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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.

Broadcast Partner

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

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

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

MONTEVERDI
Toccata from Overture to Orfeo

LULLY
“Ma chère liberté,” from Proserpine

HANDEL
“Piangerò la sorte mia,” from Giulio Cesare

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

MOZART
Overture to Don Giovanni

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

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

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

BRITTEN
Moonlight, from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

VERDI
“Celeste Aida,” from Aida

WAGNER
“Dich Teure Halle,” from Tannhäuser

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

STRAUSS
Salome’s Dance, from Salome

PUCCINI
“O soave fanciulla,” from La Bohème

About Inside the Classics

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

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

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

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

DVOŘÁK
Carnival Overture

KHACHATURIAN
Dance of Ayshe, from Gayane

BIZET
Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite

ROSSINI
Tarentella, from Suite from La Boutique fantasque

SMETANA
Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

TCHAIKOVSKY
Valse, from Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

WILLIAMS
Flight to Neverland, from Hook

ABREU/Dragon
Tico Tico

GLINKA
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

GINASTERA
Final Dance (Malambo), from Estancia

ANDERSON
Bugler’s Holiday

FALLA
Ritual Fire Dance, from El amor brujo

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

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz from Swan Lake

STRAVINSKY
Selections from The Firebird Suite

BIZET
Les Toréadors, from Suite No. 1 from Carmen

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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

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

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

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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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

NIELSEN
Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

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

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

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BERG
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 5

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

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

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

Concert and After Party Details

7:30pm Early Arrival Time for After Party Guests

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

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

Speakeasies Are Open

12:00am Event Ends


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Frequently asked questions

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

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

After Party tickets allow for two arrival time options:

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

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


Symphony Ball Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Griffin can be found online at www.kathygriffin.net

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

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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

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

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

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

SMITH/Skrowaczewski The Star-Spangled Banner

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino

SMETANA Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

SOUSA Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March

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

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture

TRADITIONAL/Lowden Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

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

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

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

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

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

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

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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About this Concert:

Sommerfest 2016 begins with dance-inspired showpieces for a virtuoso orchestra.

COPLAND
Rodeo, Ballet in One Act

LISZT
Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Dalila

GINASTERA
Estancia

RAVEL
La Valse

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

Presented by:
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About this Concert:

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

RACHMANINOFF
Trio élégiaque No. 1

BRAHMS
Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano

More Details:

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

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

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

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 1

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2

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

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

HARBISON
Fourteen Fabled Folksongs

DEL AGUILA
Salón Buenos Aires

POULENC
Sextet for Piano and Winds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAHMS
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Double Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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

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

BRAHMS
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Double Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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

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American composer Alec Wilder, who constantly jumped the border between popular song and classical music, gave his big-band-era Octets tongue-in-cheek titles—and music to match.

WILDER
Octets

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  • Alec Wilder never became as famous as Gershwin or Bernstein. But like them, he was just as at home writing music for theater, movies, concert halls or nightclubs.
  • His delightful Octets are part swing, dance, classical…and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, here comes the harpsichord!
  • He wrote popular songs for Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and others at the same time he wrote serious concert music.
  • Wilder was one of the great characters of American music; born in 1907, he officially “divorced” himself from his family when he was a teenager, won part of the family fortune, and was largely self-taught as a composer.

The event is FREE to patrons with tickets to the July 16  8pm performance.
Please note: this concert is approximately 40 minutes with no intermission. General Admission seating is available anywhere on the Main Floor.

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Superstars in motion: our phenomenally gifted Andrew Litton conducts from the keyboard as two white-hot stars join him for Beethoven’s one-of-a-kind Triple Concerto.

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

BEETHOVEN
Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Triple Concerto

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

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  • Beethoven’s Triple needs three great soloists, and Andrew Litton displays his dazzling gifts as he conducts and plays piano.
  • A concerto is almost always written for one solo instrument with orchestra. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is for solo violin, solo cello, and solo piano with orchestra.
  • Beethoven was the greatest pianist of his day, yet the piano part in his Triple Concerto makes relatively modest demands on the soloist as Beethoven wrote it for a talented (and very wealthy) student of his.
  • Many conductors claim Brahms’ beautiful Fourth, his final symphony, as their favorite Brahms.
  • Partners in life as well as the stage, Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich come from their home in Britain to the Orchestra Hall stage to perform this audience favorite.
  • These two charismatic young artists sell out halls all over the world, and this is their first Minneapolis visit as a duo.

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Superstars in motion: our phenomenally gifted Andrew Litton conducts from the keyboard as two white-hot stars join him for Beethoven’s one-of-a-kind Triple Concerto.

This concert is part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, MN. Click here to purchase tickets.

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

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

BEETHOVEN
Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Triple Concerto

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

More Details:

  • Beethoven’s Triple needs three great soloists, and Andrew Litton displays his dazzling gifts as he conducts and plays piano.
  • A concerto is almost always written for one solo instrument with orchestra. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is for solo violin, solo cello, and solo piano with orchestra.
  • Beethoven was the greatest pianist of his day, yet the piano part in his Triple Concerto makes relatively modest demands on the soloist as Beethoven wrote it for a talented (and very wealthy) student of his.
  • Many conductors claim Brahms’ beautiful Fourth, his final symphony, as their favorite Brahms.
  • Partners in life as well as on the stage, Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich come from their home in Britain to Winona to share this audience favorite.

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Minnesota Orchestra’s Charles Lazarus brings music inspired by the sultry melodies and evocative rhythms of Brazil, Cuba, Hawaii and more. Hear originals, music from the Buena Vista Social Club and a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Mary Louise Knutson, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Ken Chastain, percussion

CARRILLO
Dos Gardenias, from The Buena Vista Social Club

LAZARUS
Kilauea’s Fountains

MAY/GOZZO
Gopher Mambo

ELLINGTON/TIZOL
Caravan

JOBIM/Wasson
Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim

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  • Take the tiki lounge sounds of the 1960's, the rhythmic pulsing of bossa nova plus instrumental pyrotechnics, add mint and shake.
  • Samba was a style of music originating in the Afro-Brazilian favelas, or shanty towns, of Rio and other cities.
  • Jobim grew up listening to samba and other native sounds which he heard in the streets and clubs of Ipanema. Later Jobim would come under the influence of the French Impressionists, Debussey and Ravel, as well as the cool jazz of American artists like Miles Davis and Gil Evans.
  • While continuing to play music, Jobim enrolled in an architecture program but quit after one year to work full-time as a musician.
  • The Buena Vista Social Club was a members' club in Havana, Cuba, that closed in the 1940s, as well as a 1990s band, a 1997 album, a 1999 film, and an unofficial brand name representing the musical spirit of the original Havana club.
  • Charles Lazarus’ other programs for Orchestra include Merry and Bright, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Love Songs from the Big Band Era and Beyond. The later was performed on Valentine’s Day 2016—and sold-out Orchestra Hall!

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Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy inspired Verdi’s most glorious music. Otello, Desdemona, and Iago become tangled in passion, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge—the juiciest elements of grand opera.

VERDI
Otello

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  • Giuseppe Verdi was Italy’s master of opera, his nation’s most famous citizen in the late 19th century.
  • Verdi had been retired for over a decade when his publisher launched a full-on charm offensive to get him to start writing again.
  • Verdi started writing Otello in 1884 and today it is one of his most-often-performed operas.

Please note: opera length is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 20 minute intermission.

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Since his emergence in the late ’60s, Grammy-winner® Loudon Wainwright III has been entrancing audiences all over the world with his unique skills as singer, songwriter, performer and brutally direct truth-teller.

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  • Not comfortable being labeled “the New Bob Dylan” shortly after his first album release, Wainwright wrote the self-mocking song, Talking New Bob Dylan.
  • Wainwright has also been dubbed “the Woody Allen of Folk” and “the Charlie Chaplin of Rock,” but so far hasn’t responded to those nicknames with a song.
  • He’s at the center of an incredibly musical family: his first wife Kate McGarrigle, their children Rufus and Martha, Loudon’s onetime girlfriend Suzzy Roche, and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are ALL singer songwriters.
  • Who else could score with a song about road kill (Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road) or the politicization of federal arts funding (Jesse Don’t Like It)?
  • The jacket for Jesse Don’t Like It features a likeness of then Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) smashing a Picasso (the late Senator Helms crusaded against government funding for art he deemed offensive).
  • Since 1985, Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, Wainwright’s only single to make the charts, has been played every Friday near 9am, on radio station KRRY in Quincy Illinois.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. Concert length is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra jet to Europe in August for a four-city tour, and before they go, here’s your chance to wish them well in a special concert.

