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Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns invites you to join the celebration at the Season Opening dinner, preceding the spectacular Minnesota Orchestra Season Opening performance.

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

$225/person ($75 tax-deductible per person)
Includes three-course dinner, drinks and complimentary parking
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The Season Opening Dinner is sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please call Chris Cunnington at 612-371-7173.

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The first concert of the season showcases the vibrant talent of composers Aaron Copland and Joan Tower and pianist virtuoso Emanuel Ax in a celebration of American innovation, originality and creative vision.

Program

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 50 min

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A Moment with Emanuel Ax
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Fun Facts

  • Tower's Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • Appalachian Spring is part of a trilogy of dance interpretations of the American frontier spirit that also includes Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942).

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

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will lead the performance of powerful symphonic works—from John Williams' Jurassic Park to the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5—marking the Orchestra's return to Minneapolis' newest park.

Program

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide / 5 min

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park / 6 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol, mvts. III-V / 10 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird (1919) / 4 min

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man / 3 min

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

STRAUSS
Thunder and Lightning Polka / 3 min

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday / 3 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5, mvt. IV / 10 min

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Green Minneapolis

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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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Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst.

Program

*ROUSTOM
Ramal / 13 min

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

HOLST
The Planets / 48 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • Composer John Adams says the title of his work refers both to the “gnarly buttons” on trees, and the keys on a clarinet.
  • A fan of astrology, Holst based the narrative of The Planets in astrology, not astronomy, with each movement evoking the mythological characteristics of various planets.

*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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Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads this program for secondary students which focuses on a beloved work in the American repertoire, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Symphonic Adventures performances bring the Minnesota Orchestra to metro-area high schools for dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students that are hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman.

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

Program

RIMSKEY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

COPLAND
Appalachian Spring

Artists


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After debuting last year with the Minnesota Orchestra to rave reviews and sold-out shows, acclaimed Minneapolis singer, rapper and writer Dessa rejoins the Minnesota Orchestra for two dazzling, genre-crossing performances.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Her music video “Sound The Bells” was filmed among the sunken statues off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula—she practiced staying underwater at the Minneapolis YWCA.
  • She has her own Izzy’s Ice Cream flavor: Dessa’s Existential Crunch (whiskey, amaretto, brown sugar and praline.)
  • Dessa’s memoir in essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love (Dutton Books) will be published on September 18, 2018
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Roll out the red carpet and stroll down memory lane as we celebrate the people and songs that made VocalEssence what it is today.

Opening just as we did 50 years ago with Copland’s In the Beginning, the concert will bring back audience favorites including selections from Benny Andersson’s Kristina and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan. Guest artists from Bradley Greenwald to Dessa will join us to add sparkle to the golden affair, including some surprises! Continue the celebration with a “who’s who” of VocalEssence celebrities at the After Party at Landmark Center catered by Deco Catering.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Dessa
  • Bradley Greenwald
  • Maria Jette
  • Clara Osowski
  • Don Shelby
  • Vern Sutton
  • Pop Wagner

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation at 3pm

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

After the 50th Anniversary Concert, continue the celebration with a “who’s who” of VocalEssence celebrities at the after party at Landmark Center catered by Deco Catering.  Click here to purchase tickets.
Dinner Cost: $75

 

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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Celebrate the restoration of Northrop’s prized organ with music of contemporary composer John Harbison and Saint-Saëns that showcases its rich sound and tremendous resonance.

Program

BACH/Hubay
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 / 14 min

*HARBISON
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ [World Premiere] / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SAINT SAËNS
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony / 34 min

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Northrop's Historic Pipe Organ
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Artists

Fun Facts

  • With nearly 7,000 pipes that vary from straw-sized to 32 feet, the organ takes up a space roughly equal to the width of Northrop's stage.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.

*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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  • $12 Student Tickets
  • Campus Night concerts are hosted by our Student Ambassadors and feature free extras for students

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Program

BACH/Hubay
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 / 14 min

*HARBISON
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ [World Premiere] / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SAINT SAËNS
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony / 34 min

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Northrop's Historic Pipe Organ

Artists

Fun Facts

  • With nearly 7,000 pipes that vary from straw-sized to 32 feet, the organ takes up a space roughly equal to the width of Northrop's stage.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.

*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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Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham meets up with guest conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali of the Gothenburg Symphony for a virtuoso take on Prokofiev’s dazzling First Concerto, followed by Brahms’ grand and imposing First Symphony.

Program

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier / 21 min

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1 / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1 / 45 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • A child prodigy, Prokofiev composed his first piano piece when he was 5 and his first opera at age 9. His friend and fellow composer Igor Stravinsky described Prokofiev as the greatest Russian composer of his day. (After himself, of course.)
  • The winner of multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice award, Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Peter Bernstein, a longtime stalwart of the New York jazz scene, brings the full beauty and intimacy of the jazz guitar to the Target Atrium in an evening of exploration and expression—romantic and steely, swinging and melodic.

