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STRAUSS
Don Quixote

STRAUSS
Salome's Dance (Dance of the Seven Veils), from Salome

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

The first of three sets of concerts celebrating musical giant Richard Strauss on his 150th birthday. In Don Quixote, the tone poem Strauss based on Cervantes’ immortal novel, Principal Cello Anthony Ross takes the title role, joined by Principal Viola Thomas Turner as his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Strauss called it "Fantastic Variations," and we think you'll agree! Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils is one of the most sensual (and shocking) scenes in all of opera. We close with the enchanting and gorgeous Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

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STRAUSS
Suite for Winds

STRAUSS
Metamorphosen

STRAUSS
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Death and Transfiguration

We continue our homage to Richard Strauss with four works that illuminate his incredible creative range...and our Music Director's! Osmo Vänskä is clarinetist in the Suite for Winds, joined by 12 musicians for this early Strauss work, showing Wagner's influence on the young composer. He returns to the podium and the mood darkens in Metamorphosen for strings, viewed as the composer’s lament for the cultural devastation of World War II. The magnetic young pianist Andrew Staupe, a favorite here and around the world, is featured in the dancing Burleske. Culminating in celestial harp arpeggios, the ethereal tone poem Death and Transfiguration meditates on the life and death of an artist, and is a favorite of Osmo Vänskä.

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MOZART
Quartet for Oboe and Strings
John Snow, oboe / Rebecca Corruccini, violin / Gareth Zehngut, viola / Beth Rapier, cello

BRAHMS
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Osmo Vänskä, clarinet / Anthony Ross, cello / Timothy Lovelace, piano

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BEETHOVEN
Overture to Coriolan, Opus 62

MOZART
Symphony No. 38 in D Major, Prague

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73

The Annual Guarantors' Concert is an exclusive performance for individual donors who contribute to the Minnesota Orchestra Guaranty Fund. This performance is our way of saying thank you to donors for their generous support. Donors who make an annual gift of $100 or greater receive this special benefit. There is still time to make a gift and be a part of this special celebration. Donate now!

The 2014 Guarantor's Concert is dedicated to the memory of Tom Crosby, a lover of music and beloved community leader, for his decades of commitment to the Minnesota Orchestra.

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STRAUSS
String Sextet from Capriccio

STRAUSS
Serenade in E-flat major

STRAUSS
An Alpine Symphony

Our final Strauss celebration opens with the radiant string sextet from his last opera, Capriccio. We jump to the beginning of the composer’s career for his Serenade in E-flat major. Written when he was just 17, the work reveals, measure for measure, the blossoming of a musical genius. For our grand finale, we have the majestic masterwork, An Alpine Symphony, which uses Strauss' entire palette of sonorities. Don't miss hearing our old friend Edo de Waart lead the Orchestra on this unforgettable musical journey!

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Bring the whole family to Orchestra Hall to help launch our new Kinder Konzerts season—and see the magic of children’s fascination with music.

You’ll witness the world premiere of a new work by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter and composer Charles Lazarus, who was commissioned by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra to set to music the adventure book Perfect Square by New York Times best-selling (and local) author-illustrator Michael Hall. It tells about the journey of an ordinary geometric square that morphs into endless variations via the readers’ imagination. Stay after the concert to meet the author, mingle with musicians and participate in interactive crafts and games in the lobby.

This event, featuring members of the Minnesota Orchestra, is for families, though preschoolers are the focus of our award-winning Kinder Konzerts—which delight and inspire more than 7,000 children each year.

This season's Kinder Konzerts musical composition was made possible through the generosity of the Wenger Foundation.

Please note: There is a limit of 4 free children with each adult ticket purchase. This concert is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Dessa
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Dale Warland, conductor
  • Sigrid Johnson, conductor
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor

Minnesota is a land of 10,000 lakes, choirs and composers! "Go local" and celebrate all that Minnesota has to offer with a concert chock full of pieces by longstanding Minnesota composers from Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, as well as new generation composers Jocelyn Hagen and Hip-hop artist Dessa.

Dale Warland makes his VocalEssence debut conducting the Ensemble Singers in Dominick Argento's Seasons, a piece written especially for Dale. From Dessa's first choral premiere to Dominick Argento's most recent masterpiece, you will be sure to 'Hail! Minnesota' by the finale!

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with composers Libby Larsen, Jocelyn Hagen and Dessa

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, theater
  • Andrew Wilkowske, baritone

WAGNER
The Ride of the Valkyries, from The Valkyries

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Movement III: Solemn and measured, without dragging

MOZART
"I Am the Birdcatcher," Papageno's aria from The Magic Flute

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt

WILLIAMS
The Imperial March, from Star Wars

Experience music that’s spooky and has delightful make-believe elements! Life-size puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre provide a fantastic visual component to haunting favorites including Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, September 22, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Christopher Lloyd, host
  • Film by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado, PhD, featuring NASA visuals

COURAGE/arr. Custer
Star Trek Through the Years

HOLST
Selections from The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra
Mars, the Bringer of War
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

DEBUSSY
Clair de lune

WILLIAMS
Adventures on Earth, from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Selections from Also sprach Zarathustra

JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

WILLIAMS
Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

WILLIAMS
Star Wars Suite

Who better to host this program of other-worldly music than actor Christopher Lloyd? He mastered both time and space as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies—and each of these selections has a memorable movie connection.

We’ll hear the all-important Star Trek medley and other blockbuster hits by Hollywood master John Williams, as well as Holst’s audience favorite The Planets (which influenced many film composers, including Williams) and both Strausses' stellar contributions to 2001. And Clair de lune? Fun fact: it was cut from the original Fantasia, but the haunting short film survives online. All this and mind-blowing NASA images; boldly go to Orchestra Hall!

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PAULUS
"Veil of Tears," Interlude from To Be Certain of the Dawn

TCHAIKOVSKY
Selections from The Snow Maiden

SHOSTAKOVICH
Piano Concerto No. 2

PROKOFIEV
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss

Russian magic flows through this program! The phenomenal Kirill Gerstein takes the keyboard for two shining piano concertos, witty and expansive gems by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Saluting our partnership with the Russian Museum of Art and its fall exhibit of folk art, we open and close with beautiful music inspired by Russian folk tales: Tchaikovsky’s incidental music for The Snow Maiden and the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s “Tchaikovsky” ballet, The Fairy’s Kiss—a tribute to Tchaikovsky himself, the composer Stravinsky loved the most.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals

RODGERS/Bennett
Victory at Sea, Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra

TRADITIONAL/Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

JAMES/Sorenson
Concerto for Trumpet, from Private Buckaroo

NEWTON/Wasson
Amazing Grace

ELLINGTON/Wasson
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)

COHAN/Knight
George M. Cohan Medley

BERNSTEIN/Wright
Offertory from Mass

BERNSTEIN/Wasson
Something’s Coming, from West Side Story

WARD/Barbarella
America the Beautiful

GERSHWIN/Wasson
Summertime, from Porgy and Bess

SOUSA/Sorenson
Stars and Stripes Forever

Our Orchestra’s dynamic trumpeter Charles Lazarus is back at it again! He’s created an original, all-new orchestral pops program honoring our veterans that will make your heart soar—just like his “A Night in the Tropics” and “Big Band Valentine’s Day Celebration” concerts made your heart dance.

You’ll love traveling with Lazarus and his rhythm section on a journey through iconic American music, from the roots of jazz to Bernstein, including Harry James’ Concerto for Trumpet, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Gershwin’s Summertime from Porgy and Bess and more. Tickets for this exceptional Veterans Day concert are discounted 50% for all current and former members of our country’s armed services and their families.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all seven orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in a joyous, two-hour concert. The concert features individual performances of orchestral classics by each orchestra.

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 $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.

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

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NAZAYKINSKAYA
Winter Bells

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

More from the romantic Russians! A star from our 2010 Composer Institute, Polina Nazaykinskaya, says her emotional Winter Bells comes "from the depth of my heart." Keyboard wonder Jonathan Biss brings out all the depth and operatic drama in this concerto from Mozart (surely its soulfulness makes him an honorary Russian). And the lush, characterful scoring in Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony (written in just one month) tells stories without words. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu is on the podium for this stirring concert.

Watch the Russian National Orchestra perform Polina Nazaykinskaya's "Winter Bells":

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Join us for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium offering audiences another way to connect with the music performed on the main stage.

Florence was one of Tchaikovsky's favorite vacation spots. For many of his Florentine sojourns, he stayed at a small villa owned by Nadezhda von Meck, his generous benefactress and confidante whom Tchaikovsky, as a condition of their unusual relationship, was never to meet. Tchaikovsky used his peaceful escapes to sketch, orchestrate and relax.

This string sextet will have you swooning to the slow movement and dancing wildly to the gypsy music in the last movement. The performance time is approximately 35 minutes, plus a brief introduction. Violists Ken Freed and Sam Bergman will also host a Q&A after the performance. Seating is limited.

