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

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

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

Lakes and Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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About this Concert:

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

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

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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

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

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

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

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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

More Details:

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

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About this Concert:

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

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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

More Details:

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

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About this Concert:

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

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

Dvořák
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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More Details:

  • 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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About this Concert:

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

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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

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About this Event

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

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

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

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

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

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


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About this Concert:

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

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BACH
Four Flute Sonatas

MENDELSSOHN
String Quintet No. 2

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

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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About this Concert:

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

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

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

MENDELSSOHN
The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

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

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

PROKOFIEV
Romeo and Juliet

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Prokofiev wrote his first piece—Indian Gallop for solo piano—when he was five, and his first opera when he was nine.
  • Prokofiev was just as good a chess player as he was a composer, beating the world chess champion in 1914.
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet had as tortuous a path to its premiere as any piece ever written—it was first deemed “undanceable” and rejected, then bounced between ballet companies and bottlenecked over fears of official Soviet scorn.
  • Conductors love to rearrange the various numbers of Prokofiev’s ballet and create their own suites from it, often moving the score’s haunting ending up in the order or omitting it altogether.

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

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

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About this Concert:

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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About this Concert:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 6

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

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

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

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

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

About this Concert:

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

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

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

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Jazz 88

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Sigrid Johnson, Andrew Last and Jing Ling-Tam lead the choirs.

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

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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

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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Douglas Droste, Jerry Luckhardt and Robert Taylor lead the ensembles. 

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

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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

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

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

Concert Conversation with vocal activist Melanie DeMore at 3 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Hugh Wolff led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to international acclaim in the '90s, and makes this rare return visit to Minnesota with violin star Karen Gomyo.

ADÉS
Dances from Powder Her Face

BARTÓK
Violin Concerto No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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

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

MOZART
Adagio for English Horn and Three Strings

BARTÓK
Duos for Two Violins

NIELSEN
Wind Quintet

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

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

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

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About this Concert:

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

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.

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Campus Night

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

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

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

About this Concert:

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

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

More Details:

  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.
  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews, for patrons 21+.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

PARKING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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About this Concert:

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

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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

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About this Concert:

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

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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

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

SAINT-SAËNS
Septet for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

ELGAR
Cello Concerto

SCHUBERT
Symphony in C major, The Great

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

SCHUBERT
Octet in F major for Strings and Winds

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

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

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

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

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MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3

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

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


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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

ELGAR
The Dream of Gerontius

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

To view the seating chart, click here.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Four pieces from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century shine a bright spotlight on the members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s woodwind and string sections.

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PROKOFIEV
String Quartet No. 1

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Piano

VILLA-LOBOS
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

SCHOENFIELD
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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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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About this Event

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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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.

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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“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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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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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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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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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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An evening of glittering music and dance from Broadway’s George Gershwin, whose own life was a rags-to-riches New York story worthy of a musical!

COPLAND
Appalachian Spring (complete ballet)

GERSHWIN
Who Cares?, A Gershwin Ballet

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Fun Facts:

  • Recently named music director at New York City Ballet, Andrew Litton is also a Gershwin specialist.
  • Gershwin grew up running in the streets of New York’s tenements and had zero interest in music as a boy.
  • Gershwin rejected the Romantic legato of his European contemporaries, saying, “the rhythms of American popular music should snap and at times cackle.”
  • “Who Cares?” is a song in the 1931 musical Of Thee I Sing, for which the 33-year-old Gershwin won the Pulitzer Prize. It is also a ballet that incorporates Gershwin’s incomparable Broadway songs.
  • Another composer and New York native, Aaron Copland, won a Pulitzer Prize for his ballet Appalachian Spring.
  • Copland influenced a whole generation of American composers including the future music director of the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein.
  • Minnesota Orchestra will be performing a newly-compiled version of Appalachian Spring that dates from 2016 and features the complete ballet music expanded for full orchestra from the original 13-player instrumentation. Please note: New York City Ballet will not be performing this work.

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In his final celebratory performance as Sommerfest Artistic Director, Andrew Litton conducts Richard Strauss’ seductive and shocking opera as an unforgettable end to Sommerfest 2017.

R. STRAUSS
Salome

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Fun Facts:

  • Salome debuted in 1905 and was instantly notorious for two scenes, Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils, and her unhinged love scene with John the Baptist’s severed head, leading censors in cities around the world to ban Salome for years.
  • Salome is based on the play by the Irishman Oscar Wilde, though Wilde wrote it in French and Strauss had it translated into German for his opera, and later made another version of the libretto back in French. This performance will be sung in German with English supertitles projected above the stage.
  • Patricia Racette came to the rescue at the Metropolitan Opera in December, stepping in at the last minute to sing the title role in Salome, and the Financial Times raved: “The evening belonged to Patricia Racette, who rose to the challenge with gutsy abandon…”
  • Salome is the opera Andrew Litton has long wanted to conduct as a Sommerfest finale.
  • What is an "opera in concert?" Even though it's not a fully-staged production, you can expect a few dramatic elements including theatrical lighting, stage direction, props and even a costume or two.
  • Celebrate closing night of Sommerfest! Join us in the lobby after the opera for a glass of complimentary champagne and a toast for Andrew Litton.

Please note: this performance is approximately 90 minutes and does not have an intermission.

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American, French and Russian fireworks open the season, including Stravinsky’s incandescent Suite from his ballet The Firebird, and a performance with the Canadian violin phenom James Ehnes.

ADAMS
Short Ride in a Fast Machine

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess

HILLBORG
Violin Concerto No. 2 [U.S. Premiere]

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

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Fun Facts:

  • John Adams has said of his Short Ride in a Fast Machine that you can imagine you’re in a convertible, top down, driving way too fast—and loving it.
  • Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess is one of the most elegant of this 20th-century Frenchman’s creations, inspired not so much by an actual princess, but the composer’s wish to conjure a courtly dance that a princess, say, of the 16th century would’ve loved.
  • Performers in Ravel’s day loved his Pavane so much that the tempo got slower and slower—prompting the composer to say, “this is a pavane for a dead princess, not a dead pavane for a princess.”
  • James Ehnes has a global reputation for his approachability as well as his virtuosity, and The Times (London) last fall praised “the Canadian’s polite, unassuming manner [which] belies his brilliant artistry.”
  • If you want to hear more from phenom James Ehnes, he’ll be back in January for our Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • Ehnes has one of the most active solo careers today, but also formed the Ehnes String Quartet to collaborate with friends in chamber music.
  • Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture is the Act II curtain-raiser to his 1844 opera Benvenuto Cellini—which bombed on opening night and has hardly seen the light of day since—and these nine minutes of break-neck, beautiful music remain one of his most popular concert pieces.
  • The end of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is bar-for-bar some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.

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STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite, 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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Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Marilyn Carlson Nelson, along with President and CEO Kevin Smith, invite you to a spectacular Season Opening Celebration dinner.

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm

$200/person ($75 tax-deductible per person)
Includes three-course dinner, drinks, Champagne, and complimentary parking

To make dinner reservations, please call Chris at 612-371-7173 or click the "BUY" buttons above. Please RSVP by September 8, 2017.

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About this Concert:

Presented by Green Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra offers a free one-hour concert at The Commons, the vibrant green space located across from the U.S. Bank Stadium.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will lead the performance of powerful symphonic works—from Sibelius’ Finlandia to John Williams’ Raiders of the Lost Ark—marking the Orchestra’s debut in Minneapolis’ newest park.

TICKETS: FREE

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

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Cantus welcomes the acclaimed artists of Sweet Honey in the Rock® for one unforgettable evening of vocal music!