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • Pekka Kuusisto began playing violin at age three.
  • Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 sat on a shelf for seven years before it was premiered, caught in the turmoil of the 1917 Russian Revolution and the composer’s own itinerant life.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra last toured Europe in 2010.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Lahti, Finland—home of Vänskä’s previous orchestra, the Lahti Symphony—for the first time in twelve years for a public performance and a side by side rehearsal with student musicians.

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STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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  • Built in 2000, Lahti’s Sibelius Hall is known for fine acoustics—and a detailed ceiling that depicts the constellations as they appeared at the moment of Jean Sibelius’ birth on December 8, 1865.
  • Osmo Vänskä led the Lahti Symphony, which makes its home at Sibelius Hall, for two decades before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003.
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This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform at Usher Hall, as part of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival. The program opens with Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, features Pekka Kuusisto in the Sibelius Violin Concerto and concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

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SIBELIUS
Pohjola’s Daughter

SIBELIUS
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • Known as a multidisciplinary festival, the Edinburgh International Festival presents classical music, theatrical, opera and dance performances in six major theater and concert venues over a three-week period in August each year.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra will perform in the 2,300-seat Usher Hall.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.usherhall.co.uk/.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw, as part of the annual Robeco SummerNights festival. The program includes Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, played by Finnish soloist Pekka Kuusisto.

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STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • This concert will be broadcast live across Minnesota on Classical MPR, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities. A complete list of Classical MPR stations can be found at classicalmpr.org. Listeners will also be able to stream the broadcast via the Classical MPR website.
  • Robeco SummerNights is an annual summer festival that features more than 100 classical, jazz and world music performances, held in two auditoriums at the Concertgebouw.
  • The Concertgebouw is one of the world’s most visited concert venues and generally recognized as one of the great acoustic environments for symphony orchestras.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.concertgebouw.nl/en/.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra conclude their four-country European Tour with a debut performance in Copenhagen. Performing as part of the Tivoli Festival, the ensemble will play Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, featuring Finnish soloist Pekka Kuusisto.

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STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

SIBELIUS
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

More Details:

  • The Tivoli Festival is Scandinavia’s largest classical music festival.
  • The Festival is performed in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in central Copenhagen, and the Minnesota Orchestra will perform in the 1,800-season Tivoli Concert Hall.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.tivoligardens.com/en/haven/spillesteder/koncertsalen.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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With a thrilling 2016-17 season ahead, featuring over 100 performances at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2016-17 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

*Admission to this concert is $25. The $25 admission fee can be credited toward a 2016-17 series package at the Sampler concert or within one month of this event. Not valid with any other offer or renewal. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Warren Mack and President and CEO Kevin Smith invite you to join us for one of two celebratory dinners preceding the spectacular Season Opening performances of Osmo Vänskä and Joshua Bell.

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm
featuring scrumptious food prepared by D'Amico Catering

Thursday night Target Atrium seating: $250/person ($130 tax-deductible per person) includes: dinner, drinks, champagne and complimentary parking

Registration is closed for the 2016-17 Season Opening celebration dinners. For more information, please contact Angela Skrowaczewski, Director of Special Events, at 612-371-7128.

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Our season launches with Brahms at his most lush and Tchaikovsky at his most virtuosic, with superstar Joshua Bell adding the fireworks.

LEVIN
Blur

TCHAIKOVSKY
Violin Concerto

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2

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  • Levin’s 2004 Blur is a fun jolt to the system—full of big percussion.
  • Joshua Bell’s concerts always sell out, but the most talked-about gig of his career remains his undercover busking at a Washington, DC metro stop.
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 is sunny and warm and has one of the most electrifying endings in all of classical music.

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BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Brahms’ Second Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

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


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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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Envision 10 Year Anniversary

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

The runway show will feature Fall/Winter collections from the following local designers: ACG, Cliché, ColdVenus, Emah The Label, George Moskal, Joeleen Torvick, Kindred Folk, Kyra Deva, Raul Osario, Reinier Vigoa, Russell Bourrienne, Spencer Versteeg and Xee Vang. Accessories designers and boutiques include: Aldo, Call It Spring, Goorin Bros., Mona Williams, Rewind, SEE Eyewear and Stephanie Lake Design.

Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen (1st) and Jamie Overlund (2nd),with hair by HAUS Salon and makeup led by Andrea Holton.

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

General Admission: Standing Room only, entry begins at 8pm; advance price until September1 $29.50; $34.50 after September 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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The Orchestra blends power and poignancy in Ginastera’s colorful Harp Concerto and gives its first performance of a beautiful Mass—created to fill the vibrant space of the Washington National Cathedral—by a Minnesota master, the late Stephen Paulus.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

GINASTERA
Harp Concerto

PAULUS
Mass for a Sacred Place

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  • A few years after the six Brandenberg Concertos were finished, the manuscript was auctioned for about $24, and nearly lost.
  • Alberto Ginastera is Argentina’s best-known composer, and this season marks the hundredth anniversary of his birth.
  • Our principal harpist and featured soloist, Kathy Kienzle, gave lessons to young Cuban harpists when the Orchestra toured Havana—one of whom won a scholarship to an American conservatory.
  • Mass for a Sacred Place was commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C. and derives its title from two sources: Washington National Cathedral and the "sacred place" that resides within each individual.
  • Stephen Paulus wrote nearly all of his music at a baby grand in the front room of his Summit Avenue home in St. Paul.
  • Many of Paulus’ beautiful Christmas carols were written with a harp accompaniment, and often premiered by Kienzle.

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After the viral-video phenomenon that captured their impromptu performance of Biebl’s “Ave Maria” while on tour, two of the country's most acclaimed men’s vocal ensembles, Cantus and Chanticleer, come together by popular demand on the stage of Orchestra Hall for one night only!

Each ensemble performs on their own, then the two vocal juggernauts join forces for a set to include the beloved “Ave Maria.”

$250 Gold Sponsor:
Premiere seating, free parking, free drinks at intermission, invitation to post-concert celebration with Cantus and Chanticleer.
(includes $150 tax-deductible donation to Cantus)

$125 Silver Sponsor:
Preferred seating, free drinks at intermission, invitation to post-concert celebration with Cantus and Chanticleer.
(includes $40 tax-deductible donation to Cantus)

$75/$50/$30 Regular Seating

For more information:
www.cantussings.org
www.chanticleer.org

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.  Tickets for this performance will be distributed at the end of August.  All Sponsor tickets will be mailed by Cantus with information about sponsor benefits. 

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In this special, interactive event, Sadhguru will offer refreshing and unique insights into many aspects of life, ranging from the mundane to the ultimate.

Traversing seamlessly from the ancient to the ultramodern, Sadhguru bridges the gap between the known and the unknown, enabling all those who encounter him to explore and experience the deepest dimensions of life. Being in Sadhguru’s presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joy.

Sadhguru is a realized yogi, mystic and visionary who has dedicated himself to the elevation of the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all people. He is an author and opinion maker who is regularly invited to speak at leading international forums. He has spoken at many prestigious global conferences such as World Peace Summit at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary spiritual leader, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal. Sadhguru’s insights into the mechanisms of life are an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, and serve as a guide to exploring the deeper dimensions of life. His life and work serve as reminders that the inner science of yoga is not esoteric philosophy from an outdated past, but is absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today.

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States. Under the guidance of Sadhguru and driven by a sense of oneness, love, and a deep longing to reach out and share, the Isha Foundation has also implemented several large-scale human service projects for rural upliftment, education reform, environmental stewardship, as well as holistic and healthy living.

Ticket Description-$300 Premium Seating
Offers an intimate experience
Receive a copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy signed by Sadhguru
Reserved seating on the Main Floor Rows 1-3, closest to stage
Expedited hall entry and access

Ticket Description-$100 Preferred Seating
Receive a copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy 
Excellent reserved Main Floor seats close to the stage (just behind Premium seating)

Ticket Description-General Reserved Seating $40-$10
All other Main Floor and Balcony reserved seating

Student tickets are available for $15 in $25 price level (student ID required).

For more information, visit www.meetsadhguru.org

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Get a glimpse of heaven, as Bruckner paints a picture of otherworldly serenity and beauty in his soaring Eighth.