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GABRIELI
Music for Double Brass Choir

DIETTER
Concerto for Two Bassoons

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 5

This concert shines the spotlight on our bassoon section, particularly Principal Bassoon John Miller, Jr., now in his 44th year with the Orchestra—and the longest-tenured principal player ever in the Orchestra's history. He solos in Dietter's Concerto for Two Bassoons, with the second part taken in turn by each of his section colleagues. Framing their distinctive, mellow double-reed sound are Gabrieli's rich brass harmonies and Tchaikovsky's impassioned Symphony No. 5, a meditation on fate that concludes in a triumphal march. On the podium is our former music director Eiji Oue, famed for his charismatic performances. Come celebrate the many moods of a grand symphony orchestra!

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  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City
  • Francisco J. Núñez, conductor

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC), founded and conducted by MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellow Francisco J. Núñez, is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb sound and electrifying performances.

Frequent performers at Carnegie Hall, YPC regularly accepts invitations to represent the U.S. at international choral festivals, and is frequently seen on national TV with such guest artists as Joshua Bell, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis. Audiences rave about YPC’s ability to equally execute everything from classical to gospel, pop and world music with energy that leaps from the stage. A performance not to be missed!

“Nobody reviews YPC and says ‘they’re really good for kids.’ They say they’re really good – period.” – John Schaefer, Radio Host, WNYC

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 7 pm with conductor Francisco J. Núñez

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral (movements III, IV and V)

TCHAIKOVSKY
Suite from The Nutcracker

DEBUSSY
Clair de lune

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

PONCHIELLI
Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda

DUKAS
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

ELGAR
Pomp and Circumstance

RESPIGHI
The Pines of Rome: The Pines of the Appian Way

You may have fond childhood memories of this amazing creation. You might even own the DVD. But if you haven't experienced Disney's extraordinary Fantasia live with a full symphony orchestra, prepare to be spellbound.

Fantasia—a milestone in the history of animation—is a most imaginative celebration of great orchestral music, from dancing hippos and ostriches, flowers and mushrooms to the stunning renditions of classics, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Stravinsky's Firebird and, of course, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, all brought to life by the phenomenal Disney team. This masterpiece abounds in captivating sights and sounds: don’t miss this holiday weekend treat!

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

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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Wynton Marsalis, music director and trumpet
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals

For a single glorious night, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis are heading back to Orchestra Hall! Beloved by Twin Cities music fans, these top-class musicians are America’s ambassadors of jazz, performing everywhere from Moscow to Berlin, from São Paulo to Yokohama.

Trumpeter and Music Director Wynton Marsalis is a true renaissance man, a master of jazz and classical traditions, a revered educator—and an acknowledged cultural leader. He and the JLCO will have Orchestra Hall swingin’, as will the bluesy stylings of vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, one of today's hottest young jazz vocalists.

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

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KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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  • Jeremy (Boot) Walker, piano and bandleader
  • Ted Nash, saxophone
  • Marcus Printup, trumpet
  • Vincent Gardner, trombone
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

The Jazz in the Target Atrium series launches with a welcome on the microphone by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and a celebratory performance featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

About Jazz in the Target Atrium
Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

VIP tickets include front row cabaret table seating with drink ticket; $50 tickets include drink ticket.

Please Note: this performance follows the 7:30pm Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant in the Orchestra Hall auditorium. (A separate ticket fee applies.) Seating is general admission; this concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • Riley Eddins, treble
  • Karin Wolverton, soprano
  • Kathy Lee, soprano
  • Brad Benoit, tenor
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone
  • Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
  • Steven Hodulik, bass
  • James Sewell Ballet, dance company
  • Minnesota Chorale, chorus

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors

On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this brief, wondrous opera, mother and child receive the miracles they need most: hope, love, faith and forgiveness.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, November 10, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Katherine Ferrand, narrator
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddler
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

God Jul! Leave your lutefisk, julbord, glögg, and Dala horses at home and come celebrate a VocalEssence Nordic Christmas with carols from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Sing along to a new Christmas cantata, A Light in the Stable by Alan Bullard, with Katherine Ferrand as narrator, and hear two premieres of contest-winning Welcome Christmas carols accompanied by folk fiddler Sara Pajunen. Join VocalEssence for a performance that will warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit!

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • Riley Eddins, treble
  • Karin Wolverton, soprano
  • Kathy Lee, soprano
  • Brad Benoit, tenor
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone
  • Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
  • Steven Hodulik, bass
  • James Sewell Ballet, dance company
  • Minnesota Chorale

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors

The Minnesota Orchestra’s family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to this performance are FREE and adult prices are just $15. All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission. Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.

On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this brief, wondrous opera, mother and child receive the miracles they need most: hope, love, faith and forgiveness.

How to get your tickets: after clicking the "BUY" button, select all of your desired seats using Adult and Child ticket types. When you proceed to the shopping cart, you will see the free child tickets reflected there. Limit of two free children’s tickets for each paid adult.

You’re invited! Come early for pre-concert activities in the lobby

Thanks to Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, each concert features pre-show educational and interactive experiences throughout the Orchestra Hall lobby.

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This year’s St. Thomas Christmas Concert, Light of Light, will be held at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The concert is a tradition for the entire St. Thomas community. All are invited to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, enjoying the amazing talents showcased by student ensembles.

Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Brass Ensemble.

Proceeds support the UST Music ensembles' international performance tours.

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 $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. Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance.

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The Concordia Christmas Concert at Orchestra Hall is an annual Christmas tradition of music, performed by more than 450 members of the Concordia choirs and orchestra. Make plans today to attend "Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come" and be a part of this Christmas tradition.

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.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Rejoice greatly! Handel's immortal Messiah gets two jubilant performances under the baton of the renowned Christopher Warren-Green.

The Orchestra is joined by the Minnesota Chorale and four distinguished vocal soloists, to produce a musical experience that will be nothing short of extraordinary. That story about King George II standing for the “Hallelujah Chorus” may not be true, but we're confident these concerts will have you on your feet.

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  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Dancers from Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddler
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Come listen, clap, dance and sing at Star of Wonder, the VocalEssence annual one-hour family Christmas concert.

Kids are invited to sit up close as members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers perform familiar holiday music, including a rousing (if a little goofy) “Twelve Days of Christmas” sing-along. Bring the whole family. Baby bottles and teddy bears welcome! Order tickets now as an add-on to your season subscription.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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SALAS
Villancico: Un Musiquito Nuevo
Misa de Navidad

BACH
Air, from Suite No. 3 for Orchestra

ARAUJO
Negrito a 6: Los coflades de la estleya

CHAVARRIA
Villancico: Oigan las fiestas de toros

HANDEL
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon

ANONYMOUS
Three Negrillas

ANONYMOUS/Zajac
Pastorella: Duérmete niño lindo

ANONYMOUS
Villancico: Señora doña Maria

ANONYMOUS/Russell
Gozos al Señor San José

CASTELLANOS
Oygan una Xacarilla

FERNANDES
Xicochi conetzintle a 5
Villancico: En un portalejo pobre

BACH
Sarabande and Polonaise, from Suite No. 2 for Orchestra

CORSELLI
Dixit Dominus

Orchestra Hall is magically transformed into Havana Cathedral for this Christmas concert with a rich Latin flavor. In a first-ever collaboration, the Orchestra will be joined by Twin Cities’ own Rose Ensemble, specialists in vocal music from around the world.

You’ll thrill to the sounds of the 18th-century Cuban Christmas mass they perform, and you’ll delight in their music from the Mexican Baroque. Be prepared for a stunning rhythmic tradition that sparkles with energy and excitement. Feel your musical horizons expanding on the spot—Feliz Navidad!

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Hark! The herald trumpets sing—along with french horn, trombone and tuba—in this most wonderful holiday highlight, Christmas with Canadian Brass.

The five brass masters are always amazing audiences with their exquisite ensemble playing, their wide-ranging repertoire and the sheer joy of their music-making. Hear thrilling versions of classic carols, sacred music, popular Christmas tunes and traditional or novel fare, such as the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas. Even the Grinch would love this concert!

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Vanessa Thomas, vocals
  • Joseph Wolverton, vocals
  • Twin Cities Bronze, handbell ensemble

Never mind Santa Claus: Pops Conductor Laureate Doc Severinsen is coming to town! More jolly than St. Nick, this beloved trumpeter is fit as a fiddle and playing better than ever as he returns for his annual visit with just two concerts of holiday hits.