Inspired by their mission and programmatic approach, Cantus has performed much-loved Sweet Honey classics – such as “Wanting Memories” – for years. But the two ensembles have never shared the stage until now. Cantus and Sweet Honey will present selections of their own before coming together for a dynamic finale.  

$100 VIP (includes premiere seating and an invitation to a post-concert celebration with Cantus and Sweet Honey In The Rock®)

$75/$50/$30 Regular Seating

ASL interpreter seats are located in rows 1-3, seats 9-12.  Please call 612.371.5656 to inquire about availability.

For more information:
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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.  

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Finland declared independence in 1917, and we celebrate its centennial with breathtaking music and musicians from this remarkable Nordic nation.

AHO
Minea

J. KUUSISTO
Violin Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Aho titled Minea in honor of Minneapolis, the city in which it was premiered in 2009.
  • Osmo Vänskä picked the violin prodigy Elina Vähälä when she was just 12 to make her debut with his Finnish orchestra, the Lahti Symphony. Vänskä later named Vähälä the orchestra’s “young master soloist.”
  • Sibelius’ Second was written in 1901, when Russia had sanctioned Finnish language and culture, and the music has been called the “Symphony of Independence.” It is the most popular of his seven symphonies, famous for its final pages of soaring brass fanfares.
  • FinnFest returns! This annual Finnish-American heritage festival began in 1983 in Minneapolis and has moved to a different US city each year. Orchestra Hall is the host site for this year’s FinnFest, including a beautiful Finnish Expo in our lobby!

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Sibelius didn’t just write incredible symphonies! Hear a pair of his works for chamber ensemble, featuring Osmo Vänskä on the clarinet and guest violinist Elina Vähälä in this NightCap performance.

Please note: this concert will take place in the Orchestra Hall Auditorium.

SIBELIUS
Overture F minor for Brass Septet

SIBELIUS/arr. Kuusito, J.
En Saga

Fun Facts:

  • The brass septet has been one of the most important musical ensembles in Finland since the 1870s. It is a national specialty and the basis for much of the country’s band music.
  • Finland was once called “The Land of a thousand lakes and brass septets.”
  • En Saga, known mostly as a piece for full orchestra, was originally envisioned by Sibelius as a chamber piece, but the original sketches have gone missing. It is heard here in an arrangement by contemporary Finnish composer-conductor Jakko Kuusisto.
  • Sibelius’ symphonic tone poem inspired a painting by his good friend Akseli Gallen-Kallela, which depicts both a fantastical landscape and a portrait of the composer.
  • En Saga is one of Sibelius’ earliest works, and he confesses to composing it using many of his own emotions as the basis for the work.
  • Osmo Vänskä is serving as honorary chair of FinnFest celebrating Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Osmo Vänskä, clarinet
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddle

While the land of the midnight sun has long been known for refreshingly bright ideas—from saunas to cell phones—its musical contributions are equally innovative.

Favorite Finns Osmo Vänskä and Sara Pajunen will help us celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence, performing music of Sibelius, Rautavaara, Mäntyjärvi, Saariaho, and others. Catch “Finn Fever” and join in with a chorus of Sibelius’s Finlandia. Presented in partnership with the American Swedish Institute and national FinnFest USA.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Wynton Marsalis, music director and trumpet

About This Concert:

Longtime Twin Cities’ favorites, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return for one night only to bring their swing to Orchestra Hall. The band is led by trumpeter and Music Director Wynton Marsalis, a master of jazz and classical traditions, a revered educator and an acknowledged cultural leader. Order your tickets today—their last Orchestra Hall concert sold out!

Fun facts:

  • Wynton’s love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music as well. His debut recording received glorious reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”
  • The orchestra was founded in 1988 as part of the Lincoln Center’s summer concert series, "Classical Jazz." Comprised of 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the band has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988.
  • Wynton Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he earned the distinction of being the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records – (an accomplishment he astonishingly repeated in 1984) and he is the only artist ever to have won Grammy Awards in five consecutive years (1983-1987).
  • The orchestra has toured over 300 cities in more than 35 countries on 6 continents.
  • In 1997 Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”
  • Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the remarkably versatile Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs and leads educational events – including Jazz for Young PeopleSM family concert series, the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, the Jazz for Young PeopleTM Curriculum, educational residencies, workshops and concerts for students and adults—in New York, across the U.S. and around the world.

Please note: This performance is approximately 90 minutes and does not have an intermission.

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Wicked Wort Brewing Company. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • This event is our first Pint of Music in Robbinsdale, MN.
  • It's a classy classical night at Wicked Wort! DJ Ryan Laechelt will spin classical music before our musicians' performance to set the tone for the evening, and will return afterward for a second set.
  • Wicked Wort Brewing Company will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the November 10 Future Classics 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.

Wicked Wort Brewing is a strictly 21+ venue (please no kids, babies or infants).

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
4165 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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About this Concert:

Calling all La La Land fans! Relive the magic as we screen the blockbuster movie while the Minnesota Orchestra plays the Oscar®-winning score.

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Fun Facts:

  • La La Land was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “City of Stars.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the first ensembles to present La La Land in Concert.
  • The movie’s composer Justin Hurwitz met director Damien Chazelle at Harvard, where they were band mates. Hurwitz also scored Chazelle’s music-centered film Whiplash.
  • Ryan Gosling trained as a jazz pianist so he could play the piano scenes himself.
  • Co-star John Legend, a classically trained pianist, learned to play guitar for his role.
  • The New York Daily News praises La La Land as “…a singing love letter to musicals,” and Rolling Stone calls it “a hot miracle.”

This film has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

La La Land © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox wowed audiences and critics last season in his subscription debut, and he builds on that success with one of the piano world’s most dazzling talents, Alessio Bax.

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GRIEG
Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

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Fun Facts:

  • The Star Tribune called Cox’s performance last season “a highly auspicious subscription concert debut. Cox will be in the vanguard.”
  • Dominick Argento’s Valentino Dances comes from his acclaimed 1993 opera, The Dream of Valentino, about the silent-film heartthrob Rudolf Valentino.
  • Argento, who remembers his boyhood music classes as “50-minute sessions of excruciating boredom,” is Minnesota’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
  • Shhh: don’t tell the Norwegians! Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer, wrote his Piano Concerto in Denmark (where he went for the sun) after studying in Germany.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was his final work, written in 1940 and summing up a long career with brief quotes from earlier pieces, but it also holds a beautiful alto saxophone solo that surprised everyone at its premiere.
  • Alessio Bax has won several of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, and he also loves to write; his online journal “Have Piano Will Travel” began as a way for him to write about the music world, but he often included favorite recipes as well, so now many think of it as his food blog.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts a concert that features a collaboration with African American artists and church choirs, entitled “Send Me Hope” on Sat Oct 7.

