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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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ROSSINI
Duo for Cello and Bass

ROREM
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

HINDEMITH
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

MOZART
Kegelstatt (Bowling Alley) Trio

New energy is pulsing through the Minnesota Orchestra, as our wonderful players hand craft chamber music programs like this one for you.

Come hear virtuosos as they step out of the larger ensemble—the sheer size and power of which can sometimes mask their amazing individual artistry.

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COPLAND
El Salón México

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 7

How he actually pulls this program off is his own secret, but this is a feat you will want to witness for yourself. Our double-threat Artistic Director Andrew Litton sits down at the Steinway and performs the dazzling (and dazzlingly difficult) Gershwin Concerto—and conducts the Orchestra at the same time!

This American masterpiece is the centerpiece of a program inspired by dance—Mexican café tunes, Bohemian peasant rhythms and Tin Pan Alley syncopations—all masterfully rendered by Mr. Litton!

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PUCCINI
Madame Butterfly

Here it is: the much-anticipated grand finale of Sommerfest 2015: a concert performance of Madame Butterfly.

This opera is filled with soaring melodies and tender duets, each more beautiful than the last, including the famous “Un bel di” (One beautiful day), a gorgeous expression of hope and anticipation. This music communicates an entire world of emotion—all so lovely, so dramatic, you’ll remember it as one of the most exquisite evenings of the year.

Please note: performance time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions.

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  • Young Musicians of Minnesota
  • Aaron Hirsch, YMM Artistic Director
  • YMM's 2015 Summer Music Festival Students

TCHAIKOVSKY
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

BARBER
Adagio for Strings

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"

Since May of 2013, YMM has worked with and inspired some of the most talented young musicians in Minnesota.

Modeled after many other youth orchestra programs in the state, YMM provides students with a college-level orchestral education, consisting of students ages 13-26. The YMM Summer Music Festival program is unique in that it is entirely student-led and operated, and allows its students to participate for a very small fee. Students receive the opportunity to perform alongside the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians in YMM's grand finale concert and work side-by-side with them in sectionals mid-July.

Through the leadership Minnesota's music students, YMM has established a reputation as one of the most unique youth orchestra programs in the nation. YMM students have access to a broad range of learning experiences that serve them for years to come. We provide tools for students to grow musically, socially, become leaders, and gain a greater appreciation for classical music.

Join the Young Musicians of Minnesota in the Orchestra Hall lobby from 1:30-2:45pm prior to their concert to hear a showcase of student chamber ensembles!

This program will be performed with a 20 minute intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

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Inspire Africa LLC is honored to present the biggest and the very first award show of its kind and magnitude in the Midwest region: The NEGA Awards.

At this award show, we will gather exceptional talent from across North America and put them on one platform to showcase their creativity, authenticity and energy. August 22nd, 2015 is when this battle of the best of the best will take place at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Come celebrate the new and inspired talents of the motherland Africa. It will be an evening you won't forget. With great performances from top African Musicians, it will leave its imprint all over you.

Tickets are on sale now!

Follow us on twitter @inspireafrica07, Facebook Inspire Africa-ia, IG inspireafrica. Check our website for more information www.negaawards.com and www.inspireafrica.net 

Please note: This event will last approximately 240 minutes with continuous seating.  VIP seating includes 1 drink ticket. 

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.  Drink tickets cannot be emailed.  All drink tickets will be placed in will call for pick up.

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It's time to celebrate! Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the stage to launch our new season, joined by the legendary Audra McDonald.

If you’ve never experienced the excitement of opening night at Orchestra Hall or the magic that is Audra McDonald, don’t miss this performance. She has earned six Tony® Awards and a devoted fan base who find themselves enraptured by her artistry. The 2015-16 season launches with colorful orchestral showpieces and a thrilling collection of Ms. McDonald’s signature songs.

MOZART
Overture to The Magic Flute

COPLAND
Letter from Home

BARBER
Adagio for Strings

BOCK/HARNICK
“When Did I Fall in Love,” from Fiorello

ARLEN/MERCER
“I Had Myself a True Love,” from St. Louis Woman

LERNER/LOEWE
“I Could Have Danced All Night," from My Fair Lady

OFFENBACH
Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld

RESPIGHI
Selections from The Fountains of Rome

MANCINI/MERCER
“Moon River,” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

LOESSER
“Can’t Stop Talking,” from Let’s Dance

STYNE/COMDEN/GREEN
“Make Someone Happy,” from Do Re Mi

RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” from The Sound of Music

HINDEMITH
March, from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber

Join us for a complimentary champagne toast and post-concert party to launch the new season!

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With a thrilling 2015-16 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2015-16 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

SIBELIUS
Overture to Karelia

BACH
Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

GERSHWIN
Embraceable You, from Girl Crazy

WALLER/Wasson
Honeysuckle Rose

RODGERS/Bennett
“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin',” from Oklahoma! (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

RODGERS/Bennett
“Some Enchanted Evening,” from South Pacific (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 7

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Dance of the Tumblers, from Snow Maiden

FALLA
Dance of the Miller's Wife (Fandango), from Suite No. 1 from The Three-Cornered Hat

STRAVINSKY
Russian Dance, from Petrushka

TCHAIKOVSKY
Allegro con grazia, from Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre

HANDEL
Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah

*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2015-16 series package at the Sampler concert or within one month of this event. Not valid with any other offer or renewal. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Minnesota Orchestra continues its innovative community engagement program, Common Chords, with a weeklong residency in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota from September 22 to 26, 2015.

Tuesday's schedule of events

10:30-11am | Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center (DLCCC)
Performance by Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet as guests check into the DLCCC fitness center open to the public

11:05-11:25am | Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center (DLCCC)
String Quartet performs in the fitness classroom during the Silver Sneakers cool down

12-1:15pm | Kiwanis Meeting
Conductor Sarah Hicks presents an “Art of Conducting” seminar and our String Quartet performs at this professional business luncheon at Speakeasy Restaurant.

Noon-3:30pm | Detroit Lakes High School
School performances for 9th through 12th grade music students by Minnesota Orchestra Brass Quintet

2-3pm | Detroit Lakes Public Library
String Quartet performs for the senior Library Club open to the public

Schedule for the week

Click on a date to see the schedule of events for that day: Tue Sep 22 | Wed Sep 23 | Thu Sep 24 | Fri Sep 25 | Sat Sep 26

Pictures and more!

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Fashion enthusiasts can expect an impeccably curated presentation of style, fashion, hair, makeup, music and glam. Staying true to their intention for the event to serve as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will show current Fall 2015 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities.

The runway show will feature Fall/Winter collections from the following local designers: ACG, Caroline Hayden, Cliche, Cory Allen, Form over Function, Jenny Carle, Joeleen Torvick, Kjurek, Russell Bourrienne, Sarah Furnae and Yevette Willaert. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Goorin Bros., Larissa Loden, Mona Williams, Rewind, Stephanie Lake Design, and See Eyewear.

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. Co-producing the show is John Mark Hostetler. A portion of the event proceeds, 100% of the silent auction and $1 of every presale ticket will benefit our non-profit partner, Public Functionary.

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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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

STRAUSS
Four Last Songs

MAHLER
Symphony No. 4

This delightful program begins with a rare Orchestra Hall performance of a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, which launches a two-season journey through these chamber ensemble masterpieces.

Next, Katie Van Kooten sings the golden and serene benediction of Richard Strauss, the Four Last Songs, which encapsulate all he knew and loved about the human voice and the orchestra. Finally, a child's captivating view of heaven as painted by the master of orchestral color, Gustav Mahler.

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  • Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, alto saxophone
  • Chris Thomson, tenor saxophone
  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Jeff Brueske, bass
  • Tim Zhorne, drums

Minneapolis, both urbane and earthy, claims a location at the confluence of three major areas: it’s at the highest navigable point of the Mississippi, and in its environs, the Great Plains meet the Eastern forests.