“Jingle Bell Doc” also features the Minnesota Chorale at its most festive, singing in the season with our sure-to-be-sequined conductor. Don’t be left out in the cold! Doc is guaranteed to dazzle and delight—and his shows are guaranteed to sell out!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Christina Baldwin, vocals
  • Robb Asklof, vocals
  • Patrick Harison, accordion
  • Ethnic Dance Theatre
  • Minnesota Boychoir
  • Twin Cities Girls Chorus

Nobody celebrates a Scandinavian Christmas better than the Minnesota Orchestra. Bundle up the whole family in your favorite Nordic sweaters for a delectable concert of warm Christmas cheer.

Special guests include Minnesota vocalists Christina Baldwin and Robb Asklof, button accordionist Patrick Harison, and two children’s choirs, all bringing you lovely music from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The festivities extend beyond the stage with a sing-along, holiday treats in the lobby and the candlelit Santa Lucia procession. Don’t miss this magical Minnesota Orchestra tradition!

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Kathy Mattea—one of Nashville’s most soulful singers—is welcomed back to Orchestra Hall for a concert with distinctive holiday style.

Settle in for a blend of old favorites with music from her acclaimed holiday albums, Joy for Christmas Day and the Grammy Award-winning Good News. From her organic re-imagining of traditional carols like “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “I Saw Three Ships," to her meditative “Mary, Did You Know?” and the powerful gospel song “Somebody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus,” Mattea will focus on the spiritual side of Christmas, bringing joy, reverence and enrichment to your own celebration of the season.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Sylvia McNair, soprano

Program includes:

GERSHWIN
The Man I Love

GERSHWIN
’S Wonderful

GERSHWIN
But Not for Me

GERSHWIN
Summertime

GERSHWIN
Shall We Dance/I Got Rhythm

A romantic symphonic concert on New Year’s Eve is a glamorous tradition in capitals across the globe. This season, the Minnesota Orchestra will ring in the New Year, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, the perfect chanteuse for this festive evening.

This pair of special concerts showcases Gershwin favorites and surprise orchestral delights announced from stage. Our early show lets you get to your evening plans; or join us for our late concert and celebrate with us afterward in the lobby. Cheers!

Please note: Concert is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Arek Tesarczyk, cello
  • Stephen Yoakam, narrator
  • Teatro del Pueblo, theatrical group

MOZART
Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Excerpt)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, IV Movement "The Thunderstorm"

RAVEL
"Five O'Clock Foxtrot" from L'Enfant et les Sortileges

FISH
Ferdinand the Bull

Here’s both drama and music—as The Story of Ferdinand is brought to life by Teatro del Pueblo. This beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. Also on the program: the Orchestra will perform selections from Mozart’s famous "The Marriage of Figaro" as well as Ravel's "Five O'Clock Foxtrot."

Download curriculum materials (pdf). Read more about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.

Illustration from The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson, © 1936 by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, renewed © 1964 by Munro Leaf and John W. Boyd. Used by permission of Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Homeschool Workshop: Monday, December 1, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Arek Tesarczyk, cello
  • Stephen Yoakam, narrator
  • Teatro del Pueblo, theatrical group

MOZART
Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Excerpt)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, IV Movement "The Thunderstorm"

RAVEL
"Five O'Clock Foxtrot" from L'Enfant et les Sortileges

FISH
Ferdinand the Bull

Minnesota Orchestra Family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to this performance are FREE and adult prices are just $15. All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission. Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.

Here’s both drama and music—as The Story of Ferdinand is brought to life by Teatro del Pueblo. This beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. Also on the program: the Orchestra will perform selections from Mozart’s famous "The Marriage of Figaro" as well as Ravel's "Five O'Clock Foxtrot."

How to get your tickets: after clicking the "BUY" button, select all of your desired seats using Adult and Child ticket types. When you proceed to the shopping cart, you will see the free child tickets reflected there. Limit of two free children’s tickets for each paid adult.

You’re invited! Come early for pre-concert activities in the lobby

Thanks to Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, each concert features pre-show educational and interactive experiences throughout the Orchestra Hall lobby.

Download Program Notes (pdf)

Illustration from The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson, © 1936 by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, renewed © 1964 by Munro Leaf and John W. Boyd. Used by permission of Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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WALTON
Suite from Henry V

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 4, Romantic

The curtain rises on our Shakespeare Winterfest with Prince Hal, newly crowned King of England, leading his men to victory over the French. The immensely imaginative William Walton penned the score for Lawrence Olivier’s 1944 film version of Henry V — and it is pure cinematic sweep. Mark Wigglesworth then leads our star musicians into the medieval forest of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Called “Romantic” by the composer himself, the work is his most popular, and conjures storybook castles, mounted knights and the call to the hunt.

“Thy voice is music.”

— Shakespeare, Henry V

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  • David Berkman, piano
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

Acclaimed New York artist David Berkman is a pianist, composer, published author and bandleader whose recordings have appeared on numerous best records of the year critic's lists including The New York Times, the Village Voice and Downbeat magazine.

In this performance, Berkman will perform jazz standards and his original music with local musicians who comprise the Atrium Jazz Ensemble. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Berkman swings hard in his phrasing. He always burrows in, finding transcendence.”

About Jazz in the Target Atrium

Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

Please note: all seating is general admission. This concert will be two 50-minute sets with one intermission.

Media/Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

Tune in to Jazz88’s Saturday night program Tempo to hear selections from the Jazz in the Target Atrium concerts. These JITA broadcasts are typically aired eight days following the live concert and are also available on-demand on the Jazz88 website for two weeks following the broadcast date. David Berkman with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble will be broadcast on Sat Jan 31, 2015.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

BERNSTEIN
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

PROKOFIEV
Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Never was a story of more woe! Osmo Vänskä leads the Orchestra in three vastly different realizations of the world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy-Overture — with the English horn ushering in that famous love theme — is lush and romantic, while Prokofiev’s rich and dark melodies portend the tragic fate of the star-crossed lovers. In Bernstein’s urban retelling, rival gangs rumble and mambo their way through a score that, in the end, leaves us hopeful that love endures, “Somewhere.”

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

— Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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For over forty years the Minnesota Youth Symphonies has inspired talented K-12 musicians and amazed audiences with performances of great orchestral literature.

Our Winter Concert will feature the winner of our annual Symphony Solo Competition, Debussy’s beloved masterpiece La Mer, and more.

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 $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.

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

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LARSSON
A Winter’s Tale

TCHAIKOVSKY
Violin Concerto

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

A lyrical Scandinavian take on Shakespeare opens the concert: utterly charming, sweetly pastoral music by the Swede Lars-Erik Larsson, inspired by the Bard’s late-period romance. Augustin Hadelich solos in the majestic Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Hailed for his gorgeous sound, this young German virtuoso will bring out all the depth and emotion of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. Our British-Swedish-Russian-German connections finally lead us home — to the stirring New World Symphony of Dvořák, a wonderful showpiece for the Orchestra.

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts...”

— Shakespeare, As You Like It

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sarah Jane McMahon, Patrick Miller and Sal Viviano, vocals

“When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine, that’s amore!” On this February night, our love for Italy shines in a concert that showcases her beloved music.

This concert features songs by the composers who created and the artists who performed the classics. You’ll hear music by ever-popular film composers Ennio Morricone (Cinema Paradiso) and Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, Romeo and Juliet), as well as timeless hits of legends Dean Martin (“That’s Amore”) and Enrico Caruso (“O Sole Mio”). No musical salute to Italy would be complete without transcendent opera favorites by the greatest of the greats: composers such as Puccini (La Bohème, Tosca), Verdi (La Traviata, Rigoletto) and Rossini (The Barber of Seville). Now, that’s amore!

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  • Sounds of Blackness
  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • South High School Varsity Choir
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Laurie Meyers, conductor

Celebrating 25 years of WITNESS, VocalEssence salutes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Grammy Award-Winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness.

Under the direction of Gary Hines, Sounds of Blackness performs and proclaims the music, culture and history of African-Americans to audiences all over the world with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind. The VocalEssence Chorus, Sounds of Blackness and the South High School Varsity Choir will commemorate our American hero by tracing the roots of African American music and rhythm through spirituals, gospel music and R&B.

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with Sounds of Blackness music director Gary Hines

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

KORNGOLD
Violin Concerto

HINDEMITH
Concert Music for Strings and Brass

RAVEL
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe

Theater and genius in their many forms are showcased, from the stage to ballet, even to Hollywood! Mendelssohn produced his famous Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was just 17, and it never fails to delight. Erich Korngold made his mark in ‘30s and ‘40s movie spectacles, but he also composed remarkable concert music. Gil Shaham (hailed by the LA Times for his “brilliant, almost ecstatic performance”) has made the Korngold Concerto one of his signature works. We close with Ravel’s timeless Daphnis and Chloe, written for the legendary Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes. Wonderful, dramatic music!

"Once I... heard a mermaid...
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres..."

— Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Mary Kay Geston, Jonathan Reed and Brad Holmes lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee ranging from $2.50-$3.50. 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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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Scott Hagen, Anthony Elliott and Craig Kirchhoff lead the ensembles.