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About this Concert:

In this collaborative concert, local artists and African American church choirs perform with the Minnesota Orchestra to celebrate the power of music to connect communities of diverse traditions and backgrounds. As our neighborhoods continue to confront issues of racism and injustice, “Send Me Hope” is a heartfelt message of unity, healing and inspiration.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir
  • Minnesota State Baptist Convention Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple International Ministries Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple Drummer Boys
  • Students from the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra
  • Taiyon J. Coleman, writer
  • Tonia Hughes, vocalist
  • Paris Bennett, vocalist
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Nygel Witherspoon, cello
  • William Schimmel, accordion

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Ballade in A minor

PRECHTL
Keep Up for Bucket Band

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto: Allegro (mvt. I)

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

PANION
Here We Are

PANION/ANTHONY/GREEN/RABY
Send Me Hope

NEWTON/arr. Wasson
Amazing Grace

BURLEIGH/arr. Panion
Order My Steps

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GERSHWIN/arr. Wasson
Summertime

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

BROOKS/arr. Dillard
More Abundantly

CLARK/arr. Clark
A Praying Spirit

SMALLWOOD/arr. Shoup
Total Praise

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Fun Facts:

  • This marks the second collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and Shiloh Temple International Ministries. The December 2016 “Spirit of the Season” concert at Shiloh Temple featured community singers, dancers and drummers and the Orchestra in a powerful holiday performance.
  • Bucket drumming, or street drumming, is practiced all over the world. Drummers use five-gallon plastic buckets, pots, pans or bottles to create music with unconventional instruments.
  • African American composer Henry Panion, III, has produced, arranged, and conducted music for legends such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • St. Catherine University professor Taiyon J. Coleman won a McKnight fellowship in 2017, is featured in the book “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” and is a member of Cave Canem, a national workshop for African American poets.
  • African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor attended London’s First Pan-African Conference in 1900, where he met American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was greatly inspired by traditional African American spirituals and believed that African American and Native American music should be the cornerstone of new American music.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts concerts featuring Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances on Thu Oct 5 and Fri Oct 6.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians in the lobby after the performance.

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Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut with Beethoven's own favorite symphony, his sunny Fourth.

During the second week of October, the Minnesota Orchestra will celebrate its 7,000+ Guaranty Fund donors. This week's concert performances will be dedicated to all whose generous contributions ensure that the Minnesota Orchestra can continue to bring incredible music experiences to our community. Ticket sales only cover a quarter of the Orchestra's annual budget; therefore, donor support is absolutely critical. To all of our donors: thank you for making this exciting season of music possible!

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PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 1

MOZART
Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Nathalie Stutzmann is a quadruple-threat musician: she plays piano and bassoon, and her gorgeous contralto voice has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, and the Proms in London. Lately her conducting career has exploded as she has formed her own orchestra, called Orfeo 55.
  • Prokofiev’s First Symphony embodies a light and buoyant 18th-century spirit, but his later works would inflame Soviet-era critics for decades with his brash composing style.
  • At the heart of the concert, FRIENDS competition winner Bixby Kennedy performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, his last completed work and undoubtedly one of the most poignant.

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The Atrium Jazz Ensemble reveals how these ancient sounds have been brought up to the minute with music from Stephen Foster to Clifford Brown and beyond.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • John Raymond, trumpet
  • Kevin Washington, drums
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass

Fun Facts:

  • Drums and horns are ancient and universal. Fundamental sounds of celebration and dance, a call to action and a reverie. In jazz, they can whisper and shout, cajole and soothe.
  • Kevin Washington is a master musician and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine. His dedication to drumming began as soon as he could hold the sticks.
  • For this concert, John Raymond returns from New York to his Twin Cities home. His music is renowned as "electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling." —Downbeat Magazine
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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Recommended for elementary-age students
In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

Fun Facts:

  • Each musical family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs lively excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.
  • There’s also a special treat—an impressive performance by a dynamic young competition winner, cellist Nygel Witherspoon, performing the gorgeous first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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About This Concert:

Action! Adventure! Snakes! Revisit the film that introduced us to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)—Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark—now with a live orchestra performance of John Williams' original score.

Fun Facts:

  • Composer John Williams won a Grammy® for Raiders of the Lost Ark—his famous themes are the musical stars of hit films such as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.
  • From the epic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme to the brassy fun of “Desert Chase,” the entire film score is performed in perfect sync with the action on screen.
  • For the Well of Souls sequence, producers acquired hundreds of snakes from English pet shops, but weren’t able to find enough to satisfy Steven Spielberg, who used cut-up hoses as reptile extras.
  • Actors Tom Selleck and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Indiana Jones before it was offered to Harrison Ford.
  • To add to the onscreen fun, some of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians will be in costume to celebrate Halloween. Audience costumes are welcome!

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This film has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

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Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.

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A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

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Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and a Q & A with composers after the performance.

American Composers Forum

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Monroe Crossing

Get ready for toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ fun as VocalEssence breathes new life into J.S. Bach and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with special guest, Monroe Crossing.

Hear VocalEssence perform some of Bach’s most jubilant music alongside gospel bluegrass tunes and a regional premiere of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Te Deum with Monroe Crossing and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation with composer Carol Barnett, members of Monroe Crossing, and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III at 7 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall 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 Campus Night:

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features free extras for students in the Student Zone on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine. Activities start at 6:30pm.

Free with $12 student ticket:

  • Cookies, coffee and chai
  • #MNOrch Social Media Lounge
  • Win prizes playing Orchestra Toss
  • Meet the musicians and composers!

GIVEAWAY: The first 50 students to check in at the Student Zone will receive a Minnesota Orchestra beanie!

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

About This Concert:

A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

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Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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Sing the songs of a German master!

Join us for a morning of fellowship and song performing Bach’s Cantata No. 80 – Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) as well as other Bach chorales and choruses to celebrate 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. Tickets are FREE but advanced registration required. Refreshments will be served.  

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About this Concert:

Minnesota Public Radio celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and MPR’s Brian Newhouse steps out of the Orchestra Hall broadcast booth to emcee an evening of musical works that have made Minnesota Orchestra and MPR history.

WAGNER
Overture to The Flying Dutchman

BACH/arr. Skrowaczewski
Toccata and Fugue in D minor

ELGAR
Nimrod, from Enigma Variations

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor: Allegro con brio (mvmt I)

BARBER
Essay No. 1

CATURLA
Danzón

LECUONA
Malagueña

TRADITIONAL/arr. Vänskä
Säkkijärven Polka

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the few American orchestras that broadcasts each of its Classical season concerts live.
  • MPR began in 1967 as a single station based in St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. One of its early host remembers broadcasting “mostly to barn doors and lily pads.” It is now the nation’s leading classical music broadcaster.
  • The concert holds highlights from our live-broadcast history, including touchstone selections from the Orchestra’s 2015 Cuba tour, the 1974 Opening Night of Orchestra Hall, tours to Finland and The Netherlands, and in the vulnerable days immediately following 9/11.
  • During each Friday night subscription concert, MPR’s Brian Newhouse hosts the program from a small windowless broadcast room not much larger than a phone booth one floor above the stage, connected by audio and video monitors.
  • Our Friday night live broadcasts are shared globally online with listeners who stay up really late in Europe or get up early in Asia to listen to music made in Minneapolis.

MPR 50

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Please join us as we kick off our 45th season! MYS celebrates 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano. Featuring all four orchestras and including repertoire by Handel, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Bernstein, this concert promises to start an epic year off right!

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

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

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

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Venezuela’s young conductor Rafael Payare makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut with Ravel’s gorgeous Shéhérazade and Brahms’ towering final symphony, the Fourth.

DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

RAVEL
Shéhérazade

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • The Fourth is Brahms at his best: moments of tender melancholy woven through passionate, rhythmic, life-affirming music.
  • Unlike many composers, Brahms knew the Fourth would be his final symphony, and he poured everything into its yearlong creation.
  • Conductor Rafael Payare was born in 1980 and grew up as a horn player in the famed Venezuelan music education program called El Sistema (The System).
  • El Sistema began in the ʼ70s in a Venezuelan parking garage, and has since served hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world with rigorous and free after-school music education.
  • Composer Maurice Ravel had an obsession with the character Shéhérazade, who is both the narrator and the heroine of The Arabian Nights.
  • Ravel wrote an early orchestral piece called Shéhérazade, but it bombed; one critic called Ravel “a mediocrely gifted debutant who will perhaps become something in about ten years, if he works hard.”
  • Ravel’s second Shéhérazade came six years later and was a hit—the set of three lush and evocative songs showed just how hard the young man had been working.
  • The work on this program is not to be confused with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade based on the same tale, written a generation earlier.