Our music has been shaped by the barnstorming territory bands that crisscrossed the country for much of the 20th century and by our late-night disc jockeys. This season, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) launches the series with original music in this same tradition—wide open and pioneering. These musicians will put their stamp on songs including Lazy River and Skylark by Hoagy Carmichael and Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan, and they will debut Jeremy Walker’s suite A River like a Train. The concert also spotlights New Orleans’ Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, a favorite colleague of many Twin Cities jazz musicians and a decades-long collaborator with Wynton Marsalis, who says: “Wess Anderson’s playing contains the essence of soul, that’s why we call him WarmDaddy.”

Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism

This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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They’re the Grammy®-winning superstars of klezmer, and they’re coming to Orchestra Hall!

Descended from the centuries-old Jewish cantillation of the Middle East, klezmer music began in the Yiddish-speaking world of Eastern Europe, where it became a fixture in Jewish culture—and is very much alive today thanks to masters like the Klezmatics. This seriously entertaining ensemble from New York City is dedicated to keeping klezmer music vital and spreading its infectious, expressive, danceable sound around the globe.

“The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, they can rank among the greatest bands on the planet.”
Time Out New York

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

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KFAI

Sponsor
St Paul JCC

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SCHUMANN
Cello Concerto

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 7

Schumann famously said that he couldn't write for virtuosos, that his aim was something else entirely.

So he poured into his Concerto a gorgeous lyricism, with moments of hold-your-breath beauty—all of which feels tailor-made for principal cellist Anthony Ross' stunning talent. Capping this will be our beloved force-of-nature Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, two weeks past his 92nd birthday, offering his marvelous interpretation of Bruckner's heaven-shaking Symphony No. 7.

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What is Guarantors' Week?

This week's concerts are performed in dedication to the Orchestra's outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra's artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra's annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us–thank you for investing in its future.

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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

BACH
Six Suites for Unaccompanied Solo Cello

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STRAUSS
Don Juan

SZYMANOWSKI
Violin Concerto No. 1

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

Juraj Valčuha—say YOO-rye VAL-choo-ah—is definitely a name to learn if you don't know it already. This young Slovakian conductor has received huge ovations across Europe and now, America.

For his Minnesota debut, he brings an array of musical fireworks from his central European homeland. Strauss’ Don Juan is a tour de force that only the most virtuosic conductors and players can master. Bartok’s Concerto is the 20th-century orchestral showpiece—its ending a whirlwind of pure joy.

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  • Jane Lynch, vocals
  • Kate Flannery, vocals
  • Tim Davis, vocals
  • The Tony Guerrero Quintet

She’s starred on television as mean-girl cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the FOX hit Glee and hosted Hollywood Game Night, was featured in the movie mockumentaries A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, and wowed on Broadway as Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie.

Now the bold and brassy Jane Lynch is earning raves for her off-beat, anything-goes, touring cabaret show with Tim Davis and Kate Flannery (most famous for her role as Meredith in NBC's The Office). The Emmy-winning® actress, comedian and singer brings down the house with her “easygoing folk delivery,” “ear for esoteric cultural goodies” and “smart, witty” performance (The New York Times). Three cheers!


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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades 3-6
Violin, viola, cello and...timpani? One of these instruments doesn’t belong with the others, but which one—and why?

In this interactive concert, students help our lost musicians find their way home by investigating the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments. Each family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The concert also features amazing movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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It was late one fall in Halloween land
And the air had quite a chill
Against the moon a skeleton sat
Alone upon a hill

That poem is the genesis of filmmaker Tim Burton’s macabre mashup of Halloween and Christmas, a movie favorite since 1993.

Now for the first time, this spooky spectacular comes to Orchestra Hall, with the Minnesota Orchestra playing Danny Elfman’s frightfully original score live, while the scary story plays on the big screen. Don’t sit alone upon a hill this Halloween—scare up some friends and come to Orchestra Hall!

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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SIBELIUS
Suite from Karelia
Pohjola's Daughter
The Oceanides
Six Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra
Tapiola

No conductor in the world brings out the subtle, ice-crystal beauty of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' music like Osmo Vänskä.

The year 2015 brings the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’ birth, and the Orchestra will celebrate throughout the season with beloved classics and little-known gems of this history-shaping composer. Of special note are the Humoresques, charming miniatures-in-dialogue for violin and orchestra. Whether you’re new to Sibelius or have thrilled for years to the Vänskä interpretations, this program is for you.

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If you love great food as well as world-class orchestral music, you’ll want to be our guest when the Minnesota Orchestra, conductor Sarah Hicks and top local chefs mix it up onstage for a can’t-miss performance unlike anything else in our 2015-16 season!

We’ve cooked up the tastiest evening imaginable. Before the concert, enjoy complimentary samples of delicious cuisine by the Art Institutes International Minnesota. After you take your seat in the Hall, you'll witness a side-by-side performance of culinary and musical masters as the Twin Cities’ most popular chefs join Sarah Hicks and the Orchestra onstage. Each chef will create a sumptuous dish right before your eyes, while our über-talented musicians stir in just the right notes for a most melodious, not to mention appetizing, adventure. Buy your tickets to this musical feast today.

Please note: 15 ticket holders will be chosen at random for the opportunity to sit onstage to sample one course! Patrons will be notified on November 4 with details.

Participants:

Butcher and the Boar
Jeff Kipp, Executive Chef

Patisserie 46
John Kraus, Chef-Owner

Travail Kitchen
Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg, Chef-Owners

Vincent A Restaurant
Vincent Francoual, Executive Chef, Owner


Program:

PRIMA/Vanacore
Sing, Sing, Sing

MUSSORGSKY
A Night on Bald Mountain

GERSHWIN
An American in Paris

VERDI
Brindisi (Drinking Song), from La Traviata

BATES
Desert Transport

H. BRUBECK
Selections from Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, from The Wasps

ELFMAN
Breakfast Machine, from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Suite from The Snow Maiden

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Symphony No. 4

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to hear pianist Natasha Paremski during 2014 Sommerfest, you know why we invited her right back.

She performed the famously difficult Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with “astonishing ease, superb control and lyrical sensitivity,” noted the Star Tribune, and now she brings all those skills to the beloved yet equally thorny Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1. Another special opportunity of this concert is a rare performance of Vaughan Williams’ muscular and dynamic Fourth, which his contemporary William Walton hailed as “the greatest symphony since Beethoven.”

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ELGAR
Piano Quintet in A minor for Piano and Strings

Join Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton and members of the Minnesota Orchestra 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.

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

Tickets:
$25 stand-alone concert in the Target Atrium
$10 with ticket to pre-NightCaps concert in the Main Hall

Pre-NightCap Concert

Join the Minnesota Orchestra at 8pm in the Main Hall for Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Information and tickets »

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

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

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


Mall of America

 The GTCYS Fall Festival concerts are sponsored by Mall of America.

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

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

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


Mall of America

 The GTCYS Fall Festival concerts are sponsored by Mall of America.

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LIEBERSON
Neruda Songs

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

An illuminating program of portraits and self-portraits, each tinged with love and loss.

Peter Lieberson wrote the shimmeringly beautiful Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson—who premiered them in 2005, then succumbed to cancer the following year. These love songs, a touching memorial to their marriage, also won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Composition. As for Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony, it was truly his final musical gift to the world, finished just weeks before his mysterious death.

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  • Ron Miles, trumpet
  • Chris Thomson, tenor saxophone
  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Jeff Brueske, bass
  • Tim Zhorne, drums

New York looms large in the sonic imagination of any jazz musician, and the players of the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) are no exception.