  • Peter Bernstein, guitar

Fun Facts:

  • Bernstein got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Peter “has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”
  • In 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. He has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), was a member of Joshua Redman’s band, played with Dr. Lonnie Smith and performed with Diana Krall’s quartet.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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

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Join Akiko Fujimoto, Assistant Conductor, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview concert featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2018-19 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming, including special appearances by several of the season's outstanding guest artists. It's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Program

LARSEN
Symphony: Water Music, mvt. I 

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

HEITZEG
American Nomad for Trumpet and Orchestra, mvt. I

GINASTERA
Final Dance (Malambo), from Estancia

WARD
America, the Beautiful

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7, mvt. IV

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major, mvt. III

MOZART
Symphony No. 40, mvt. I

BRITTEN
Fugue from The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

RODGERS
My Essential Things

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

WILLIAMS
Main Title, from Star Wars

Artists

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This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Just how did it happen that early music ensembles—starting with only a handful of string players—grew into today’s grand and mighty body of symphonic musicians?

Fun Facts:

  • This concert lets students both see and hear this amazing development, as one or two musicians at a time come onstage to reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole.
  • Discover the important changes that 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 symphonic mix in unique ways.

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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Accessibility

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

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Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™  in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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

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.

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. (s18)

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Every day deserves beauty. Give yourself time to sit and soak in Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor in a space worthy of its expansive beauty, the majestic Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Written when the composer turned 50, the Mass is simultaneously inspired by the past yet uniquely Vaughan Williams’ own, with lush English harmonies that stretch the choir to its fullest potential. As VocalEssence and The St. Olaf Choir join forces on this mystical masterpiece, let it wash over you and bring you to a hushed devotion.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • The St. Olaf Choir

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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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In this program, Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and host/violist Sam Bergman introduce Roseville-area secondary students to the remarkable symphonic world of Brahms.

Minnesota Orchestra Symphonic Adventures performances are dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

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

Program

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

Artists


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Under-appreciated in its own time, Mahler’s sumptuously structured Symphony No. 7 receives the brilliant interpretation it deserves from our own esteemed Osmo Vänskä.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7 / 90 min

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Fun Facts

  • Leonard Bernstein viewed the Seventh as a comment on the breakdown of bourgeois society, praising it as “ironic and exciting and ultimately heartbreaking.”
  • In the third movement, the composer gives the cellos and double basses a dynamic marking of fffff, instructing them to ‘pluck the string so hard that it hits the wood’.

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Be inspired by new voices and the changing face of choir at the inaugural solo performance of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, the VocalEssence youth choir.

Using the diversity of its membership as a guide, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest artists will use song, spoken word, and movement to explore the concept of identity and celebrate the rich tapestry of Minnesota’s cultural communities. Joining the youth choir will be artists from around the community including members of the VocalEssence Vintage Voices choirs, a program that creates choirs for older adults. Find your own voice and sing along as we find unity through our differences.

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

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Cameroon Choir
  • Mila Vocal Ensemble
  • Threads Dance Project
  • VocalEssence Vintage Voices Choirs

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 the United States Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs for an inspiring and heartfelt salute to America’s armed forces and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with a rousing selection of patriotic songs, Broadway tunes and soaring choral excerpts.

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • This special concert will feature the combined vocal power of the USNA Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs.
  • They’ve sung at aircraft carrier christenings, collaborated with recording artist James Taylor and performed “Maryland, My Maryland” at the 2018 Preakness Stakes.
  • The USNA Women’s Glee Club was founded in 1976 when women first entered the Naval Academy.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Kinetically joyful, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony represents the composer at the height of his powers, while Kevin Puts' contemporary work Imagining Beethoven brings new depth to Beethoven's creative process.

During the second week of November, 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. In fact 80% of our overall budget – including generous gifts from the community - goes directly to support the Orchestra and its gorgeous music. With ticket sales only covering one quarter of the budget, donor support remains absolutely critical. To all of our donors – THANK YOU! You make this exciting season of music possible.

Donors: please see your email or postcard for directions on how to access your free tickets. Not yet a Guaranty Fund donor? Become a donor and support the music you love »

Program

*PUTS
Inspiring Beethoven / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 2 / 33 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 / 42 min

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Q&A with Kevin Puts

Artists

Fun Facts

  • The second movement of the Shostakovich concerto is built on a popular 1920s street song from Odessa that he loved, "Bubliki, kupite bubliki" loosely translated as “Pretzels, buy my pretzels.”
  • The Allegretto from Symphony No. 7 is heard as George VI delivers his first wartime speech in the Oscar®-winning movie The King’s Speech.