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Able Seedhouse + Brewery. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Able Seedhouse + Brewery will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Dec 9 Christmas Oratorio 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.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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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 West, conducted by Mary Sorlie; Concertino, conducted by Dan Mollick; Concert Orchestra, conducted by Mark Gitch; and Symphony, conducted by Mark Russell Smith.

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 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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Dive “under the sea” into Disney’s 1989 full-length film complete with spirited musical numbers, a delightful young mermaid named Ariel and the Academy award-winning® score performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra!

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Fun Facts:

  • The Little Mermaid was composer Alan Menken’s first score for Disney. (He went on to score Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tangled and more.) The movie gave him his first Oscar win: Best Song for “Under the Sea.” Menken also won the 1989 Academy Award® for best score.
  • In the movie’s opening scene with King Triton, you can spot Disney superstars Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in the crowd.
  • The character of Ariel was based in part on actress Alyssa Milano, who at the time was starring in the popular ABC sitcom Who’s The Boss.
  • One of the film’s best-loved songs, “Under the Sea,” draws on Caribbean Calypso influences.
  • The Little Mermaid marked the start the “Disney Renaissance” during which the studio regained its status as an animation powerhouse.

Tickets for children (age 6-17) are 25% off for price sections 1-4. Select "child" instead of "adult" when choosing seats.

This film has been rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket adjacent to an adult to enter the hall. Your child is permitted to sit on your lap as long as his/her head can fit underneath your chin. Taller children seated on a parent's/caregiver's lap can obstruct the view of other patrons.

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

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Beethoven’s final and most elegant piano trio and two unusual combinations of wind instruments (plus one violin!) adding a bit of early 20th-century musical energy.

STRAVINSKY
Pastorale

Janáček
Mládí, Sextet for Winds

BEETHOVEN
Piano Trio in B-flat major, Archduke

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Seventh and final piano trio was composed at an unusual time in his life when he was in relatively good spirits–which comes across beautifully in his sweeping, singing and smooth melodies.
  • Stravinsky’s Pastorale was originally composed for voice and piano. Only Stravinsky could take that combination and rewrite the piece for this unusual set of instruments: violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon.
  • The original version of Pastorale was written for Rimsky-Korsakov’s daughter, Nadia, while Stravinsky was still his student.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Some composers tell stories in music with fascinating results—painting musical pictures of people, places and whatever they see around them.

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall will come alive with the sounds of a bee buzzing and swooping in Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Flight of the Bumblebee, and with the sounds of the mighty Mississippi flowing in works by Kevin Puts and Michael Daugherty.
  • Students will also discover how composers create a new story to go with familiar music—as Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) did with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
  • Principal Tuba Steven Campbell and star piccolo player Roma Duncan also team up for Kling’s The Elephant and the Fly, a most unusual piccolo-tuba pairing.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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Thrivent Financial has partnered with Orchestra Hall to host this special concert for members of Thrivent Financial.

The Minnesota Orchestra is a local treasure, recognized around the world for its excellence. Thrivent Financial is delighted to share the Orchestra’s musical talents with our members as a way of saying “thank you” to our members for the amazing ways they demonstrate their generosity each year.

We also ask you to please consider supporting the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People Concerts, the heart of the Orchestra’s efforts to engage and inspire young audiences. Millions of students from our region have been served over the years by attending these special performances. Don’t forget, you can use your Thrivent Financial Membership benefits to show your support - designate your Thrivent Choice dollars to the program or hold Thrivent Action Team. Learn about these benefits and more at www.Thrivent.com.

Blessings to all this Christmas season and we look forward to celebrating with you at the concert!

 

Please note:  All artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.  Children ages 6 and over are welcome to attend.  Tickets are required for admittance.  No refunds will be distributed.  

 

 

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Put extra fa-la-la in your holidays as trumpeter Charles Lazarus and friends fill Orchestra Hall with the sounds of the season from Latin, jazz and lounge to gospel and caroling classics.

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

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Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall’s newest holiday tradition is returning for a third season and includes a fresh take on beloved holiday classics such as "We Three Kings" and "Christmas Time is Here."
  • Charles Lazarus was a member of the world-famous Canadian Brass, and he’s also opened for the legendary Tony Bennett.
  • His 2016 Valentine’s Day concert, Fly Me to the Moon, sold out Orchestra Hall.
  • Lazarus has performed and taught in every U.S. state as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.
  • Members of the Lazarus Brass are also members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Newsday raves "Lazarus could have tumbled the walls of Jericho."

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

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VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so join us to hear the warm sounds of a Minnesota Christmas.

This year we salute many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Fall in love with new carols as we celebrate the 20th year of our national carol competition in the way it first began—with music for a cappella chorus.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Make a date with Wainwright and the Minnesota Orchestra for a sparkling performance that celebrates both the intimate power and operatic grandeur of Wainwright’s music.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Rufus Wainwright, piano and vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • Wainwright’s admirers include The New York Times which loves his "genuine originality," and Elton John, who calls him "the greatest songwriter on the planet."
  • His album Rufus Does Judy is a recreation of Judy Garland’s entire 1961 concert performance at Carnegie Hall.
  • Wainwright has been featured on movie soundtracks including Shrek, Moulin Rouge and Brokeback Mountain. He has performed with stars such as Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George and Joni Mitchell.
  • Following the success of his first opera Prima Donna, Wainwright is currently working on his second, based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which has been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company and will premier in the fall of 2018.
  • Wainwright worked for a short time as a waiter at the now-defunct New French Cafe in Minneapolis.

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The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 30th annual Christmas concert, "So Bright the Star," at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 3, 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 recorded. Twin Cities Public Television will produce "A St. Thomas Christmas," a one-hour holiday special, for national broadcast this December. Audio 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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"From Heaven Above ~ To Earth He Comes" is performed by 400 student musicians and marks the 91st anniversary of Minnesota's most-attended Christmas concert. New music by René Clausen and traditional favorites present the Christmas story anew.

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinists Joanne Opgenorth and Helen Chang Haertzen, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials. Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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Casual Concert = FUN, COMFORTABLE and a little DIFFERENT than what you might expect.

Includes:

  • $5 Happy Hour
  • Local craft brews
  • Meet the musicians onstage

Helmuth Rilling, an internationally-acclaimed master of choral music, leads the Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Orchestra Hall of Johann Sebastian Bach’s inspired and inspiring Christmas Oratorio.

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II and III

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Fun Facts:

  • Oh, if we had time! Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio has six parts and usually lasts well over three hours. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the beautiful first half of this extended masterwork, which describes the birth of Jesus.
  • Conductor Helmuth Rilling has recorded all of Bach’s choral works—a staggering 1,000 pieces on 170 CDs.
  • This performance is an international affair with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra musicians joined by soloists from Germany, Spain, Canada and the U.S.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

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About This Concert:

Helmuth Rilling, an internationally-acclaimed master of choral music, leads the Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Orchestra Hall of Johann Sebastian Bach’s inspired and inspiring Christmas Oratorio.