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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 facility fee ranging from $2.50-$3.50. 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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The King’s Singers are one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation and impeccable vocal blend, they are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

The last time The King’s Singers played at Orchestra Hall, the show sold out. Don’t wait; buy your tickets today. This Valentine’s Day concert titled "A Love Affair" will be the perfect gift for a loved one.

The King's Singers are dedicating the performance to their friends Jerry and Cathie Fischer in gratitude for three decades of strategic advice, friendship, and support. This event benefits Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center.

VIP tickets

We have a selection of VIP tickets available in the front nine rows for $250.00. Please contact Park Nicollet Foundation for concierge seating services at 952-993-5023.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Krista Danner for more information, 952-993-6107 or krista.danner@parknicollet.com.

Tributes gifts

Tributes gifts: recognize someone special with a tribute gift and we will add their name to our beautiful ribbon wall on display at Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center and Orchestra Hall on the day of the concert. Click here for more information.

Visit parknicollet.com/foundation or call 952-993-5023 to learn more about The King’s Singers, the Fischers and this remarkable event.

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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The St. Olaf Choir, the widely acclaimed ensemble and longtime creative influence behind the a cappella choral tradition, has toured annually since 1912, when it was founded by F. Melius Christiansen.

The 1920 tour to the major music centers of the East Coast sowed the seeds of the ensemble's national reputation—and established its unaccompanied style of singing as a significant force in American choral music.

Anton Armstrong has served as music director of the St. Olaf Choir since 1990. A 1978 Bachelor of Music graduate of St. Olaf College (where he was a member of the choir he now leads), Armstrong later earned a Master of Music degree in choral music from the University of Illinois and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University. He returned to St. Olaf after 10 years on the faculty at Calvin College In Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The annual tour brings the choir's artistry and message to thousands across the nation and around the world, performing for audiences in the major concert halls of the United States (New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, Minneapolis), Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

For more information, visit stolaf.edu/stolaf-choir.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for The St. Olaf Choir. 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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BERLIOZ
Les Nuits d’été (Summer Nights)

SIBELIUS
Selections from The Tempest

Shakespeare Winterfest comes to its dramatic conclusion with The Tempest, as interpreted by Sibelius and Osmo Vänskä, who leads his own arrangement of this suite in a first-time performance in Minnesota narrated by Joe Dowling, Director of the Guthrie Theater. Mezzo Heather Johnson sings the role of the spirit slave Ariel, who helps conjure the island storm of the title. But first the stage is set by Berlioz, a great Shakespeare fan, and his lovely six-movement song cycle Les Nuits d’été.

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

— Shakespeare, The Tempest

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Bringing the Minnesota Orchestra to your favorite Twin Cities craft breweries.

Experience a live performance from the world-class brass players of the
Minnesota Orchestra. Then stay to share a brew with the musicians!

Share your experience! #SudsNCider

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What is Symphony, Suds, and Cider?


A new initiative born from Orchestrate Excellence, this unique series brings musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra to local craft breweries of the Twin Cities. These casual events include a live music performance and a special opportunity to share a brew with musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Attendees of these brewery events receive exclusive discounts and invitations to behind-the-scenes extras not provided to the general public.

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VERDI
Requiem

Travel to the gates of heaven when the illustrious conductor Roberto Abbado leads the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and four soaring-voice soloists in Verdi’s magnificent, heart-stopping Requiem. The spine-tingling Dies irae — day of wrath — never fails to provoke chills; you’ll be holding your breath as the trumpets proclaim the Day of Judgment. Profound themes of death and redemption are nothing short of ethereal in the hands of two Italian masters — composer and conductor. Pure operatic drama!

Please note: this concert is approximately 90 minutes and is performed without intermission.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sean Newhouse, conductor
  • Jake Endres, narrator

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

STOOKEY
The Composer is Dead

STRAVINSKY
Circus Polka

The Composer is Dead is a musical “Who Done It” adventure with narration written by popular children's author Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Learn about the orchestra's instruments while unraveling the mystery surrounding the composer’s untimely death.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, January 26, 2015, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

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Irish music stirs all the emotions: love, loss, joy...and it can make you want to jump up and dance!

Join master Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers for a concert that will have you feeling all that and more. The child of Irish immigrants, this Bronx native brings a deep appreciation of her Irish musical roots to every style of music she encounters from jigs and reels to Cajun, bluegrass and everything in between. Ivers makes all these traditions uniquely her own, thrilling the lucky people who flock to her performances around the globe. It's a can't-miss evening of wonderful music. Erin go bragh!

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

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sean Newhouse, conductor
  • Jake Endres, narrator

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

STOOKEY
The Composer is Dead

STRAVINSKY
Circus Polka

The Minnesota Orchestra’s family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to this performance are FREE and adult prices are just $15. All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission. Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.

The Composer is Dead is a musical “Who Done It” adventure with narration written by popular children's author Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Learn about the orchestra's instruments while unraveling the mystery surrounding the composer’s untimely death.

How to get your tickets: after clicking the "BUY" button, select all of your desired seats using Adult and Child ticket types. When you proceed to the shopping cart, you will see the free child tickets reflected there. Limit of two free children’s tickets for each paid adult.

You’re invited! Come early for pre-concert activities in the lobby

Thanks to Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, each concert features pre-show educational and interactive experiences throughout the Orchestra Hall lobby.

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BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

Of course Beethoven wrote only (only!) nine symphonies. But he exerted an enormous musical influence over Brahms, who was seen as Beethoven’s natural successor and, in fact, was expected to top the master. It took Brahms more than 21 years to create his First Symphony, which has such strong echoes of Beethoven that after its premiere in 1876, a prominent conductor nicknamed it “Beethoven’s Tenth.”

What was it about Beethoven that Brahms found so compelling—and so intimidating at the same time? And what is it about the sound of both composers’ symphonies that has made them timeless favorites? Join Sarah, Sam and the Orchestra as we celebrate these giants of classical music.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Attend all three Inside the Classics performances or mix and match with Symphony in 60 performances and save!

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Christina Baldwin, actor
  • Nikki Swoboda, director
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible.

Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new choral opera titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the opera will include a swinging salute to radio legend Fred Waring, “The Man Who Taught America How to Sing,” and other radio choral favorites, all on the home stage of A Prairie Home Companion.

Concert Activities
Concert Conversations with composer Jake Heggie at 7 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Fitzgerald Theater online box office.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Chris Botti, trumpet

He's earned so many superlatives in his career, it may be best to put it simply: the cat can play. Trumpeter Chris Botti brings his superb musicianship, his killer band and his on-stage generosity to Orchestra Hall for one night of can't-miss musical thrills.

Botti moves effortlessly from jazz to pop and in between; he's also at home with a symphony orchestra, and is sure to take full advantage of the Orchestra’s talents, sharing the stage and happily throwing the spotlight on the gifted artists who surround him. Chris Botti may spend more than 300 days on the road every year, but every concert is special; catch him at Orchestra Hall!

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Here’s a theater lover’s dream come true: performances of a beloved Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel — featuring one of the world’s great ensembles, our own Minnesota Orchestra, with fantastic actors, costumes and choreography.

Revel in music performed as its creators intended, by a full symphony orchestra — and be there as the Orchestra unveils a new tradition, spotlighting one great American musical each year. As carnival barker Billy Bigelow woos and weds Julie Jordan, their heartrending story unfolds in one unforgettable song after another: “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy,” “This is a Real Nice Clambake” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Come see why Carousel is one of musical theater's greatest, most soul-stirring masterpieces!

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Grab a drink and enjoy the music of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Crescendo Project!


This event is free and open to members and non-members. Please register below so we can get an accurate headcount.

Meet us for happy hour at 6:30 pm at Orchestra Hall in the Beverly Grossman Bar on the second level, and join us for the concert at 8 pm in the auditorium.

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  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Imagine you’re journeying all the way down the Mighty Mississippi to Louisiana, heading for an evening of pure, unadulterated Crescent City jazz at Preservation Hall. For more than half a century, this historic French Quarter venue has been the place to hear the music that made the city famous.

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band—whose founding members played with the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong—keeps the tradition alive. Down in New Orleans they play in a hall with no air conditioning, no concessions and no amenities of any kind. But here, hallelujah, you can enjoy their glorious sound in the comfort of Orchestra Hall.

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

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Performers include the Luther College Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and student soloists, led by Dr. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at Luther College.

The performance will be of Handel's Messiah, a long-time tradition at Luther College. This will be the first time in over 10 years that Messiah will be presented by the Luther College Music Department.

Please note: This performance is approximately 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission. 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 $2.50 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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The annual Middle Level Orchestra festival, a joint project of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association features 7 outstanding school orchestras from around the state that were selected in regional festivals held earlier this year.