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 8

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  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s hands were injured as a boy in wartime Poland when a German bomber attacked his neighborhood—ending his dream of becoming a concert pianist.
  • Skrowaczewski backpacked and mountain climbed well into his 80s—always wearing a little bell on his belt to warn off bears and cougars.
  • No conductor in the world has earned more praise for his interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies than Skrowaczewski.
  • Bruckner was one of the 19th century’s most painfully shy and unlucky-in-love composers.
  • The slow movement of his Eighth is arguably the most beautiful music he ever wrote.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Minneapolis Youth Chorus
  • Voices of Experience
  • Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

As a chill hits the air, wrap yourself in the warm sounds of choral music and recall times when the kindness of others created a path out of loneliness.

Sit back and enjoy two premieres that chart a course from solitude to security using singing as a compass. Bob Chilcott’s The Voyage unites voices from three generations to amplify ageless truths, while Quilt Songs stitches together works created by contemporary quilter Kay McCarthy, timeless poetry, and the music of five prominent women composers (Carol Barnett, Ysaÿe Barnwell, Gabriela Frank, Libby Larsen, and Alice Parker) to celebrate the seasons of life. Hear excerpts from the Bard himself on the subject, as new Guthrie Theater director Joseph Haj reads famous Shakespearean monologues commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

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Concert Conversation with Kay McCarthy and Nick Nash at 3 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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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Sunrises from Ravel, swashbuckling from Berlioz, and a thrilling new piece by John Adams for the blazing Leila Josefowicz.

BERLIOZ
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

RAVEL
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe

ADAMS
Scheherazade.2

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  • Ravel’s ballet contains a passage that depicts a glorious sunrise.
  • John Adams was inspired to write Scheherazade.2 after visiting an art exhibit in Paris.
  • Leila Josefowicz earned her high school diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree in the same year; and when she was 31, a MacArthur (“genius”) Award. Her father is a physicist, her mother a biologist.  
  • Josefowicz is known in the music world for her fearlessness in new violin pieces, many of them written for her fiery, sensual style of playing.

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In this meditation on the ballad, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker, draws inspiration from two of John Coltrane’s greatest albums: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and his simply-titled Ballads.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Rodolfo Nieto, vocals
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

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  • From ache to flirtation to every kind of indigo mood, the jazz ballad is one of the great achievements of American art.
  • The AJE will dig deep into the Great American Songbook, including music by Gershwin, Strayhorn, Rogers and Hart, and others.
  • Rodolfo Nieto’s rich baritone bathes listeners in singular sound—from opera to musicals to the music of Billy Strayhorn.
  • Bring your sweetheart or your memories. A ballad is a solitary contemplation enjoyed in the company of other revelers.

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If strings are your thing, here’s a beautiful French-German program just for you. The Minnesota Orchestra’s string players are renowned globally for their singing sound, and here’s your chance to witness their virtuosity up close.

BOLLING
Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Cello

BRAHMS
String Quintet No. 2 in G major

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  • Claude Bolling was working professionally as a jazz pianist by age 14, and his greatest hit as a composer was this suite that blended jazz’s energy with the grace of the Baroque.
  • Ravel’s 1922 Sonata surprisingly has no keyboard part, as had been customary for chamber-music sonatas for two centuries.
  • Brahms’ Quintet in G uses melodies that he’d sketched for his never-to-be-completed Fifth Symphony.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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Purple Philanthropy Sheila E. Benefit Concert will kick off a season of fundraising to continue to support organizations that make space for youth to create and innovate musically, artistically and athletically.  The kick-off Sheila E. Benefit Concert will be held on October 23rd at 7:30pm at Orchestra Hall.

In addition to performances from Sheila E. and legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, the concert will highlight youth performers from Minnesota.  Orchestra Hall will be filled with an electrifying, high energy show from Sheila E. and her amazing band performing her hits that include “A Love Bizarre”, “The Glamorous Life” and her newest single “Girl Meets Boy”, which was inspired by the tremendous loss felt after the passing of her longtime collaborator and former fiancé Prince telling the story of the first time they met.  

Free “Girl Meets Boy” download here

All proceeds from the kick-off Sheila E. Benefit Concert will be donated to the Purple Philanthropy fund administered by Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project. Organizations that Prince supported in the past will be able to apply for grant funding to honor his legacy by continuing the programs Prince knew would make a difference in transforming lives of youth living in poverty.

Prince’s humanitarianism centered around his love and compassion for all people. He often used his music to transcend peace and unite people. It is not surprising that Prince gave anonymously to disadvantaged youth around the world. What is surprising is the level of philanthropic work that was directly connected to transforming the lives of young people in his childhood community of North Minneapolis.

Prince did not need approval or accolades. He gave from his big musician heart anonymously and generously. It is the goal of Purple Philanthropy to learn more about these organizations and how their work impacts our community. Purple Philanthropy pays tribute to Prince's humanitarianism and preserves his philanthropic legacy with this kick-off benefit concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30pm.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

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“E.T. phone home.” Join us for an out-of-this-world experience as we screen one of the world’s most-beloved movies—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial—with the Minnesota Orchestra playing John Williams’ unforgettable score live!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Steven Reineke, conductor

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  • Relive the adventure of Elliot and E.T. as they soar across the moon and beyond in their attempt to return E.T. home.
  • Revisit some of Hollywood’s most memorable childhood scenes—remember when a pigtailed Drew Barrymore first met E.T.?
  • A classic ‘80s film, E.T. is science fiction meets heartwarming drama—and a story of true friendship.

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Guarantors' Celebration

During the first two weeks in November, we perform concerts in dedication to the Orchestra’s outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra’s annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us—thank you for investing in its future. Become a donor and support the music you love »

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Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

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Campus Night

Buy tickets early – this concert is expected to sell out!

Our Student Ambassadors have chosen this concert as the season’s first Campus Night. You’re invited to join your Ambassador hosts and fellow students for a world-class Minnesota Orchestra performance plus exclusive pre- and post-concert activities, created especially for students and held in the Target Atrium, including a chance to meet Orchestra musicians!

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

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Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

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A lovely 20th-century surprise and a favorite 19th-century Romantic classic comprise this NightCap.

PERSICHETTI
Serenade No. 10 for Flute and Harp

DVOŘÁK
Dumky for Piano, Violin and Cello

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  • The prolific composer Vincent Persichetti often made his daily commute through Philadelphia traffic with blank score paper taped to the steering wheel so he could sketch ideas at red lights.
  • Persichetti loved putting surprising combinations of instruments together, and one of his 15 Serenades is for cello, viola and trombone.
  • Persichetti’s Serenade No. 10 is a collection of eight tuneful little movements for harp and flute.
  • Dvořák’s Dumky Trio is shadow and light, inspired by the Ukrainian word “dumka,” a kind of lament. Six pieces make up this suite, each starting in a melancholy mood, then breaking into a lively contrasting dance.

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Guarantors' Celebration

During the first two weeks in November, we perform concerts in dedication to the Orchestra’s outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra’s annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us—thank you for investing in its future. Become a donor and support the music you love »

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Mahler’s Sixth is his unsung masterpiece, thrilling in its sweep and drama, and Osmo Vänskä’s interpretation is riveting.

PUNTIN
AROMA: Imaginative Spaces for Solo Clarinet and Orchestra

MAHLER
Symphony No. 6

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  • Growing up in Switzerland, Claudio Puntin initially played the harmonica in a folk band with his brother and father.
  • He’s part of Berlin’s thriving arts scene today and plays all the clarinets in all kinds of music, including klezmer, jazz, classical and his own compositions.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä asked Puntin to create this Clarinet Concerto.
  • The Orchestra will record Mahler’s Sixth this season.

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Featuring all four orchestras and including repertoire by Borodin, Shostakovich, Brahms, Shubert, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, this concert promises to start an epic year off right!

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

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Trumpeter and bandleader Chris Botti is the complete package—a great musician and showman who promises an unforgettable evening at Orchestra Hall.

  • Chris Botti, trumpet

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  • This dazzling trumpeter is at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock.
  • He’s a brilliant bandleader and a born showman; his joy onstage is infectious.
  • Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra.
  • His 2013 album Impressions won the Grammy® for best pop instrumental album.

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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.

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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.

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You’ll eat up this tasty treat about an ambitious French rat (Remy) who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef in this Disney-Pixar animated film with live music from the Minnesota Orchestra!

