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

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

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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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Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

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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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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Overture to Manfred
Piano Concerto

Rapsodie espagnole

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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Leonore Overture No. 2

Cello Concerto No. 2

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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