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Every beloved Christmas song had a first performance. Discover your holiday soundtrack as VocalEssence performs the crème de la crème of Christmas premieres over the past 49 years and looks toward the future with world premieres by screen and stage composer Nico Muhly (hot off his premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York!) and two new carols by winners of the 21st annual Welcome Christmas Carol Contest.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 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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With a richly textured baritone voice, award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter brings unique interpretation and lyric soulfulness to original works and classic songs by Nat "King" Cole such as "Mona Lisa" and "Nature Boy" plus Holiday favorites like "The Christmas Song."

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Gregory Porter, vocals
  • Vincent Mendoza, conductor and arranger

Fun Facts

  • Porter played linebacker for San Diego State University, but a shoulder injury kept him from going pro.
  • He was a cast member of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical, but he didn’t officially launch his recording career until age 40.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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The 31st year of the University of St. Thomas Christmas concert will unfold with"O Wondrous Night" at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance celebrates the Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. More than 300 student performers in the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Donne Unite, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform in the concert.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

The concert is 90 minutes long and there is not an intermission.

Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance. No refunds will be distributed.

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For the Beauty of the Earth is performed by approximately 400 student musicians and marks the 92nd anniversary of the region’s grandest Christmas celebration. 

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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Deck the hall with VocalEssence at this hands-on holiday event. Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite carols, and try your hand at creating a holiday-themed craft to take home. Sit up close and experience the wonder of singing together (maybe for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles, and teddy bears welcome!

Tickets: $15 Adults, FREE Children (Age 0-17); All seating general admission.

  • Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 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 for the grand finale of Bach’s six-part Oratorio as the Minnesota Chorale celebrates the naming and adoration of the Christ in the last three passionate cantatas of this soaring, sacred work.

Program

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 3  / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas 4, 5 and 6 / 75 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Robin Blaze, countertenor
  • Richard Croft, tenor
  • Christopher Edwards, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written with the intention of each cantata being performed a different night over the 12 days of Christmas.
  • For the Oratorio, Bach borrowed his own music, adapting choruses and arias from earlier secular works for this large-scale endeavor.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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A new season of chamber music begins with a timeless classic from Vivaldi, featuring three of the Orchestra’s stellar wind musicians. Plus, works by Harbison and Stravinsky use unusual combinations of instruments in colorful and witty ways.

Ensemble 1

VIVALDI
Chamber Concerto in G minor

Ensemble 2

HARBISON
Six American Painters

Ensemble 3

GOLTERMANN
Souvenirs de Bellini

Ensemble 4

STRAVINSKY
Octet

Fun Facts:

  • Vivaldi wrote 23 chamber concertos for mixed soloists and continuo.
  • Harbison spent many hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at paintings to inspire his music.
  • “The movements tend toward brevity. I had two intentions: not too slow, and not too long.” – John Harbison on his Six American Painters.
  • Stravinsky’s first professional conducting job was leading the premiere of his Octet at the Paris Opera.

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Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written and narrated by Kevin Kling
  • Original music by Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko

Fun Facts

  • In 1993, Kling won the prestigious Whiting Award for drama. He’s appeared regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and won the 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Our multitalented conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • Director Peter Rothstein is no stranger to the Twin Cities arts scene. The 2015 Star Tribune “Artist of the Year” is also Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da.

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Jazz up your holiday season with a genre-spanning brass spectacular led by the Minnesota Orchestra’s acclaimed trumpeter Charles Lazarus.

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • At age 9, Lazarus met Dizzy Gillespie backstage at a concert. Dizzy even let him try out his trumpet.
  • The concert features keyboardist extraordinaire Tommy Barbarella, a member of Prince’s New Power Generation who also performs with Nick Jonas & the Administration.

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

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Celebrated solo pianist George Winston returns to Orchestra Hall for a winter-themed solo performance of songs that celebrate the spirit of the holidays.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

Fun Facts

  • Winston’s performance will include a collection for a local food bank; audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate.
  • Winston is a passionate fan of Vince Guaraldi and has released two albums featuring the music Guaraldi wrote for the beloved Charles Schulz Peanuts® television cartoons.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. 

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

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Be our guest as the Minnesota Orchestra performs the score of Disney's animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, live in concert! Experience this full-length film, overflowing with unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991)!

Artists

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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.

licensed by Disney

Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © 2015 Disney. All rights reserved.

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From Gershwin’s Tin Pan Alley and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age to Aaron Copland’s folk music- inflected ballet, this concert celebrates the dynamic voices, vision, and talents of iconic American composers. And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*COPLAND
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo / 17 min

*GERSHWIN
Rhapsody in Blue / 15 min

—INTERMISSION 30 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Three Dances from On the Town / 11 min

*HARBISON
Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra / 7 min

*PAULUS
Impassioned, from Symphony in Three Movements / 12 min

*GERSHWIN
An American in Paris / 17 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Aaron Diehl, piano

Fun Facts

  • Copland’s Hoe-Down has made pop culture appearances in the 1980’s “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” commercials, a Simpsons episode, and in the blockbuster movie Titanic.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • Paulus wrote over 600 works for chorus, orchestra, opera, piano and organ, and his music has been performed by leading orchestras, at two presidential funerals, and by many musicians including Doc Severinsen and Leo Kottke.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

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