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Events for December 10, 2019–January 21, 2020

Nordic and American carols to get you in the Christmas spirit

God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols you know, and fall in love with two new carols featuring violin as the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest celebrates its 22nd anniversary.

Performers:

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Chamber instrumental ensemble
  • Phili Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Three things to know:

  • In 2016, Kim André Arneson’s Cradle Hymn was performed at the White House for President Obama.
  • Since the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest began 21 years ago, VocalEssence has premiered 42 new carols at our Christmas concerts.
  • Every Welcome Christmas concert includes an audience sing of a familiar carol—get ready to sing your heart out!

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2019-20 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $4 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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My Spirit Sings is performed by approximately 400 student musicians and marks the 93rd anniversary of the region’s grandest Christmas celebration.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $4.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and music director Marcus Printup continue a beloved annual tradition with Big Band Holidays.

Featuring soulful, big band versions of classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Brazilian Sleigh Ride,” Big Band Holidays is a fun, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza that’s sure to brighten up your season.

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Fun Facts

  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra features 15 incredible soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.
  • Marsalis took up the trumpet at age 6 and performed as a soloist the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14.
  • In 2001 Marsalis was made an International Ambassador of Goodwill as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • In 2010 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra established its first residency in Cuba with Cuban musicians including Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuondo.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite holiday songs

Deck the hall with VocalEssence at this hands-on holiday event. Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite holiday classics, and try your hand at creating a winter-themed craft to take home. Sit up close and experience the wonder of singing together (maybe for the first time). Baby bottles and teddy bears welcome! 

Performers:

  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

Three things to know:

  • All ages are welcome, and it is best experienced by children up to age eight.
  • There is no dress code for this event. Children and adults should wear what makes them most comfortable, whether that is sweatpants, a princess dress, or a super hero costume.
  • The crafts we create will be used during the concert.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2019-20 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Now in its third year, this merry mix of storytelling, carols and comedy speaks to the meaning of family, Christmas and home, with a uniquely Minnesotan twist.

Celebrate the season with a hilariously heartwarming event featuring Minnesota’s favorite storyteller, Kevin Kling. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra, Kling and special local guest performers illuminate the joy of the season through music, only-in-Minnesota traditions, the power of family and the story of a lost mitten.

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Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Kevin Kling, narrator
  • Christina Baldwin, ensemble
  • Robert O. Berdahl, ensemble
  • Greta Oglesby, ensemble
  • Huxley Westemeier, ensemble

Fun Facts

  • Huxley Westemeier and Greta Oglesby join our cast of talented Twin Cities theater stars. Minnesota audiences will recognize Greta from her lead role in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change at the Guthrie Theater. Huxley most recently originated the role of August Rush in the world premiere of August Rush the Musical at the Paramount Theatre. 
  • Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks and acclaimed director Peter Rothstein collaborated with Kevin Kling and composers Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko to create this original holiday show, with additional material by Stephen Paulus as well as other seasonal favorites.
  • Kevin Kling is a Minnesota treasure who has won the prestigious Whiting Award for Drama as well as the 2012 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award.

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Make sweet memories with Santa at Orchestra Hall this holiday season. Bring the whole family and capture the magic! Santa will be at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, December 15th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Photos with Santa will be taken at Orchestra Hall in the Grand Foyer located on the Main Floor next to the Christmas Tree.

Santa is waiting to meet you at Orchestra Hall.

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Give your holidays a boost of big, brassy joy in a performance by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his dazzling ensemble, including the fabulous Lazarus Brass.

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Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Cameron Kinghorn, vocals
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • The Lazarus Brass

Fun Facts

  • At age 19, Charles Lazarus made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra while he was a student at Juilliard.
  • New York Newsday praises Lazarus’ “bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship.”
  • Nooky Jones frontman Cameron Kinghorn takes the stage as a featured soloist along with returning vocalists Tonia Hughes and Bruce A. Henry.
  • Keyboard player Tommy Barbarella was a member of Prince’s New Power Generation.
  • This program features sparkling versions of traditional songs including a big band reimagining of “We Three Kings,” and a New Orleans riff on “Frosty the Snowman.”

