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Friday October 14, 2022

Minnesota Orchestra Announces 2022-23 "This Is Minnesota Orchestra" Broadcast and Streaming Lineup

Eight Minnesota Orchestra concerts will be broadcast and streamed live on Twin Cities PBS’ TPT-2 and streamed live on TPT.org during the 2022-23 season, as well as on minnesotaorchestra.org and social media

Live concert broadcasts on Oct. 21, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Apr. 14, May 19, June 23 and Aug. 4

American Riffs Young People’s Concert will be available on-demand via the Minnesota Orchestra Digital Concert Hall and on TPT.org

The Minnesota Orchestra and Twin Cities PBS present an all-new season of the series This Is Minnesota Orchestra taking place throughout the Orchestra’s 2022-23 season. Audiences will have access to eight livestreamed concerts between October 21, 2022, and August 4, 2023, on Twin Cities PBS (TPT-2) and via the Orchestra’s website and social media channels. The Orchestra’s Friday night classical concerts will continue to be broadcast live on the radio as part of a longstanding partnership with YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).

The concerts designated for live television broadcast and livestreaming will feature a variety of programming that includes familiar favorites, contemporary repertoire and the world premiere of a brand-new commission. The 2022-23 season of This Is Minnesota Orchestra premieres October 21 as conductor Thomas Søndergård makes his debut as music director designate of the Minnesota Orchestra. Søndergård, whose music director tenure begins September 2023, will lead the Orchestra in a gripping program that features two complete ballet scores: Igor Stravinsky’s radical The Rite of Spring and Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose. The rest of the 2022-23 This Is Minnesota Orchestra season includes:

  • El Mesías (The Messiah), Friday, December 9, 2022, 8 p.m.
  • Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff, Friday, January 6, 2023, 8 p.m.
  • Rapsodie Espagnole, Friday, February 3, 2023, 8 p.m.
  • Afkham Conducts La Mer, Friday, April 14, 2023, 8 p.m.
  • Brea(d)th, Friday, May 19, 2023, 8 p.m.
  • Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom, Friday, June 23, 2023, 8 p.m.
  • Dessa with the Minnesota Orchestra, Friday, August 4, 2023, 8 p.m.

The programs premiering live on Friday evenings will be available to stream through the weekend at no cost to audiences. Concerts will subsequently be released for on-demand viewing with a digital subscription through the Minnesota Orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall. A subscription to the Digital Concert Hall can be purchased at minnesotaorchestra.org/digital-concerts, where audiences can find both free and exclusive content. Find a complete schedule of broadcasts and details below.

“While This Is Minnesota Orchestra began as a digital response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become a staple of the organization’s creative offerings,” said President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. “We’re so pleased to be able to continue the work of bringing incredible music beyond the Orchestra Hall stage and into the homes of Orchestra friends and fans both near and far, offering them an up-close, unique experience. It is a joy to launch the next season of the series this October with the historic first performance of our new music director designate, Thomas Søndergård.” The series has been nominated for two 2022 Midwest Emmy Awards in the categories of Entertainment Long Form and Arts and Entertainment Short Form.

The Orchestra will also offer the Young People’s Concert, American Riffs, as a streaming-only concert during the 2022-23 season. Designed for students in grades 3 to 6, the concert will be led by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus, along with conductor Sarah Hicks and narrator T. Mychael Rambo. Lazarus, backed by a quartet of jazz stars, will draw connections between classical music and the American jazz tradition, introducing students to music from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and more. This streaming-only concert will be available to educators, students and families free of charge beginning on April 6, 2023.


About the New Season

Live at Orchestra Hall Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks returns as one of several hosts of This Is Minnesota Orchestra, along with conductor William Eddins and violinist Ariana Kim. Executive produced by Minnesota Orchestra Director of Digital Broadcasts Ashleigh Rowe, the series will continue to feature high-definition video and a high-quality audio mix from YourClassical MPR. The broadcasts will be two hours in length and will include artist interviews and segments that bring audiences behind the scenes and closer to the music of the Minnesota Orchestra. Audiences can access broadcasts and streaming programs in the following ways:

  • View live on Twin Cities PBS (TPT-2) on designated concert days (audiences can check local listings for rebroadcast times);
  • View livestreams at org/stream and on the Orchestra’s social media channels live on designated concert days;
  • Listen on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio live for Friday night Classical concerts, available at 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities and online at org, hosted by Melissa Ousley;
  • Encore performances from the series are broadcast on TPT’s Minnesota Channel and available on demand on TPT’s Passport app.

Learn more about how to watch This Is Minnesota Orchestra at minnesotaorchestra.org/digital-concerts.





Friday, October 21, 2022, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård, conductor


L. BOULANGER Of a Spring Morning
RAVEL Mother Goose [complete ballet]
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring



Friday, December 9, 2022, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Ahmed Anzaldúa, conductor

Border CrosSing, chorus and Andean ensemble


HANDEL Messiah (Part I and Hallelujah chorus)
RAMÍREZ Navidad Nuestra



Friday, January 6, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Ryan Bancroft, conductor

Kirill Gerstein, piano


RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition



Friday, February 3, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Gabriela Montero, piano


RAVEL Rapsodie Espagnole
MONTERO Piano Concerto No. 1, Latin
CHÁVEZ Symphony No. 2, Sinfonía India
FALLA Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat



*This program will not be livestreamed. It will be available for on-demand viewing on April 6, 2023, at minnesotaorchestra.org/stream only.


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor

T. Mychael Rambo, host

Charles Lazarus, trumpet and host

Tonia Hughes Kendrick, vocals

Tommy Barbarella, piano

Jeff Bailey, bass

David Schmalenberger, drums


BERNSTEIN Offertory, from Mass
SORENSON Classically American
WALLER/WASSON Honeysuckle Rose
CARRILLO Dos Gardenias
BERNSTEIN/WASSON Something’s Coming, from West Side Story
GERSHWIN Summertime, from Porgy and Bess
ELLINGTON/WASSON It Don’t Mean a Thing



Friday, Apr. 14, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

David Afkham, conductor

Emily Magee, soprano


TARKIAINEN The Ring of Fire and Love
WAGNER/MOTTL Wesendonck Lieder
L. BOULANGER Of a Sad Evening



Friday, May 19, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Jonathan Taylor Rush, conductor

Minnesota Chorale

Twin Cities Choral Partners


COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Petite Suite de Concert
SIMON brea(d)th [World premiere, libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph]



Friday, June 23, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

André Raphel, conductor


Program to be announced at a future date. 



Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, 8 p.m. CT / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor

Dessa, singer, rapper and writer


This program series is made possible in part by generous lead gifts from Kathryn and Charles Cunningham.

Digital Subscriptions are available for purchase; the $60 annual household subscription can be purchased at minnesotaorchestra.org/digital-concerts.


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