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Thursday February 9, 2023

Minnesota Orchestra to Perform National Geographic's "Symphony For Our World" Live in Concert, March 10-11

Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks leads a stirring musical journey that combines iconic footage with an original score by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music

The Minnesota Orchestra will present a one-of-a-kind live, film concert performance next month, created originally by National Geographic Live, the live events division of National Geographic that showcases the brand’s remarkable stories through unique in-person offerings. Presenting Symphony for Our World on two select evenings in March, audiences will be invited on a wonderous journey with an original score by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music.

The program, which showcases a tribute to the natural world and highlights the importance of protecting and preserving the planet’s precious resources, will be performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 11, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $42 to $89. The program will run approximately two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Symphony for Our World is open to children ages 6 and older when accompanied by an adult, and half-price tickets are available for those from ages 6-17.

Led by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, the ensemble will perform the evocative score while iconic National Geographic footage accompanies the emotional performance on screen above the stage. Experiencing the planet’s biomes through a five-part composition, audiences will witness nature’s majestic beauty, exploring the sea, shore, land, mountains and sky through stunning visuals and wildlife cinematography.

Bleeding Fingers Music is a composer collective founded in 2013 by Hans Zimmer and Extreme Music to create original film and television scores. Since then, Bleeding Fingers has become the leading custom scoring company in the industry, earning multiple Emmy and BAFTA nominations. The team has scored music for several National Geographic favorites, including Diana: In Her Own Words, Savage Kingdom and Apollo: Missions to the Moon.

To preview the film, view this trailer. For more information on National Geographic Live, visit NatGeoLive.com and follow @NatGeoLive on Facebook and Twitter.


About Sarah Hicks

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 series and Sam & Sarah series with Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, and leading original productions with collaborators such as PaviElle French, Kevin Kling, Peter Rothstein, Robert Elhai and The Moving Company. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards, multiple sold-out performances with singer-rapper-writer Dessa and a live-in-concert recording with her on Doomtree Records, and collaborations with Cloud Cult. Later this season she conducts programs featuring Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and Dessa. She also continues her role as an on-camera host and writer of the Emmy Award-winning broadcast and livestream series This Is Minnesota Orchestra.

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 Little Mermaid Live was broadcast on ABC. With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, she recorded film music for an album titled The Morricone Duel, which has been broadcast around the world and has garnered over 150 million views on YouTube. She has earned national and international acclaim as a guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad, leading such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, RTÉ (Dublin) Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic, among many others. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Live at Orchestra Hall



Friday, March 10, 2023, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor


Tickets: $42 to $89

Tickets and 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.

Presentation licensed by National Geographic Partners, LLC © All Rights Reserved

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Movies & Music series is presented by U.S. Bank.

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. 

Details around COVID safety protocols can be found at minnesotaorchestra.org/safety.

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


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