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II and III

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Fun Facts:

  • Oh, if we had time! Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio has six parts and usually lasts well over three hours. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the beautiful first half of this extended masterwork, which describes the birth of Jesus.
  • Conductor Helmuth Rilling has recorded all of Bach’s choral works—a staggering 1,000 pieces on 170 CDs.
  • This performance is an international affair with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra musicians joined by soloists from Germany, Spain, Canada and the U.S.

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The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. John Williams’ legendary score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.

Please note: This concert will be performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

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Fun Facts:

  • The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
  • In December 2016, Minnesota Orchestra sold out three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium—that’s over 10,000 tickets!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ is the 45th highest-grossing film of all time.

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Tickets for children (age 6-17) are 25% off for price sections 1-4. Select “child” instead of "adult” when choosing seats. This film has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. Anglia is a trademark owned and licensed by Ford Motor Company. (s17)

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The magic of the season comes to life in this heartwarming show of songs and stories featuring a new work by Minneapolis’ own storyteller laureate Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written by Kevin Kling, narrator
  • Christina Baldwin, ensemble
  • Dieter Bierbrauer, ensemble
  • Thomasina Petrus, ensemble
  • Alejandro Vega, ensemble
  • Robert Elhai, composer and arranger
  • Peter Ostroushko, composer and mandolin

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Fun Facts:

  • You don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to be surprised, this concert line-up will include a roster of talented Twin Cities favorites—to be announced!
  • Kevin Kling is nationally known for his commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered. He grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. Astrologically speaking, Kling refers to his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising.”
  • Peter Rothstein is the Artistic Director of Theatre Latte Da and has directed plays, operas and musical theater for the Guthrie, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Minnesota Opera and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.
  • Principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, Sarah Hicks has been involved in the creation of many original Minnesota Orchestra productions including A Scandinavian Christmas, A Musical Feast, That’s Amore and Springtime in Paris.

Please note: This performance is 75 minutes long with no intermission.

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Pianist George Winston brings his impressionistic style to Orchestra Hall for an evening of winter songs and shimmering holiday favorites.

  • George Winston, piano

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Fun Facts:

  • An eclectic artist, Winston cites Fats Waller, The Doors, Professor Longhair, John Coltrane and Vince Guaraldi as influences.
  • He has also recorded soundtracks for audio children’s books narrated by Meryl Streep, Danny Glover and Lily Tomlin.
  • An aficionado of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar, Winston is recording a series of albums featuring this unique finger style guitar tradition.
  • His concerts are a popular event for Orchestra Hall audiences during the holiday season, and always include a collection for a local food bank—a longtime cause of Winston’s.
  • Minnesota Public Radio praises him as "a true original with an inimitable style."

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The New Year sweeps in with two weeks of treasures from Russia’s Romantic master, Tchaikovsky, beginning with his beloved Piano Concerto No. 1.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams
Serenade for Strings
Piano Concerto No. 1

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Fun Facts:

  • Israeli-born pianist Inon Barnatan comes to Minneapolis from the Big Apple where he is the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever artist-in-association.
  • Barnatan performed Rachmaninoff with the Minnesota Orchestra last season and was quickly welcomed back for another performance.
  • Audiences love the Barnatan Blend: amazing technical virtuosity and deep insight—perfectly suited to the power and lyricism of Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto.
  • A late holiday surprise for you: Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings isn’t as well known as his symphonies but the melodies are beautiful!
  • And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the December 31 concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

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Our Tchaikovsky Marathon warms up January with blazing crowd-pleasers like the composer’s Capriccio italien alongside his beautiful but rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 2, and the most beloved of the composer's symphonies, his Fourth.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Capriccio italien
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Watch Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner pianist Kyle Orth make his Orchestra Hall debut.
  • Tchaikovsky fled to Italy after a disastrous marriage and soaked up the sun, street dances and folk songs of Rome–pouring all of these into his Capriccio italien.
  • Tchaikovsky once said that he’d never write for piano with orchestra because he couldn’t stand the sound of them together but his Piano Concerto No. 1 was such a success that he decided to write a second.
  • Written for Russia’s reigning piano virtuoso of the day Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto was actually premiered in New York City by an American conductor and an English soloist.

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Our star principal cellist, Anthony Ross, steps into the Tchaikovsky Marathon spotlight to spin one gorgeous melody after another in the Rococo Variations, in between performances of two Tchaikovsky symphonies in one night.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 2
Variations on a Rococo Theme
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • The inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 came from his sister’s butler, who sang Ukrainian folksongs around the house while Tchaikovsky worked.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Rococo theme doesn’t come from the Rococo era (late-18th century), but his own imagination inspired by his hero Mozart, and is followed by eight variations, each more ornate and beautiful than the one before.
  • The word rococo comes from the French word rocaille, which means rock-and-shell garden ornamentation; the style created intricate and whimsical shell-like curves in statues, architecture and design of all kinds.
  • Ten years had passed since Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony when–full of doubt–he started work on his Fifth. After its premiere he said, “I have come to the conclusion that it is a failure.” Today it is his most often-performed symphony.

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Here are hidden jewels from Tchaikovsky’s treasure box that dazzle like sunlight on fresh snow, plus his beloved, sweeping ballet score crafted into a new suite by Osmo Vänskä.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3, Polish
Piano Concerto No. 3
Swan Lake Suite

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 went through more birth pains than any of his compositions, starting out as a symphony (most of which he ripped up) before he turned it into a piano concerto (most of which he ripped up)—leaving only this beautiful single-movement work.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 was the last work he performed before his sudden death in 1893, but the Piano Concerto No. 3 was the last music he wrote.
  • Swan Lake, like all of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, holds dozens of short numbers and a performance runs for hours. In this performance Osmo Vänskä has compiled his own suite that tells the old Russian tale of the swan that turns into the beautiful girl, Odette.

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The Tchaikovsky Marathon swirls to a brilliant close with this season’s featured artist, James Ehnes, in perhaps the most beloved concerto of the entire violin repertoire.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Marche Slave
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto today is the most frequently performed and universally adored concerto in the repertoire.
  • Unlike many young violinists, Ehnes says he never practices scales from books, but rather focuses solely on the score he’s working on at the moment. “That’s always been my philosophy, although maybe it’s just laziness masquerading as practicality.”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is subtitled Pathétique, mistranslated into French from Tchaikovsky’s Russian original which meant passion.
  • For sheer toxicity, no critic has ever surpassed the sourpuss who said at the 1881 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that he’d found “music which stinks in the ear.”
  • Stay after for a NightCap Chamber performance featuring Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor.

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Extend your Tchaikovsky marathon experience and take in a Nightcap performance of Tchaikovsky’s one and only piano trio, featuring two of the Orchestra’s principal players.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Trio in A minor

Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky dedicated this piano trio to his close friend and mentor, Nikolai Rubinstein, who had passed away a few months before the work was composed. It was premiered on the first anniversary of his death.
  • Tchaikovsky turned down requests from his benefactress to compose a trio. He said: “I simply cannot endure the combination of piano with violin or cello. To my mind the timbre of these instruments will not blend.” He changed his mind not much later and composed his one and only piano trio.
  • Each ticket purchased includes one complimentary beverage (an actual night cap) to be enjoyed with the music.

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Casual Concert = FUN, COMFORTABLE and a little DIFFERENT than what you might expect.