Performing groups include:

  • Moorhead Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Moorhead Freshman Orchestra
  • Chippewa Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Stillwater Junior High Camerata Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Scherzando Strings
  • Owatonna Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Spiritoso

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

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 $2.50 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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  • Lynne Warfel, host and moderator
  • The Right Reverend Mariann Budde, Bishop of Washington, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  • Archpriest Andrew Morby, Dean, St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
  • Rabbi Sim Glaser, Temple Israel
  • Imam Mohammed Dukuly, "Masjid Al Ansar" or Mosque of the Helpers

Join MPR host Lynne Warfel and a distinguished panel of faith community leaders for two pre-concert discussions as part of Minnesota Orchestra's Spirit and Spring events.

Topics will range from the role of nature worship in ancient cultures to solstice ceremonies and the ideas of rebirth, regeneration and resurrection—as reflected today in the practices of various faiths and in the music performed in this week’s program. The Orchestra’s approaching trip to Cuba also opens the door to discussions on liberation theology, forgiveness, grace and new beginnings.

Please note: this 30-minute Community Conversation is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry. The Thursday morning event will be held in the concert hall, with seating available anywhere on the main floor.

Erin Keefe

Beethoven's Eroica

Following the community conversation, join us at 11am for a performance of transformative music including Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Tickets and information »

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Russian Easter Overture

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending

MESSIAEN
Exotic Birds

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Osmo Vänskä begins our tribute to spirit and spring with Rimsky-Korsakov’s transcendent Russian Easter Overture, taking the listener from darkness and mystery to the celebration and rebirth of earth after the death of winter. The arrival of spring is further heralded in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, its exquisite melodies delivered by Concertmaster Erin Keefe. Messiaen called birds “the greatest musicians” on the planet; hear them sing in this enchanting showpiece for piano. The program concludes with Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony, which the Orchestra will also perform during its May 2015 trip to Cuba.

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Osmo Vänskä, clarinet, is joined by Erin Keefe, violin, and Anthony Ross, cello, for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Olivier Messiaen famously composed his transcendent chamber work, Quartet for the End of Time, while he was a prisoner of war, and he and other inmates premiered it at the same prison camp—outdoors and in the rain—in January of 1941. Inspiration for this extraordinary piece came from a dramatic passage in the biblical book of Revelation. It speaks of a “mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire”—an angel who swore “that there should be time no longer....” And thus Messiaen’s Quartet offers a profound message, perfect to follow our first Spirit and Spring concert.

Seating is limited for this 1 hour event.  Ticket price includes a complimentary beverage. 

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

See VocalEssence behind the scenes at the P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele rehearsal on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Composer Peter Schickele will join VocalEssence and the U of M Wind Ensemble on stage as we run through the performance (and make a few tweaks).  All seating is general admission.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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MAHLER
Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Symphony for Tenor, Contralto and Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth conducts Mahler’s deeply spiritual song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth. The Song of the Earth is Mahler’s final synthesis of song and symphony, his farewell to life. If you can experience this music without an inner sob, you are indeed a stoic.

About Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

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  • Kenneth Freed, moderator
  • Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
  • Sidney Wade, poet, translator and educator
  • Pablo Medina, poet, novelist and professor

Join Mark Wigglesworth and Kenneth Freed for two pre-concert discussions as part of Minnesota Orchestra's Spirit and Spring events.

After a year filled with personal tragedy, Mahler was captivated by a collection of Chinese poetry that had been translated into German, and he set it to music. The result was Das Lied von der Erde, or Song of the Earth, the centerpiece of our main stage concert—a lyrical, dramatic synthesis of song and symphony that juxtaposes the sadness of mortality with the ecstasy of life. Our distinguished panel will discuss inherent tensions of translating poetry and setting texts, and, on a broad scale, the poetic impulse in words and music. In addition to considering Mahler’s work in the context of these questions, the panel, particularly Pablo Medina, will apply them to Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, which are featured in the April 11 NightCap performance following the full-orchestra concert.

Seating in the Target Atrium is limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. This 30-minute Community Conversation is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Song of the Earth

Song of the Earth: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

Following the community conversation, join us at 8pm for a performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, a deeply spiritual song cycle reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth. Tickets and information »

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This event is has limited availability. Please check back the week of the concert, as turnback tickets may become available. For tickets to the open dress rehearsal on April 9th, click here. 

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

It’s been 50 years since Professor Peter Schickele released P.D.Q. Bach on an unsuspecting musical public. And it’s been 80 years since the professor’s mother released him on a society ill-prepared for such singular genius.

And now, because everyone loves a birthday, Professor Schickele has reached back across the decades to explore the damp vaults and dusty attics of Leipzig to once again celebrate the twenty-first child (out of twenty) of the great J.S. Bach, called the “youngest and oddest.” This special, once in a half-century, musical extravaganza will feature the crème de la crème of history’s most justifiably neglected composer as well as works by the professor himself performed by VocalEssence and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 7 pm with Peter Schickele.

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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HAYDN
Symphony No. 45, Farewell

MAHLER
Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

Haydn suggests the unthinkable—the departure of the entire orchestra—in his Farewell Symphony, which ends when the musicians, one-by-one, stop playing, extinguish their lights and walk off the stage. The always-zestful Mark Wigglesworth conducts this grand exit, which fortunately for us all, is only temporary. Also magnificent is Mahler’s deeply spiritual song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth.

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Join us for a late night post-concert chamber performance of Lieberson's Neruda Songs featuring Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano.

The sounds of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda's magical poetry, set to evocative music for solo mezzo by the American composer Peter Lieberson, link musically and emotionally to the Orchestra’s performance earlier in the evening of Mahler’s Song of the Earth, a painting of Chinese poetry for mezzo and baritone.

Mahler's expressions of earthly beauty, life, transience and salvation segue harmoniously to Neruda's poetry, which outlines the transformation of human love to the love that lives forever. Lieberson, who composed this cycle for his own beloved wife, noted: "Neruda reminds one that love has not ended. In truth there is no real death to love, nor even a birth: 'It is like a long river, only changing lands, and changing lips.' "

Seating is limited for this 1 hour event. Ticket price includes a complimentary beverage. 

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  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, tenor
  • Angela Keeton, soprano
  • Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
  • Anthony Cox, bass/cello
  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Tim Zhorne, drums

Ancient poetry meets classical voice and jazz instrumentation in an evening of musical drama composed by Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox.

In this world premiere performance of “The Rage of Achilles,” the voices of Twin Cities performers—Minnesota Public Radio’s Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and husband-and-wife opera singers, Seth and Angela Keeton—blend with jazz piano, bass, cello, saxophone and percussion, resulting in a tumultuous and innovative take on epic literature.

About Jazz in the Target Atrium

Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

Listen to a broadcast of the January 22, 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium performance

Please note: all seating is general admission. This concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

Tune in to Jazz88’s Saturday night program Tempo to hear selections from the Jazz in the Target Atrium concerts. These JITA broadcasts are typically aired eight days following the live concert and are also available on-demand on the Jazz88 website for two weeks following the broadcast date.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Aram Demirjian, conductor

Come to this concert and you’ll be one of the luckiest people in the world: not only will you hear beloved songs from megastar Barbra Streisand's astonishing career—you’ll enjoy the stellar interpretations of the award-winning, multi-talented audience favorite Ann Hampton Callaway.

She's uniquely qualified to present Ms. Streisand's music, having written songs for seven of Barbra's latest CDs, including “I’ve Dreamed of You,” which Streisand sang at her wedding to James Brolin. From supper clubs to Broadway to TV to movies to symphony halls, Callaway is a consummate performer, she shines with Streisand's monumental contribution to the Great American Songbook.

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Now in its 10th year, this is an annual high school choral festival co-sponsored by Concordia University, St. Paul and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Seven choirs will each present a 10 minute program, concluding the evening with the 450 voices singing in two massed choir pieces led by nationally renowned guest conductor Dr. Janet Galvan of Ithaca College in New York.

The choirs participating are:

  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Christus Chorus (David Mennicke, Conductor and Festival Coordinator)

Six Minnesota high school choirs chosen by state-wide competitive audition:

  • Austin High School Concert Choir, Brian Johnson, conductor
  • Detroit Lakes High School Laker Singers, Kathryn Larson, conductor
  • Hastings High School Select Chorale, Lin Warren, conductor
  • Mound Westonka High School Concert Choir, Kate Larson, conductor
  • Princeton High School Concert Choir, Mark Potvin, conductor
  • Roseville Area High School Cantus Certus, Jami Lercher, conductor

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

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 $2.50 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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GRIFFES
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla-Khan

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

Riots broke out when Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913. Audiences were shocked by its themes of pagan worship and virgin sacrifice. A century later, this groundbreaking masterpiece is as riveting as ever. Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern conducts this exciting program, which also features Rachmaninoff’s demanding Third Piano Concerto performed by the outstanding Simon Trpčeski. The concert opens with Griffes’ The Pleasure Dome of Kubla-Khan, inspired by the Coleridge poem about paradise, both sacred and savage.