"Ratatouille is a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film." –The New York Times

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  • In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down, Remy lands at Gusteau's restaurant, where the spirit of the late chef guides him through a bizarre partnership with clumsy clean-up boy Linguini.
  • Ratatouille has captivated movie (and food) lovers since it was released in 2007—it’s family entertainment at its best.
  • Prolific composer Michael Giacchino has also written scores for the animated favorites Up!, The Incredibles and Zootopia.
  • The filmmakers created over 270 types of food in the computer. Every item was first prepared and styled in a real kitchen, then photographed for reference and eaten.
  • For once, the rats prove to be the good guys!

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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Recommended for all grade levels
Prokofiev gave the world a gift when he wrote the musical story Peter and the Wolf, here brought vividly to life by the Orchestra and actors who are alumni of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Students will delight in recognizing the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous boy Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the fluttering Bird, the waddling Duck, the creeping Cat, the Hunters and the strong, stealthy Wolf. Rarely does a single work offer so many exciting teaching opportunities!

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It’s beginning to sound like Christmas as trumpeter Charles Lazarus and friends take the stage for Orchestra Hall’s newest holiday tradition!

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboard
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • David Schmalenberger, drums and percussion
  • The Lazarus Brass

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  • Trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his guests will touch all the bases, from Latin to lounge, from groove to gospel, from Minnesota to Mardi Gras.
  • The program features sassy and soulful vocals, high-energy soloists, and the stellar Lazarus Brass (some of whom have full-time gigs with the Minnesota Orchestra).
  • Charles Lazarus has opened for Tony Bennett, been a member of the Canadian Brass and taught at Princeton. His 2016 Valentine’s Day concert, Fly Me to the Moon, sold out every seat in Orchestra Hall!

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Prokofiev gave the world a gift when he wrote the musical story Peter and the Wolf, here brought vividly to life by the Orchestra and actors who are alumni of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumni

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  • Young listeners will recognize the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the bird, duck, cat, hunters and the stealthy wolf.

Join us at 11:45am and 1:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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

Journey to Bethlehem this Christmas to experience the wonder and awe of the nativity with Conrad Susa’s Carols & Lullabies.

This playfully charming setting of the Christmas story weaves in music of Mexico and the American Southwest accompanied by harp, marimba and guitar. Tap your toes to contest-winning carols for choir and vibraphone, and round off your experience with a sing-along of your favorites to get you in the Christmas spirit.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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 29th annual Christmas concert, Gathering Together, at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance, with a program of choral and instrumental music for Christmas, features over 350 student performers across nine of the university’s ensembles. Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Donne Unite, Festival Choir, Liturgical Choir, String Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

This performance will be audio recorded; recordings will be available on CD for $15.

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

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The Concordia Christmas Concert at Orchestra Hall is an annual Christmas tradition of music, performed by more than 400 members of the Concordia choirs and orchestra. Make plans today to attend “Gather Us In, O Child of Peace” and be a part of this Christmas tradition.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

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The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Minnesota Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Buc, conductor

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  • Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
  • This enchanting film earned three Oscar® nominations and is the first entry in the most successful movie series in box-office history!
  • In this adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned first son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own.
  • At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a Dark wizard bent on destroying him.
  • Happy 15th Anniversary! It may seem like yesterday, but the original theatrical release date was November 16, 2001.

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

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Few composers have ever matched Handel for the sense of awe he creates with his Messiah. Our special guest this year is Scotsman Douglas Boyd who conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra so beautifully for several years.

HANDEL
Messiah

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  • Long before Douglas Boyd picked up a conductor’s baton, he was an oboist. He was a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, serving as its principal oboe for 21 years.
  • Gentlemen, please don’t wear your dress swords: men in mid-18th-century Dublin who bought tickets to the Messiah premiere were asked to leave their steel at home because the hall was sold out and every spare inch of room was spoken for.
  • And ladies, no hoops: same for the women, who were asked to keep the dress-line slim to save space at the premiere.
  • After a dark and dramatic overture, the first words you hear sung in Messiah are “Comfort ye…” which is kind of what we all need to hear at this time of year, right?

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  • Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz,III, conductor

Clap, wiggle and sing along to your favorite carols at our 45-minute family holiday concert.

Sit up close and experience the wonder of choral singing (maybe even for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles and teddy bears welcome!

Tickets: $12 Adults, $8 Child (Age 4-17), FREE (Age 3 & Under); All seating general admission.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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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The evening opens with a dramatic showcase of Shiloh Temple singers, dancers and choirs offering celebratory Christmas music, followed by a full performance of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, among other works, led by Roderick Cox and featuring the Minnesota Orchestra.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Shiloh Temple performers and selections to be announced

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Danse Nègre, from African Suite

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

DVOŘÁK/arr. Able
“Goin’ Home,” arranged for Gospel Choir

HANDEL
“Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah

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  • Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor in September 2016 after one full season as assistant conductor. A native of Macon, Georgia, Cox earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Illinois.
  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth Symphony while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • The evening concludes with a sing-along performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
  • Tickets are free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: First half is approximately 60 minutes. The Orchestra will perform at approximately 6:30pm, after a 30-minute intermission.

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The Tonight Show's legendary alumnus Doc Severinsen will kick your holiday spirit into high gear with a perennial extravaganza complete with choral favorites, big band showstoppers and the traditional sing-along.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Twin Cities Bronze

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  • Doc Severinsen became the Minnesota Orchestra’s pops conductor laureate in April 2007, after completing 14 seasons as principal pops conductor.
  • He has been wowing audiences with his trumpeting prowess—and outrageous outfits—since his days leading The Tonight Show Band for Johnny Carson.
  • Besides being a fixture for 30 years on The Tonight Show, Doc was also a sideman on Lena Horne’s immortal Stormy Weather.
  • 89 years young, Doc Severinsen is still an unbelievable force of nature and a horn player par excellence.

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About this Concert:

This 1947 beloved holiday classic stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore—hear it in a whole new light as we screen the complete film in Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s iconic score live.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor

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  • It’s a Wonderful Life is the classic tale of a small-town man who overcomes a crisis of faith with a little angelic intervention.
  • The film was not a box office success when it first came out, but is now ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.
  • Director Frank Capra called it his favorite work, and screened it for his family every Christmas.
  • Dimitri Tiomkin (who composed the score) is a Hollywood music legend, and also wrote the themes for the TV westerns Rawhide and Gunslinger plus other classics such as High Noon and Dial M for Murder.
  • One of the writers for this touching script was the sharp-tongued Dorothy Parker! 

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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From The Four Seasons to the Holiday Season (with the Beatles, Motown and more '60s classics in between), The Midtown Men—Broadway's Jersey Boys—will deck Orchestra Hall with timeless tunes, top-shelf choreography and incredible vocal performances!

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  • Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer logged over a thousand performances as the Jersey Boys on Broadway before hitting the road as The Midtown Men.
  • True to their Jersey roots, The Midtown Men turned to Steven Van Zandt and other members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band for help with their first radio single, “All Alone on Christmas.”
  • Christian Hoff made his Broadway debut in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning The Who’s Tommy (and recorded Grammy Award-winning cast albums for both Jersey Boys and Tommy.)
  • Reaching beyond the stage, The Midtown Men have also delighted television audiences with performances on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, Katie, and The Chew.
  • The Midtown Men had the distinct honor of opening the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. The Midtown Men is not a performance of and not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

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Dinner tickets are no longer available.

$250/per person ($130 tax deductible per person – does not include concert tickets)

Saturday, December 31, 2016
5:30 pm Cocktails
6:15 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Minnesota Orchestra Concert performance with Dawn Upshaw
10:30 pm – 1:00 am New Year’s Eve Party (includes a champagne toast, live entertainment, dancing, midnight countdown and more!

Attire: Black Tie Admired

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We've got a glass of musical Champagne with your name on it, as superstar Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra offer brilliant tunes from the American songbook to celebrate 2017. Capping our celebration: Rachmaninoff’s grand, gorgeous Second Symphony.

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PUTS
Millennium Canons

WEILL
“My Ship,” from Lady in the Dark

DUKE
“Autumn in New York,” from Thumbs Up!

DUKE
“April in Paris,” from Walk a Little Faster

BERNSTEIN
“Somewhere,” from West Side Story

BERNSTEIN
“A Little Bit in Love,” from Wonderful Town

GERSHWIN
“Someone to Watch Over Me,” from Oh, Kay!

