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Join us at Lake Harriet for a free one-hour 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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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:

Join us at Lakefront Park in Hudson for a free one-hour 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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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:

Join us at Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth for a free one-hour 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.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Daniel Montenegro, tenor

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

HEITZEG
Blue Liberty

J. STRAUSS, SR.
Radetzky March

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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:

Transforming classic Broadway songs into a performance entirely her own, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns, bringing her power, artistry and passion to the Orchestra Hall stage.

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Fun Facts:

  • Audra McDonald’s two concerts at Orchestra Hall have both sold out, including Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015-16 season opening. The Star Tribune raved: “Versatile Audra McDonald’s Star Power lights up Orchestra Hall.”
  • She studied classical voice at Juilliard and has graced stages such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • McDonald has won six Tony Awards so far, and is the only person to date to have won in all four acting categories.
  • She first performed the role of Billie Holiday on Broadway in 2014 and later won her sixth Tony Award for her astounding portrayal which Broadway World called”… a tour de force.”
  • She is a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes and underprivileged youth. Audra is Mom to two girls—Zoe and Sally—and two shelter dogs—Butler and Georgia.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert:

Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience for all ages conducted by Akiko Fujimoto and featuring guest cellist Nygel Witherspoon.

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

WILLIAMS
Harry's Wondrous World, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN
Overture to West Side Story

FAURÉ
Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Radetzky March

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, mvt. IV from Symphony No. 7

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The Firebird

Courage and Triumph Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly 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.
  • 16-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon makes a guest appearance playing Fauré’s Elégie
  • From Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to Stravinsky’s Firebird, Courage and Triumph is a concert you won’t want to miss.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities curated by community partners including the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and Toneworks Music Therapy.
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience. (Spanish version: Concierto Agradable a los Sentidos Hoja de Consejo / Somali version: Bogga talooyinka bandhiga Dareemada dhawaaqa loo dulqaadan karo)
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

We designed this concert experience with support from our Accessibility Team and are extremely grateful for the expertise of each member and the contributions they made to develop this concert.

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program

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About this Concert:

Join us at Lake Park Bandshell in Winona for a free one-hour concert, part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

The Orchestra’s performance on Sun Jul 15, is presented as part of the 12th season of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a classical music festival held from Jul 2 to Jul 22 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 Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Fulton Brewing Taproom. 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!
  • Piccolo quartet? You heard right. We might as well call this event Pint of Piccolos! This is our first-ever piccolo performance at a brewery.
  • Meet the musicians after the music! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Fulton Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for a future Minnesota Orchestra in fall of 2018.

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.

Fulton Brewing Taproom
1214, 414 N 6th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Join us for a Minnesota Open Rehearsal

In appreciation of your support of the 2017-2018 Guaranty Fund, you are invited to attend this exclusive donor event. Reserve your tickets now—you will need to enter the promo code from your print or email invitation.

Vänskä Conducts Beethoven's Fifth

Osmo Vänskä conductor / James Ehnes, violin

Music you may hear rehearsed:
SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

9am Doors open
10am - 12:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:00pm Reception with musicians in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Complimentary cookies and lemonade will be served

Guests are invited to experience the entire morning rehearsal.
Program and 20 minute orchestra break will be announced from the stage.

Please arrive no later than 9:45am as the rehearsal begins promptly at 10am. As a courtesy to the Orchestra, late access to the auditorium will be limited. Guests are encouraged to remain seated throughout the rehearsal. As this is a working rehearsal, please refrain from talking, photography, video and please hold your applause. Thank you.

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About This Concert:

The emotional power of Beethoven's Fifth is reignited in the Minnesota Orchestra's vibrant interpretation of this instantly recognizable, rightfully beloved symphony. Also spotlighted in this performance is the Orchestra's 2017-18 featured artist James Ehnes, who ends his visit on a note of brilliance.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • The Guardian raves about Osmo Vänskä's Beethoven recordings and declares them “the best kind of…playing–light, lithe, with sharply pointed rhythms and perfectly floated melodies.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed En Saga on the road in January 2018 as part of its Midwest tour. The concert earned such rave reviews that the Sibelius work was also chosen to complete the program for the South Africa tour.
  • Chicago Tribune proclaimed that “Vänskä has few living equals” in the Sibelius repertory.
  • Beethoven’s Fifth will also be performed by the Orchestra on its South Africa tour to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. (Hear it here, first!)
  • Beethoven’s Fifth has permeated pop culture, gracing soundtracks of such movies as Howards End, The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Peanuts Movie.
  • The London Times compares James Ehnes’ artistry favorably to Paganini, and praises his playing for its “phenomenal control.”