Join us and explore the world of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others who shared their hometown through music—arranged and composed by members of the AJE. The program will include fresh interpretations of Ellington/Strayhorn classics including Upper Manhattan Medical Group, Serenade to Sweden and Prelude to a Kiss, Gershwin classics How Long has this Been Going On and 'S Wonderful, as well as originals inspired by New York and its music. This incarnation of the AJE includes the return of acclaimed Colorado trumpeter and composer Ron Miles. Take it from The New York Times: “What’s always striking about his music is a sense of possibility that rings of the American frontier.”

Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism

This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Minnesota Boychoir

The image of actor Macaulay Culkin’s “oh no!” face is the stuff of movie legends, and what's equally memorable about the holiday classic Home Alone is its magical score by music marvel John Williams!

The score earned Williams one of his incredible 49 Oscar® nominations, and what better way to enjoy the 25th anniversary of this family favorite than with the Minnesota Orchestra performing the music live to the film. It’s a whole new way to experience this hilarious and heartwarming movie about an absent-minded family and their surprisingly resourceful 8-year-old son.

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre

Recommended for all grade levels
Ever hear of the Peanut Brittle Brigade, the Toot Toot Tootie Toot or the Arabesque Cookie?

They’re all a part of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite. The Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Dance Theatre will perform movements from the original Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, interspersed with movements from the Ellington-Strayhorn version. Join us for a beautiful blend of jazz and classical genres—and experience this beloved holiday classic like you’ve never heard or seen it before!

Homeschool families

No workshop is scheduled for this performance.

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Ever hear of the Peanut Brittle Brigade, the Toot Toot Tootie Toot or the Arabesque Cookie? It’s all a part of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite.

The Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Dance Theatre will perform movements from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite interspersed with movements from the Ellington-Strayhorn version. Join us for a unique blend of jazz and classical genres—and experience this beloved holiday classic like you’ve never seen it before!

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Please note: This event is open to children of all ages; recommended for ages 6 and over.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Big Band
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Swing in the holiday season with VocalEssence and Nils Lindberg’s A Christmas Cantata for chorus and big band.

Blending jazz-infused style with traditional melodies, Lindberg’s cantata is an “iridescent medley that invigorates, inspires and swings in equal measure” (allaboutjazz.com). World premieres of two contest-winning carols for choir and trumpet will blow you away, and familiar carols for voices and brass will have you singing all the way home.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2015-16 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 28th annual Christmas concert, “Jubilant Light” at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The performance, with a program of choral and instrumental music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, features over 300 student performers in eight of the university’s ensembles. Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Donne Unite, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Proceeds support the UST Music ensembles' international performance tours.

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

This performance will be audio/video recorded. Twin Cities Public Television will produce “A St. Thomas Christmas,” a one-hour holiday special of this year’s concert. The program will be distributed to public television stations nationwide. The broadcast is made possible by a generous grant from Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn.

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. For paid tickets, 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 "Let Every Heart Awake and Sing" 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 30 minutes.

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HANDEL
Messiah

“Come unto Him, all ye that labor…and He will give you rest.” These words from Scripture form the hushed center of this treasured classic.

Handel's Messiah offers repose for those bustling to get everything shopped, shipped, and ship-shape by the holiday season's end, so set aside a few hours to let your soul be calmed by this timeless music and message. Onstage will be an outstanding all-American cast of singers and an exciting young American conductor, James Feddeck, already renowned for his Messiah interpretations.

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Additional Messiah performance:
Messiah Sing-along
Sun Dec 13  2pm »

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

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

Kids 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!

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2015-16 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
  • Members of the Minnesota Chorale

HANDEL
Messiah

Join us for the greatest sing-along event of the season—Handel’s beloved Messiah!

Bring your singing voice and sit with audience choristers and Minnesota Chorale members of the same part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) or, if you prefer, sit within a mixed-part section or with family and friends. With holiday spirit galore, this concert will leave you brimming over with joy and humming all the way home.

How you can prepare for the concert

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Purchase locally from Groth Music in Bloomington, MN or from the online source of your choice. We recommend either the Novello (Watkins Shaw) or Bärenreiter editions.

Arrive early! Those interested in sitting in the optional singing sections must be seated before 1:45pm.

Please Note: This concert is 90 minutes and will be performed without an intermission. Seating is general admission within each section. Patrons may choose to sit by voice section or in any available general admission location. Full music scores will not be available for purchase or view at the performance. Text for selections will be provided in the Showcase program. Smart devices such as tablets and iPads will be allowed into the performance to view the score. We recommend you download the score to your device in advance of the performance. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at Orchestra Hall.

Additional Messiah performances:

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet
  • Vanessa Thomas, vocals
  • Mary Louise Knutson, piano
  • Kevin Thomas, bass
  • Stockton Helbing, drums
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • 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.

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 8 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
  • H. Adam Harris, narrator
  • Minnesota Boychoir, chorus
  • Twin Cities Girls Chorus, chorus
  • Ethnic Dance Theatre, dance ensemble
  • Scott Winters/Ion Concert Media, video designer
  • Rune Spaans, video designer

Experience a new take on a magical Minnesota Orchestra tradition!

Bundle up the whole family in your favorite Nordic sweaters and join us for a delectable concert of holiday cheer, featuring a Christmas sing-along accompanied by on-screen animation, a live reading of Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, a never-before-seen version of the classic animated short film The Snow Queen—newly tailored to match the beauty of Grieg’s Symphonic Dances—and much more!

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 8 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

Watch a sneak preview of the animation that Scott Winters of Ion Concert Media is creating for the Christmas Singalong at these concerts!

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New Years' Eve Concert includes post-concert party and countdown to the New Year.

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 9, Choral

If you were lucky enough to hold a ticket to the Minnesota Orchestra's New Year's concerts last season, you know there is no better place to ring in the New Year than at Orchestra Hall!

Bridge the old and new years with Beethoven's “bookend” symphonies, the graceful First and his towering Ninth. Join us afterwards in the lobby as we toast the New Year with more entertainment, a countdown, and of course champagne—or if you have other plans, catch a reprise of the performance on New Year's Day at our 2pm matinee concert.

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After-party from 10:30pm to 1:00am
Festivities include:

  • Sweet treats
  • Live entertainment in the Orchestra Hall Grand Foyer and Atrium
  • Midnight Countdown and more!

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 7

The Orchestra’s three-week Beethoven Marathon continues with the superbly gifted Yevgeny Sudbin performing two piano concertos in one evening—a feat not unlike back-to-back climbs of Everest and K2—as he balances athletic strength and virtuosity with the soul and keyboard touch of a poet.

To send you dancing into the evening air, the program concludes with the whirling joy of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Osmo Vänskä likens the Seventh’s cascading excitement to early rock ’n’ roll—and that abandon has led the Vänskä/Minnesota Orchestra interpretation to international acclaim.

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 8
Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

History changed the night in 1805 that Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 3, and composers ever since have measured their works against his path-breaking Third.

The Eroica, full of the revolution and hope then sweeping Europe, is almost a concert unto itself. Paired with it here, the light-hearted Symphony No. 8–which Beethoven thought was one of his very best works, and the Piano Concerto No. 3–with its passages that simply melt with beauty.

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NightCap Concert

Join members of the Minnesota Orchestra for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium. Seating is limited for this one hour event. $25/$10 ticket includes one complimentary beverage. Information and tickets »

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Septet in E-flat major

Join Music Director Osmo Vänskä and members of the Minnesota Orchestra 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.

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

Tickets:
$25 stand-alone concert in the Target Atrium
$10 with ticket to pre-NightCaps concert in the Main Hall

Pre-NightCap Concert

Join the Minnesota Orchestra at 8pm in the Main Hall for Beethoven Symphonies 8 & 3, Third Piano Concerto. Information and tickets »

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Symphony No. 5

The season's hottest ticket? You'll find it here with two momentous summits in one concert: Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, aptly named Emperor, and his Symphony No. 5, the composer's signature cry of tragedy to triumph.