Includes:

  • $5 Happy Hour
  • Local craft brews
  • Meet the musicians post-concert

The Tchaikovsky Marathon swirls to a brilliant close with this season’s featured artist, James Ehnes, in perhaps the most beloved concerto of the entire violin repertoire.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Marche Slave
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto today is the most frequently performed and universally adored concerto in the repertoire.
  • Unlike many young violinists, Ehnes says he never practices scales from books, but rather focuses solely on the score he’s working on at the moment. “That’s always been my philosophy, although maybe it’s just laziness masquerading as practicality.”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is subtitled Pathétique, mistranslated into French from Tchaikovsky’s Russian original which meant passion.
  • For sheer toxicity, no critic has ever surpassed the sourpuss who said at the 1881 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that he’d found “music which stinks in the ear.”
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians  in the lobby after the performance.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Experience Minnesota's top athletes of the concert stage.

Just as top athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul will inspire the world with their feats, Orchestra musicians will draw “wow” responses in this concert of Olympic-inspired works, showcasing connections between winter sports and core elements of music.

Fun Facts:

  • Articulation and texture will receive special focus, as students explore staccato with Vivaldi’s Winter and legato in Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, and compare the textures of two lush Dvořák works, the solo-voiced Cello Concerto, performed by FRIENDS competition winner Brannon Cho, and the full-orchestra New World Symphony—much like comparing the individual performance in the luge event to the finely-tuned team effort in hockey.
  • Also notable: John Williams’ exciting Olympic Fanfare and Theme, composed for the 1984 Olympics, and a surprise birthday salute to a conductor of Olympic proportions.

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Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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About This Concert:

This performance adds the Orchestra’s talent to Ben Folds‘ vocals and piano for an evening of quirky melodies, impromptu creation, and an epic love-fest between audience and musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ben Folds, piano and vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • Ben Folds hearts the Minnesota Orchestra—this will be their fourth concert together!
  • He has recorded multiple solo rock albums, as well as collaborations with Regina Spektor, Weird Al and William Shatner.
  • An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery.
  • Folds was also a judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off, a show that started the careers of many a cappella groups.
  • According to Paste Magazine, “Ben Folds meshes the classical and pop music worlds in ways that few mainstream contemporary artists can hope to achieve.”

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Utepils Brewery. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Utepils Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Feb 10 Fauré Requiem 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.

Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N # 700
Minneapolis, MN 55405
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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for grades 6-12
Secondary students, including those who are enrolled in advanced music theory or music history courses, will not want to miss this new, specially designed program.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

KODÁLY
Dances of Galanta

Schedule

10am-10:40am: Bach Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
10:40am-10:55am: Break
10:55am-11:35am: Kodály Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
11:35am-12pm: Discussion (Don't forget to bring your phone or tablet for the digital Q and A session!)

Fun Facts:

  • This unique rehearsal format-performance features a rare glimpse of the Orchestra’s behind-the-scenes efforts. Students will experience working rehearsals--as well as the polished performances that are the result.
  • We see both approaches first with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and then, after a break, with Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Wrapping up this special program will be a 30-minute “dig deeper” session in which students ask questions of and initiate discussions with the musicians themselves.
  • Students are invited to bring scores and follow along as the Orchestra plays!

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The spirit of Paris runs like the Seine through this program with two 18th-century symphonies dedicated to the City of Light and a hauntingly beautiful 19th-century religious work by one of Paris’ most treasured composers, Fauré.

RIGEL
Symphony No. 4

MOZART
Symphony No. 31, Paris

FAURÉ
Pavane

FAURÉ
Requiem

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Fun Facts:

  • Both Mozart and Rigel were born in German-speaking countries and came as young men to Paris hoping for fame; Rigel found it, but Mozart didn’t and returned home to Austria.
  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 was premiered in Paris by a larger orchestra than the composer had ever heard, prompting his father to quip that the French must like noisy symphonies.
  • Fauré’s Requiem is filled with a quiet beauty, “dominated from beginning to end,” said the composer, “by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

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Two incredible works for strings written by two incredible, then-young composers. This program, deeply inspired by life and love, features quartets formed by the stellar Minnesota Orchestra string musicians. At the center of the program, bassoonist J. Christopher Marshall and Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle play a haunting duet by Bernard Andrès.

SCHULHOFF
Five Pieces for String Quartet

ANDRÉS
Chants d’arrière-saison

FAURÉ
Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings

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Fun Facts:

  • Bernard Andrès is a harpist, pianist and composer who writes most of his music for harp. This piece was originally a duet with horn, but Andrès captured the expressive capabilities of the bassoon effortlessly when he rewrote the work for this pair of instruments.
  • Andrès could read music before he could read books.
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Quartet No. 1 contains an abundance of warmth and optimism, despite its key of C minor. It is full of quirks and colors, particularly in the piano melodies.
  • Fauré was engaged to Marianne Viardot in 1877, while he was writing this quartet, but the engagement was suddenly broken off. His grief can be heard in the Adagio movement, but the lightness and positivity throughout the rest of the quartet suggests that he knew he had ultimately taken the right path.
  • Erwin Schulhoff dedicated his Five Pieces for String Quartet to composer Darius Milhaud. Born to German Jewish parents, he died in a concentration camp in 1942, at age 48.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials. Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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The Minnesota Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score live while the remastered film West Side Story is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen.

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Fun Facts:

  • West Side Story re-imagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City, as a bitter rivalry between two teenage street gangs—the American-born Jets and the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks—is forever altered by a forbidden love affair between the young couple Tony and Maria.
  • Since its debut on Broadway in 1957 and the 1961 film adaptation, West Side Story has become a favorite to generations of audiences, and many of its songs have become pop culture touchstones, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “America.” 
  • Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) won Oscars® for their performances, among the 10 bestowed on the film—the most ever for a movie musical at that time.
  • Although the original musical materials for the movie arrangements were lost, 14 months of research by The Leonard Bernstein Office brought to light a trove of important finds in private collections and library archives around the country.
  • Bernstein himself conducted the Minnesota Orchestra (then Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra) twice in 1945 and 1947. He was a good friend of the Orchestra’s fourth music director, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and mentored its ninth music director, Eiji Oue.

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.

West Side Story © 1961 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative

Dream of a better world as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, on the 100th anniversary of its birth, through song, poetry, hip-hop, dance, and more.

Hear the debut of the VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative as well as the world premiere of William Banfield’s chamber symphony, I Trust Harlem Is Still There, based on the letters of Langston Hughes. Be inspired and challenged to become an agent of change in our community.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert conversation with composer William Banfield and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III at 3 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Beethoven's Seventh 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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Please Note: Pianist Kenny Broberg will replace André Watts as the featured soloist in Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend. The program will remain the same. Read the full press release »

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The Emperor was Beethoven’s final and most famous piano concerto, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a work of great extremes, requiring delicate strands of sound from a massive ensemble. Finnish conductor John Storgårds makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in this powerful program.

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 10

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 may have gotten its nickname at the 1812 Vienna premiere when an excited French officer exclaimed, “C’est l’Empereur!”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 quotes his own song “What’s in My Name?” and throughout the Tenth, Shostakovich uses the notes D, E flat, C, B (D, S, C, H in German spelling) for his own initials—a survivor’s rebuke to Stalin who had terrorized the composer.
  • Kenny Broberg debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 at a series of Young People’s and Family Concerts while he was a high school student in Minneapolis.
  • John Storgårds is as accomplished with a violin bow as a conductor’s baton, having served as concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony for several seasons.

