escape from a world gone mad... a world in which dinosaurs once again rule the earth.

Now audiences can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

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Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Jurassic Park is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
No doubt about it: music makes us want to move—and music’s rhythm is at the core of our urge to march, swing and sway.

Fun Facts:

  • Strauss’ exuberant Radetzky March is a brilliant example of the way 2/4-time calls us to march, while the swirling Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker shows the very different power of 3/4-time in pulling us toward movement.
  • Additional highlights include the famous rhythmic motif of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Steve Reich’s unique Clapping Music, performed here by two Minnesota Orchestra percussionists with claves, and the show-stopping Danzon No. 2 by Marquez.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available 

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Every beloved Christmas song had a first performance. Discover your holiday soundtrack as VocalEssence performs the crème de la crème of Christmas premieres over the past 49 years and looks toward the future with world premieres by screen and stage composer Nico Muhly (hot off his premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York!) and two new carols by winners of the 21st annual Welcome Christmas Carol Contest.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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With a richly textured baritone voice, award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter brings unique interpretation and lyric soulfulness to original works and classic songs by Nat "King" Cole such as "Mona Lisa" and "Nature Boy" plus Holiday favorites like "The Christmas Song."

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Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Gregory Porter, vocals
  • Vincent Mendoza, conductor and arranger

Fun Facts

  • Porter played linebacker for San Diego State University, but a shoulder injury kept him from going pro.
  • He was a cast member of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical, but he didn’t officially launch his recording career until age 40.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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The 31st year of the University of St. Thomas Christmas concert will unfold with"O Wondrous Night" at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance celebrates the Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. More than 300 student performers in the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Donne Unite, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform in the concert.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

The concert is 90 minutes long and there is not an intermission.

Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance. No refunds will be distributed.

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For the Beauty of the Earth is performed by approximately 400 student musicians and marks the 92nd anniversary of the region’s grandest Christmas celebration. 

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Deck the hall with VocalEssence at this hands-on holiday event. Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite carols, and try your hand at creating a holiday-themed craft to take home. Sit up close and experience the wonder of singing together (maybe for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles, and teddy bears welcome!

Tickets: $15 Adults, FREE Children (Age 0-17); All seating general admission.

  • Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Join us for the grand finale of Bach’s six-part Oratorio as the Minnesota Chorale celebrates the naming and adoration of the Christ in the last three passionate cantatas of this soaring, sacred work.

Program

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 3  / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas 4, 5 and 6 / 75 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written with the intention of each cantata being performed a different night over the 12 days of Christmas.
  • For the Oratorio, Bach borrowed his own music, adapting choruses and arias from earlier secular works for this large-scale endeavor.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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A new season of chamber music begins with a timeless classic from Vivaldi, featuring three of the Orchestra’s stellar wind musicians. Plus, works by Harbison and Stravinsky use unusual combinations of instruments in colorful and witty ways.

Ensemble 1

VIVALDI
Chamber Concerto in G minor

Ensemble 2

HARBISON
Six American Painters

Ensemble 3

GOLTERMANN
Souvenirs de Bellini

Ensemble 4

STRAVINSKY
Octet

Fun Facts:

  • Vivaldi wrote 23 chamber concertos for mixed soloists and continuo.
  • Harbison spent many hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at paintings to inspire his music.
  • “The movements tend toward brevity. I had two intentions: not too slow, and not too long.” – John Harbison on his Six American Painters.
  • Stravinsky’s first professional conducting job was leading the premiere of his Octet at the Paris Opera.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written and narrated by Kevin Kling
  • Original music by Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko
  • ComMUSICation youth choir, Ryan LaBoy, director

Fun Facts

  • In 1993, Kling won the prestigious Whiting Award for drama. He’s appeared regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and won the 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Our multitalented conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • Director Peter Rothstein is no stranger to the Twin Cities arts scene. The 2015 Star Tribune “Artist of the Year” is also Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Bank

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials . Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

     Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program

Other access services are available upon request.

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Jazz up your holiday season with a genre-spanning brass spectacular led by the Minnesota Orchestra’s acclaimed trumpeter Charles Lazarus.

Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • The Lazarus Brass

Fun Facts

  • At age 9, Lazarus met Dizzy Gillespie backstage at a concert. Dizzy even let him try out his trumpet.
  • The concert features keyboardist extraordinaire Tommy Barbarella, a member of Prince’s New Power Generation who also performs with Nick Jonas & the Administration.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Celebrated solo pianist George Winston returns to Orchestra Hall for a winter-themed solo performance of songs that celebrate the spirit of the holidays.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

Fun Facts

  • Winston’s performance will include a collection for a local food bank; audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate.
  • Winston is a passionate fan of Vince Guaraldi and has released two albums featuring the music Guaraldi wrote for the beloved Charles Schulz Peanuts® television cartoons.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. 

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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Be our guest as the Minnesota Orchestra performs the score of Disney's animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, live in concert! Experience this full-length film, overflowing with unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991)!

Please note: This concert will be performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

Artists

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

licensed by Disney

Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © 2015 Disney. All rights reserved.

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