*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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Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle. Instructor Michelle Henkel from The Whispering Cave will facilitate this experience in the Orchestra Hall lobby for beginners and experienced yogis alike!

Fun Facts:

  • Sun salutations meet live music in our new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.
  • Michelle Henkel has been teaching yoga since 2008. Her career in movement began years earlier as a dancer in NYC. In the time since she has expanded her skill set with multiple trainings in various forms of yoga, meditation, and personal fitness.
  • The Whispering Cave is a Yoga/Salt Therapy Studio co-owned by Michelle Henkel and Greta Walch. This unique space offers mindful and traditional yoga in a wide variety of styles. All are welcome to visit the studio, which is located in Wayzata and open seven days a week!
  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.

Accessibility

Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia West, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony.

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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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia West, Sinfonia East, Concertino, Concert Orchestra and Symphony.

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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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra cellist Katja Linfield 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.

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One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before.

Renowned paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are part of an exclusive group invited to the island for a sneak preview of the park’s wonders. When things go terribly wrong, they must fight for their lives against unimaginable dangers in a desperate attempt to escape from a world gone mad... a world in which dinosaurs once again rule the earth.

Now audiences can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

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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.

Jurassic Park is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
No doubt about it: music makes us want to move—and music’s rhythm is at the core of our urge to march, swing and sway.

Fun Facts:

  • Strauss’ exuberant Radetzky March is a brilliant example of the way 2/4-time calls us to march, while the swirling Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker shows the very different power of 3/4-time in pulling us toward movement.
  • Additional highlights include the famous rhythmic motif of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Steve Reich’s unique Clapping Music, performed here by two Minnesota Orchestra percussionists with claves, and the show-stopping Danzon No. 2 by Marquez.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

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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."

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

Featured Artists

  • String Quartet

Location:

Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St #160
St Paul, MN 55114
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Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a just 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.
  • Lake Monster Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jan 18 Future Classics concert.

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

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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

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Artists

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.

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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

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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.

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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
  • ComMUSICation youth choir, Ryan LaBoy, director

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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Presented by
JP Morgan Chase

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough and talented guest musicians from the audience!

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Download online preparatory materials (pdf).

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.

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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

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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

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Fun Facts

  • 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)!

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

Artists

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Accessibility

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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

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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Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment of the Oscar®-winning score.

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

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.

© 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music.

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Experience the lyric beauty of Copland, Hanson, Shaw and Barber as the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora explore the wild spirit and individualism of composers at the forefront of 20th century American music.

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

*BARBER
Symphony No. 1 / 20 min

*COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto / 16 min

*SHAW
Clarinet Concerto / 10 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*HANSON
Symphony No. 2, Romantic / 28 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Copland first knew he wanted to be a composer at age 15, so he began studying harmony, theory and composition with Rubin Goldmark, a teacher and composer who had briefly taught George Gershwin.
  • Composer Artie Shaw and his orchestra performed his concerto for clarinet in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus, a biopic of Shaw’s life.

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Join the Minnesota Orchestra and our virtuoso trumpeter Charles Lazarus for a performance showcasing the multifaceted beauty, scope and originality of talented trailblazers in the landscape of contemporary American sound.

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

*SCHUMAN
New England Triptych / 15 min

*HEITZEG
American Nomad, for Trumpet and Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*PRICE
Symphony No. 1 / 39 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • As the title suggests, American Nomad is a road trip through the U.S., starting with the first movement Avenue of the Americas, New York City, wandering South, then through the Great Plains, the deserts of the Southwest and ending on the California coast.
  • Florence Beatrice Price was an award-winning pianist and composer who became the first African-American woman to have her work performed by a major orchestra.

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This education concert is recommended for grades 6-12
A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as emerging composers share their most exciting new work with you.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

Accessibility

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

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In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

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

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

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In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

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Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth brings her sparkling wit, nonstop charm and incredible vocals back to Minneapolis for an encore of her phenomenal 2017 performance.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kristin Chenoweth, vocalist
  • Mary-Mitchell Campbell, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Chenoweth has fans of all ages, including those who know her as the voice of Princess Skystar in My Little Pony: The Movie.
  • She’s a “ray of sunshine,” according to The New York Times, which praises her ability to radiate “a pleasure in performing that carries across the proverbial footlights.”

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From the classical genius of Mozart to the flawless romanticism of Bizet, this concert features lush, intimate and sparkling works for small orchestra, perfectly calibrated by conductor Jane Glover in her Orchestra Hall debut.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish / 31 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Karen Gomyo, violin
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Though performed here by our own Roma Duncan on piccolo, the Vivaldi concerto can be played on a recorder or flute. The flautino, the instrument originally specified by Vivaldi, was a Baroque instrument similar to a recorder.
  • While given the nickname Turkish for its Eastern-sounding influences, Mozart used Hungarian music as well as a ballet tune from one of his own operas for inspiration while composing this concerto.