What's more, the program begins with a climb up the sun-washed foothills of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. Order early and come along on this unforgettable journey!

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

The midwinter Beethoven festival wraps up with beauties of which the composer was immensely proud—and what pleasure they contain for us as listeners!

The Fourth Symphony is one of his happiest expressions, and the Concerto No. 4 starts with a whisper-quiet hymn on the solo piano. Each piece, and most especially his Symphony No. 6, the nature-themed Pastoral, ultimately breaks into joy—a fitting conclusion for these exuberant concerts.

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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As a part of our Beethoven Marathon, we're showing FREE Beethoven movies in the Target Atrium. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the story of a young boy who learns to love classical music from his upstairs neighbor Ludwig van Beethoven.

Popcorn, candy and beverages will be available for purchase.

Ticket required for entry. General admission seating. Lobby opens at 1pm.

Reserve your tickets now—Atrium seating is limited! (only 200 seats available)

Run time: 51 minutes with no intermission.

Movie recommended for ages 6+. Movie is rated G.

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

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  • Jeremy Walker, composer and piano
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor
  • Jason Harms, vocals
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Brueske, bass
  • Tim Zhorne, drums
  • The Radio Choir from American Public Media

Vocalist Jason Harms (reminiscent of Harry Connick Jr.) and jazz ensemble joins forces with the much-anticipated classical choir for a thrilling journey from despair to peace incorporating the full texts of Psalms 3, 6, 13, 22, 126, 130 and 131.

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"7 Psalms is an affecting piece of music, a remarkable achievement, and the upcoming performance at Orchestra Hall should not be missed." —American Jewish World

"I wasn’t prepared for the power, scope, and enormity of 7 Psalms ... It was requiem and hosanna, blues and hymn.” —bebopified

“Inspired by Johnny Cash and John Coltrane, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Radiohead, Walker wrote new music for the ancient Hebrew poems that are cries for help, howls of frustration and shouts of joy.” —Star Tribune

Experience a community of voices online, anytime, at yourclassical.org/choral

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

The Radio Choir

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades K-2
Folk songs and folk dance are important parts of our cultural tradition, as vibrant elements of musical heritage that elders pass down to youth all around the world.

In this interactive concert, students will investigate symphonic music inspired by folk traditions, including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and two Copland works—the delightful song “I Bought Me a Cat” and the iconic, always-exciting Appalachian Spring. Also featured are movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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Join a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Excelsior Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on January 30, Excelsior Brewing Company will be featured in the Orchestra Hall lobby for the February 12 Inside the Classics: Hipster vs. Nerd Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Excelsior Brewing Company
421 3rd Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
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If you missed Benny Goodman during his heyday, you owe it to yourself to catch him now!

British-born clarinetist Julian Bliss brings the legendary King of Swing’s music to life in this delightful evening of songs and anecdotes. Goodman was a colossus of the Swing Era; whether with his big band or smaller combos, he blazed trails, igniting enthusiasm in ballrooms and theaters and on the airwaves with his unmatched flair and genius on the clarinet. This music never loses its appeal; hear it live, and you’ll know why kids danced in the aisles when Benny came to town.

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"Bliss is capable of swinging mightily and adapting his formidable technique the the task at hand." –Jazz Times

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

Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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From the creative mind of Deke Sharon, vocal producer for Pitch Perfect and NBC’s The Sing-Off, comes the live concert/theatrical experience of the human voice.

Experience the pop culture phenomenon of a cappella!
 From sacred Gregorian chant—to street corner doowop—to Orchestra Hall—you’ll be wowed across that
 entire spectrum when you hear Vocalosity, the a cappella supergroup that celebrates the wonder of the human voice in all its unaccompanied glory. Twelve singers come together in multiple combinations to harmonize and delight on everything from ancient church music to gospel and from classic ’50s harmonies to the hottest new hits. If you’ve ever staged an impromptu concert with friends or just give solo recitals in the shower, this is the concert for you.

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Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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KORTEKANGAS
Migrations

SIBELIUS
Kullervo
Finlandia

The music world was rocked in 2010 when Alex Ross of The New Yorker said the Minnesota Orchestra sounded like “the greatest orchestra in the world” in a Carnegie Hall performance of Sibelius’ Kullervo.

Hear this concert—and you’ll be wowed just like Ross and so many others. Kullervo is the darkly beautiful early work of Sibelius, and to help tell the tale of this tragic Finnish character, the Orchestra is joined by all-star vocalists including one of the world’s finest men’s choirs. Performance will feature English translations projected above the stage.

The year 2015 marks the 150th birthday of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. With our own special connection to Sibelius, we’re thrilled to participate in the Sibelius 150 international jubilee. Join us for select Sibelius concerts to commemorate Finland’s most prestigious composer. Click here for more information ».

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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. Additional work will soon be announced.

 

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 is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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MOZART
Symphony No. 35, Haffner

HAYDN
Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Want to learn more about classical music? Here’s a fun introduction to two of its giants. Mozart, the hipster: young, wickedly irreverent, amazingly gifted, impatient for the world to recognize his genius—you’ll hear it in the breathless rush of his Haffner Symphony. Haydn was his mentor, the granddaddy of composers, who worked the orchestra like a watchmaker crafts beautifully intricate gears with precision. Without these two greats, classical music wouldn’t be...classic!

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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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 Jefferson Johnson, Janet Galván, and Bruce Rogers lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 5 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 of $2.50. 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 Peter Haberman, Mark Russell Smith and Kevin Sedatole 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 of $2.50. 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboard
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums and percussion
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Carin Vagle, vocals

Kick off Valentine’s Day with fresh takes on classic love songs made famous during the glamorous Big Band era, plus feel-good, grooving originals.

Revisit beloved standards including Embraceable You, Stardust and Fly Me to the Moon, and discover new favorites in the mix. Jazz trumpet plus a swinging rhythm section: it’s a cocktail of musical romance, served up just for you!

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1

Over the years of Osmo Vänskä's leadership, the Minnesota Orchestra's regular concerts at Carnegie Hall have become sellout events.

Big Apple music-lovers know a good thing when they hear it! Now you can hear our Minnesota stars in the program they're taking to Carnegie. This all-Sibelius program features the sweeping Romanticism of the composer's early symphonies, as well as the breathtaking virtuosity of American violinist Hilary Hahn.

The year 2015 marks the 150th birthday of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. With our own special connection to Sibelius, we’re thrilled to participate in the Sibelius 150 international jubilee. Join us for select Sibelius concerts to commemorate Finland’s most prestigious composer. Click here for more information »

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They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The Peking Acrobats have been astounding audiences around the globe since 1986, and they keep right on making the impossible possible.

If it’s difficult, death-defying or downright unbelievable, it’s in the act: everything from trick cycling, juggling, precision tumbling and more … even hand-balancing atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. And it’s all accompanied by a live Chinese orchestra. Come see why the New York Post calls the Peking Acrobats “amazing—and stunning, and breathtaking and wow!”

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Please Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This event is recommended for ages 6 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Minneapolis Male Chorus
  • Morehouse College Glee Club
  • David Morrow, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Low notes will be high points when the internationally-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club teams up with VocalEssence to celebrate male singing.

Founded in Atlanta in 1867, Morehouse College remains the only all-male historically black college in the nation. The Glee Club is known for its musical precision, wide-ranging repertoire and distinguished alumni such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. VocalEssence and the Glee Club will share the stage with guest conductor David Morrow, singing everything from classical favorites to the Morehouse College Glee Club anthem, “Betelehemu.”