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For over forty years Minnesota Youth Symphonies has inspired talented K-12 musicians and amazed audiences with performances of great orchestral literature. Please join us for the finale concert of our 2014-15 Season and enjoy performances by all four MYS orchestras, and all-star lineup of special guest artists.

Kat Perkins, singer and season 6 contestant on NBC's The Voice, will perform Skyfall with the MYS Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Minnesota Chorale will join the MYS Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Verdi's Requiem, featuring soloists Sofia Ardalan, soprano, Susan Sacquitne Druck, mezzo, John deCausmeaker, tenor, and Nathan Petersen-Kindem, baritone.

Other performance highlights include music from Disney's Aladdin, The Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Barber of Seville, and much more!

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 $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.

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

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BERNSTEIN
Divertimento

HEITZEG
American Nomad [World Premiere]

COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto

GREENSTEIN
Acadia

A roster of Minnesota Orchestra stars headlines this homecoming concert of American classics. Former Principal Clarinet Burt Hara returns from Los Angeles to perform Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland’s famous Clarinet Concerto. Trumpeter Charles Lazarus takes center stage with the jazz-influenced American Nomad, a new work written for him by Twin Cities-based composer Steve Heitzeg. And former Associate Conductor Mischa Santora leads the program that also features compositions by two more New Yorkers: Leonard Bernstein’s witty, nostalgic Divertimento and Judd Greenstein’s multifaceted Acadia, which received its world premiere in 2012 in a “fiery, committed performance” (Star Tribune) and was commissioned by hundreds of Minnesota Orchestra supporters and the orchestra.

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  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Don Shelby, actor
  • Jon Cranney, director
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor

Step into the past to support the future of choral music education programs at VocalEssence.

Join the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and guest artist Don Shelby as Mark Twain on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat for a celebration of the river. Sip cocktails and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres on the Victorian deck and then head to the auditorium where Mark Twain and the Ensemble Singers will take listeners on a musical journey of the past and present – choral masterpieces, favorite folksongs, traditional spirituals, and Americana.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketbud.

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Once again, the Twin Cities' preeminent fashion showcase, Envision, returns to Orchestra Hall in Downtown Minneapolis for its Spring 2015 installment. The venue will serve as the stunning backdrop for Envision for the third season in a row on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.

Known as one of the largest and most glamorous fashion events of the year, Envision is an exciting full-scale production, presented in both Spring and Fall within one of the Twin Cities most treasured cultural institutions, Orchestra Hall. Attendees can expect a curated presentation of local fashion, creativity, music and glam. Staying true to their intention to create an event that serves as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will present current Spring 2015 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities, including: Cliche, Ellie Hottinger, Emily Trevor, George Moskal, HouseOfGinaMarie + MienKielo, Idle Child, Jenny Carle, Kjurek, Kozol and Yevette Willaert. Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen, with hair by Haus Salon and makeup led by Kristine Loehrer.

Big announcement for Spring 2015! Adding to this year's spectacle is a special live performance from French Artist and Producer Monsieur Adi, who will act as Envision's runway DJ! Hot off Beyonce's 2014 "Mrs. Carter" World Tour where he ruled as her official DJ, Adi has been tasked with remixing artists such as Lana Del Rey, Bastille and more. A former fashion design student himself, Monsieur Adi is the perfect fit for Envision 2015!

For more information please visit www.envisionmpls.com

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. VIP entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP ticket includes seating, early entry, VIP hour (7pm-8pm, complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest musical performances) and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee and a $1 charitable contribution to benefit Public Functionary.  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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GTCYS’ largest concert event celebrates students’ talent and artistry developed during the year. The concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

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 will increase for day-of-show purchases.  Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 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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GTCYS’ largest concert event celebrates students’ talent and artistry developed during the year. The concert features individual performances from Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

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 will increase for day-of-show purchases. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 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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Mark your calendar for a live webcast conversation on yourclassical.org featuring Eric Whitacre in conversation with MPR’s Brian Newhouse. Whitacre will discuss the creation of his most recent work, Deep Field, which will be premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in concert May 8-10 at Orchestra Hall.

Eric and Brian will be joined by composer Steven Bryant whose Ecstatic Waters for orchestra will premiere in the concert series, as well as members of the team from The Nerdery who created the app that forms part of Deep Field, which can be downloaded now for free at the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Deep Field Eric Whitacre." This event is produced by MPR in cooperation with the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Productions.

Registration is now closed for this event. Winners will be notified by Monday, May 4.

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WHITACRE
Lux Aurumque (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

NEWMAN
Blow It Up, Start Again

COPLAND
Quiet City

BRYANT
Ecstatic Waters (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

WHITACRE/Newman
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

WHITACRE
Deep Field (World Premiere)

PAULUS
Pilgrims' Hymn

Grammy-winning American conductor and composer Eric Whitacre may be most famous for his cutting-edge virtual choir projects (for a preview of his Lux Aurumque, watch the virtual version on YouTube), but he’s also devoted to collaborating with Twin Cities artists. A rock star of the global choral scene, Whitacre returns to lead an evening of otherworldly harmonizing mixed with contemporary orchestral works, ranging from Copland’s 1941 Quiet City to a brand new, still-in-progress work by the conductor himself.

Deep Field App AVAILABLE NOW

Download the app
- Launch the App Store or the Google Play Store on your smartphone
- Search for “Deep Field Eric Whitacre”
- Download and install the free app
- Make sure the app’s icon is readily viewable on your phone
- Adjust your phone’s sleep settings to allow the screen to stay on for longer than 1 minute

After Intermission
- Turn on your smartphone as you re-enter the auditorium
- Enable airplane mode

Deep Field
- At the start of Deep Field, launch your Deep Field App
- Enter the “Live Concert Experience”
- Please wait for Eric to give you a downbeat
- Press the play button in the center of your screen
- Turn up your volume
- Your screen will go black for several moments as the accompanying music slowly fades in and a unique image from the Deep Field gradually appears

We encourage you to download the app prior to the concert and explore photos and video about Deep Field.

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  • Ron Miles, trumpet
  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Anthony Cox, bass/cello
  • JT Bates, drums

American trumpeter, composer and educator Ron Miles is a singular force in the jazz world.

“What’s always striking about his music is a sense of possibility that rings of the American frontier,” according to The New York Times in October 2014. Based in Colorado, he is a former member of the Mercer Ellington Orchestra and frequent collaborator with Bill Frisell. Miles, known for his versatility and unique sound, will join the Atrium Jazz Ensemble to perform a mix of original music and jazz favorites.

About Jazz in the Target Atrium

Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

Listen to a broadcast of the January 22, 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium performance

Note: this performance follows the 8pm concert performed by Eric Whitacre and the Minnesota Orchestra in the Orchestra Hall auditorium. (A separate ticket fee applies.) All seating is general admission. This concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

Tune in to Jazz88’s Saturday night program Tempo to hear selections from the Jazz in the Target Atrium concerts. These JITA broadcasts are typically aired eight days following the live concert and are also available on-demand on the Jazz88 website for two weeks following the broadcast date.

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Join us for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium offering audiences another way to connect with the music performed on the main stage. This performance features the music of Gershwin, Tilson Thomas, Bernstein and more.

The brass quintet, a uniquely American ensemble, typically gives us music that reflects our melting pot of cultures and traditions. A few lucky people were the first to hear Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's West Side Story; earlier this evening, a few more will have played an active role in creating the world premiere performance of Eric Whitacre's atmospheric Deep Field at Orchestra Hall. Extending that experience, this engaging NightCap concert will feature stellar brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra and the now-classic sounds of Gershwin and Bernstein, along with the stirring and cinematic voices of American composers Michael Tilson Thomas, James Stephenson and our own Charles Lazarus.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Frank Fernández, piano
  • Cuban National Choir and Coro Vocal Leo
  • Digna Guerra, direccion general de coros

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Egmont

BEETHOVEN
Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Choral Fantasy

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

The Minnesota Orchestra will perform two concerts in Cuba this May 15 and 16, becoming the first U.S. orchestra to give performances in Cuba since President Obama took steps to normalize relations between the countries in December 2014. At the invitation of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra will perform as part of Havana’s International Cubadisco Festival.

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In addition to its concert performances at the Teatro Nacional, the Orchestra will participate in several musical exchanges with Cuban music students. Minnesota Orchestra musicians will coach student groups and exchange performances at the Escuela Nacional de Musica, a national high school for music study, and at the Instituto Superior de Arte, a university that focuses on the arts. The Orchestra will also join the 80-member youth symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil Amadeo Roldán, onstage at the Teatro Nacional for a two-hour side by side rehearsal, sharing stands, music and experiences.

