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Monday February 28, 2022

Cloud Cult Returns To Orchestra Hall For Performances With The Minnesota Orchestra

Concerts on March 31, April 1 and 2 are conducted by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks

The Friday, April 1 concert will be broadcast live on TV and radio and livestreamed on the Orchestra’s website; the full concert will also be available on-demand for purchase as part of the Minnesota Orchestra Digital Concert Hall

Following their sold-out performances at Orchestra Hall in April 2018, indie rock band Cloud Cult returns to the stage for three long-awaited concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra on March 31, April 1 and 2, led by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks. Working with arranger Andy Thompson—who also orchestrated the music for Minnesota Orchestra’s collaborations with Dessa—the group will perform re-imagined songs from their extensive catalog. These concerts were originally scheduled for March 2020 and were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The common thread throughout Cloud Cult’s music and films is their uplifting message, continual celebration of life, love and catharsis through music. The band has toured consistently throughout their career, and their shows—including these concerts at Orchestra Hall—feature live painters on stage, a longstanding tradition for the group.

The Friday, April 1 performance will be broadcast live on television by Twin Cities PBS (TPT-2), livestreamed at minnesotaorchestra.org, and broadcast live on the radio by the Current (89.3 FM in the Twin Cities). The full performance will be released for on-demand viewing on April 11 with the purchase of a digital ticket. Digital tickets will be available ($25) on March 14 at minnesotaorchestra.org/watch and include access to the complete Minnesota Orchestra Digital Concert Hall of past livestreamed concerts, video clips and exclusive online content.

The concerts are performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 1, 2022, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $40 to $96. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.


Cloud Cult

Minnesota’s Cloud Cult has a rich 11-album history of bucking the mainstream music industry in favor of independently releasing music via their environmentally-conscious record label Earthology Records. Hailed as one of the Top 10 Green Bands by Rolling Stone, the band’s philosophical lyrics and alternative-orchestral-folk-rock sound has been lauded by critics as “insane genius” (Pitchfork) and “an invocation of the lifeforce” (New York Times). Cloud Cult began as Craig Minowa’s solo studio project after the unexpected loss of his son and has grown to the present day with an evolving lineup of incredible musicians. Known for incorporating live painting into their concerts, Cloud Cult are pioneers of multimedia artistry. This is most recently highlighted with the feature film release of The Seeker—starring Josh Radnor and Alex McKenna—which accompanied the band’s 2016 album, landed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, and garnered prestigious awards on the indie film festival circuit. Now six years later, Cloud Cult returns with their transformative new album Metamorphosis. More: cloudcult.com.

Sarah Hicks, conductor

Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. Her notable projects here have included co-creating the Inside the Classics and Sam & Sarah series with Orchestra violist Sam Bergman; conducting a live-in-concert recording with singer-rapper Dessa; and leading original Orchestra programs and Movies & Music concerts. Since fall 2020 she has been the on-camera host and writer of the Twin Cities PBS broadcast and online livestream series This Is Minnesota Orchestra. In March 2021 she led the Orchestra in a collaboration with Cloud Cult to record the song There’s So Much Energy In Us. In December 2021 she worked with director Peter Rothstein, writer Kevin Kling, writer-composer PaviElle French and composer Robert Elhai in creating the Orchestra’s Joyful Echoes theatrical holiday concert. A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, Hicks premiered Pixar in Concert and Disney-Pixar’s Coco in Concert. Her live concert recording of A Celebration of the Music of Coco at the Hollywood Bowl can be seen on Disney+ and her work on The Little Mermaid Live was broadcast on ABC. During the 2021-22 season she returns to the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Hawaii Symphony, and debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, WDR Köln, RTÉ Orchestra and Grant Park Music Festival. She also makes opera appearances with the East Slovak State Opera Theater and the Curtis Opera Theater. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall (Best Availability)
Friday, April 1, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Cloud Cult

Tickets:  $40 to $96 (available now for the live, in-person performance at Orchestra Hall) 

Digital On-Demand Ticket: $25 (available on March 14 at minnesotaorchestra.org/watch and offering on-demand access to the Cloud Cult performance, as well as the complete Minnesota Orchestra Digital Concert Hall.)


Individual tickets and Minnesota Orchestra subscription packages can be purchased now at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken within the last 72 hours prior to the event is required for all guests, including children of all ages, entering Orchestra Hall. Boosters are recommended but not required for entry.

The Minnesota Orchestra currently require masks to be worn inside ALL locations at Orchestra Hall including the lobby, auditorium and backstage. Masks can be removed outside of Orchestra Hall to enjoy a beverage in designated areas indoors or on our patio spaces. Once entering Orchestra Hall, masks are required for the duration of the experience.

Safety protocols remain in place until further notice. Details and updated information can be found at minnesotaorchestra.org/safety.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.