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Whether it’s Elsa, Anna, Olaf, or even Sven, dress up as your favorite character and join us at a Frozen movie sing-along led by members of our new youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.

Walk over to the “castle” (Turnblad Mansion) to take a photo with your prince or princess, and create a snowflake in honor of your favorite snowman. ASI Museum admission included.

  • Members of 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 in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Erin Keefe, first violinist Sarah Grimes, Principal Viola Rebecca Albers, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman. Also on the program—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 (available four weeks before the concert). 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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

     Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program

Other access services are available upon request.

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Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

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Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Beginning with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and culminating with the heroic brass fanfare of Strauss’ tone poem, the Minnesota Orchestra illuminates the symphonic wizardry of these legendary composers.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4 / 34 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) / 46 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Fun Facts

  • Beethoven’s prodigious rate of composition somewhat eclipsed this concerto, and he has Felix Mendelssohn to thank for popularizing it through performances at multiple concert halls across Europe.
  • Ein Heldenleben was initially viewed by critics as proof of Strauss’s artistic egotism, with its hero standing for the composer himself. Later critics believed the work to be a response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies and their focus on the struggle between the inner and outer lives of the individual.

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Jeremy Walker presents two sets of original music for piano, bass and drums and mezzo, Clara Osowski, drawing from influences as wide as Ellington and Schubert to create melodic, lush and deeply personal music.  

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Clara Osowski, vocals
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

Fun Facts:

  • In December 2017, Clara Osowksi and bass-baritone Eric Owens were featured in the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series.

  • Clara Osowski was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London.
  • Terry Blain from the Star Tribune wrote of the latest Walker/Oswoski performance with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu: “Hang the classifications, and bring on more jazz art songs.”
  • Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox debuted The Rage of Achilles, a jazz oratorio based on The Iliad, as part of the 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium series.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Broadcast Partner:

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Featuring Symphony Solo Competition Winner Ian Ko performing Concerto for Marimba No. 2 Movement 2 by Emmanuel Séjourné and Symphony Solo Competition Winner Archie Brown performing Poeme by Ernest Chausson. Presenting the debut of the MYS Wind Orchestra, conducted by Whitney Lussier. All five orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Mozart, Tartini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, Bizet and Tchaikovsky! Our concert opens with students from our String Studio program performing a 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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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a Sunday afternoon chamber concert. A rare performance of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet shines in between Mendelssohn’s romantic Piano Trio and Beethoven’s sparkling Septet.

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Trio in D minor

BACEWICZ
Piano Quintet No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Septet in E-flat major

Fun Facts:

  • Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio at the White House after receiving an invitation from President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz was one of the first female Polish composers to achieve international recognition.
  • Bacewicz was also a virtuoso violinist; she won numerous competitions and was the principal violinist of the Polish Radio Orchestra.
  • “A lot happens in my music,” said Bacewicz. “It’s aggressive and at the same time lyrical.”
  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians performed Beethoven’s Septet to a capacity crowd in a NightCap performance during the 2016 Beethoven Marathon at Orchestra Hall.
  • Haydn greatly approved of Beethoven’s new Septet, telling him it was “beautiful, nay, splendid.”

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This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Experience the power and majesty of Gustav Holst’s famous work The Planets.

The Orchestra performs excerpts of each movement exploring unique characteristics, moods and musical elements. More information to be announced.

Fun Facts:

  • British composer Gustav Holst was fascinated by astrology, rather than astronomy, and the seven-part work this inspired, The Planets, has amazed listeners ever since its premiere more than a century ago.
  • Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune: each is represented by a separate movement, and the excerpts the Orchestra performs will show students the musical elements with which Holst conveyed each planet’s specific astrological character.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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Grammy Award®-winning folk pop duo Indigo Girls take the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for a breathtaking fusion of song and rhapsodic symphonic sound.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Indigo Girls, vocals

Fun Facts

  • Amy and Emily met in grade school in Decatur, Georgia and began singing together during high school.
  • “Gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for 30 years,” says The New York Times.

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Dive deeper into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as host-violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explore Stravinsky’s music through conversation and orchestral excerpts that illuminate the composer’s genius as a musical animator and puppet master of 20th-century music; after intermission, enjoy a full performance of Petrushka.

Program

Excerpts and conversation

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka / 34 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Petrushka is known for its “Petrushka chord” made of two simple major chords that few composers before Stravinsky had ever tried putting together at once, due to their unusual clashing sound (C and F-sharp major). They represent the character of Petrushka, especially at the end of the piece, when two trumpets play the chords together to represent Petrushka’s ghost harassing the Charlatan.
  • Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with the role of Petrushka played by the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

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Acclaimed British clarinetist Julian Bliss pays tribute to Tin Pan Alley legend George Gershwin and his contemporaries with a performance of musical stories and beloved melodies.

