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Violin Concerto

Symphony No. 5

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

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

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

Concert and After Party Details

7:30pm Early Arrival Time for After Party Guests

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

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

Speakeasies Are Open

12:00am Event Ends

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Frequently asked questions

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

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

After Party tickets allow for two arrival time options:

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

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

Symphony Ball Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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