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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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.

Follow along on our tour! Photos and updates from the road »

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

More Details:

  • 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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About this Concert:

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

More Details:

  • 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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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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.


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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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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About this Concert:

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

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. A valid student ID is required for student tickets.  All student tickets will be held at will call for pickup.  Ages 7 and above are welcome.  Prices listed above do not include the 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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About this Concert:

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

To view the seating chart, click here.

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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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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.

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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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.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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About this Concert:

“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.

About this Concert:

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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More Details:

  • 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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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 8pm performance).
  • 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 »

About this Concert:

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform at this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders. Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance.

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The Concordia Christmas Concert at Orchestra Hall is an annual Christmas tradition of music, performed by more than 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.

 

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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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.

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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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We will make our best effort to inform all ticketed patrons affected by such closures or cancelations via phone and e-mail as soon as possible. For best service, we ask that patrons make sure the Minnesota Orchestra has a current e-mail address on file.

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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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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! 

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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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$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!

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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.

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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

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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 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

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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.

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  • 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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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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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.
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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.

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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.

Radio Sponsor:

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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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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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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.

Media Partner:

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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

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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

Minneapolis Convention Center Parking & Information » www.minneapolis-convention-center/directions-parking

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.

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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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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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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.


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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

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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.

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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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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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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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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 by 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 hour 45 minutes.

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 by Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as GTCYS' new El-Sistema inspired violin instruction program on St. Paul's West Side. The program will conclude with 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 hour 30 minutes.

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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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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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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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.

Clean Water Land and Legacy Minnesota State Arts Board

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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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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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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.

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Mozart is the ultimate “classical” composer whose every bar of music is perfectly proportioned, balanced and beautiful, while Debussy’s revolution a century later was to build a whole new world of sound.

FALLA
Interlude and Dance from La Vida Breve

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 23

DEBUSSY
Images

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  • This is Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena’s Minnesota Orchestra debut, but orchestras around the U.S. are immediately inviting him back after his guest-conducting visits.

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Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Bad Weather 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 Jun 8, Bad Weather Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jul 15 Inside the Classics: Becoming Legend 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.

Bad Weather Brewing Company
414 7th St., West
St. Paul, MN
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Yo-Yo Ma! For a spectacular one-night-only event, the living legend Yo-Yo Ma joins Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra for an evening of unforgettable music featuring Haydn's C-Major Cello Concerto and more!

SMETANA
The Moldau, No. 2 from My Homeland

HAYDN
Cello Concerto in C major

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

DVOŘÁK
Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra

LISZT
Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3

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Fun Facts:

  • This is Yo-Yo Ma’s first performance with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2002.
  • Ma’s recordings often defy categorization, including his Obrigado Brazil, The Goat Rodeo Sessions and his recent Sing Me Home, with his colleagues of the Silk Road Ensemble.
  • Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was only 17.
  • While Mendelssohn’s Concerto imagines a comic romp through a moonlit woods, Dvořák’s Silent Woods is by contrast dreamy and lyrical.

Sponsor:

Ameriprise Financial

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Mahler’s Second Symphony offers an overwhelming message of hope, and this glorious music makes a perfect transition to Minnesota’s sweetest season, summer.

HAYDN
Piano Concerto in D major

MAHLER
Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

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  • Austrian composer Haydn spent most of his career far away from the posh artistic circles of Vienna, a distance which he found stoked his creativity.
  • Mahler was born and raised a Jew, though converted to Catholicism to secure a leading conducting post in anti-Semitic, turn-of-the-century Vienna.
  • The Orchestra will record Mahler’s Second this season.
  • Marc-André Hamelin’s father was a pharmacist by day, a talented amateur pianist by night.
  • Sasha Cooke started piano at four and switched to voice in college. She even did a bit of improv-comedy along the way.

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Symphony Ball 2017

Experience a night unlike any other: the spectacular signs, sounds and sensations of the Silk Road.

Symphony Ball 2017, A Night on the Silk Road, promises to be an evening of music and mystery, exploring artistic, cultural and culinary influences from the Turkish Grand Bazaar, to the palaces of Persia, through the steppes of Central Asia, to the Indian Himalayas and the Great Wall of China. Symphony Ball 2017 will raise funds vital to our Minnesota Orchestra while reveling in the musical and cultural tapestries woven by resplendent Silk Road cultures.