The International Cubadisco Festival is an annual music festival that encompasses one of the most important recording competitions in the Cuban music industry. The theme for the 19th annual festival, running from May 15 to 24, is symphonic and choral music.

The Minnesota Orchestra tour is made possible by a generous gift from Marilyn C. and Glen D. Nelson.

Broadcast

Both of the Minnesota Orchestra performances in Cuba will be broadcast live locally by Minnesota Public Radio. Tune in at 7pm central time on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 to KSJN 99.5 FM or classicalmpr.org to hear these historic broadcasts.

Celebrate Cuba

Join us on Sunday, July 5 at 2pm for part two of our musical exchange with Cuba—as the 23-voice Cuban choir, Coro Entrevoces, joins our Orchestra for bold and brilliant music from both cultures. Details & tickets »

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What has 50 fingers flying over 440 keys? The 5 Browns—an incredible quintet of two brothers and three sisters who are dazzling the world of classical music with their unique style.

You won't believe your eyes or your ears when they sit down at their Steinways and play special arrangements: from Mozart to Rachmaninoff, from Gershwin to Stravinsky, as you've never heard them before. It’s all played with skill, passion, and heart…times five! No wonder the famed Juilliard School admitted them all—simultaneously. Enjoy the sibling revelry!

HOLST/Anderson
Mars, Neptune and Jupiter, from The Planets

LUTOSLAWSKI
Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos

KAPUSTIN
Concert Etude, Opus 40, No. 3, Toccatina

STRAVINSKY/Shumway
The Rite of Spring: Part One

GERSHWIN/Shumway
Rhapsody in Blue

CHOPIN
Nocturne in C minor, Opus 48, No. 1

DEBUSSY/Anderson
Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque

MUCZYNSKI
Toccata, Opus 15

BALAKIREV/Anderson
Islamey: Fantasy for Five Pianos

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The Betts Project: From CT scans to CNC Replicas with John Waddle, Steve Rossow and performance by Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin

6-6:30: Hosted beer, wine and light bites
6:30-7:30: Program with John Waddle, Steve Rossow and Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin
7:30-8:00: Mix and Mingle

The Crescendo Project is a group of young patrons of the Minnesota Orchestra who want to experience the Orchestra in a fun, relaxed and social atmosphere

John Waddle is a Violin maker and dealer, who, for the last 20 years, has developed the use of medical imaging technology and applied it to modern instrument making. He has gained a greater understanding of many factors which resulted in the world’s finest antique instruments. Meet Mr. Waddle and learn about his process. Experience Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin perform on a copy of the Betts Stradivarius violin that Mr. Waddle made using this technology.

Free for Crescendo Project Members! Click here to RSVP

Non-member ticket price, $20 Click here to purchase a ticket. The cost of your ticket can be applied towards a membership when you enroll at the event on May 20. Memberships start at just $10/month or $99 annually. Click here to learn more about Crescendo Project membership and benefits.

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BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

We begin with the extraordinary Garrick Ohlsson and his marvelous rendition of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. Leading this youthful and vigorous early work—the composer wrote it when he was just 25—is our esteemed Conductor Laureate, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, approaching his 92nd birthday. He concludes this exhilarating program with Beethoven’s dance-infused Symphony No. 7.

“Garrick Ohlsson is a big pianist with a calmly commanding presence, and his performance in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor sported those qualities in abundance. One could sense his artistic lineage... in the crystalline nobility of his sound; in the Adagio the melody floated dreamily along over its spare accompaniment, while the Rondo flew swift and sure.”

The Independent

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Join us for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium offering audiences another way to connect with the music performed on the main stage. This performance features Gounod's Petite symphonie and Mozart's Quartet in D Major for Flute and Strings.

Relax into Gounod’s light-hearted French world of classical artifice and Mozart’s Viennese charm as our vaunted woodwinds serve up a musical dessert worthy of royalty! This lovely concert, with Gounod’s Petite symphonie for Wind Instruments and Mozart’s Quartet for Flute and Strings is the perfect nightcap to the evening’s earlier concert of Beethoven and Brahms, musical titans of German art who plumbed the depths of the human heart. Here’s the perfect recipe for unwinding: heartwarming music performed by superb Minnesota Orchestra players, accompanied by French wine and Viennese chocolate!

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NIELSEN
Pan and Syrinx

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2

Our second week of piano greats features the wildly popular André Watts with Brahms’ grand and warm Piano Concerto No. 2. The composer called it “a tiny, tiny, pianoforte concerto with a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo.” It is anything but that. Osmo Vänskä brings his inimitable touch to a program that opens with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3, soon to be recorded by the Orchestra as part of a multi-year exploration of the Finnish national hero’s masterpieces.

“My greatest satisfaction is performing… Performing is my way of being part of humanity—of sharing.”

— André Watts

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7

The Minnesota Orchestra won its first-ever Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance with a Sibelius recording—and no wonder. Osmo Vänskä is the world’s preeminent expert in the work of his fellow Finn, and under his baton, the music is magically transformed. Vänskä and the Orchestra will complete their cycle of Sibelius symphonies in 2015, the year that marks the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth. In this concert, our orchestra performs Sibelius' two final symphonies: the mysterious Sixth and the one-movement Seventh, its C-major ending a triumphant culmination of the composer’s life’s work.

About Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 6

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 7

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

The Minnesota Orchestra won its first-ever Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance with a Sibelius recording—and no wonder. Osmo Vänskä is the world’s preeminent expert in the work of his fellow Finn, and under his baton, the music is magically transformed. Vänskä and the Orchestra complete their cycle of Sibelius symphonies with his final two: the mysterious Sixth and the one-movement Seventh, its C-major ending a triumphant culmination of the composer's life’s work. The program concludes—as the season began—with Mahler. His epic First Symphony takes us on a sonic journey, full of orchestral color, for a celebratory finish to this historic season.

“White-cold and white-hot, Vänskä's performance has an elemental austerity.”

The Guardian

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BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique

It’s one of the most peculiar works in the classical repertoire, featuring visions, witches, romantic despair, even a macabre execution. But it’s also a musical milestone: The Symphonie fantastique sparked a brushfire of what’s called “programmatic” music, symphonies designed to tell a specific story. This serious classical piece was also written under the influence of opium (don’t try this at home!). Where—besides that mind-altering trip—does this amazing work come from? Explore its origins, its influence and its enduring popularity with Sarah and Sam as your guides.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Northern Spark

Northern Spark 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra and Orchestra Hall are pleased to be part of this year's Northern Spark festival, running Saturday, June 13 from 9pm to 5:26am. We invite you to stay after this evening's performance for a FREE chamber concert at 10:15pm in Orchestra Hall, featuring the music of Mason Bates.

In addition, the UCLA Game Lab will transform Target Atrium into a Game Bar, which opens at 9pm. Ticket holders for this Inside the Classics concert will be permitted into the Atrium in advance of the general public from 7-8pm to play!

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A mainstage performance at Orchestra Hall featuring a string quartet of Minnesota Orchestra musicians, playing music from composer and DJ Mason Bates.

Bates’ music, which fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, has been performed by major symphony orchestras throughout North America.

From Amber Frozen is as much influenced by today's electronica as by Indonesian gamelan. It starts with a lopsided groove of plucked out-of-tune notes and evolves from this rhythmic pointillism to more sustained lines, where a melody begins to emerge, and crystalline beats melt into a warmer lyricism. By the work's end, it has returned to its initial rhythmic space and ultimately loses pitch altogether.

Performance length is 15 minutes. This performance is free and does not require a ticket for entry. Presented by the Minnesota Orchestra as part of Northern Spark 2015, produced by Northern Lights.mn.

The Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall will be open all night from 9pm to 5:26am featuring the UCLA Game Lab's Game Bar—a fun place to explore games in a variety of formats, from installations and board games to virtual reality environments. Beverage service will be available for purchase featuring beer from Fulton Brewery.

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Margee Bracken, Chair
Kathy and Charlie Cunningham, Honorary Chairs

A benefit for the Minnesota Orchestra

Bravo! Brava! Brazil! The 2015 Symphony Ball, inspired by the spirit of Brazil, promises to be colorful, creative and celebratory! Please join the Minnesota Orchestra for this premier gala to raise funds to support artistic initiatives and music education activities.

Last-minute tickets for Symphony Ball may still be purchased by contacting Maiyia Vang at 612.371.7128. Or, join us for Crash the Ball! Tickets available through Wednesday, June 17. Details & tickets »

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There will be some fabulous Live Auction offerings, including a trip to Istanbul, Turkey; a cruise to the Galápagos Islands; and a signed photograph by internationally-renowned artist, Alec Soth. Be sure to check out the 125+ Silent Auction items—from vacation homes and travel getaways to French fries to the many experiences donated by our musicians!