Artists

  • The Julian Bliss Septet

Fun Facts

  • As soloist, Julian Bliss has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the São Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris and Auckland Philharmonia to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • He formed the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012, creating programs inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba.

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

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Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and host/violist Sam Bergman introduce secondary students to the First Symphony of Florence Price, who became the first African American woman to have her music played by a major symphony orchestra in 1933.

Minnesota Orchestra Symphonic Adventures performances are dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

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

Program

PRICE
Symphony No. 1

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Renowned twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton sparkle in Mozart’s lyrical conversation between two pianos while former Minnesota Orchestra director Edo de Waart returns to the stage with a triumphant Respighi reprise.

Program

*BATES
Garages of the Valley  / 11 min

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra  / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

RESPIGHI
Church Windows / 25 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Christina Naughton, piano
  • Michelle Naughton, piano

Fun Facts

  • This performance is a homecoming of sorts for Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. He was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1986 to 1995.
  • Born in Princeton, NJ, Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They are Steinway Artists who currently reside in New York City.

*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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Stand up and cheer as VocalEssence honors past, present, and future trailblazing African and African American women who persist against all odds to change their communities and the world.

Atlanta’s Spelman College Glee Club will join the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers Of This Age in this electrifying program, which celebrates entrepreneurship, highlights the importance of education, and advocates for the equality of all.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Spelman College Glee Club
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Ilhan Omar
  • Sharon Sayles Belton

Concert Conversation at 3pm

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 two can’t-miss guests as Moscow-born guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk takes the stage for a graceful rendering of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony, and powerhouse cellist Johannes Moser performs folkloric Lutosławski’s concerto.

Program

PROKOFIEV
Suite from Love for Three Oranges / 15 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Cello Concerto / 23 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7  / 31 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
  • Johannes Moser, cello

Fun Facts

  • Commissioned in 1954 for the nascent Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lutosławski’s concerto draws on Oskar Kolberg's five-volume Mazowsze collection of Polish folk music from the Mazovian region for inspiration.
  • Prokofiev died at the age of 61, on March 5, 1953, the same day Stalin's death was made public. For three days, hordes of Stalin’s mourners made it impossible to transfer Prokofiev for burial.

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Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. More at atomstringquartet.com

The Polish-American Cultural Institute of Minnesota ( PACIM) is a non-profit organization offering broad ranging programs and events that provide opportunity to grow deeper in understanding and appreciation of Polish and Polish American traditions, culture, and history.

The Concert Series is PACIM's new initiative that brings to you and Twin Cities audience concerts highlighting accomplishments of Polish and Polish American musicians and composers. We start 2019 with an exciting ATOM String Quartet jazz concert. Visit pacim.org to learn more about our organization.

This event is general admission and will be performed in the Target Atrium.

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This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature Young People’s Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Students will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be selections from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and other favorite works related to animals.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Award-winning vocalist from the original Broadway cast of Hamilton, as she performs original songs based on the poetry of Maya Angelou as well as a selection of Broadway standards.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry, vocalist

Fun Facts

  • Bringing a new dimension to the words of the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Goldsberry added melody and orchestration to some of Angelou’s most memorable poems including Alone, Caged Bird, Still I Rise, Human Family, Phenomenal Woman, My Guilt, Equality, Life Doesn't Frighten Me and America.
  • Goldsberry played the role of Angelica Schuyler Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton. The original production won 11 Tony Awards.

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Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA School Music Auditions winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • 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.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

 

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Join us for the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s homage to composer Steve Martland, performed hypnotically by Colin Currie, and Missy Mazzoli’s darkly evocative work inspired by James Tate’s poem The Lost Pilot.

Program

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us / 9 min

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere] / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3 / 38 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Colin Currie, percussion

Fun Facts

  • Composer Missy Mazzoli, called “Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart” by Timeout New York, won the Best Opera of 2016 award from the Music Critics Association of North America for her work Breaking the Waves.
  • Given its U.S. premiere at these concerts, Martland Memorial is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s concerto-style musical tribute to his friend and fellow composer Steve Martland, and was composed especially to showcase the percussion genius of Colin Currie.

*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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There’s no better way to celebrate the start of spring than with rush of beautiful music, including Libby Larsen’s poetically lush Symphony: Water Music, Schubert’s lyrical Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ ode to Vienna’s majestic Danube River.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUMANN
Violin Concerto / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor
  • Alina Ibragimova, violin

Fun Facts

  • In 1983, Larsen was one of the Minnesota Orchestra’s two composers-in-residence, making her the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major American orchestra. She composed her first symphony, Water Music, for the Minnesota Orchestra, which premiered in 1985 under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.
  • When Schubert died at age 31, he had composed more than 1,000 pieces of music. Like many young artists, he had to make the choice between music and a “serious” profession; fortunately for fans, he dropped out of law school.