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2015-16 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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MARTIN
Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and String Orchestra

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 21

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

HONEGGER
Symphony No. 2

Piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker plays Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 21, then makes an amazing gear-switch to sit down at the harpsichord with a chamber ensemble for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

The program also shines a spotlight on the astonishing range and virtuosity of soloists within the Orchestra. Capping the cast is Gilbert Varga, one of the Orchestra’s favorite guest conductors. This fiery British-Hungarian has his own surprises up his sleeve, including Martin’s brilliant Concerto, and Honegger’s Second, marked by the tragedies of war but ending in triumph.

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Join a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Boom Island Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on February 25, Boom Island Brewing Company will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the March 11 Inside the Classics: And Bach Begat... Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Boom Island Brewing Company
2014 N Washington Ave #300
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jake Baldwin, trumpet
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

Here’s your chance to revel in music from some of jazz’s biggest, boldest greats from our own time zone—and discover how the spirit in our own city connects with these innovators.

Think Charlie “Bird” Parker. And Lester Young, who cut his teeth in Minneapolis’ clubs in the ’20s. Bix Beiderbecke, whose sound was so pretty, Louis Armstrong himself spoke of its beauty, and whose fluid melodies inspired the Hoagy Carmichael classic, Stardust. And of course the great Ornette Coleman, whose free jazz restored the music’s fundamental spirit at the same time it pointed to the future. In this concert, Minneapolis-based pianist Bryan Nichols returns to the Atrium to lead the AJE through music from Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and others—exploring the singular musical contributions of some of jazz’s great iconoclasts.

Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism

This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.

Listen to the November 19, 2015 performance of NY Looms Large with Ron Miles

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

Symphonic Adventures performances bring the entire Orchestra to metro-area high schools for dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

Each Symphonic Adventure program will be hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, who will introduce students to the music, musicians and key concepts before the symphonic work is performed.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

HINDEMITH
Morgenmusik (Morning Music)

SCHUMANN
String Quartet in A minor

MENDELSSOHN
Trio in C minor for Violin, Cello and Piano

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Hilary Hahn, violin

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1

The Guardian wrote that Osmo Vänskä “conducts Sibelius better than anyone else alive.” He returns to Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra for works by the great Finnish master, including the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Hilary Hahn.

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Already have tickets to the concert at Carnegie Hall? Attend our post-concert reception—call Angela Skrowaczewski at 612-371-7128 for more information and to register! The reception cost is $125 per person.

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“It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” – Paul Simon

Paul Simon’s album Graceland made them famous. They’ve won fans around the world for their exuberant, joyful performances. They’ve collected four Grammy® Awards. And now Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming back to Orchestra Hall! The South African ensemble’s nine powerful singers express their harmonies in English and Zulu, accompanied by tongue clicks, snaps, whistles, kicks, hops and waves, and will make you feel like dancing with Diamonds on the Soles of (Your) Shoes.

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Recommended for grades 6-12
In this exciting new offering specifically designed for middle and high school students, violist Sam Bergman hosts a concert that reveals how the “American sound” became what it is today—the way Native American elements were used, and how deeply Afro-American culture influenced rhythm, harmony and more.

Taking center stage is Gershwin’s jazzy, brilliantly evocative American in Paris, while additional repertoire highlights include works of Copland and William Grant Still—notably his Afro-American Symphony, where we’ll recognize the “12-bar blues” chord progression that makes up the bass line in early rock ’n’ roll.

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

BEETHOVEN/Steinberg
Grosse Fuge

He had 21 children of his own, but J.S. Bach’s musical offspring are innumerable—the last 250 years’ worth of composers who have looked to him as Papa. In German, the name Bach means brook, and of all the big-name composers who’ve drunk from his amazing stream, no one did so more deeply or powerfully than Beethoven. Inspired by Bach’s mastery of the great musical form of his time, the fugue, Beethoven—a hundred years later—created an awe-inspiring fugue of his own.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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Listen: do you want to know a secret? Rajaton is returning to Orchestra Hall...with the Best of the Beatles!

There’s never been anything like Beatlemania, encompassing not just fan frenzy, but stunningly original music that still sounds fresh half a century after its birth. Now the scintillating Finnish vocal group Rajaton, who brought us the music of Queen and ABBA, brings the music back to life in a dynamite show that begins with their one-of-a-kind take on the complete Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. After intermission, you’ll sure to be hand-clapping and singing along with some of the Beatles' greatest hits. Order your tickets now—you know you will be glad!

New! Stream the entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, watch behind-the-scenes videos, and read fun facts about this legendary Beatles album. Details »

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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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 8 outstanding school orchestras from around the state that were selected in regional festivals held earlier this year.

Performing groups include:

  • Chippewa Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Stillwater Junior High Novella Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Scherzando Strings
  • Highview Middle School Orchestra
  • Valley View Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra
  • Austin High School Prep Orchestra
  • Oak-Land Junior High Spiritoso Strings
  • Stillwater Junior High Camerata Orchestra

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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Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Symphonic Adventures performances bring the entire Orchestra to metro-area high schools for dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

Each Symphonic Adventure program will be hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, who will introduce students to the music, musicians and key concepts before the symphonic work is performed.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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SCHUMANN
Overture to Manfred
Piano Concerto

RAVEL
Rapsodie espagnole

de FALLA
Suites No. 1 and 2 from The Three Cornered Hat

Here’s one of the season’s most anticipated programs—the Orchestra Hall debut of the Spanish-born conductor Jesús López-Cobos. The long-time music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, now its esteemed conductor emeritus, brings with him music full of the brilliant colors of his homeland. He and the Orchestra also partner with a pianist of deep lyrical insight—the extraordinary Andreas Haefliger—in Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto.

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We are going to celebrate the Patriot’s 15th Birthday with a birthday bash like no other!  For the first-time ever, we are bringing four (4) of our national hosts to town for one engaging evening:  Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt.  A lot has taken place since March 2001, but AM 1280 The Patriot has been consistent as the Twin Cities’ home of intelligent talk!

Start your evening with dinner at 5pm in the Target Atrium.  VIP tickets including both dinner and reserved seats for the round-table discussion are available beginning at $149.  Or, have dinner with your favorite host as a VIP Elite guest.  A limited number of VIP Elite tickets including dinner at a host table and reserved seats for the program are available for $279.  Show-only tickets are available for $15-$25.  Program begins at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium. Please note: VIP Elite tickets are sold out. VIP Dinner & Show tickets as well as Show Only tickets are still available.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All guests, 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 Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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  • Alan Cumming, vocals
  • Lance Horne, piano
  • Eleanor Norton, cello

He’s achieved legendary status on Broadway as the slinky emcee in Cabaret. He’s the ultimate political fixer Eli Gold in the Emmy-winning hit The Good Wife. There’s no one else quite like Alan Cumming—and there’s certainly no other evening that comes close to “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”

Thrill to yet another side of this incredible entertainer, lovingly described as “a bawdy countercultural sprite!” by The New York Times. What good is sitting alone in your room? Come see Alan Cumming live at Orchestra Hall!

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

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BEETHOVEN
Leonore Overture No. 2

PENDERECKI
Cello Concerto No. 2

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 3

Osmo Vänskä has a passionate connection to each of the pieces on this program—from the bracing power of Beethoven's Leonore Overture to the autumnal beauty of Brahms' Third. This concert is a glorious exploration of colors and moods for a world-class ensemble. And in its center is a powerful solo piece featuring a cello virtuoso too little known on this side of the Atlantic, Finland's Arto Noras, hailed by The New York Times for his stunning technique.

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Join a horn quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Sociable Cider Werks for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on March 31, Sociable Cider Werks will be featured at Orchestra Hall the April 14 Symphony in 60: Stravinsky's Petrushka Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

BRITTEN
Phantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello

KODÁLY
Duo for Violin and Cello

BRAHMS
Quartet No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Strings

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For anyone not trekking regularly to Broadway, the local movie house was the place to fall in love with the classic musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein: South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, State Fair and Oklahoma!

