The Orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser, held online on June 5, features the Minnesota Orchestra led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and trumpet player Charles Lazarus as soloist
Chaired by W. Anders Folk, Angela Pennington, Bill Miller and Katie Miller, the 2021 Symphony Ball celebrates the joy of Minnesota summer
Additionally, the Orchestra adds new concert dates in June to allow for more in-person audiences to attend
The Minnesota Orchestra presents its annual gala on June 5, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.—the 64th Symphony Ball, Midsummer Melody. Inspired by the energy and joy of summer in Minnesota and in celebration of the entire Minnesota Orchestra family, this year’s Symphony Ball will be the Orchestra’s first-ever free gala, streaming on YouTube for anyone and everyone to experience from home.
Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Minnesota Orchestra in bright, enthusiastic musical selections by Sergei Prokofiev, José Pablo Moncayo, Felix Mendelssohn, Reinaldo Moya, Consuelo Velazquez and Duke Ellington, with Orchestra musician Charles Lazarus featured as trumpet soloist and Tommy Barbarella on piano. Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks will host the event, joined on screen by the Orchestra’s artistic partners, musicians, donors and leadership in what will be a visually stunning event like nothing the Orchestra has done before.
Symphony Ball, which is the Orchestra’s most significant annual fundraising event, is chaired this year by W. Anders Folk, Angela Pennington, Bill Miller and Katie Miller, with Gordy and Dee Sprenger serving as Honorary Chairs. Since 1956, the annual Symphony Ball has raised critical funds in support of the Minnesota Orchestra, its musicians and education programs. This year’s event will support the artistic excellence and award-winning education and community engagement programs of the Orchestra.
The 2021 Symphony Ball is free to all, but an RSVP is required. For more information and to sign up for details, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/symphonyball.
Added Concerts and Summer Schedule
Three concert dates have been added to the Minnesota Orchestra’s calendar for in-person audiences on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, August 1, at 2 p.m.
Throughout the summer, the Minnesota Orchestra will present concerts every other week inside Orchestra Hall, with Friday night performances presented for TV, radio, streaming and in-person audiences, and Saturday (and one Sunday) performances presented for in-person audiences. Specific artists, programs and other details for summer will be announced soon. See calendar below for updated schedule.
Subscribers will receive the first opportunity to reserve in-person tickets, beginning on May 11. Tickets for the general public will be available on May 18.
Subscribers will receive the first opportunity to reserve in-person tickets, beginning on June 1. Tickets for the general public will be available on June 8.
Concert health and safety protocols will be in place at each event.
June, July and August Calendar
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m. SYMPHONY BALL – MIDSUMMER MELODY (Digital)
Friday, June 11, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, June 12, 2021 (In-Person) NEWLY ADDED
Friday, June 25, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, June 26, 2021 (In-Person) NEWLY ADDED
Friday, July 16, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, July 17, 2021 (In-Person)
Friday, July 30, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, July 31, 2021 (In-Person)
Sunday, August 1, 2021 (In-Person)
Friday, August 13, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, August 14, 2021 (In-Person)
Friday, August 27, 2021 (Digital and In-Person)
Saturday, August 28, 2021 (In-Person)
**Symphony for the Cities outdoor community concerts will not take place in 2021. The Orchestra will return to perform at outdoor venues across greater Minnesota in a future summer season.