*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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With star-crossed lovers, villains, Monty Python-esque comedy, and a beautiful score, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is opera for the people.

Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of “the best of all possible worlds” on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. Imagined by Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein, the all-star cast will perform a theatrical concert version, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s music.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Shinah Brashears
  • Phinehas Bynum
  • Michael Fairbairn
  • Bradley Greenwald
  • Rodolfo Nieto
  • Liv Redpath
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Philip Brunelle, music director
  • Peter Rothstein, stage director

Concert Conversation at 6:30pm.

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

This production is in partnership with Theater Latté Da.

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Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*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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Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*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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The five-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group takes the stage with its captivating blend of classical, pop and pure voice performing a musical retrospective that includes J.S. Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and more.

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

Fun Facts

  • The group won five Grammy® awards, has made more than 50 albums and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee.
  • The Swingles’ newest album, Folklore, explores folk music from around the world and features collaborations with traditional artists.

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Go boldly where few films have gone before as the Enterprise crew confronts one of the greatest threats Starfleet has ever faced (Benedict Cumberbatch) in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi blockbuster, while the Orchestra plays Michael Giacchino’s spectacular score – live!

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Fun Facts

  • Director J.J. Abrams praises Giacchino’s music as “the secret weapon of the Star Trek series.”
  • Giacchino holds the distinction of being the only composer to score both a Star Trek movie and a Star Wars movie, the latter being 2016's Rogue One.

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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.

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Let’s create together! In this musical story time, your little ones can roll up their sleeves and make a craft, sing along to nursery rhymes with our singers, and hear acclaimed local author Nancy Carlson read some of her most-loved books.

Listen to brand new songs written by teen moms through our Lullaby Project, and create a song with us that you can take home.

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

  • Members of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Nancy Carlson, author

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

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Join the Minnesota Orchestra for world-renowned British pianist Stephen Hough’s precisely attuned and poetic translation of Mendelssohn’s opulent concerto as well as guest conductor Han-Na Chang’s dynamic handling of Beethoven’s towering Eroica symphony.

Program

*SHEPHERD 
Silvery Rills / 4 min

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica / 51 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Han-Na Chang, conductor
  • Stephen Hough, piano

Fun Facts

  • Hough discovered his affinity for piano when he selected more than one hundred nursery rhymes on his aunt’s piano. He went on to become one of the youngest students at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to The Juilliard School.
  • The symphony was originally written in honor of Napoleon, who Beethoven believed to a champion of freedom. When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, Beethoven was disgusted and changed the name from "The Bonaparte Symphony" to "Eroica."

*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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We introduce a bright new talent in these concerts. Ilyich Rivas made his professional conducting debut at just 16. Now in his mid-20s, the dynamic Venezuelan-American conductor has been described by The Guardian as a “phenomenon” who is “strikingly, almost disconcertingly good.” Hear for yourself what the excitement is about as Rivas makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut leading Dvořák’s bucolic Eighth Symphony and Ginastera’s colorful Ballet Suite. Dazzling American violinist Stefan Jackiw completes the program performing a masterwork: Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

Program

GINASTERA 
Ballet Suite from Estancia / 12 min

MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto / 27 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8 / 36 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Ilyich Rivas, conductor
  • Stefan Jackiw, violin

Fun Facts

  • Born in 1985, Stefan Jackiw made his European debut at age 14, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the same work he’ll play on our program. That debut performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times and The Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.”
  • Rivas has previously held positions with the London Philharmonic (Assistant Conductor) and Baltimore Symphony (BSO/Peabody Institute Conducting fellow). In 2011 he traveled to Australia at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

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A master pianist, improviser and composer in her own right, Myra Melford is at once fearless and joyous, earthy and soaring.  All her technique, expression and adventure will ring out in this rare solo performance.

  • Myra Melford, piano

Fun Facts:

  • Raised outside Chicago in a house designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Melford grew up literally surrounded by art.
  • She has found a “spark of recognition” in sources as diverse as the writings of the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi and the Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano; the wisdom of Zen Buddhism and the Huichol Indians of Mexico; and the music of mentors like Jaki Byard, Don Pullen and Henry Threadgill.
  • In 2006, the Walker Art Center premiered Melford’s Knock on the Sky, a piece inspired by Albert Camus’ essay The Myth of Sisyphus and Kobo Abe’s novel Woman in the Dunes, in which Melford collaborated with New York City–based choreographer/dancer Dawn Akemi Saito and Austrian architect Michael Haberz.
  • One of Melford’s ensembles, Snowy Egret, includes a familiar face to Jazz in the Target Atrium audiences: composer and trumpeter, Ron Miles.
  • A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and 2000 Fulbright scholarship recipient, Melford spent a year in North India immersing herself in the region’s classical, devotional and folk music.
  • Honored as a risk-taker, Melford won the Alpert Awards in the Arts for Music in 2012 and the Doris Duke Performing Artists Award in 2013.
  • The Observer (UK) notes, “Melford [has] reconnected music to motion, leaving today’s straight-laced young men in suits—who have dominated recent jazz—in her wake.”
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Discover the genius of Amy Beach as conductor Sarah Hicks and host-violist Sam Bergman compare notes about the first American woman ever to compose a symphony, with the concert culminating in a complete performance of her Gaelic Symphony.

