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

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

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About this Concert:

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

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

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About this Concert:

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

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

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

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About this Concert:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About this Concert:

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

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

Please note: To enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen. This concert is approximately 2 1/2 hours long including one 20 minute intermission.

Oscar © A.M.P.A.S.

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About this Concert:

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

Dvořák
Symphony No. 7

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

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

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2017-18 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Program details to be announced.

*Not valid with any other offer or renewal. Limit of four tickets per household. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About this Concert:

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

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TCHAIKOVSKY
Allegro non troppo, from Piano Concerto No. 1

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Selections from Scheherazade

MAHLER
Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5

RAVEL
La Valse

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Swing On! Doc's Big Band Birthday Bash, Jul 22, 2017 »

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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About this Concert:

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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Doc's Classical Playlist: A Severinsen Celebration, Jul 21, 2017 »

Fun Facts:

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

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About this Concert:

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

TCHAIKOVSKY
Suite from Sleeping Beauty

MACDOWELL
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3

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Fun Facts:

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

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Join us for a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal

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

The Danube Calls: An Evening of Waltzes

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

STRAUSS, JR
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 3

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

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

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About this Concert:

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

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 3

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Fun Facts:

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

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About this Concert:

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

POULENC
Sonata for Flute and Piano

ARENSKY
Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky

R. STRAUSS
Sonata for Cello and Piano

ROTA
Music from the Films of Federico Fellini

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Fun Facts:

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

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