Now, for one spellbinding weekend only, Orchestra Hall becomes a movie palace. Rediscover the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s marvelous musicals on film—complete with the Minnesota Orchestra delivering the soundtrack live as highlights from these unforgettable stories are shown on the silver screen—in utterly perfect synchronization. Great moments from the world’s greatest musicals, gorgeous music performed by the best: get ready for your heart to be stolen all over again!

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Fashion enthusiasts can expect an impeccably curated presentation of style, fashion, hair, makeup, music and glam. Staying true to their intention for the event to serve as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will show current Spring 2016 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities.

The runway show will feature Spring/Summer collections from the following local designers: Cliche, Cory Allen, Emily Trevor, Form Over Function, Hiccup by Handley, Jenny Carle, Joeleen Torvick, Kjurek, and Russell Bourrienne. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Goldfine Jewelry, Goorin Bros., Mona Williams, Rewind, SEE Eyewear andStephanie Lake Design.

Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen,with hair by HAUS Salon and makeup led by Andrea Holton.

Special live performance by Monsieur Adi, Hosted by John Mark Hostetler

Afterparty The Exchange Nightclub & Alibi Lounge 11pm-2am

General Admission: Standing Room only, entry begins at 8pm; advance price until April 1 $29.50; $34.50 after April 1

VIP Admission: $64.50 VIP ticket (limited availability) includes seating, early entry at 7pm, VIP hour (7pm‐8pm complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest music performances) and Swag Bag 

Front Row Admission: $79.50 Front Row ticket includes all perks of VIP + Front Row Seat (limited availability)

A portion of the event proceeds, 100% of the silent auction and $1 of every presale ticket will benefit our non-profit partner, Public Functionary.

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. 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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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka (1947 revision)

Our season-long journey into Bach’s wonderful Brandenburg Concertos continues with the Third, beloved for its moments of dance-like joy. The 10 minute smile of genius that is Brandenburg No. 3 might well have given rise to the phrase “good things come in small packages.” This concert concludes with Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka—an explosion of glorious color for the full orchestra.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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. View more Symphony in 60 concerts »

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

HIGDON
Viola Concerto

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka (1947 revision)

Our season-long journey into Bach's wonderful Brandenburg Concertos continues with the Third, beloved for its moments of dance-like joy.

The 10-minutes smile of genius that is Brandenburg No. 3 might well have given rise to the phrase “good things come in small packages.” This concert concludes with Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka—an explosion of glorious color for the full orchestra. But first we're treated to a glimmering new work for strings and solo viola by one of America's leading composers, Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Higdon.

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Now in its 11th year, this is an annual high school choral festival co-sponsored by Concordia Univeristy, St. Paul and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Seven choirs will each present a 10 minute program, concluding the evening with the 400 voices singing in two massed choir pieces led by nationally renowned guest conductor Dr. Joshua Habermann, conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Choir and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

The choirs participating are:

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

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

  • Andover High School Bel Canto, Shaun Halland, conductor
  • Eastview High School Concert Choir, Gregory Douma, conductor
  • Mounds Park Academy Madrigal Singers, John Habermann, conductor
  • Northfield High School Concert Choir, Kyle Eastman, conductor
  • Orono High School Chamber Singers, Nichole Brenna, conductor
  • St. Michael-Albertville High School Concert Choir, Joseph Osowski, 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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BRAHMS
Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Lecture–Demonstration of Ein deutsches Requiem:
An Exploration of music and meaning with Helmuth Rilling

Intermission

Performance of Ein deutsches Requiem

There is no conductor in the world choral singers are more thrilled to sing for than Helmuth Rilling.

This esteemed German artist brings to the podium a lifetime of passionate, painstaking study of Brahms' gorgeous German Requiem. Brahms, writing in the days after his mother's death, filled this work with both serene beauty and earthy, riveting choruses. The concert begins with Rilling's special lecture-demonstration with the Orchestra and Chorale, illuminating the subtleties and life-affirming messages in Brahms' masterwork.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Magic Circle Mime Company

Recommended for all grade levels
Magic Circle Mime returns to Orchestra Hall! We all know that Music reigns at Orchestra Hall… but what happens when three meddlesome characters—Music, Noise and Silence—barge in and cause a ruckus?

Only with the help of the audience, and Music, will the conductor be able to bring harmony back to the Orchestra. Music performed will include excerpts from Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Bach’s Fugue in G minor, Ives’ Country Band March and more.

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  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • John Raymond, trumpet
  • Chris Thompson, saxophone
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

New Orleans invented it, Chicago expanded it, New York refined it—but the Midwest territory opened it up and taught it to swing.

Our home turf has a longstanding tradition of experimenting and innovating, from the traveling dance-combo territory bands to the blues-drenched independence of Chicago’s great state-chartered collective for supporting original music: the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Continuing this fluid, open tradition of earthy innovation, this concert brings together the largest AJE ensemble to date. Sparks will fly as Jeremy Walker combines the musicians from several incarnations of the AJE in a musical throwdown. Join us for a celebratory season finale that brings listeners fully into the present state of jazz with an evening of all-original music by Jeremy Walker and Bryan Nichols.

Listen to the February 25, 2016 performance of The Idiosyncrats in the Target Atrium

Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism

This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.

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KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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Magic Circle Mime returns for a classical matinee performance designed especially for families!

We all know that Music reigns at Orchestra Hall… but what happens when three meddlesome characters—Music, Noise and Silence—barge in and cause a ruckus? Only with the help of the audience, and Music, will the conductor be able to bring harmony back to the Orchestra. Musical selections include excerpts from Strauss’ Blue Danube, Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Bach’s Fugue in G minor, Ives’ Country Band March and more.

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Please note: This event is open to children of all ages; recommended for ages 6 and over. One-hour concert. No intermission.

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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 Spring Concert will feature all of our orchestras. Additional work will soon be announced.

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 is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 8

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 1

The young Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan debuts at Orchestra Hall with Rachmaninoff’s soaring Piano Concerto No. 1, a perfect vehicle for an artist the London Evening Standard calls “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.” Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko steps onto the podium with his signature work, Shostakovich’s thrilling Eighth Symphony, famously smuggled out of World War II-era Soviet Union to America by CBS journalist Bill Downs.

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Join a brass quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Surly Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 5, Surly Brewing Company will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the May 20 Inside the Classics: The Evolution of Opera Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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#PintOfMusic Photo Contest

Instagrammers! The first 50 to show their Instagram account at our marketing table will receive a free Surly beer! Then, submit your best photos on Instagram using the #PintOfMusic hashtag for a chance to win BIG prizes:

Contest Prizes
All winners’ photos may be featured in 2016-17 Minnesota Orchestra promotional or institutional print and/or electronic materials with appropriate photo credit!

Grand Prize:
Four-pack of tickets to May 20 concert with drink vouchers ($150 value) and private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (priceless!)

Silver Prize:
Minnesota Orchestra t-shirt, May 20 private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (Minnesota Orchestra tickets not included)

Bronze Prize:
May 20 private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (Minnesota Orchestra tickets not included)

All professional, recreational and amateur photographers with Instagram accounts are welcome to participate. No flash photography will be allowed during musical performance. All photos must include hashtag #PintOfMusic and be posted before May 6 at 5pm to be considered for the photo contest.Eligible photos will be reviewed by Minnesota Orchestra staff and, depending on quantity and quality, may be subjected to an online community vote. Contest winners will be contacted via Instagram by the Minnesota Orchestra. Winning photos may be featured in 2016-17 Minnesota Orchestra promotional or institutional print and/or electronic materials with appropriate photo credit.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This 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.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Silent Auction will close at 4:30pm. Bidding is open to all!

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

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This 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.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Silent Auction will close at 4:30pm. Bidding is open to all!