SONDHEIM
“What More Do I Need,” from Saturday Night

SONDHEIM
“There Won’t Be Trumpets,” from Anyone Can Whistle

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2

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  • Dawn Upshaw grew up outside Chicago, playing guitar and singing Pete Seeger and Joan Baez songs with her parents in the Upshaw Family Singers.
  • Upshaw had a surprising megahit (Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3) in the '90s with her recording made with conductor David Zinman, who for several years led the Orchestra’s Sommerfest.
  • Upshaw has garnered the MacArthur (“genius”) Award, commissioned dozens of composers to write for her and served as artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2007-2013.
  • After-party from 10:30pm to 1:00am Festivities include Champagne toast, live entertainment from The King Baron Hot Several (formerly known as Jazzland Wonderband) in the Orchestra Hall Grand Foyer and Atrium, midnight countdown and more!

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Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Jan 5, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jan 28 Inside the Classics: Love in a Time of War Minnesota Orchestra concert.

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

Lakes and Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Naples, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Sarasota, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, to perform two of their musical specialties: Beethoven’s powerful First Symphony and Sibelius’ masterful Fifth. The program opens with contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä has also recorded Beethoven’s First Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra to great acclaim.

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About this Concert:

Alisa Weilerstein makes the cello sing like few others can. Hear her in the unparalleled masterpiece for her instrument, Dvořák's hauntingly beautiful Concerto.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

Dvořák
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about three, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age four.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra 2012 recording won enormous critical and audience praise.

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One of the most beloved piano concertos sounds brand new and inspired in the hands of this phenomenal young star, Joyce Yang.

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was written as the composer struggled out of a three-year depression following the train wreck premiere of his Symphony No. 1.
  • It is now one of the most frequently performed piano concertos in the world.
  • Early critics of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 couldn’t say enough bad things about it. A German reviewer in 1897 wrote: “The composer’s twaddle disturbed my mood…”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is now one of the most frequently performed symphonies in the world.
  • Joyce Yang’s New Year’s resolutions last year included learning more about dance, resuming her beloved oil-painting lessons, and “to cook more, drink less, and stop eating fried foods in airports.”
  • Roderick Cox is a native of Macon, Georgia. He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2015 and now serves as its Associate Conductor.
  • As part of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, Roderick led concerts in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, hosted by Google.
  • Roderick earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and previously served as the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony.
  • He will make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in January 2017.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at North Loop BrewCo. for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Jan 19, North Loop BrewCo. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Feb 3 Future Classics: Emerging Composers Spotlight Minnesota Orchestra concert.

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

North Loop BrewCo./Inbound BrewCo.
701 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

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


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A jewel of Mendelssohn’s, amazingly kept hidden for years, plus a rare opportunity to hear each of the Orchestra’s flutists sing out as soloists in the timeless music of Bach.

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BACH
Four Flute Sonatas

MENDELSSOHN
String Quintet No. 2

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  • Mendelssohn’s String Quintet got unusual scrutiny from the composer, who thought it simply not good enough to publish. We have no idea what he could’ve been thinking!
  • After Mendelssohn’s death, musicians discovered his Quintet and fell in love with its beautiful melodies and driving energy.
  • During Bach’s lifetime, especially in the 1730s, the recorder was displaced by the flute, and Bach’s many flute sonatas celebrate the instrument’s wider artistic possibilities.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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About this Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra family is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Neville Marriner, our music director from 1979 to 1986, at the age of 92.

During his seven seasons as our music director, he presided over a number of firsts, including the Orchestra's first composer-in-residence program (with Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus) and two international trips, to Australia in 1985 and Hong Kong in 1986, that helped set the stage for our European tours in the late 1990s. And in 1985 he achieved a distinction unique in the Minnesota Orchestra's annals by becoming the first Orchestra music director to be knighted.

Program updates will be noted here. We will inform all ticketed patrons of any program modifications as soon as possible.

MENDELSSOHN
The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

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  • Sir Neville won his early fame as a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • After LSO concerts, friends would gather in his London living room to rehearse chamber music. They gave a concert in 1958 in a London church named St. Martin in the Fields.
  • The Marriner-led Academy of St. Martin in the Fields became the most-recorded chamber orchestra in the world, with several hundred titles to their credit; he now holds the title of its Life President.
  • Sir Neville served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director 1979-86. One of his sartorial trademarks was white socks.
  • He last conducted the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2006-2007 season.

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You may think Romeo and Juliet is a grand romance like The Notebook, but what if it’s really closer to The Godfather? Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s take on Shakespeare's classic sees past the puppy love to expose the seedy, violent underbelly of Verona's feuding families.

PROKOFIEV
Romeo and Juliet

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • 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.
  • Prokofiev wrote his first piece—Indian Gallop for solo piano—when he was five, and his first opera when he was nine.
  • Prokofiev was just as good a chess player as he was a composer, beating the world chess champion in 1914.
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet had as tortuous a path to its premiere as any piece ever written—it was first deemed “undanceable” and rejected, then bounced between ballet companies and bottlenecked over fears of official Soviet scorn.
  • Conductors love to rearrange the various numbers of Prokofiev’s ballet and create their own suites from it, often moving the score’s haunting ending up in the order or omitting it altogether.

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A unique and extraordinary concert that champions the work of trailblazing young composers—a thrilling view into the crystal-ball of tomorrow’s music.

KATHERINE BALCH
Leaf Catalogue

MICHAEL BOYMAN
Tightrope Walker

JUDY BOZONE
Spilled Orange

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI
Music from the Castle of Heaven

TONIA KO
Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide

PHIL TAYLOR
Chiaroscuro

CONRAD WINSLOW
The Old Motion Parade

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  • The Orchestra’s Composer Institute is a week-long training ground for the nation’s brightest young composers at Orchestra Hall that culminates with the Future Classics concert featuring a live performance of each composer’s work.
  • The Institute includes nuts-and-bolts sessions on writing orchestral music and tips on how to make a living at it.
  • Composers often create their music today via computer programs that—while handy—can only approximate the sound of the various orchestral instruments. There is no substitute for actually hearing what works (and what doesn’t) when musicians bring the music to life.
  • It is rare for a major American orchestra to devote an entire week of rehearsal time, and a full evening’s concert to emerging composers.
  • Osmo Vänskä has programmed some past “discoveries” on Minnesota Orchestra classical concerts, giving young composers a stunning career boost.

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Performance cancelled

We regret to inform you that Cameron Carpenter has been forced to cancel the “Evening of Silent Film and Organ” that was scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Orchestra Hall.

If you hold tickets for this performance you will be notified by Ticket Services with further details. You do not need to take any immediate action. Refund checks will be mailed mid-November. If you have given your tickets to someone else, please notify them of this cancellation.

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Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

This Young People’s concert for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. The concert will showcase Kodály’s Dances of Galánta as the centerpiece of the program supplemented with other important works showing the history of Hungarian music in classical repertoire.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

Young People’s concerts for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. This concert will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 performed in its entirety.

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'S wonderful! 'S marvelous! These all-time favorite standards from the Great American Songbook soar to new musical heights with Sarah Hicks leading the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Hilary Kole, vocals
  • Tony DeSare, vocals and piano

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  • Heart-stirring, toe-tapping favorites from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland, from Irving Berlin to Bruce Springsteen, and from Cole Porter to Prince.
  • Tony DeSare is a great song interpreter, but he’s also an accomplished song writer; his tunes have appeared in the movies The Tooth Fairy and My Date With Drew.
  • USA Today puts DeSare in a class with “neo-traditional upstarts” including Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.
  • Hilary Kole enjoyed an astonishing professional debut at the legendary Rainbow Room, as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage.
  • Kole has been described as a singer whose “smooth melodic lines...spell the difference between sounding pretty and having something to say.” (The New York Times)

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About this Concert:

Four-time Grammy Award-winners® Boyz II Men add their seductive harmonies to the lush sound of the Minnesota Orchestra for a romantic evening of chart-topping Billboard hits on Valentine’s weekend.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Boyz II Men, vocals

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  • With 64 million albums sold and four Grammy Awards,® Boyz II Men is the number one-selling R&B act of all time.
  • They’re all grown up now, but the velvety vocals of one of America’s favorite ’90s bands are as seductive as ever.
  • Boyz II Men will perform all their big hits, including I’ll Make Love to You, End of the Road and On Bended Knee.
  • It will be like old times: Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman have been singing together for 25 years.
  • Part romance, part fun, this concert is perfect way to celebrate with the sweetheart in your life.

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Featuring Symphony Solo Competition Winner violinist Vivian Murphy performing The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. All four orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Rogers, Rutter, Liszt, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and Rachmaninoff! Our concert opens with students from our String Studio program performing a charming medley.

