Orchestra Hall, one of Minnesota’s cultural and architectural touchstones, opened in 1974 as the home of the Minnesota Orchestra, and since then has drawn upwards of 10 million people to its concerts. The Hall, located in downtown Minneapolis, is particularly renowned for its acoustics, originally designed by Cyril M. Harris. Each feature was planned to enhance the warmth and richness of sound in the space: the 100-plus large cubes that form a distinctive “falling rock” pattern on the auditorium ceiling, dispersing sound throughout the Hall; the wood floor and stage that enhance sound vibration; and the angle of the balconies, offering optimal reflection of sound. The acoustically brilliant space provides a superb aural experience.
Throughout its first four decades, the Hall has been the musical home to five of the Orchestra’s ten music directors. With them the Orchestra has welcomed guest artists ranging from Aaron Copland to Yo-Yo Ma to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, launched the beloved Sommerfest music festival, celebrated the Orchestra’s centennial in 2003, introduced more than a million students to classical music at Young People’s Concerts, and hosted a variety of community concerts and events.
A major renovation, designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects and built by Mortenson Construction of Minnesota, was completed in fall 2013. The new and upgraded spaces include a greatly expanded lobby, updated backstage facilities for musicians, a refreshed auditorium that maintains the original acoustics for orchestral performances, improved access for those with disabilities, an improved sound system for amplified performances, new and more comfortable seating, and other enhancements to improve the concert-going experience.
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Phillip Gainsley has been speaking about music for over 40 years. For 30 years he was a regular panelist on the “Opera Quiz” heard during the intermissions of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
He has hosted orchestra and opera panel discussions with composers, soloists and conductors. His program notes have been published in Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase and in programs for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and the Aspen Music Festival.
Phil has hosted Minnesota Orchestra Concert Previews since 2004 and he currently records interviews for the oral history project of the Orchestra archives.
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ticket Sales by Phone
Even for sold-out concerts, tickets may often be purchased the day of the performance due to last-minute ticket returns. Call to inquire about availability.
612-371-5642 | 1-800-292-4141
612-371-5662 | 800-292-4141
Regular Ticket Services Phone Hours
- Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm
- Performance Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm
- Open for event business only beginning two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.
Additional contact information
Patron Comments: 612-373-9204
Telemarketing Services: 612-373-9212
Ticket Inquiries In-Person
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Get Directions)
Regular Box Office Hours:
The Orchestra Hall Box Office is open two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.
Stage Door Ticketing:
Regular Stage Door Ticketing Hours
Ticket services are available at the Orchestra Hall Stage Door Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Stage Door is located on Marquette Avenue and 12th Street.
Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office
Regular Administrative Office Ticketing Hours
- Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
International Centre, 5th Floor
920 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis (Get Directions)