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert:

Stay late for a NightCap performance by an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra all-stars joined by violinist James Ehnes, the 2017-18 season’s featured artist, with Music Director Osmo Vänskä playing clarinet.

JACOB
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Fun Facts:

  • During the 2017-18 season, featured artist James Ehnes is visiting the Orchestra three times, having already performed the U.S. premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Second Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and this July playing James Newton Howard’s Violin Concerto.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä was co-principal clarinet of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1977 to 1982 and principal clarinet of the Turku Philharmonic from 1971 to 1976; he then decided to pursue a career in conducting.
  • Erin Keefe, Rebecca Albers and Anthony Ross are all members of Accordo, a Minnesota chamber music ensemble that is made up of principal members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • The first performance of Gordon Jacob’s Quintet was given during World War II in London’s Wigmore Hall. The piece was dedicated to Frederick “Jack” Thurston, a clarinetist and fellow classmate of Jacob’s at the Royal College of Music.
  • This is the first time that Gordon Jacob’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings has been performed on a Minnesota Orchestra program.

Accessibility

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä leads an evening of pageantry celebrating the life journey of Nelson Mandela on his centenary—through words, video tributes and music. Tickets: choose your own price starting at $5.

SONTONGA/VILLIERS
National Anthem of South Africa

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

MOERANE/arr. Cock
Ruri

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The Firebird

KHUMALO/arr. Van Dijk
Akhala Amaqhude Amabili

MATYILA/arr. Khumalo
Bawo Thixo Somandla

DVOŘÁK
Largo, from Symphony No. 9, From the New World

BROOKS
More Abundantly

MAVI/arr. Mxadana/orch. Kuusisto
Usilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela)

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Fun Facts:

  • The South African song collections in this program will be performed here as well as in South Africa with members of the Minnesota Chorale.
  • The centenary of Mandela, who was born on July 18, 1918, will be celebrated across South Africa and around the globe in 2018, to commemorate his legacy and to continue his work for equality and freedom.
  • A member of the African National Congress party in the 1940s, Mandela led peaceful protests and armed resistance against the apartheid regime in a racially divided South Africa. Imprisoned for 27 years, he helped negotiate apartheid’s end and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert:

A free, 12-hour music marathon featuring performances of many musical genres on multiple stages at Orchestra Hall for audiences of all ages.

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  • Insingizi
  • Heart and Soul Drum Academy
  • MacPhail Center for Music Bucket Drummers
  • Ernest Bisong
  • Somali Museum Dance Troupe
  • Duniya Drum and Dance
  • Marimba Africa
  • Riverside Wada Jir
  • drumHeart
  • 29:11
  • Papa Shalita and the Global Music Alliance
  • TU Dance
  • Luke Turner
  • Justice Choir
  • Bruce A. Henry
  • Kevin Washington Trio
  • DJ Ander Other
  • Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet
  • Minnesota Orchestra

This year's Sommerfest vendors include: Sammy's Avenue Eatery, Chelles' Kitchen, Wha' Jamaican, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Cooks of Hope.

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About This Concert:

Experience the interconnectedness of humanity, as the Minnesota Orchestra prepares for its South Africa tour with the glorious Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s Ninth and the premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu.