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WAGNER
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Brünnhilde’s Immolation, from Götterdämmerung

STRAUSS
Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

We’re thrilled to welcome Asher Fisch, Seattle Opera’s superb principal guest conductor, back to Orchestra Hall. Fisch is a renowned Wagner interpreter who will bring us touchstone selections from the opera icon as well as musical gems by Richard Strauss, including his beloved Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. The Orchestra will be joined onstage by the wondrous young American soprano Amber Wagner for performances of Prelude and “Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation from the opera Götterdämmerung.

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Join a woodwind quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Insight Brewing for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 12, Insight Brewing will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the May 26 Symphony in 60: Erin Keefe Plays Brahms Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Insight Brewing
2821 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

TOMASI
Cinq Danses profanes et sacrées (Five Dances, Sacred and Profane)

DEBUSSY
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

DVOŘÁK
String Quintet in G major

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What goes into the magic of opera? Sam, Sarah, the Orchestra and fabulous singers will lift the curtain on the glories of arias, the way the overture propels listeners into the story, the sweeping power of the orchestra underneath the voices.

Here’s the whole history in one delightful evening: how opera began centuries ago as an entertainment for a few royals, using just a handful singers and players, and how we arrived at today—when huge opera houses are packed with rabid fans from across the social spectrum, aficionados who can’t get enough of this dramatic combination of singers, players, stage and story.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult. This concert is a mixture of conversation and opera excerpts, with one intermission.

MONTEVERDI
Toccata from Overture to Orfeo

LULLY
“Ma chère liberté,” from Proserpine

HANDEL
“Piangerò la sorte mia,” from Giulio Cesare

MOZART
“Porgi amor qualche ristoro,” from The Marriage of Figaro

MOZART
Overture to Don Giovanni

DONIZETTI
“Una furtiva lagrima,” from The Elixir of Love

ROSSINI
“Una voce poco fa,” from The Barber of Seville

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

BRITTEN
Moonlight, from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

VERDI
“Celeste Aida,” from Aida

WAGNER
“Dich Teure Halle,” from Tannhäuser

BIZET
“La Fleur que tu m’avais jetée” (Flower Song), from Carmen

STRAUSS
Salome’s Dance, from Salome

PUCCINI
“O soave fanciulla,” from La Bohème

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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If the Minnesota Orchestra ran away and joined the circus, this is what it would look like.

On stage, our world-class musicians creating the perfect soundscape, while all around them (and flying over their heads!) the internationally acclaimed artists—aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen of Cirque de la Symphonie— make the most astounding feats look easy. It’s a rare combination of every imaginable kind of artistry, executed at the highest level by the only cirque company that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. The perfect show for the whole family—it’s the magic of the Big Top brought to the concert hall.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 8 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

DVOŘÁK
Carnival Overture

KHACHATURIAN
Dance of Ayshe, from Gayane

BIZET
Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite

ROSSINI
Tarentella, from Suite from La Boutique fantasque

SMETANA
Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

TCHAIKOVSKY
Valse, from Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

WILLIAMS
Flight to Neverland, from Hook

ABREU/Dragon
Tico Tico

GLINKA
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

GINASTERA
Final Dance (Malambo), from Estancia

ANDERSON
Bugler’s Holiday

FALLA
Ritual Fire Dance, from El amor brujo

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz from Swan Lake

STRAVINSKY
Selections from The Firebird Suite

BIZET
Les Toréadors, from Suite No. 1 from Carmen

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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

Johannes Brahms created one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings in his Violin Concerto, performed in these concerts by the Orchestra’s concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

NIELSEN
Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

The soul of a great orchestra is found in its strings, and this program spotlights the glories of the Minnesota Orchestra's own string section—a burnished yet bright sound that virtually sings.

Danish composer Nielsen lavished beautiful string writing into his Symphony No. 6. And Johannes Brahms created one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings in his Violin Concerto, performed in these concerts by the Orchestra's star concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

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BERG
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 5

Christian Tetzlaff, famous for his brilliant technique and insight, reignites his legendary partnership with Osmo Vänskä in Berg's haunting Violin Concerto. And this grand season that began with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, a musical portrait of heaven, concludes magnificently with his Symphony No. 5, a full-throated cry of triumphant orchestral glory.

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Inspired by the opulence of the roaring ‘20s, this art-deco themed gala constructs a multi-level vertical party at Orchestra Hall.

Online registration for the After Party is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Minnesota Orchestra Symphony Ball. Please phone 612-371-7194 to inquire about ticket availability.

Concert and After Party Details

7:30pm Early Arrival Time for After Party Guests

8:15pm Program, Live Auction and Concert  /  Auditorium
The Minnesota Orchestra will perform:
GERSHWIN  /  Rhapsody in Blue
RAVEL  /  La Valse
BARRY  /  Diamonds are Forever

9:30pm After Party and Dancing with the Wolverines Big Band  /  Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Speakeasies Are Open

12:00am Event Ends


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Frequently asked questions

What should I wear?
The dress code for Symphony Ball is “black tie admired.” A tuxedo or suit always works for the gents, but ladies! Will 2016 be the year you splurge on the ball gown of your dreams, or might you nab that flirty flapper inspired dress with the long ropes of pearls? Going with colleagues? Glam up your little black dress with a special necklace or headpiece. Mandatory attire: shoes you can dance in!

What’s the difference between the Symphony Ball and the After Party?
Starting at 5:30 pm, Symphony Ball includes a sumptuous dinner, tempting auctions, and a dazzling performance by Minnesota Orchestra, as well as the After Party (formerly Crash the Ball), the celebratory event that follows the Ball, including swing dancing with the Wolverines, champagne and prohibition-era cocktails.

After Party tickets allow for two arrival time options:

Early Option: 7:30 pm
Guests who want to hear the live performance of Rhapsody in Blue by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in the auctions are invited to join the Ball at 7:30 pm. The auctions include a great array of items, including private music lessons with various Minnesota Orchestra musicians, travel opportunities and culinary experiences. Then, stay and enjoy a great party with swing dancing and craft cocktails.

Drinks and Dancing Option: 9:30 pm
If you’re all about the dancing, plan to arrive at 9:30 pm, grab a prohibition-era cocktail and jump onto the dance floor with the big band performers, the Wolverines!


Symphony Ball Details

Guests will enjoy a custom menu from Fabulous Catering as well as delicious prohibition-era beverage selections. The 2016 live and silent auctions are built around a “bucket list” theme, promising exciting experiences and elegant opportunities. No Symphony Ball would be complete without a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra, who will perform the Symphony Ball title piece, Rhapsody in Blue. The evening will conclude with an After Party, featuring a swinging dance band, speakeasy surprises and more!

Under the leadership of Mary, Greg and Emily Sumners, the 2016 Symphony Ball will raise critical funds to support the artistic excellence and award-winning education and community engagement programs of the Minnesota Orchestra. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Jack and Cathy Farrell.

Evening Program:
5:30pm 
Cocktails with the Travis Anderson Trio and Silent Auction Bidding  /  Balcony A and the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine  / View auction catalog (pdf)
Patron-only lounge featuring Butch Thompson, piano  /  Cunningham Green Room

6:45pm Dinner  /  Target Atrium and Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Entrée options include herb marinated grilled quail with duck confit (gluten free), braised daube of beef with red wine demi glace (gluten free), or wild mushroom and leek tartlets (vegetarian).

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Two-time Emmy award winner, Grammy winner, NY Times bestselling author, 2009's GLAAD Vanguard recipient, 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, and IAVA's 2013 Leadership in Entertainment Honoree Kathy Griffin once again takes the stage for a night of take-no-prisoners laughs.

Kathy has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and appeared on numerous talk shows including "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Howard Stern" and "The View.” In 2013, Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for performing in 20 televised stand up specials – more than any comedian, male or female, in history!

