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Events for December 2015
  • 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!

Program page (pdf)

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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