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.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 $2.50 facility fee. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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About this Concert:

Hear this young star from Uzbekistan in a performance of one of the most beloved Romantic showpieces.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 6

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  • Say it out loud: Santtu-Matias Rouvali = “SAHN-tu MAH-tyahs ROO-vah-lee”
  • All together now: Behzod Abduraimov = “BAY-zhawd AHB-doo-RYE-moff”
  • Abduraimov is an Uzbekistani pianist, rare in the international classical world. At only 26 he has already performed in all the world’s major concert houses, and calls Kansas City home today.
  • The young Finnish phenom Rouvali is just 30 years old, a product of the same Finnish conducting school that launched Osmo Vänskä.
  • In his spare time: Rouvali loves to fish and hunt in the Finnish forests.

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Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Modist Brewing Co. for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Feb 16, Modist Brewing Co. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Mar 3 Inside the Classics: Bartók's Farewell Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Modist Brewing Co.
505 N 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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"Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium is the Twin Cities' answer to New York's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center — a smaller, more intimate venue where listeners can enjoy concert hall-quality jazz." —Pioneer Press

About this Concert:

In 1962, Duke Ellington joined the uncompromising modernists Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums) in a now-legendary meeting of disparate musicians communing with Duke’s classic compositions. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble, in this concert led by Minneapolis-based Bryan Nichols, looks at their landmark recording, Money Jungle.

  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

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  • Money Jungle has inspired hundreds of musicians and is a clear view of the negotiations that jazz requires.
  • The music in this program is another example of Duke Ellington’s towering place in the American compositional canon.
  • Money Jungle stands as witness to confrontation, uncompromising individualism and rich beauty. Even the title suggests a kind of critique on “selling out” to make your path through the modern urban jungle.

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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 Sigrid Johnson, Andrew Last and Jing Ling-Tam lead the choirs.

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

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable facility fee 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 Douglas Droste, Jerry Luckhardt and Robert Taylor lead the ensembles. 

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

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Franklin Middle School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • North High School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Johnson Senior High School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Melanie DeMore, guest artist
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Come prepared to sing, clap and stomp along the path to freedom with Melanie DeMore.

Following her sold-out concert in 2014, Melanie returns to raise up immigrant voices past and present through songs of liberation and freedom, illuminating Minnesota’s historic role as a sanctuary for the oppressed.

Concert Conversation with vocal activist Melanie DeMore at 3 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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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Hugh Wolff led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to international acclaim in the '90s, and makes this rare return visit to Minnesota with violin star Karen Gomyo.

ADÉS
Dances from Powder Her Face

BARTÓK
Violin Concerto No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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  • When violinist Karen Gomyo isn’t playing classical music, she teams up with friends to play tango.
  • Hugh Wolff recorded an astonishing 19 CDs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) between 1988-2000.
  • Fans and critics especially love Wolff’s recording with the SPCO and Hilary Hahn in Barber’s Violin Concerto; the final movement tears the lid off the piece!
  • Wolff was born in Paris, where his father worked as a US Foreign Service officer.

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A spring breeze moves through these three intimate pieces, each composer in a sunny mood that feels just right on a midwinter evening.

MOZART
Adagio for English Horn and Three Strings

BARTÓK
Duos for Two Violins

NIELSEN
Wind Quintet

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 6pm performance).
  • Mozart’s Adagio was left incomplete at his death—only a melody line for English horn and unspecified accompanying instruments. Amazingly, even as a fragment, this is one of his most beautiful creations, with an echo of his popular choral masterpiece Ave Verum Corpus.
  • Nielsen’s Wind Quintet is one of the prickly Dane’s sunniest pieces, and you can practically feel a warm breeze in every bar.
  • Béla Bartók created these 44 short, virtuosic and peppery duos based on folk tunes from his homeland—so wherever two violinists meet, they’ve got fun repertoire to play.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Discover what makes these melodies so unique and experience the thrill of a live camera feed, giving students an up-close and personal view of our very own Minnesota Orchestra musicians!

Students will investigate five key components to an unforgettable melody: rhythm, mood, communication, repetition, and our favorite, the element of surprise! For example, have you ever noticed that the famous “gallop rhythm” in Rossini’s upbeat William Tell Overture is the exact same rhythm that opens Mozart’s moody Symphony No. 40?

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About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • 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.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.

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Campus Night

Our Student Ambassadors have chosen this concert to be a Campus Night. Students are invited to join us for a world-class Minnesota Orchestra performance and more!

Buy tickets early! For this concert, student tickets include FREE cookies, coffee & chai (compliments of our Hospitality Partners), and fun games like Bartók Bingo and Glitch's musical virtual reality game in the Student Zone pre-concert. Then, students are invited to after the concert to hang out with conductor Sarah Hicks and the musicians!

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

More Details:

  • 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.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.
  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews, for patrons 21+.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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She’s a genuine superstar with the Emmy and Tony awards to prove it. Dynamite singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut with all the pizzazz and power that have made her as “Popular” as one of her signature songs.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kevin Stites, conductor
  • Kristin Chenoweth, vocalist
  • Ben Toth, pianist

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  • Kristin Chenoweth has earned rave reviews for her Broadway roles in On the 20th Century and Wicked and a Tony for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • Though Chenoweth may be most remembered by Broadway-lovers everywhere for her role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, she is often on the big screen and in our living rooms on hit shows such as The West Wing.
  • She has often said that she feels more at home on stage than anywhere else. In a story she loves to retell, Chenoweth landed her New York debut on a chance audition and had a short two weeks to shift gears from preparing for a conservatory study to moving to the Big Apple!

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  • The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists
  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
  • Garrison Keillor, conductor
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Matthew Culloton,, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Welcome to the North Star state where the singers are bountiful, the conductors are inspiring, and the composers are above average.

Sample our unique sound with performances by top artists, and hear new and classic works by famed composers including Minnesota’s only winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Dominick Argento. Round out your evening with a sing-along led by Minnesota hometown star Garrison Keillor.

Please note: This performance will be approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Maximum of 8 tickets per household.  If you cannot use your tickets, please let the Box Office know so someone else may attend the concert.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

PARKING

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Always allow plenty of time for parking, especially during adverse weather or in the case of significant downtown events. Plan to arrive at the ramp or lot at least 30 minutes before performance time to avoid delay.

Below is a list of nearby parking ramps. Please note, parking fees vary by ramp. 

Convention Center Ramp (above ground parking) – 3rd Avenue South

This ramp is nearest to the Auditorium performance venue; however, the ramp is not skyway accessible and there is no drop-off available at the East entrance to the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). To get to the Auditorium, walk across 3rd Avenue South and use the outside entrance to the MCC.

Plaza Municipal Ramp (underground parking) – 2nd Avenue & 12th Street

This ramp is nearest to the main entrance and drop-off area of the MCC. Exit the ramp and cross Grant Street directly to the MCC main entrance. The Auditorium performance venue is just a short walk from the entrance proceed straight ahead as you enter the building. The ramp is skyway accessible; however, please note the skyway route does require additional walk time.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the Welcome to Minneapolis Concert. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change.

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About this Concert:

The Orchestra introduces two rising stars on this program: Seattle-native Simone Porter, described by the Los Angeles Times as “on the cusp of a major career,” makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut playing Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto. Conductor Perry So, who launched his career as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads Mozart’s exquisite Symphony No. 36 and Beethoven’s energetic Second.

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MOZART
Symphony No. 36, Linz

MENDELSSOHN
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 2

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  • Please note: this concert originally featured conductor Han-Na Chang, who had to withdraw due to illness.
  • Simone Porter, 19, visited the Twin Cities just last year as a Young Artist in Residence with American Public Media’s Performance Today.
  • After days in the APM studios, Porter gave a free concert to several hundred Hmong students in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, who gave her a roaring standing ovation.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Summit Brewing Company for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Mar 16, Summit Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Mar 30 Symphony in 60: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring Minnesota Orchestra concert

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
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About this Concert:

Local favorites with a national following, Minnesota’s own Okee Dokee Brothers combine their deep appreciation for nature with their bluegrass musical skills and make music that’s fun for the whole family!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Benjamin Klemme, conductor
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers, folk group

Repertoire for the show will include:
Bullfrog Opera
Can You Canoe?
Jackalope
Jamboree
Rosita
Through the Woods
...and many more!