Registration has ended. Symphony Ball is officially sold out! 

Paula DeCosse, MaryAnn Goldstein, Laurie H. Greeno, Co-Chairs

The Symphony Ball Journey

5pm Hilton Hotel | EXPLORE the Grand Turkish Bazaar
Dinner Guests’ journey begins! Enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction treasures. NEW! Download the auction catalog PDF.

6:30pm Hilton Hotel | DINE in a lush caravanserai
In the company of musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (at your table by request)

8:15pm JOURNEY in a festive procession across the Himalayas from dinner to Orchestra Hall

8:15pm Orchestra Hall | ARRIVE at Orchestra Hall…beyond the Great Wall
Party Guests’ journey begins here! Enjoy local craft beverages, refreshments and surprise performances and entertainment. Learn more about the Partier-level experience »

9pm Orchestra Hall | EXPERIENCE the Symphony Ball Performance
The Minnesota Orchestra performs the premiere of “Silk Road Symphonic Fantasy” and is joined by special guest Dessa for two pieces – including one new composition she is writing specifically for this concert. Then, Dessa will perform a separate 30 minute set without the Orchestra that involves her own small ensemble of local musicians.

10pm Orchestra Hall | PARTY
Wrap up the perfect evening with desserts, dancing, drinks and delights, until 1:00am.

Symphony Ball 2017

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THE SYMPHONY BALL PARTIER EXPERIENCE

Minnesota Orchestra with special guest Dessa
Pre-show party 8:15pm / Concert 9pm

About this concert

Osmo Vänskä will lead the Orchestra in a 9pm concert that explores the cultural and musical influences of the Silk Road. Dessa will join in to perform two pieces with the Orchestra – including one new composition she is writing especially for this concert. Then, she’ll perform a separate 30 minute set without the Orchestra that involves her own small ensemble of local musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Dessa, rapper, vocalist, essayist

Registration has ended. Symphony Ball is officially sold out!

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$75 Partier-level ticket includes

  • Themed cocktails & refreshments (drink tickets provided)
  • Minnesota Orchestra concert with special guest Dessa
  • Desserts, music and dancing after the concert until 1:00am

Party with a Purpose

Your ticket supports the Minnesota Orchestra’s mission to enrich, inspire and serve the community as a symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.

Please note: This concert/Ball Partier ticket can be included in a Create Your Own Series package. A 15% discount will be applied to ticket purchase when included in a package of 3+ concerts. No portion of this ticket is tax-deductible when including in any series purchase.

Partier Discounted Dinner Options:

Monello is pleased to offer a 4 course menu on Sat Jun 24 for guests to enjoy at $45/person. Conveniently located across the street from Orchestra Hall, this would be a great dinner option before the concert starts! Make your reservation today! Visit monellompls.com or call (612) 353-6207.

Zelo is proud to be a favorite of Orchestra Hall goers for almost two decades. To honor that longstanding relationship, Zelo will offer exclusive nightly specials for Minnesota Orchestra Symphony Ball attendees on June 24th. Make your reservation today! Visit zelomn.com or call (612) 333-7000.

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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.

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

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About this Concert:

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.

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

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About this Concert:

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.

The Orchestra’s performance on Thu July 6, is presented as part of the 11th season of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a classical music festival held from Jul 6 to Jul 23 in Winona, Minnesota. For information about this concert and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, please visit mnbeethovenfestival.org.

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

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About this Concert:

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.

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

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Join us for exhilarating performances of the world’s best young pianists at the e-Piano Junior Competition 2017!

These extraordinary young musicians hailing from all corners of the world will present solo recitals on July 6-9 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, and join forces with the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Mark Russell Smith for the exciting Concerto Finals on July 11 at Orchestra Hall. All performances, including the Concerto Finals, are free and open to the public.