Minnesota Orchestra

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu [World Premiere]

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Fun Facts:

  • This performance marks the world premiere of Harmonia Ubuntu by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, commissioned for the Minnesota Orchestra tour by Classical Movements as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
  • Ndodana-Breen speaks about how Mandela inspired this work’s creation, writing that he “was the exemplar of the African values of ubuntu—the knowledge that one's humanity is tied to the humanity of others or humanity towards others. Harmony has the obvious musical connotations. Ubuntu is a form of harmony.”
  • The four soloists at this performance are South African; and will travel and perform with the Orchestra on their South Africa tour.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä’s remarkable experience conducting the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) in 2014 was a driving force behind planning this trip to South Africa.
  • Inspired by the activism and leadership of the Mandela family, Ndodana-Breen is also the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie.
  • During World War I, German POWs introduced Beethoven’s Ninth to Japan, where it became so well loved that it is now a Japanese tradition to perform the symphony during New Year’s celebration.
  • In 1972, the Council of Europe made the glorious Ode to Joy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony its official anthem. Years later, the European Union did the same.

Accessibility

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About this Concert:

Enjoy one hour (no intermission) of gorgeous music featuring selections by Beethoven, Salonen and Pärt led by trailblazing conductor Roderick Cox, the 2018 winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

SALONEN
Helix

PÄRT
Fratres

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Helix was commissioned by the BBC and premiered by Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace on a Proms concert in August 2005.
  • Mandela and his friend, Welsh pianist Harold Rubens, led meetings in the 1950s at which they planned apartheid resistance while Rubens played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 very loudly to thwart government bugs.
  • Arvo Pärt is from Estonia, which is also celebrating its centenary in 2018. His composition Fratres literally means brotherhood, and demonstrates his minimalist tintinnabuli style of composition.
  • Called "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear has collaborated previously with Roderick Cox, who in turn introduced Goodyear to the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • These Symphony in 60 concerts are part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series, which includes a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians after the performance.
  • This performance also marks Roderick Cox's final concert as Minnesota Orchestra associate conductor, although we hope to bring you future concerts with him guest conducting.
  • In May 2018 Roderick Cox won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. The award, conferred by The Solti Foundation U.S., is the largest grant given to young American conductors in the United States.

Accessibility

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About this Concert:

Protest music has played an important role in history for centuries, sparking dialogue and inspiring change—and our recent history is no exception. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the music of composers who used their craft as commentary on historical and current events.

This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children. Read an essay by Sam Bergman about how this program was created »

Post-concert on stage reception.

BRITTEN
Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

CORIGLIANO
Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, mvt. I from Symphony No. 1

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

PENDERECKI
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

STILL
In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

SMYTH
Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai
Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

Al-ZAND
The Prisoner

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Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics, now in its ninth season, features Minnesota Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. The duo explore classical music through conversation and orchestral excerpts. This Inside the Classics concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Karim Al-Zand's The Prisoner is a masterful and moving piece for bass baritone and orchestra that is inspired by the writings of Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Latif, who was held without cause for a decade and died while incarcerated.
  • This wide-ranging program also explores music that commemorates the women’s suffrage movement, acknowledges the service and sacrifice of African-American Civil War soldiers, reflects on the bombing of Hiroshima and pays tribute to friends lost during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert:

Join us for an uplifting Sommerfest performance by global a cappella phenomenon Ladysmith Black Mambazo, whose inspiring songs of social justice, hope and joy radiate the vital spirit of the South African people.

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Fun Facts:

  • The a cappella ensemble’s performance with Paul Simon on Graceland (1986) catapulted the ensemble on the world stage; this group has remained in the spotlight ever since.
  • In addition to their working with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge, among others.
  • An inspiration to Nelson Mandela while he was a political prisoner in South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed at his 1994 inauguration as the country’s first post-apartheid president.
  • The group’s sound traces its roots to the tradition of isicathamiya (pronounced is-cot-a-ME-ya), a singing style created by South African mine workers.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo is named for its hometown and the Zulu word for “axe.”
  • According to the Huffington Post “Ladysmith Black Mambazo may be an institution, but it’s a vibrant, high-stepping institution that shows no signs of slowing down.”
  • The Los Angeles Times credits the group’s “creative discipline and good spirits” as an inspiration in “helping South Africa complete its transition from racist tyranny to equal-rights democracy with joy.”
  • “It isn’t merely …the power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention,” praises Paul Simon, “but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.”

Accessibility

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

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