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Led by Kate Gillette, Crash the Ball 2015: Carnival is a part of Symphony Ball 2015—the biggest annual fundraiser benefiting the Minnesota Orchestra. Crash the Ball is a fun way for people to attend this annual premier event.

Crash the Ball tickets are no longer available.

Evening Schedule for Crash the Ball:
7:30pm: Hosted bar, passed hors d’oeuvres (by Vincent’s), and silent auction in main lobby
8:45pm: Live auction, Fund a Need, and Orchestra Concert in auditorium
9:45pm: Champagne, desserts and dancing to Charanga Tropical, other entertainment and more!
11pm: Crash the Ball After Party inside Target Atrium with DJ Ackerman. Includes Brazilian themed food carts, hosted bar, photo booths and more!

Symphony Ball is Black Tie; Crash the Ball is Cocktail Attire

Auction catalog

There will be some fabulous Live Auction offerings, including a trip to Istanbul, Turkey; a cruise to the Galápagos Islands; and a signed photograph by internationally-renowned artist, Alec Soth. Be sure to check out the 125+ Silent Auction items—from vacation homes and travel getaways to French fries to the many experiences donated by our musicians!

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Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video.

Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Tomlin's film and television career includes: 9 to 5, Big Business, Tea with Mussolini, I Heart Huckabees, A Prairie Home Companion, Laugh-In, The West Wing and Desperate Housewives. Tomlin's new film Grandma received rave reviews at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is set for release later this year. Additionally, Tomlin co-stars in a new series on Netflix entitled Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda. It is set to be released this May.

Tomlin can be found online at www.lilytomlin.com

This performance will last approximately 90 minutes without intermission.  Following the performance, there will be a brief question and answer session with Ms. Tomlin.

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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SMITH/Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

SHOSTAKOVICH
Festive Overture

BIZET
Habañera and Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite No. 2

SOUSA
Washington Post March

WILLIAMS
Selections from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5

HEITZEG
Blue Liberty

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

Each summer, the Orchestra presents a series of free outdoor concerts for the community called Symphony for the Cities. Please join us at Lake Harriet, Plymouth, Winona, and Hudson for magnificent summertime music-making.

WEATHER RELATED CANCELLATIONS

LAST UPDATED: MON JUNE 29, 4:35pm

Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Coro Entrevoces, choir
  • Digna Guerra, conductor, Coro Entrevoces

Program to include:

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture

CATURLA
Danzón

LECUONA/Jenkins
Malagueña

LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN
Guaguancó

MARQUEZ
Danzón No. 2

BERNSTEIN
Mambo, from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

A one-of-a-kind musical experience that takes you beyond the headlines of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2015 CUBA Tour.

Be part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s vibrant musical exchange with Cuba—which launched in May with our historic Havana concerts—as this Cuban chamber choir joins our Orchestra for bold and brilliant music from both cultures.

•  Listen to members of the Orchestra share their stories about this unprecedented cultural exchange

•  See new video documenting the Orchestra’s performances and their work with students

•  Hear Coro Entrevoces' a cappella musical selections from the U.S., Europe, and their native Cuba

Please note: selections by Coro Entrevoces will be announced from the stage.

Visit our tours page for more stories and photos from our 2015 CUBA Tour.

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Short of dancing down a rain-splattered street, there's no better way to re-capture the magic of this classic MGM musical than to see it on a big screen with a live orchestra performing the timeless soundtrack.

And there’s no more enjoyable way to introduce new generations to this masterpiece of song and dance by award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. From "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Morning" to "You Were Meant For Me" and of course the unforgettable title tune, this is going to be a most wonderful time at the movies, thanks to the Minnesota Orchestra and Sarah Hicks. What a glorious feelin'!

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RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

Here’s Rachmaninoff’s final work, the capstone of his career, and as Sam puts it: “it feels like one of those pieces a composer creates hoping this is the one they’ll still be playing 200 years from now.” The work is a tour de force, illustrating the composer’s mastery of orchestral writing at its most Romantic. It’s also highly personal: Rachmaninoff was living in America, painfully distanced from his beloved Russia by the Revolution. Supreme talent, a lifetime’s worth of expertise and deep-down soul—these are at the core of this unforgettable music. The verdict won’t be in until 2140, but listening today, we sense the Symphonic Dances have fulfilled Rachmaninoff’s heartfelt bid for immortality.

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About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Attend all three Inside the Classics performances or mix and match with Symphony in 60 performances and save!

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They've been the soulful soundtrack for half a century, and The Temptations are still going strong. Who can forget My Girl, Just My Imagination or Papa Was A Rolling Stone?

The Temptations played a critical role as founding fathers of soul and R&B—and with their smooth vocal harmonies, tight choreography and glam wardrobe, they still epitomize the Motown Sound in all its glory. Led by founder Otis Williams, the group’s current five-man incarnation will lead you on a joyful journey down memory lane, proving that after all these years, they still have what it takes to rock the house. For a little Sunshine On A Cloudy Day, come hear the Temptations at Orchestra Hall.

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

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BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

With his career rocketing forward, pianist Alessio Bax makes a rare stop here in Minnesota—and you won’t want to miss hearing this amazing young genius in Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Paganini Rhapsody.

At times the music draws us into a delightful dance; next it sings a song of rapturous beauty. The evening ends with an inspiring composition: Brahms’ First Symphony, written when the composer, living uneasily in Beethoven’s shadow, rose high above his fears to deliver this gorgeous creation.

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol

DE FALLA
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

CHABRIER
España

BIZET
Carmen Suite No. 2

RAVEL
Boléro

If your summer travel budget doesn’t include airfare to Spain, we’ll conjure this land of evocative scents, sounds and colors for you here at Orchestra Hall.

The rhythms are sensuous in Ravel’s Boléro, the melodies brazen and brilliant in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, and you can almost smell the blood-red roses in de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Your ticket—wonderfully free of jet lag—is waiting!

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VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6

DEAN
Night Window

SCHUBERT
Trout Quintet

Franz Schubert created his Trout Quintet—one of chamber music’s all-time glories—ingeniously, adapting a seemingly simple tune he wrote years earlier. Variation after dazzling variation spins out from the “Trout” melody, amazing listeners and calling forth everything the players can give.

Fortunately, we have virtuosos in abundance: joining our great conductor-pianist Andrew Litton at his Steinway are four supremely talented members of the Orchestra. The result: a summer night of intimate chamber-music magic.

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  • Wendy Chen, piano
  • Jonathan Swartz, violin
  • Anthony Ross, cello
  • The Fellowship String Quartets from Madeline Island Music Camp

BRAHMS
B Major Piano Trio

RACHMANINOFF
Piano and Cello Sonata

SCHUMANN
Piano Quintet in E-Flat

SCHUBERT
Cello Quintet

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Madeline Island Music Camp presents An Evening with the Romantics featuring works by Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

To purchase the accompanying dinner please call 715-747-2561.

More information can be found online at www.music-camp.org.

This performance will be approximately 90 minutes including an intermission.

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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J. STRAUSS, JR.
Overture to The Gypsy Baron

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Treasure Waltz, from The Gypsy Baron

J. STRAUSS
Stiefmütterchen (Pansies), Polka-Mazurka

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Bitte schön! (If you please!), Polka

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Auf der Jagd (On the Hunt), Polka

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Tuba Concerto

J. STRAUSS
Dynamiden Waltzes (The Mysterious Powers of Magnetism)

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Flugschriften (Pamphlets) Waltz

E. STRAUSS
Bahn frei! (Clear Track!), Polka

E. STRAUSS
Ohne Bremse (Without Brakes), Polka

BIZET/Borne/Walker
Carmen Fantasy, for Two Flutes and Orchestra

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Emperor Waltzes

One of Sommerfest’s greatest delights is its annual concert brimful of music from Vienna’s “Waltz King.” With a smiling lilt and champagne bubbles in every bar of music, Strauss waltzes sing of Vienna at its grandest—and they speak volumes about Sommerfest’s enduring popularity.

We start with a fantasy-medley of “greatest hits” from Bizet’s masterpiece, the opera Carmen, then enjoy Vaughan Williams’ surprisingly lyrical Tuba Concerto. The spotlight shines throughout the program on several of this fine orchestra’s über-talented players.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Don't worry: this nightmare is hilarious—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on steroids. This violin and piano duo are the funniest serious musicians you're ever likely to see, as attested by their 35 million video hits—making them bona fide internet sensations.

They apply their "genuine, dazzling virtuosity” (The New York Times) to send-ups of everyone from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, and everything from Riverdance to concert etiquette. Don't be surprised if everybody gets into the act, including our esteemed Orchestra musicians. Whether you're a classical expert or just beginning your acquaintance with music, you'll love this riotous evening of melodic mayhem!

Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music Sneak Preview

Igudesman & Joo: Rachmaninoff Had Big Hands

Follow Igudesman & Joo: Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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