Program

Excerpts and conversation

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BEACH
Gaelic Symphony / 40 min

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Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Amy Beach, performing under the name “Mrs. H. H. A. Beach,” appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, then known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, on December 14, 1917. She was the featured soloist in her own Piano Concerto, and the Orchestra also performed her Gaelic Symphony.
  • A child prodigy, Amy Beach was born in New Hampshire to a prominent family. By age four, she was composing waltzes; at seven, she began giving public recitals; and at 17, she performed as a piano soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

*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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Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness with glittering Romanticism as Vänskä conducts Tómasson, Siblelius, Beethoven, and the U.S. premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus / 5 min

*GORDON
Prometheus [U.S. Premiere] / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TÓMASSON
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 16 min

SIBELIUS
Tapiola / 19 min

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Fun Facts

  • In the Romantic era during which Beethoven composed, Prometheus was viewed as symbol of lone genius whose attempts to improve human existence could lead to tragedy, as reflected in the sub-title for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus.
  • Tapiola was Sibelius's last major work, a tone poem, inspired by the wanderings of a forest spirit in the The Kalevala, a nineteenth century epic poem based on Finnish folklore and mythology.

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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

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Four members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s powerful bass section take center stage for a quartet in this program that also showcases the English horn and the clarinet.

DESBY
Aria for English Horn and String Quartet

SCHULLER
Quartet for Four Basses

BRAHMS
Clarinet Quintet

Fun Facts:

  • English horn player Marni Hougham has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1997
  • Composer Neal Desby and Marni Hougham are good friends. Desby wrote this piece in 2016 specifically for her, and hopes to re-orchestrate it someday for English horn with string orchestra.
  • Schuller’s Quartet for Four Basses was inspired by a single chord in Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra.
  • In the second and third movements of Schuller’s Quartet, each bass is tuned differently, which opens up new harmonic possibilities for the ensemble.
  • Brahms came out of retirement specifically to write the Clarinet Quintet (and a few additional pieces) for Richard Mühlfield, a German clarinetist whose performances had greatly inspired him.
  • Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet has been played several times on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music series, each time with Music Director Osmo Vänskä performing the clarinet part. This performance features one of the Orchestra’s newest musicians, Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora.

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In this program, Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and violist/host Sam Bergman share Bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák’s radiant Eighth Symphony with students.

Minnesota Orchestra Symphonic Adventures performances are dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

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

Program

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

Artists


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Immerse yourself in beauty of Leonard Bernstein’s mercurial Serenade, performed spectacularly by Concertmaster Erin Keefe, as well as stormily passionate minor-key symphonies from two towering classical composers who Bernstein cherished and championed.

Program

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44, Mourning Symphony / 22 min

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium" / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Divertimento / 15 min

MOZART
Symphony No 40 / 22 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

Fun Facts

  • Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's centenary, and also in honor of Boston itself, as he was graduate of Harvard University and The Boston Latin School. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
  • Plato's Symposium was inspired, according to Bernstein, by ancient dialogues about the nature of love, though scholars now speculate it was also a coded reference to Bernstein's own homosexuality.

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This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight students who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák and Smetana selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, age 16, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto—showing the talent that won her the 2018 Young People’s Concerto Competition!
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák, Smetana and Florence Price selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, age 16, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto—showcasing the talented winner of the 2018 Young People’s Concerto Competition!

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

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Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

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Seriously talented and seriously funny, Igudesman and Joo return to the Minnesota Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind madcap musical satire.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Fun Facts

  • Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo’s unique combination of humor and music reflects their shared goal to make classical music accessible to diverse audiences—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on caffeine.
  • They first met each other at age 12 in the mid-1980s at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and in 2004 they created their first show as a duo, “A Little Nightmare Music.”

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About This Concert:

The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight students who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák and Smetana selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, age 16, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto—showing the talent that won her the 2018 Young People’s Concerto Competition!
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • 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.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

 

Accessibility

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

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Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

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Fusing operatic drama, gorgeous solo moments and symphonic prowess, Verdi’s Requiem is a transcendent musical rollercoaster well suited to the gift of Edward Gardner, a wunderkind conductor of symphonies and operas worldwide.

