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Events for January 2016

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 9, Choral

If you were lucky enough to hold a ticket to the Minnesota Orchestra's New Year's concerts last season, you know there is no better place to ring in the New Year than at Orchestra Hall!

Bridge the old and new years with Beethoven’s “bookend” symphonies, the graceful First and his towering Ninth.

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 7

The Orchestra’s three-week Beethoven Marathon continues with the superbly gifted Yevgeny Sudbin performing two piano concertos in one evening—a feat not unlike back-to-back climbs of Everest and K2—as he balances athletic strength and virtuosity with the soul and keyboard touch of a poet.

To send you dancing into the evening air, the program concludes with the whirling joy of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Osmo Vänskä likens the Seventh’s cascading excitement to early rock ’n’ roll—and that abandon has led the Vänskä/Minnesota Orchestra interpretation to international acclaim.

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 8
Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

History changed the night in 1805 that Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 3, and composers ever since have measured their works against his path-breaking Third.

The Eroica, full of the revolution and hope then sweeping Europe, is almost a concert unto itself. Paired with it here, the light-hearted Symphony No. 8–which Beethoven thought was one of his very best works, and the Piano Concerto No. 3–with its passages that simply melt with beauty.

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NightCap Concert

Join members of the Minnesota Orchestra for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium. Seating is limited for this one hour event. $25/$10 ticket includes one complimentary beverage. Information and tickets »

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Septet in E-flat major

Join Music Director Osmo Vänskä and members of the Minnesota Orchestra for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium, offering audiences another way to connect with the music performed on the main stage.

Seating is limited for this one hour event. Ticket price includes one complimentary beverage. 

Tickets:
$25 stand-alone concert in the Target Atrium
$10 with ticket to pre-NightCaps concert in the Main Hall

Pre-NightCap Concert

Join the Minnesota Orchestra at 8pm in the Main Hall for Beethoven Symphonies 8 & 3, Third Piano Concerto. Information and tickets »

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Symphony No. 5

The season's hottest ticket? You'll find it here with two momentous summits in one concert: Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, aptly named Emperor, and his Symphony No. 5, the composer's signature cry of tragedy to triumph.

What's more, the program begins with a climb up the sun-washed foothills of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. Order early and come along on this unforgettable journey!

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

The midwinter Beethoven festival wraps up with beauties of which the composer was immensely proud—and what pleasure they contain for us as listeners!

The Fourth Symphony is one of his happiest expressions, and the Concerto No. 4 starts with a whisper-quiet hymn on the solo piano. Each piece, and most especially his Symphony No. 6, the nature-themed Pastoral, ultimately breaks into joy—a fitting conclusion for these exuberant concerts.

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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson for their significant support of the Beethoven Marathon.

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As a part of our Beethoven Marathon, we're showing FREE Beethoven movies in the Target Atrium. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the story of a young boy who learns to love classical music from his upstairs neighbor Ludwig van Beethoven.

Popcorn, candy and beverages will be available for purchase.

Ticket required for entry. General admission seating. Lobby opens at 1pm.

Reserve your tickets now—Atrium seating is limited! (only 200 seats available)

Run time: 51 minutes with no intermission.

Movie recommended for ages 6+. Movie is rated G.

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

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  • Jeremy Walker, composer and piano
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor
  • Jason Harms, vocals
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Brueske, bass
  • Tim Zhorne, drums
  • The Radio Choir from American Public Media

Vocalist Jason Harms (reminiscent of Harry Connick Jr.) and jazz ensemble joins forces with the much-anticipated classical choir for a thrilling journey from despair to peace incorporating the full texts of Psalms 3, 6, 13, 22, 126, 130 and 131.

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"7 Psalms is an affecting piece of music, a remarkable achievement, and the upcoming performance at Orchestra Hall should not be missed." —American Jewish World

"I wasn’t prepared for the power, scope, and enormity of 7 Psalms ... It was requiem and hosanna, blues and hymn.” —bebopified

“Inspired by Johnny Cash and John Coltrane, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Radiohead, Walker wrote new music for the ancient Hebrew poems that are cries for help, howls of frustration and shouts of joy.” —Star Tribune

Experience a community of voices online, anytime, at yourclassical.org/choral

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

The Radio Choir

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades K-2
Folk songs and folk dance are important parts of our cultural tradition, as vibrant elements of musical heritage that elders pass down to youth all around the world.

In this interactive concert, students will investigate symphonic music inspired by folk traditions, including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and two Copland works—the delightful song “I Bought Me a Cat” and the iconic, always-exciting Appalachian Spring. Also featured are movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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Join a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Excelsior Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on January 30, Excelsior Brewing Company will be featured in the Orchestra Hall lobby for the February 12 Inside the Classics: Hipster vs. Nerd Minnesota Orchestra concert.

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

Excelsior Brewing Company
421 3rd Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
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If you missed Benny Goodman during his heyday, you owe it to yourself to catch him now!

British-born clarinetist Julian Bliss brings the legendary King of Swing’s music to life in this delightful evening of songs and anecdotes. Goodman was a colossus of the Swing Era; whether with his big band or smaller combos, he blazed trails, igniting enthusiasm in ballrooms and theaters and on the airwaves with his unmatched flair and genius on the clarinet. This music never loses its appeal; hear it live, and you’ll know why kids danced in the aisles when Benny came to town.

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"Bliss is capable of swinging mightily and adapting his formidable technique the the task at hand." –Jazz Times

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

Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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From the creative mind of Deke Sharon, vocal producer for Pitch Perfect and NBC’s The Sing-Off, comes the live concert/theatrical experience of the human voice.

Experience the pop culture phenomenon of a cappella!
 From sacred Gregorian chant—to street corner doowop—to Orchestra Hall—you’ll be wowed across that
 entire spectrum when you hear Vocalosity, the a cappella supergroup that celebrates the wonder of the human voice in all its unaccompanied glory. Twelve singers come together in multiple combinations to harmonize and delight on everything from ancient church music to gospel and from classic ’50s harmonies to the hottest new hits. If you’ve ever staged an impromptu concert with friends or just give solo recitals in the shower, this is the concert for you.

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Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This event is recommended for ages 11 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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