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Four singular pianists take turns at the keyboard with classics from the American songbook along with original music—hear camaraderie and competition in this intimate performance.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Chris Lomheim, piano
  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Javier Santiago, piano

Fun Facts:

  • The keyboard has long been at the center of music. From Bach to Joplin, Chopin to Ellington, the forefront of compositional thought has been at the piano.
  • The piano is an orchestra in a box—percussive, thundering, shimmering and clarion. Pianists coax a world of emotion from our most mechanized instrument.
  • The four pianists in this program are widely divergent in style and approach, but all are united in unearthing new expressive territory at the piano.
  • Chris Lomheim is a pianist whose rich harmony is always accompanied by swinging, bluesy improvisation. Bryan Nichols possesses formidable technique expressed through adventurous modernism. Javier Santiago is a hard-driving virtuoso versed in the jazz tradition. Jeremy Walker's pianism is quirky and expressive, with a restless imagination.
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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Photo credits: Chris Lomheim © Andrea Canter; Bryan Nichols © Benny Moreno; Javier Santiago © Jack Davis; Jeremy Walker © Clare W.G. Nieto

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Juraj Valčuha returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto and Debussy’s shape-shifting picture of the sea, La mer.

LYADOV
The Enchanted Lake

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3

RESPIGHI
The Fountains of Rome

DEBUSSY
La mer

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Fun Facts:

  • At six-foot-six, Rachmaninoff had hands that could span three notes farther than most pianists—one of the reasons his Concerto No. 3 is the most daunting in all the pianist’s literature.
  • The Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parent’s record collection and came to the US when he was only 14 to focus on jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Gerstein won the prestigious (and slightly mysterious) Gilmore Award in 2010, bestowed every four years on an unsuspecting pianist anywhere in the world in recognition of exceptional artistry.
  • Debussy’s parents had plans for their son to join the navy, but Debussy rarely got close to large bodies of water and instead let his imagination set sail when he created his vivid orchestration of the sea in La mer.

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About Campus Night:

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features free extras for students in the Student Zone on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine. Activities start at 6:30pm.

Free with $12 student ticket:

  • Iced coffee & bakery treats
  • Water World Mural coloring station
  • Shark Tank Live Stream
  • Scuba Presentation by musician Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
  • Meet the musicians after the concert!

About This Concert:

Juraj Valčuha returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto and Debussy’s shape-shifting picture of the sea, La mer.

LYADOV
The Enchanted Lake

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3

RESPIGHI
The Fountains of Rome

DEBUSSY
La mer

Fun Facts:

  • At six-foot-six, Rachmaninoff had hands that could span three notes farther than most pianists—one of the reasons his Concerto No. 3 is the most daunting in all the pianist’s literature.
  • The Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parent’s record collection and came to the US when he was only 14 to focus on jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Gerstein won the prestigious (and slightly mysterious) Gilmore Award in 2010, bestowed every four years on an unsuspecting pianist anywhere in the world in recognition of exceptional artistry.
  • Debussy’s parents had plans for their son to join the navy, but Debussy rarely got close to large bodies of water and instead let his imagination set sail when he created his vivid orchestration of the sea in La mer.

Community Partners

Bootstrap Coffee

Sea Life at Mall of America 

Silhouette Bakery and Bistro

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Join us for a family concert sure to delight audiences of all ages!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

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More Details:

  • This concert will feature two of the Minnesota Orchestra’s very own—Steven Campbell (tuba) and Roma Duncan (piccolo)—as we explore music that tells a story of bumblebees, rivers, elephants and more!
  • Listen to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, two pieces of music inspired by the Mississippi River—Kevin Puts’ River’s Rush and Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi—and a special surprise duet for tuba and piccolo.
  • The Orchestra will then perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but with a special, sporty twist thanks to the hilarious antics of composer P.D.Q Bach.

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

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You’re invited! Pink Martini and special guests the von Trapps (the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp) mix a fabulous cocktail of swoon-worthy music and multilingual flourishes for a performance that will be the talk of the town.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • China Forbes, lead vocals
  • Pink Martini, ensemble
  • The von Trapps, guest vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • The von Trapps are, as their name suggests, four descendants of the von Trapp Family Singers, the inspiration behind the popular musical and film The Sound of Music.
  • Pianist Thomas Lauderdale formed Pink Martini in 1994 in Portland to play at fundraisers for civil rights, environmental and educational causes.
  • Lauderdale describes Pink Martini as “a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
  • Pink Martini albums feature a wide range of guest singers such as the Von Trapps (yes, the actual great-grandchildren of The Sound of Music’s Captain and Maria von Trapp), the late Phyllis Diller and Rufus Wainwright.
  • They’ve recorded in dozens of languages as varied as Turkish, Japanese, Romanian and Xhosa.
  • Lead singer China Forbes graduated cum laude from Harvard and her original songs have been featured in The Sopranos, The West Wing, Weeds, The L Word, Felicity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
  • NPR describes Pink Martini’s songs as “a globetrotting victory lap…all tackled with cosmopolitan sophistication and the playfulness of pop.”

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Join us for a Minnesota Open Rehearsal

In appreciation of your support of the 2017-18 Guaranty Fund, you and a guest are invited to attend a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal. Reserve your tickets now—you will need to enter the promo code from your print or email invitation.

Vänskä Conducts Mahler’s Titan Symphony

Osmo Vänskä conductor / Erin Keefe, violin

WEILL
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

8:30 am Doors open
9:00 am Concert preview with Akiko Fujimoto, Assistant Conductor
9:20 am Reception in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
10:00 am Orchestra Rehearsal*

Program and approximate time will be announced from the stage.

*Guests are invited to watch the Orchestra’s rehearsal only through the first break. The program and approximate time will be announced from the stage. If you are not attending the concert preview discussion, please arrive no later than 9:45 am as the rehearsal begins promptly at 10:00 am.

As a courtesy to the Orchestra, late access to the auditorium will be limited. Guests must remain seated through the rehearsal’s break. This is a working rehearsal, please refrain from talking, photography, video and please hold your applause. Thank you.

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No first symphony has ever rocked the world like Mahler’s stunning Titan—joyous and bold, the composer’s audacious wish to embrace all of humanity in a single piece of music.

WEILL
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

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Fun Facts:

  • Gustav Mahler wrote his Symphony No. 1 on the inspiration of simple German folk tunes and poetry, and turned that into a fabulously colorful tapestry for brass, strings, winds and percussion, and perhaps the most daring first symphony of any composer.
  • Kurt Weill, who composed Broadway superhits like “Mack the Knife,” also wrote dozens of concert works as a young man in his native Germany.
  • Weill shed no tears when he left Germany for America, and said, “The moment I landed here I felt as though I’d come home.”
  • When Erin Keefe was young, her father wanted her to study piano, but the front door of their house wasn’t big enough to move a piano in, so violin it was.

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Celebrated screen actor, musician and winner of a 2016 Best Actor Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom, Jr. joins the Minnesota Orchestra for an exhilarating evening of jazz standards and Broadway hits.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Leslie Odom, Jr., vocalist

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Fun Facts:

  • Odom, Jr. credits speechwriting and oratory for getting him into the arts. He made his Broadway debut at age 17 in Rent.
  • He has a passion for horror movies, vintage '80s TV shows and ordering dessert first.
  • His TV appearances have included roles on NBC’s Smash, Law & Order: SVU, Gotham, Grey’s Anatomy, and House of Lies.
  • His self-titled 2014 debut album was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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A Celebration of Song: featuring the Wartburg Choir, the Iowa State University Singers and the Luther College Nordic Choir.

Come hear a variety of great choral music from over the border as some of the state of Iowa's best choral ensembles join together in song to celebrate the legacy of choral singing in the Heartland.

Each choir will sing their own set of pieces and combine as one big ensemble for three pieces at the end of the concert, led by each of the three conductors.