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Just in time for Christmas, join us as we screen the Oscar®-winning classic film It’s a Wonderful Life accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale.

Everyone’s must-watch holiday movie becomes a heartwarming live concert event as the Minnesota Orchestra performs Dimitri Tiomkin’s entire score alongside the movie. James Stewart plays down-on-his-luck George Bailey who is rescued on Christmas Eve by his guardian angel Clarence, who shows George what his town would be like if he had never existed.

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Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • A box office flop in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life was revived in the 1970s through annual broadcasts on network television during the Christmas season, and was ranked number one by the American Film Institute in its 2006 list of the most inspiring films ever made.
  • The soundtrack features lush classic Hollywood string arrangements, festive brass tunes, a jazzy riff on “Buffalo Gals” and much more.
  • Four-time Oscar®-winner Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian émigré to Hollywood, best known for his scores for High Noon, Dial M for Murder and The Guns of Navarone.
  • Director Frank Capra was joined by writing legends Dorothy Parker, Dalton Trumbo and Clifford Odets in creating the movie script.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Open Captioning on screen Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

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Meditative and magical, pianist George Winston returns to Orchestra Hall for an evening of winter-tinged favorites like the Carol of the Bells and selections from Peanuts® composer Vince Guaraldi. Inspired by the seasons, the land and myriad musical styles, Winston’s music is the perfect holiday accompaniment.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

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Fun Facts

  • George Winston’s wide-ranging musical influences include “Fats” Waller, Jimmy Smith, The Doors, Sam Cooke and John Hartford.
  • The Intelligencer raves: “Pianist George Winston’s music cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.”
  • Winston is a practitioner, fan and preservationist of guitar music played in the Hawaiian slack-key finger style tradition.
  • At each of his concerts, George Winston partners with a local charity organization, requesting audience donations to local food banks and other services and donating proceeds from concert CD sales. Stay tuned for more information about this performance’s partner organization.
  • A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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No more toiling over what to do for New Year's Eve. We want to throw you a party. Ring in 2020 at Orchestra Hall with an exciting program, live jazz afterward and free champagne (plus a countdown) at midnight!

Program

ELGAR
Military March No. 1 from Pomp and Circumstance / 6 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

WILLIAMS
Closing In, from Catch Me If You Can / 3 min

MILHAUD
Scaramouche / 9 min

KENDALL
The Spark Catchers / 10 min

RAUTAVAARA
A Tale of Love, from Book of Visions / 10 min

BRITTEN
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / 18 min

ARNE/Sargent
Rule, Britannia! / 3 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Don’t miss the fabulous party after the New Year’s Eve concert in Orchestra Hall’s lobby, featuring local jazz band Belle Amour and much more countdown fun!
  • At 20 years of age, saxophonist Jess Gillam is committed to bringing new audiences to classical music and, in an interview with The Telegraph, lobbied for “…more dancing, cheering and clapping between movements.”
  • A prolific composer, Vaughan Williams wrote symphonies, songs, choral works and chamber music, as well as music for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
  • British composer Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers is a tribute to the grace and strength of London’s Match Girls, who went on strike in 1888 to protest deplorable working conditions.

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by a small ensemble of our world-class musicians at Clutch Brewing Company. Hear a sampling of music and have a drink with the musicians after! Just show up: no ticket needed!

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About Clutch Brewing Company

Located inside of Keg and Case Market next to the historic Schmidt Brewery, Clutch Brewing Company is shifting the craft beer industry into the next gear with hand-crafted ales and lagers. Enjoy sessionable libations and beers with unique, locally sourced ingredients in a welcoming taproom overlooking the market.

Location:

Clutch Brewing Company is located on the second floor of Saint Paul's Keg and Case Market.

Fun Facts:

  • The Keg and Case West 7th Market showcases the finest in Minnesota offerings, with diverse chef driven restaurants, a taproom, incredible coffee, pizza, organic ice cream, a variety of cheeses, pastries, juices, meats, honey, and spices!
  • Jacob Schmidt, a successful St. Paul brewer, purchased the site in January 1901. Later that year the brewery was incorporated as the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company and a new plant and malt house were erected next to the existing structures.
  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be just a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to have a drink with you until around 9pm.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event.  As this event is not at Orchestra Hall, space and parking is limited. Please see off-site address above. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

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About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for grades 9-12
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making in this concert that features the work of emerging composers.