More recently, Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album, joining Whoopi Goldberg (1986) and Lily Tomlin (1972) as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album

Griffin can be found online at www.kathygriffin.net

This event is open to guests age 16 and up and will be performed without an intermission.  This event will be ASL interpreted.  Please contact the Box Office for best seating options.

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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One evening that celebrates two legends: Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

In the first half of the concert, you’ll be treated to those unforgettable Ellington hits including Caravan, Mood Indigo and, of course, Take the A Train, performed by the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra. After intermission, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin joins this swinging Orchestra, scatting and singing her way through a tribute to that First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a one-of- a-kind salute to these two giants of jazz, and you’re invited to the party!

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

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Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

SMETANA Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

SOUSA Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March

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

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

The July 4 concert is presented as part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Red, White and Boom! Fourth of July celebration this summer, performing a free concert on the banks of the Mississippi River at Boom Island Park, 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day. The annual Red, White and Boom! fireworks display will follow the concert at 10 p.m. along the river. Click here to learn more »

Please note: 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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Join a woodwind quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Fair State Brewing Co-op for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on July 7, Fair State Brewing Co-op brews will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the July 14 Symphony in 60: Brahms' Double Concerto Minnesota Orchestra concert. Free samples will be distributed in the lobby pre-concert and select brews will be available for purchase at all lobby bars.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Sommerfest 2016 begins with dance-inspired showpieces for a virtuoso orchestra.

COPLAND
Rodeo, Ballet in One Act

LISZT
Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Dalila

GINASTERA
Estancia

RAVEL
La Valse

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  • At the 1942 Metropolitan Opera premiere in New York City, Copland’s ballet about American cowboys earned choreographer Agnes de Mille 22 curtain calls.
  • Ginastera’s Estancia dates from the year after Copland’s ballet and tells a similar tale of cowboys, though set in Argentina. Estancia means ranch in Argentine Spanish.
  • 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of Ginastera’s birth.
  • The phenomenal young Chinese pianist, Zhang Zuo, makes her Orchestra Hall debut.
  • Zhang Zuo, who also goes by the name “Zee Zee,” was born in China and at five, her father moved the family to Germany. Not knowing anyone and not being able to speak the language, she was given a piano and threw herself at it with hours of daily practice.

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Stepping away from the ranks of Minnesota Orchestra cellists, Anthony Ross solos with pianist and Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton in a beautiful piece by the young Brahms; and Kenneth Freed and Eugena Chang will solo with Andrew Litton in a gorgeous teenaged work by Rachmaninoff.

RACHMANINOFF
Trio élégiaque No. 1

BRAHMS
Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano

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  • Andrew Litton is at the piano just a few hours before he takes the main stage to conduct the full orchestra. A huge gear-switch for our gifted Sommerfest Artistic Director—and exciting to watch!
  • Brahms was a superb pianist, and was at the keyboard for the 1865 premiere of his Sonata.
  • Here is the quieter side of Brahms, though full of Romantic passion and brilliant melodies for both piano and cello.
  • Though this Trio is one of Rachmaninoff’s earliest pieces, written when he was just 19, all the hallmarks of the brooding Russian genius are here: dark-chocolate harmonies and yearning, sweet melodies soaring above.
  • Played backwards, the opening melody of Rachmaninoff’s Trio is very close to the opening melody of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, which Rachmaninoff loved.

The event is FREE to patrons with tickets to the July 9  8pm performance.
Please note: this concert is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission. General Admission seating is available anywhere on the Main Floor.

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About this Concert:

The most sumptuous and famous symphony of the early 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s Second, is paired with Beethoven’s poetic First Piano Concerto, featuring the young pianist Zhang Zuo, and Mendelssohn’s famous Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, penned when the composer was just 17.

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 1

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2

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  • This is the concert for lovers. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 is the music of romance and, written in 1906, inspired legions of Hollywood composers over the next century.
  • This symphony is one of the most malleable pieces ever written: at full length it runs about 60 minutes, but various conductors whack it down to 35 minutes.

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Get closer to the music and musicians in this afternoon of discovery, with Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton at the piano and several of his talented Minnesota Orchestra friends.

HARBISON
Fourteen Fabled Folksongs

DEL AGUILA
Salón Buenos Aires

POULENC
Sextet for Piano and Winds

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  • The Frenchman Poulenc was a rascal and, at the same time, devoutly religious. You’ll hear both strands of his personality in his brilliant Sextet.
  • Poulenc was Paris’ bon vivant in his teens and twenties, a cigarette always in hand while he took part in the café life of the City of Lights.
  • In his 30s, a dear friend was killed in a car accident, and from then on Poulenc’s music added deeper, softer, darker and more spiritual dimensions.
  • It’s all atmosphere: in Aguila’s “Salón…” the pianist reaches into the instrument and strums the bare strings with a fingernail…you can almost see the clouds of cigarette smoke clear in the Buenos Aires club, late, late at night.
  • Harbison’s Fourteen Fabled Folksongs was inspired by buskers, and he says these pieces “would be at home in both the subway station and the concert hall.”

Please note: this concert is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

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About this Concert:

This is a fine romance! Join Minnesota’s own Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, in a cabaret-style version of A Broadway Romance, an acclaimed revue celebrating the highs (and lows) of love, courtesy of Great White Way legends ranging from Sondheim to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Magical!

  • Laura Osnes, vocals
  • Santino Fontana, vocals
  • Ted Sperling, music director and pianist

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  • True love, crushes, bitter breakups and eternal amour are all fair game in this warm, witty night that will trace the path of romance through unforgettable Broadway classics.
  • You’ll hear: “Something’s Coming” (West Side Story), “The Man I Love” (Lady Be Good), “If I Loved You” (Carousel), “How To Handle A Woman” (Camelot) and many, many more.
  • Our stars are no strangers to Broadway. Laura Osnes is a two-time Tony Award nominee and has appeared in Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde, South Pacific and Grease while Santino Fontana has appeared in Billy Eliot and Cinderella.
  • Laura and Santino are at home on the small screen too: she scored in the reality TV show Grease: You’re the One That I Want!, which had her winning the role of Sandy in the Broadway revival of Grease; and he has graced The Good Wife, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Shades of Blue.
  • Minnesota twins? Laura was born in Burnsville and grew up in Eagan; Santino may be a California native, but is a proud graduate of the legendary University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.
  • Two more things they have in common: both Laura and Santino have been featured with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • Heard but not seen: Santino is the voice of the dastardly Hans in Frozen.

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

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About this Concert:

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.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Nicola Benedetti, violin
  • Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

BRAHMS
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Double Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

More Details:

  • A concerto is almost always written for one solo instrument with orchestra. Beethoven’s Triple (also this weekend) and Brahms’ Double are rare exceptions.
  • Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich are musical and life partners, sharing a home in Britain.
  • In her homeland of Scotland, Benedetti has developed an innovative music education initiative for young string players called The Benedetti Sessions.
  • Cocktails with a view: after the concert, join the musicians for a meet and mingle onstage!

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About this Concert:

Brahms and Tchaikovsky, born a handful of years apart, were the 19th century’s most famous contemporary composers, as violinist Benedetti and cellist Elschenbroich are becoming concert superstars of our time.

BRAHMS
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Double Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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  • Two great Romantic-era favorites: Brahms cherished tradition and structures, while Tchaikovsky relished freedom and experimentation.
  • A concerto is almost always written for one solo instrument with orchestra. Beethoven’s Triple and Brahms’ Double are rare exceptions.
  • Early critics of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 couldn’t say enough bad things about it. A German reviewer in 1897 wrote: “The composer’s twaddle disturbed my mood…” It is now one of the most frequently performed symphonies in the world.
  • Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich are musical and life partners, sharing a home in Britain.
  • In her homeland of Scotland, Benedetti’s developed an innovative music education initiative for young string players called The Benedetti Sessions.

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