Please note: This performance is approximately 2 hours with no 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 $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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Enthralling legions of audiences in sold-out halls throughout the world, TAO: Drum Heart brings a fusion of explosive Japanese Taiko drumming, contemporary costumes and eye-popping choreography to Orchestra Hall.

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Fun Facts:

  • "Taiko" is the general term for the type of drumming featured in TAO: Drum Heart; in Japanese, the word literally means "fat drum."
  • Since their first appearance in 2004, TAO: Drum Heart has played in more than 22 countries and 400 cities around the world, with 7 million spectators to date.
  • After performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, TAO: Drum Heart sold out every show of its first North American tour.
  • TAO: Drum Heart includes performances by both male and female Taiko drummers.
  • The Chicago Tribune applauds TAO: Drum Heart as “extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and seductive, alluring performers.”

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

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Bald Man Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • This performance will be a Pint of Music debut for this string quartet.
  • Bald Man Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the April 21 Cameron Carpenter 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.

Bald Man Brewing
2020 Silver Bell Rd #25
Eagan, MN 55122
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Join Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and Minneapolis family quintet The Steeles for an era-spanning journey through the New American Songbook from Gershwin and Ellington to Stevie Wonder and Prince.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet / The Steeles, vocalists
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboards, arranger and producer
  • Cory Wong, guitar
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Ken Chastain, percussion

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Fun Facts:

  • This show brings audiences through the "New American Songbook" of 20th century popular music. Journey from the musical kaleidoscope of New York City to New Orleans—the birthplace of jazz—with highlights from Philly soul, Motown hits, Chicago blues, and West Coast cool.
  • Opening with the music of Gershwin and closing with an encore of Prince’s Purple Rain as performed before 65,000 roaring fans at the Minnesota Vikings 2016 season opener, this is a can’t-miss performance.
  • The Steeles appeared on 5 albums with Prince (Graffiti Bridge, Diamonds and Pearls, 1-800-New Funk, The Gold Experience and The Love Symbol Album) and starred in the Broadway hit The Gospel at Colonus.
  • A Minnesota Orchestra member since 2000, Charles Lazarus has helmed original productions for the Orchestra as soloist, composer and bandleader. A versatile virtuoso, he was a member of the Canadian Brass, opened for Tony Bennett, and has performed with Barry White and Joe Williams.
  • New York Newsday hails Lazarus's "bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship," and the Washington Post says, "Lazarus could have tumbled the walls of Jericho."

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Soul-searching indie rockers Cloud Cult make their first appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra for a kaleidoscope of color and sound.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Cloud Cult

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Fun Facts:

  • Joined by local musicians as well as artists who paint to the music live during the performance, this concert will thrill longtime fans and enchant new ones.
  • One of the Cloud Cult painters is Connie Minowa, whose husband is Craig Minowa, lead singer and founder. The paintings created during Cloud Cult concerts are auctioned off at the end of their set.
  • They lean green: their recording studio (that houses their record company Earthology) is 100% solar powered, and they tour in a solar-powered van.
  • Their last album, The Seeker, was accompanied by an award-winning feature-length film of the same name.
  • Rolling Stone praises their “instrumental arsenal” and the Los Angeles Times raves they are “deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”

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Wagner’s beautiful chamber work Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 and the soaring Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.

WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 1

SCHUMANN
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Richard Wagner surprised his wife at Christmas long ago with Siegfried Idyll, and her standards were awfully high, as she was also the daughter of Franz Liszt.
  • Of course the piano is the most important instrument in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, but the tiny solo triangle comes in a surprisingly close second.
  • Canada’s Louis Lortie knows his Liszt, and his recent Liszt recording won a “Ten Best” citation from The New Yorker.
  • Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was a triumph against all odds, written while the composer weathered debilitating mental-health challenges and a constant ringing in his ears.

 

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The Atrium Jazz Ensemble reflects on the timeless, profound and personal raising of the voice performing folk songs, spirituals, blues and standards with vocalist Bruce A. Henry.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

Fun Facts:

  • In jazz, the singularity of a mother’s lullaby, the high rhetorical intent of a preacher, and the freedom of expression of the blues meet in the timeless, profound and personal raising of the voice.
  • Jazz singing brings all the varied timbres and phrasing of the natural human voice to the highest levels of artistic mastery. Bruce A. Henry continues in the tradition of the great singers of jazz—broadcasting this sound in a universal expression of joy and beauty.
  • Of Henry, Jazz Police raved “His voice is his horn, and he can swing like Goodman, spin and spiral like Parker, or levitate like Coltrane.”
  • Henry’s award-winning talent and music have taken him to five continents, garnering a large following in France and the Far East. He has performed in locales such as Manila, Israel, Paris, London, Miami, New York City, Maui, Saipan and Tanzania.
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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Concert canceled due to weather.

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra flutist Adam Kuenzel, guitarist Magdalena Loza Flores, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials. Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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Due to deteriorating weather conditions, this performance has been canceled.

Wagner’s beautiful chamber work Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 and the soaring Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.

WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 1

SCHUMANN
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Richard Wagner surprised his wife at Christmas long ago with Siegfried Idyll, and her standards were awfully high, as she was also the daughter of Franz Liszt.
  • Of course the piano is the most important instrument in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, but the tiny solo triangle comes in a surprisingly close second.
  • Canada’s Louis Lortie knows his Liszt, and his recent Liszt recording won a “Ten Best” citation from The New Yorker.
  • Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was a triumph against all odds, written while the composer weathered debilitating mental-health challenges and a constant ringing in his ears.

 

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About This Concert:

Recognized as royalty of the choral music world, The King’s Singers bring their vocal virtuosity and British wit to a performance that celebrates 50 years of making gorgeous music.

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Fun Facts:

  • The King’s Singers, a British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968, is named after King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group originally formed.
  • The group always consists of six singers, with membership changing over the years. Although none of the original members remain with the group, performances often feature collaborations with past members.
  • The King’s Singers album Simple Gifts won the Grammy® for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009, and their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s album Light and Gold won the Grammy® for Best Choral Performance in 2012. In 2013, the group was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.
  • The London Times has praised The King’s Singers for their “Pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and a seemingly effortless ability to switch between different stylistic requirements.” “The King’s Singers are out-and-out entertainers,” raves The Edmonton Journal.
  • This concert features beloved classics and newly commissioned works by New York-based composer Nico Muhly, British composer Toby Hession, former King’s Singer and internationally-celebrated composer Bob Chilcott, frequent King’s Singers composer Alexander L’Estrange and choral legend John Rutter.
  • The Twin Cities loves The King’s Singers—their Orchestra Hall performances are known to sell out.

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

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About This Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra’s cello section performs works for cello ensemble. Mendelssohn’s Second String Quartet and Mozart’s Quintet for Strings in G minor round out the program on this Sunday afternoon chamber concert, designed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

MENDELSSOHN
String Quartet No. 2

FITZENHAGEN
Concert Waltzes for Four Cellos

STRAVINSKY
Pulcinella Suite for Four Cellos

PIAZZOLLA/arr. Orman
Two Tangos for Five Cellos and Bandoneon

MOZART
String Quintet in G minor

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Fun Facts:

  • Mendelssohn began work on his quartet right around the time that Beethoven died. He makes several vivid references to Beethoven’s string quartets throughout the piece.
  • The nickname for Mendelssohn’s quartet is “Frage,” meaning “Question” in German.
  • Mozart’s Quintet in G minor was written one month apart from his Quintet in C major. Stylistically, the two quintets are complete opposites of each other. The same thing happened when he wrote his Symphonies No. 40 and 41, which are also in G minor and C major, respectively.

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