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Your Support in Action

A fundamental value of the Minnesota Orchestra is that music belongs to everyone. We’re mission-driven to bring communities together around music, and we commit ourselves wholeheartedly to this in every concert, activity and event. Donor support makes it all possible: thousands of students attending concerts; great artists gathering onstage for transformational performances; outstanding musicians making their home in Minnesota; creative partnerships that innovate the art form for audiences; and broad access to classical music at Orchestra Hall and beyond.

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Great Collaborations and Artistry

Donor support fueled…

Great collaborations and artistry with stellar artists and community partners that brought Orchestra Hall to life—showcasing a roster of internationally renowned guest artists and the Orchestra’s own reputation as a world-class ensemble. Throughout this unique period of transition between music directors, Orchestra musicians’ collaborative ethos and show-stopping talents—on full display whether getting into the groove with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, premiering major commissions like brea(d)th or electrifying the stage with Thomas Søndergård—brought to life another landmark season that showed how music brings us together


Lunar New Year

Music for Celebration

All season long, your support showed us that whenever we gather to celebrate a holiday, music is always at the center of the festivities. This year saw the return of our popular Lunar New Year concert and introduced a new tradition: a program commemorating Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the emancipation in 1865 of the last enslaved African Americans in Texas. Through these dynamic and diverse programs, Orchestra Hall became a community space where new and returning audiences alike gathered to hear music inspired by these traditions.

People celebrating and International Day of Music

Summer in the City

Any Minnesotan will tell you that summer in our state is one of the year’s best seasons—and along with those warm, shimmery nights comes the Orchestra’s annual festival, Summer at Orchestra Hall, curated by virtuoso pianist and Creative Partner Jon Kimura Parker. The theme for this year’s festival was “Music in Motion,” with Artist in Residence BRKFST Dance Company helping us find all the right moves for the month-long season. Your gifts helped kick it all off with the International Day of Music, our free 12-hour celebration of music for all ages, showcasing more than 25 acts across four stages in and around Orchestra Hall and programmed in coordination with The Cedar Cultural Center. To end our festival on a high note, audience darling Dessa returned in August for genre-blending concerts conducted by Sarah Hicks.


A Season by the Numbers

  • 13,569 donors made gifts that fueled the 2022–23 season’s spectacular performances and programs.
  • 30 hours of recording sessions captured the final symphony in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler cycle, the massive Third Symphony.
  • 56 local artists, arts organizations and other partners created dazzling pre- and post-concert activities—including choral and dance performances, lectures, and art installations—that complemented and illuminated the Orchestra’s performances.
  • 82% of Orchestra Hall’s seats were filled during the 2022–23 season. 
  • 28,636 students and teachers from 237 schools attended Young People’s Concerts.
  • 129 Minnesota Orchestra concerts were held at Orchestra Hall and beyond.
  • >3 million music lovers tuned in to live and recorded Minnesota Orchestra concerts via the Digital Concert Hall, radio and television broadcasts, and streaming music services.

Connecting with Young People

Dozens of yellow school buses carrying excited young learners to Orchestra Hall is an iconic sight in Minneapolis and a unique rite of passage for many Minnesota students. This season, with the generous help of our committed supporters, those buses once again descended on Orchestra Hall as our long-running Young People’s Concerts returned in full force. Nearly 30,000 students got to experience the thrill of live music, many for the first time. “This is the best day of my life!” one attendee exclaimed. Reaching the youngest generation of learners has been a core aspect of the Minnesota Orchestra’s mission since our Young People’s Concerts began in 1911.


With your support, the Orchestra is also creating welcoming concert experiences for all to enjoy music in their own ways with friends and family. Thousands turned out for our three Relaxed Family Concerts of the season, and we expanded our Sensory-Friendly Concerts in the Target Atrium to include programming geared towards supporting teens and adults with autism, sensory sensitivities or other types of neurodivergence, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Toneworks Music Therapy, LLC, and the Autism Society of Minnesota.

Music Across the State

Through donor support, the Orchestra was able to extend its reach well beyond the walls of Orchestra Hall throughout the 2022–23 season. For a week in early May, the Orchestra hit the road for Austin, Minnesota, and the return of the Common Chords residency program, funded by The Hormel Foundation and Mayo Clinic. Small ensembles “spammed” the Austin community with more than 18 events—attended by some 5,000 Austin residents—specially curated by the Orchestra in partnership with Austin community leaders. The celebratory week was capped off by an Orchestra performance led by Sarah Hicks at Austin High School.


Your support drives free, live access for viewers across our state (and beyond!) to the Orchestra through the television and digital series, This Is Minnesota Orchestra, which provides listeners a best-seat-in-the-house experience from the comfort of home, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television and YourClassical MPR. Total reported viewership for the season reached 235,000 individuals. In recognition of the artistry and innovation of this series, the Orchestra was awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy in 2022 for its broadcast with indie rock band Cloud Cult.

Sarah Hicks conducting the MN Orchestra and an Open Streets event

Community-Wide Performances

Thanks to generous donor gifts, the Minnesota Orchestra was able to bring awe-inspiring musical moments to our community throughout last season. Whether Orchestra musicians were gathered in St. Paul to celebrate Las Posadas, joining our neighbors for a festive celebration at Open Streets West Broadway or commemorating the life of George Floyd at the annual Rise and Remember vigil, the music kept bringing us together all year long.

Rendering of planned Upper-Harbor Amphitheater

Look Forward

As we look back at another landmark season, it’s also important to look ahead. In July, famed music presenter First Avenue announced that the Minnesota Orchestra would become a strategic partner in the development and operation of a new 8,000-seat amphitheater. Located alongside the Mississippi on the city’s Northside as part of the Upper Harbor Terminal project, the new venue will offer outdoor concerts for thousands, community programming managed by the African American Community Development Corporation and an expanded footprint for music in Minneapolis. With the Orchestra helping to bring the amphitheater to reality, a new era in Minneapolis music-making begins in 2025.


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PHOTOS: Laura Alpizar, Nayelie Avalos, Greg Helgeson, Chris Juhn, Josh Kohanek, Tony Nelson, Courtney Perry, Zoe Prinds-Flash and Emma Redinger. Amphitheater rendering: LSE Architects via the City of Minneapolis.