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Events for October 23, 2015–May 15, 2016

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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Please note: Performance time is approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.  The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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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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BRING YOUR PRINTED SCORE
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!

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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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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