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  • The “brothers”—longtime friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—also have loftier goals: to motivate kids and their parents to spend time outdoors and be creative.
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers got the inspiration for their Grammy-winning® album Can You Canoe? by paddling down the Mississippi River, of course!
  • Their music is “at times moving, at times raucous, and always rooted in a simultaneous respect for the natural world and the rich musical traditions of Appalachian mountain music.” —The Washington Post

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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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:

  • Owatonna Junior High School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Lisa Revier, Director
  • Valley View Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Dan Mollick, Director
  • Minnetonka Philharmonic Orchestra - Daniel Ericksen, Director
  • Eden Prairie Philharmonic Orchestra - Angelique Rowell, Director

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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About this Concert:

Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation will take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.

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  • Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies.
  • Bollywood movies have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations.
  • Taj Express is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture and deep traditions.
  • This production features colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
  • The Times of India calls Taj Express, “riotous, exotic, graceful.”

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

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Now in its 12th year, this is an annual high school choral festival co-sponsored by Concordia University, St. Paul and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Seven choirs will each present a 10 minute program, concluding the evening with the 400 voices singing in two massed choir pieces led by nationally renowned guest conductor Francisco Nunez, founder and conductor of Young People's Chorus of New York City.

The choirs participating are:

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

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

  • Albert Lea High School Concert Choir, Diane Heaney, conductor
  • Brainerd Senior High School Concert Choir, Brian Stubbs, conductor
  • Champlin Park High School Concert Choir, Laura Tempel, conductor
  • Hastings High School Select Chorale, Lin Warren, conductor
  • Roseville Area High School The Good 'Pellas chamber choir, Kellen McMillen, conductor
  • Wayzata High School Concert Choir, Rebecca Wyffels and Jeff Dahl, conductors

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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A Memorial Service in honor of Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 3pm at Orchestra Hall.

Memorial Service for Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

The Minnesota Orchestra is honored that the Skrowaczewski family has chosen Orchestra Hall as the location for their Memorial Service in honor of Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The service will be held at Orchestra Hall at Tuesday, March 28, 3pm and will include both remarks and musical performances, including one by the full Minnesota Orchestra. The service is open to the public.

Tickets: FREE

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About this Concert:

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

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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  • Please note: this concert is a mixture of conversation and performance.
  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

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About this Concert:

Once the long Minnesota winter is behind us, you'll feel the molten musical power of the earth reawakening with Stravinsky’s revolutionary The Rite of Spring.

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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  • Say it like this: Rafał Blechacz = “RAH-fal BLEH-hahsh”
  • Blechacz won the 2014 Gilmore Prize, which is a little like a visit from Tinkerbell and her fairy dust. There is no actual competition, and a pianist doesn’t learn he or she is even under consideration from the anonymous judges—until the phone rings informing the stunned pianist of the $300,000 award.
  • Rafał Blechacz is getting a PhD in philosophy in his native Poland.
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 started out as a piece for two pianos alone, then morphed into a big four-movement symphony with no piano part, then settled into a three-movement piece for piano and orchestra with Brahms ready to give it up in frustration at several points along the way.
  • Pianists routinely rank the Brahms Concerto as the hardest thing they’ll ever play—and audiences think of it as an absolute favorite.

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For an April evening, here’s chamber music as warm and original as a spring shower after the long winter.

SAINT-SAËNS
Septet for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

PROKOFIEV
Quintet in G minor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 8pm performance).
  • Saint-Saëns’ Septet is unlike just about any other chamber piece in that, one moment it echoes centuries of lush strings-and-piano masterpieces—then here comes a playful trumpet!
  • In the mid-1920s, the Russian Prokofiev was living in Paris and a traveling ballet troupe with five instrumentalists asked him to write a piece for them. After creating his ballet Trapeze, he kept going and wrote his Quintet for the same lucky ensemble.
  • Every winter with good snow, St. Paul native David Williamson puts away his bass after rehearsal and straps on his skis to train for a cross-country marathon.

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Help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by hearing one of Bach's most famous works, the B-minor Mass for chorus and orchestra.

Performers include the Luther College Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, faculty artists, guest artists and alumni soloists, all under the baton of Dr. Daniel Baldwin, director of orchestras at Luther College. Featured artists include: 

Kelly Holst '00, soprano (alumni artist)
Laura Krumm '09, soprano (alumni artist)
Beth Ray Westlund '89, alto (alumni artist)
Aaron Sheehan '98, tenor (alumni artist)
Matthew Stump '12, bass (alumni artist)
Carol Hester, flute (faculty artist)
Heather Armstrong, oboe (faculty artist)
Greg Peterson '83, positiv (faculty artist)
Kathy Reed, harpsichord (faculty artist)
Stacie Mickens '02, horn (alumni artist)
Adam Gordon, trumpet (guest artist, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
John Cord, trumpet (faculty artist)
Igor Kalnin, violin (faculty artist)
Philip Borter, cello (faculty artist)

Please note: This performance is approximately 2.5 hours including a 15 minute intermission. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Of all the penniless composers who wrote glorious music they never lived to hear, Franz Schubert is the best example; his heavenly C-major Symphony in the hands of this Orchestra and conductor would’ve been a magical gift to this now legendary composer.

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

ELGAR
Cello Concerto

SCHUBERT
Symphony in C major, The Great

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  • Alban Gerhardt is famous in his native Germany for taking music to the people: he performs in schools, prisons, hospitals, moving commuter trains—and in SRO concert halls.
  • You’ll only see a handful of players onstage for Bach’s sunny Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; it’s “chamber music” meant for a small virtuoso orchestra.
  • Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in a cottage on the English Channel where he’d heard the French artillery rumble late at night during WWI.
  • Schubert’s Great Symphony was discovered years after his death in a stack of papers kept in a closet by his brother.

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Immerse yourself in an emotional retelling of Jesus Christ's last week of life.  "The Passion of Jesus Christ" is a new, oratorio-length composition written by Dr. René Clausen and commissioned to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The composition will be performed by over 400 musicians of the Concordia voice faculty, choirs and orchestra.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä trades his conductor’s baton for his clarinet to perform alongside Minnesota Orchestra musicians in Schubert’s unique and lively Octet, an hour of music that’s jovial, warm and delightful.

SCHUBERT
Octet in F major for Strings and Winds

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  • This will mark the first Orchestra Hall performance of this euphoric chamber work by Franz Schubert.
  • Although Schubert was ill and reclusive when he wrote the Octet, this music is jovial, warm and delightful, with just a few enigmatic moments scattered throughout its six movements.
  • Schubert’s Octet, which is considered a companion piece to Beethoven’s well-known Septet, was commissioned by arts patron and amateur clarinetist Count Ferdinand von Troyer, who loved Beethoven’s chamber music and believed that Schubert could create similar music.
  • Schubert chose to write an octet by adding one violin to Beethoven’s Septet instrumentation. In his mind, this enriched the music and made it his own.

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Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa’s work transcends genre. Be there for her debut appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra for familiar songs and brand new compositions.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Dessa, rapper, vocalist, essayist

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  • Dessa is a member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast.
  • She’s a Minneapolis native who attended Southwest High School and earned a philosophy degree at the University of Minnesota.
  • Dessa’s published two short literary collections: Spiral Bound and A Pound of Steam.
  • Whenever she can do so unrebuked, Dessa prefers to eat the whole meal with the dessert fork.

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MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

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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About this Concert:

Former Music Director Edo de Waart is a master of grand-scale Romantic music, and he makes a welcome return with Elgar’s epic oratorio.

ELGAR
The Dream of Gerontius

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  • Just about everything that could go wrong at the 1900 premiere of Elgar’s Dream, did. The soloists were sick, the chorus master died, the score arrived late for rehearsals—complete train wreck.
  • Times change: two years later, after a German performance in 1902, Elgar had to take twenty curtain calls amid thunderous applause. Now it’s his choral-orchestral masterpiece.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra has only performed Elgar’s Dream once: in 1907, four years after the Orchestra (then called the Minneapolis Symphony) was founded.
  • Edo de Waart spent a year as a young conductor studying under Leonard Bernstein in New York, a time in which he admits he watched a lot of American TV and polished his English.
  • When Edo de Waart was the Orchestra’s music director (1986-95) he loved to conduct BIG pieces: Mahler symphonies and complete Wagner operas.
  • Please note: This concert is approximately 95 minutes with no intermission.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Stephen Hough, pianist
  • Aaron David Miller, organ
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Join world-renowned pianist and composer Stephen Hough on a spiritual journey from unquestioning faith to doubt to profound joy.

The Basilica’s majestic setting makes the moving and deeply personal work of this MacArthur Genius even more poignant. The experience will inspire you to reflect on your own journey and, ultimately, remind us all of the miraculous gift of life.