For more information and schedule please visit ecompetition.org. Follow e-Piano Junior Competition on social media! Twitter | Instagram: #pianoecomp

First Round – Ted Mann Concert Hall
July 6-7, 2017 Noon – 9:30pm

Second Round – Ted Mann Concert Hall
July 8-9, 2017, Noon – 5:30pm

Concerto Finals – Orchestra Hall
July 11, 2017, 7:00PM, Result Announcement and Award Ceremony will follow.

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About this Concert:

“Set phasers to stun.” It’s the Star Trek movie that relaunched a franchise, delighting long-time fans and first-timers alike. See the full film with Oscar-winning® composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score played live to picture!

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  • The film, set before the 1966 TV series, follows James T. Kirk and Spock aboard the USS Enterprise as they combat Nero, a Romulan from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets.
  • The movie grossed over $385 million in the theater and was the only Star Trek film to win an Oscar® (for Best Makeup).
  • Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino also wrote the music to two cult TV favorites: Lost and Alias, also directed by Star Trek’s J. J. Abrams.

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. This concert is approximately 2 1/2 hours long including one 20 minute intermission.

Oscar © A.M.P.A.S.

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Dvořák’s most famous symphony is the beautiful Ninth, but his Symphony No. 7 is his most thrilling—the music that put a Prague butcher’s son on the international music map.

Dvořák
Symphony No. 7

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  • Performance includes $5 happy hour from 6-7pm 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.
  • In his spare time, Dvořák loved train-watching. The opening melody of the Seventh came to him when he was on his daily walk to and from the Prague station.
  • The Seventh was a huge hit at its premiere when it was still on manuscript paper, but come time to be published, Dvořák’s German publisher made life miserable for the composer, insisting the score was worth only half the usual fee, and that Dvořák’s Czech first name, Antonín, had to appear on the title page in its German form, Anton.
  • The Seventh is in the key of D minor, a favorite of composers when they want to express drama, big ideas and sweeping passion.
  • Before his Seventh, Dvořák’s reputation rested largely on chamber music, much of which was written for two pianists sitting side-by-side on a bench.
  • If you’ve ever been concerned about knowing the exact moment to clap at a classical concert, the thrilling final page of Dvořák’s Seventh will leave you with no doubt.

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With a thrilling 2017-18 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2017-18 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!

Program details to be announced.

*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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About this Concert:

Doc Severinsen leaves his trumpet in its case and takes the mic to share personal stories about his hand-picked classical favorites performed by the Minnesota Orchestra.

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TCHAIKOVSKY
Allegro non troppo, from Piano Concerto No. 1

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Selections from Scheherazade

MAHLER
Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5

RAVEL
La Valse

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Fun Facts:

  • Carl H. Severinsen, Jr., was nicknamed “Little Doc” because his father Carl Sr. was the town dentist.
  • At the age of seven, Little Doc asked for a trombone, but because the local music store had none, his father brought a trumpet home instead.
  • Severinsen was the music director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for most of the program’s 30-year run.
  • Severinsen became the Minnesota Orchestra’s pops conductor laureate in April 2007, after completing 14 seasons as principal pops conductor.
  • Mahler’s music is often thought of as heavy, but the Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5 is touching music that reveals the softest parts of this tortured genius’ heart.
  • A show-off piece for a great orchestra and a great hall: Ravel’s La Valse begins quietly but its thunderous final pages will bring down the house. Pianist Andrew Staupe, a native of St. Paul, has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra 11 times since his debut in 2006.
  • Attention Jingle Bell Doc fans! Please note that Doc will not be performing here in December 2017—so if Doc is part of your annual concert-going tradition, then you won’t want to miss seeing him on the Orchestra Hall stage during Sommerfest.

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Celebrate the 90th Birthday of the world’s most beloved trumpeter whose showmanship is as white-hot as ever.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Doc Severinsen, trumpet, conductor and guest of honor
  • Jeff Tyzik, trumpet and conductor
  • Byron Stripling, trumpet
  • Allen Vizzutti, trumpet
  • Vanessa Thomas, vocals
  • Joseph Wolverton, vocals
  • Mary Louise Knutson, piano
  • Kevin Thomas, bass
  • Stockton Helbing, drums

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Fun Facts:

  • Write Doc a birthday note, snap a photo with a life-sized Doc cutout or walk down memory lane with a display showcasing stories from Doc’s impressive career. Post-concert festivities will include complimentary cake and coffee!
  • Feeling festive? Audience members are invited to dress like Doc.
  • Doc’s Big Band will play those Severinsen-selected standards we know and love.
  • Carl H. Severinsen, Jr., is a native of Arlington, in rural north-central Oregon, population 586, “Home of the Honkers.”
  • Severinsen and his band were the musical anchor for 30 years (1962-92) of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Doc was famous not just for his titanium chops but for his fashion-crashing outfits.
  • After a Severinsen concert last fall in Maryland, a D.C. critic gave the concert five brass stars and raved that Doc “…has still got an incredible set of lungs.”
  • Severinsen, who rides horses and works out several times a week, is already planning his 100th birthday, which he says will include an all-day trail ride and music: “If I’m not playing, I get no fun out of that. Playing and a good cigar is what will get your through the day.”
  • Attention Jingle Bell Doc fans! Please note that Doc will not be performing here in December 2017—so if Doc is part of your annual concert-going tradition, then you won’t want to miss seeing him on the Orchestra Hall stage during Sommerfest.

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About this Concert:

Every André Watts performance delivers a blend of raw power and heartfelt poetry that makes his concerts must-see and must-hear events.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Suite from Sleeping Beauty

MACDOWELL
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3

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Fun Facts:

  • Watts first stunned the music world at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic, and last year a Los Angeles Times reviewer raved that “…at 69, Watts is playing like a teenage phenom.”
  • André Watts was born in Germany after WWII when his G.I. father met and married a young Hungarian who became the boy’s first piano teacher.
  • Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto broke the fast-slow-fast model of 19th-century concertos, beginning with a slow, expansive first movement that glides in soft and quiet as dawn.
  • For years, biographers believed MacDowell went mad near the end of his too-short life, but research now points to the powerful effects of seasonal affective disorder and toxic late-19th century medications prescribed to cure him.
  • Sleeping Beauty is by far the longest of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. An uncut performance of it will be a four-hour affair—though for this program the Orchestra performs a 30-minute suite created by our own Andrew Litton.

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Join us for a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal

In appreciation of supporters of the 2016-17 Guaranty Fund, you and a guest are invited to attend a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal.

The Danube Calls: An Evening of Waltzes

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • William Wolfram, piano

STRAUSS, JR
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 3

8:30am Doors open
9am Concert preview remarks
10am Orchestral Rehearsal*

*Guests are invited to watch the Orchestra’s rehearsal only through the first break. The rehearsal music and an approximate time will be announced from the stage. Out of courtesy for the musicians, please do not leave the Auditorium before the first break of the rehearsal. Thank you.

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About this Concert:

Inspired by the river that glides by romantic ancient castles and terraced Riesling vineyards, the waltzes of Johann Strauss set all of Vienna in motion.

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 3

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Fun Facts:

  • Johann Strauss wrote more than 500 waltzes for the courts of 19th-century Vienna, though his father had wanted him to become a banker.
  • One of Strauss’ greatest fans was the reigning genius of the day, Johannes Brahms.
  • William Wolfram has been appearing with the Minnesota Orchestra since the late-1980s and is one of the most warmly welcomed Sommerfest guest artists.
  • The New York Times said of a Wolfram performance: “His technique is flabbergasting; fiendishly difficult octave passages were as child's play, and his strength is tempered by an easy poetry.”

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About this Concert:

An afternoon of intimate and arresting chamber and film music performed by world-class soloists from the Minnesota Orchestra.

POULENC
Sonata for Flute and Piano

ARENSKY
Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky

R. STRAUSS
Sonata for Cello and Piano

ROTA
Music from the Films of Federico Fellini

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Fun Facts:

  • Richard Strauss wrote his Cello Sonata when he was only 19 years old in the 1890s, and it became a favorite of cellists everywhere—and still is.
  • Poulenc took four months to write his elegant Flute Sonata, yet it lasts only 11 minutes.
  • Throughout the 1940s and '50s, when director Federico Fellini was creating his cinematic masterpieces, he turned to Nino Rota for music, and later said, “the most precious collaborator I ever had was Nino Rota.”
  • This concert will be performed in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.

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