Fun Facts:

  • This event is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Forum.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts directs the program, which provides young composers from across the nation with the opportunity to participate in a week-long immersive experience with a major symphony orchestra.
  • You’ll get a chance to hear first-hand from each of the composers about their pieces during this concert.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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The culmination of the Orchestra's 17th annual Composer Institute, this performance features the music of some of the country's most gifted young composers, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making through onstage interviews with each composer. Your ticket price includes a pre-concert and intermission beverage. 



Program

THEO CHANDLER
Songs from Brooches for Two Sopranos and Orchestra

PAUL FRUCHT
Acadian Vista

CLARE GLACKIN
Archaea

MARC MIGÓ
Nocturne
for Violin, Piano obbligato, String Orchestra and Harp

PATRICK O'MALLEY
Rest and Restless

LIZA SOBEL
Ticking Time Bomb

NICKY SOHN
Bird Up

 

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Kevin Puts, Composer Institute director
  • Fred Child, host
  • Danielle Beckvermit, soprano
  • Lisa Marie Rogali, soprano

Fun Facts

  • The Composer Institute is co-presented with the American Composers Forum.
  • There will be a change to meet the composers at a post-concert reception.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Ben Folds, one of today’s most innovative and influential singer songwriters, has created an enormous body of genre-bending music over three decades that includes albums with Ben Folds Five, solo recordings and numerous collaborations.

This performance adds the Orchestra’s talent to Ben Folds' vocals and piano for an evening of quirky melodies, impromptu creation, and an epic love-fest between audience and musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ben Folds, piano and vocals

Fun Facts:

  • Ben Folds hearts the Minnesota Orchestra—this will be their fifth concert together!
  • Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.
  • He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records.
  • His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.
  • For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
  • In addition to solo rock touring and orchestral touring, Folds has released his first book - a critically acclaimed memoir entitled A Dream About Lightning Bugs - which debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It's a collection of first person interrelated essays and anecdotes about life, creativity, art and music.

VIP Package 1

  • One (1) premium reserved seat in the first two rows with early venue entry to see Ben Folds live
  • Meet & greet/photo opportunity with Ben Folds
  • One (1) autographed copy of Ben's memoir, A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller.
  • Invitation to the AMAA (Ask Me Anything….About Music) Master Class with Ben Folds*
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • On-site concert host

VIP Package 2

  • One (1) premium reserved seat in rows 3-7 with early venue entry to see Ben Folds live
  • One (1) autographed copy of Ben's memoir, A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller.
  • Invitation to the AMAA (Ask Me Anything….About Music) Master Class with Ben Folds*
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • On-site concert host

*Limit 8 VIP tickets per household. VIP Package holders will receive an email at least 72 hours prior to the event with instructions on how to redeem all elements of your VIP Experience Package. Purchase receipt, picture ID, and credit card used for purchase will be required. Experience Packages are non-transferable. No piano experience necessary to enjoy the Master Class.

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Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all abilities, featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

  • Pamela Arnstein, violin
  • Kathryn Nettleman, bass
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.

 

Accessibility

   Large print program available  Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

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Sponsor:

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Romantic, artful and expressive, these selections by these three giants (Mahler, Ravel, and Debussy) of early 20th-century music bring meditative warmth to mid-winter evenings.

Program

MAHLER
Blumine, from Symphony No. 1 / 10 min
Rückert Lieder / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess / 6 min
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe / 16 min

DEBUSSY
Jeux, Poème dansé / 17 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Ravel’s Pavane was intended to convey the image of a young Spanish princess dancing a traditional courtly dance.
  • Guest conductor Simone Young was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and has received a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Brahms Prize of Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein and the Goethe Medal.
  • Debussy, known for his “impressionistic” style, created the intuitively beautiful Jeux in about three weeks.

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