Concert Conversation with pianist and composer Stephen Hough at 7 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

To view the seating chart, click here.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 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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Four pieces from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century shine a bright spotlight on the members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s woodwind and string sections.

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PROKOFIEV
String Quartet No. 1

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Piano

VILLA-LOBOS
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

SCHOENFIELD
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

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  • Prokofiev was busy giving piano concerts all over Russia just before he wrote his First String Quartet. On long train rides between venues, he pored over Beethoven’s string quartets and those infused his imagination as he started writing his own quartet.
  • Brazil’s Heitor Villa-Lobos makes a serious entry for most prolific composer ever; more than 2,000 scores bear his name.
  • Ravel was smitten by a new style of music from America he heard in Paris cafés after World War I; the composer known for oh-so-French music gave the title Blues to the middle movement of his 1922 Violin Sonata.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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The young French pianist Lise de la Salle made her professional debut in a live national broadcast—at the age of nine, and now, not yet 30, she’s one of France’s true musical treasures.

RAVEL
Suite of Five Pieces from Mother Goose (Ma Mère l'Oye)
*Please note: this is a repertoire change from the originally programmed Sounds, Space, Movement by Dutilleux

RAVEL
Piano Concerto in G major

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

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  • Ravel wrote his Piano Concerto inspired by a new kind of music he heard everywhere on the streets of 1920s Paris: American jazz.
  • Ravel’s Piano Concerto is in three movements—the middle movement alone is worth the price of the concert. Totally his most gorgeous, tender music.
  • She routinely posts her Facebook updates in both French and English.
  • De la Salle played a sold-out solo recital at Macalester College last season.

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"Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium is the Twin Cities' answer to New York's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center — a smaller, more intimate venue where listeners can enjoy concert hall-quality jazz." —Pioneer Press

About this Concert:

This concert presents the foundations of jazz: swing, blues, communal good feeling and deep commitment to shared musical inspiration, using the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane as source material for self-discovery.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, Bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

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  • Led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble with hard-swinging saxophonist Chris Thomson, takes on this legendary music not to reproduce it (which is impossible) but as source material for self-discovery.
  • Although Coltrane was only alive for 40 years, learn why his music—melodic, blues-drenched and singular—still reaches listeners today.
  • Experience another example of how jazz is able to wrap its arms around all the moods of human life.

Media Partner:

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About this Concert:

After his recent Minnesota Orchestra debut, audiences and musicians quickly wanted guest conductor Juraj Valčuha back on the podium for his astonishing vision and artistry.

HAYDN
Symphony No. 85, La Reine

MOZART
Horn Concerto No. 3

BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

RAVEL
La Valse

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  • You can say it: “Juraj Valčuha” = YOU-rye val-CHEW-uh.
  • Valčuha is a superstar young Slovak who’s conducting more and more in the States because orchestras fall in love with him.
  • Michael Gast began playing French horn when he was 15, growing up in Tallahassee.
  • In his spare time, Gast loves to scuba dive.
  • There are no scuba divers in Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. This story set in an English seaside village and centers around a disturbed fisherman–Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are the overtures he created for each act.

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Ellis Hall is a genuine Ray Charles protégé...and he’s bringing music from “The Genius” to Motown’s greatest hits to life in this scintillating revue!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ellis Hall, piano and vocals

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  • Ellis Hall worked with Ray Charles and mastered his ability to connect with live audiences on a passionate level.
  • The next best thing to witnessing Ray Charles live is hearing hits like Georgia on My Mind and Hit The Road Jack.
  • Motown gets its due as well, with songs like Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Hall will also perform some of his own rockin’ compositions.
  • You may know Hall as a member of the Oakland Soul band Tower of Power and a lead voice for the animated California Raisins.

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Of the hundreds of pieces left to us by Mozart, none is more beautiful than his Sinfonia Concertante—a violin and viola duet to melt hearts, here played by Concertmaster Erin Keefe and violist Matthew Lipman.

LUTOSLAWSKI
Little Suite

MOZART
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

HINDEMITH
Mathis der Maler Symphony

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  • Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante wins the competition for “Most Boringly Titled Classical Piece Holding Rapturously Gorgeous Music.”
  • Matthew Lipman won the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 Young Artist Competition Grand Prize.
  • Hitler hated and banned Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony because it’s based on the life of an artist who championed freedom of expression.
  • By contrast, if big, glorious brass is your thing, you’ll love Mathis der Maler.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Bauhaus Brew Labs for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 11, Bauhaus Brew Labs will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jun 1 Symphony in 60: Also Sprach Zarathustra Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Bauhaus Brew Labs
1315 Tyler Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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About This Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra embarks on a three-city Minnesota Tour, visiting Willmar, Bemidji and Grand Rapids to offer concerts and educational activities.

The Minnesota Orchestra returns for its first performance in Willmar since 2012, when it collaborated with a Willmar-area community steering committee to create a week-long Common Chords residency. Led by Associate Conductor Roderick Cox, the ensemble now returns to perform Brahms’ lively Academic Festival Overture, Mozart’s sublime Symphony No. 39 and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4.

BRAHMS
Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80

MOZART
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36

In addition to the public evening performance, an ensemble of musicians will meet with Willmar-area high school music students on Tuesday, May 16.

Tickets, priced at $15, are available at Whitney Music, Cash Wise, and YFC. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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About This Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra embarks on a three-city Minnesota Tour, visiting Willmar, Bemidji and Grand Rapids to offer concerts and educational activities.

The Minnesota Orchestra returns for its first performance in Bemidji since 2014, when it collaborated with a Bemidji-area community steering committee to create a week-long Common Chords residency. Led by Associate Conductor Roderick Cox, the ensemble now returns to perform Brahms’ lively Academic Festival Overture, Mozart’s sublime Symphony No. 39 and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4.

BRAHMS
Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80

MOZART
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36

In addition to the public evening performance, the Orchestra will also perform a Symphonic Adventures concerts for students on Wednesday morning, May 17. (Open to student groups.)

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Clean Water Land and Legacy Minnesota State Arts Board

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HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! continues to enthrall audiences, with Holbrook performing 20-25 shows a year.

By Holbrook's estimation, he has now performed the show well over 2,000 times. Just as Mark Twain brought his wit and humor to far-flung places a half-century before, Holbrook-as-Twain has also performed around the world, from Saudi Arabia and Warsaw, to Edinburgh and New Delhi. Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain, he is an authority on the writer about whom Hemingway said, "American literature began."

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 $4.50. 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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About This Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra embarks on a three-city Minnesota Tour, visiting Willmar, Bemidji and Grand Rapids to offer concerts and educational activities.

The Minnesota Orchestra returns for its first performance in Grand Rapids since 2011, when it collaborated with a Grand Rapids-area community steering committee to create the Orchestra’s first-ever Common Chords residency week. Led by Associate Conductor Roderick Cox, the ensemble now returns to perform Brahms’ lively Academic Festival Overture, Mozart’s sublime Symphony No. 39 and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4.

BRAHMS
Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80

MOZART
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36

In addition to the public evening performance, the Orchestra will also perform a Symphonic Adventures program for students on Friday afternoon, May 19. (Open to student groups.)

Tickets: $30

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Clean Water Land and Legacy Minnesota State Arts Board

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About this Concert:

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. This program includes Also sprach Zarathustra made famous by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

WAGNER
Overture to Tannhäuser

STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra

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  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra is not presenting the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in this concert.

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About this Concert:

Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in this program of sweeping orchestral classics including Also sprach Zarathustra made famous by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

WAGNER
Overture to Tännhauser

BLOCH
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra

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  • Tony Ross was 23 when David Zinman hired him to become principal cello of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic.
  • This is the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Schelemo.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra is not presenting the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in this concert.

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About this Concert:

Two late-Romantic beauties, with a tasty brass center between them. It’s a Sunday afternoon dessert for music-lovers!

LOEFFLER
Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano

SAMPSON
Chesapeake

BRAHMS
String Quartet No. 1

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  • Charles Martin Loeffler chose a French title for his music, but he was a native of Germany (born Martin Karl Löffler) who landed in Boston in his 20s, and spent the rest of a long, productive life there as a violinist and composer.
  • Johannes Brahms wrote much of his violin music for his friend, Joseph Joachim, who in turn was Loeffler’s violin teacher.
  • Loeffler loved writing for surprising combinations of instruments; his lush Two Rhapsodies for viola, oboe and piano is a perfect example.
  • Brahms was ultra-fussy about writing for string quartet: he pitched his first 20 quartets into various Austrian fireplaces and lakes as he judged none of them good enough for publication.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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