Program

VERDI
Requiem / 83 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edward Gardner, conductor
  • Ailyn Pérez, soprano
  • Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo
  • René Barbera, tenor
  • Eric Owens, bass-baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Verdi's Requiem Mass was first performed in the Milan Cathedral on May 22, 1874. He composed it to honor a famous novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who died the previous year.
  • A student at Eton, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Gardner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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A pair of symphonic poems, an audacious piano concerto, and a folkloric work by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski combine to create the perfect musical menu for late spring: lush, impressionistic and shimmering.

Program

BORISOVA-OLLAS 
The Kingdom of Silence  / 15 min

*GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F / 29 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun / 10 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Concerto for Orchestra / 26 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrey Boreyko, conductor
  • Orion Weiss, piano

Fun Facts

  • The Baltimore Sun proclaims “Borisova-Ollas’ The Kingdom of Silence is beautifully structured…it begins and ends with exquisite subtleties.”
  • A performance of the Gershwin Concerto’s third movement appears in a humorous fantasy sequence in the film An American in Paris (1951).

*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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For much of musical history, LGBT musicians and composers were marginalized and censored, even as they permanently transformed the landscape of classical music. In this concert, we celebrate the talent and legacy of composers who ignored convention to create lasting masterpieces.

Program

*BARBER
Overture to The School for Scandal / 8 min

*COPLAND
Saturday Night Waltz, from Rodeo / 4 min

POULENC
Allegro con fuoco, mvt. I from Sinfonietta / 5 min

*STRAYHORN
Lush Life / 3 min

*OLIVEROS
Dissolving Your Earplugs / 6 min

*HIGDON
Blue Cathedral / 11 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TCHAIKOVSKY
Andante non troppo, mvt. I from Serenade for Strings / 9 min

MORLEY
Suite from Watership Down

DIAMOND
Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, II: Balcony Scene / 4 min

*BERNSTEIN
Lonely Town (Pas de Deux), from On the Town Suite / 3 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sam Bergman, host and viola
  • Debbie Duncan, vocalist
  • Mary Louise Knutson, jazz piano

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • 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.

*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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Unique perspectives and creative motivations—including poetry, dance, jazz, opera and tragedy—helped to inspire these four chamber pieces from throughout the 20th century.

WALTON
Suite from Façade

BARTÓK
Contrasts

STRAUSS
Sextet from Capriccio

SHOSTAKOVICH
String Quartet No. 8

Fun Facts:

  • The premiere of Façade featured the poet, Edith Sitwell, reciting her work through a megaphone, while the composer conducted the original six-player ensemble.
  • Bartók joined Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti onstage as the pianist to complete the ensemble for its premiere.
  • The original suggestion from violinist Joseph Szigeti was for Bartók to create a two-movement piece that was short enough to fit on a 78 rpm record.
  • Shostakovich composed his String Quartet No. 8 in three days.
  • Several times throughout his Eighth Quartet, Shostakovich includes the famous DSCH motive, created from the letters in his own name.

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Layering expressive understanding with elegant technique, both Montreal Symphony music director Kent Nagano and Austrian pianist Till Fellner shine in this concert of Mozart and Bruckner that truly reveals the range of their luminous talents.

Program

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20  / 28 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 6 / 54 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kent Nagano, conductor
  • Till Fellner, piano

Fun Facts

  • A late bloomer, Anton Bruckner only began composing music at age 37.
  • The Chicago Classical Review praises Fellner’s “easy fluency,” “pearly tone” and “singing way with a phrase.”

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By turns turbulent, calm, and ecstatic, Mahler’s Tenth Symphony evokes both despair and hope and Osmo Vänskä skillfully teases out the extremes to revel in their emotional depth for the sweeping season finale.

Program

MAHLER/Cooke
Symphony No. 10 / 80 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In his lifetime, Mahler was better known as a conductor rather than a composer and is considered to be one of the most passionate and greatest conductors in music history.
  • A Post-Romantic period composer, Mahler’s work foreshadowed the progressive tonality of the 20th century.

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Grab a ticket to ride in a mesmerizing symphonic journey through the history of The Beatles at Abbey Road that features smart new arrangements of their greatest hits interspersed with never-before-seen images from The Beatles Book Archives.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Fun Facts

  • This performance includes gems like “Ticket to Ride,” “Get Back,” “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “All You Need is Love.”
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them as the best artist of all time, and they received the 2014 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award.

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From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this program is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil

REICH
Hand Clapping Music for Claves

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker

SIBELIUS
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring

MENKEN
Under the Sea, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Steve Reich was a pioneer of minimalist music composition, and was among the first to use tape loops, human breath and hand clapping to create styles known as “pulse” and “phase” music.
  • Under the Sea was written by Alan Menken for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was Menken’s first score for Disney, and it won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1989.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities (12:45-1:45pm), including opportunities to try ‭orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • 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.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

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

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