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Events for November 12, 2019–December 24, 2019

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South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joins the Minnesota Chorale for a moving program that includes Sibelius’ atmospheric tone poem and Vaughan Williams’ lush cantata.

Program

SIBELIUS
The Swan of Tuonela / 10 min

DEAN
Cello Concerto [U.S. Premiere] / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Dona Nobis Pacem / 40 min

Artists

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Fun Facts

  • Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joined the Minnesota Orchestra for Sommerfest and a groundbreaking tour to South Africa in 2018, performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and in the world premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu. She is featured again as a soloist in the Orchestra’s Música Juntos Sommerfest series in 2019.
  • The Chicago Tribune hails composer Brett Dean as “...a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety.”
  • Dean’s Cello Concerto, which will receive its U.S. premiere at these concerts, was co-commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • The late-Romantic and early modernist composer Sibelius was so beloved by his native Finland that his face appeared on the 100-mark banknote until Finland adopted the Euro in 2002.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras in three joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Sinfonia West, Camerata, and Symphony.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Feel your spirit soar with gospel and spirituals

Feel your spirit soar to new heights at this vibrant and soulful program. Born of a dark past, spirituals have an unmistakable power to connect us through our joys and sorrows. Dr. André Thomas expertly honors this past and moves into the gospel realm by conducting the Midwest premiere of his Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy with orchestra, soloists, and choir. Continue the journey with powerful spirituals for choir and orchestra including “In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning” and “What a Mighty God,” and get ready to shout for joy!

Performers:

Three things to know:

  • Through spirituals, enslaved Africans were able to express their community solidarity and vision of freedom while they protested the condition of slavery. The songs were a source of inspiration and comfort, and sometimes a means to convey coded messages that included escape routes.
  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers played a pivotal role in the preservation and popularization of spirituals. They were the first to share the music of their ancestors with the wider world, and their performances helped secure a prominent place for spirituals in American music.
  • Thomas Dorsey, the “Father of Gospel Music,” combined the hymn of praise with the rhythms of jazz and blues. He’s the author of the gospel standard “Precious Lord.”

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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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras in three joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia West, Sinfonia East, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras in three joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Concertino, Philharmonic, and Symphony.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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This concert is recommended for all grade levels
John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—ever wonder how? This concert will look at the ways in which Williams uses techniques found in classical music to tell his own musical stories.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.

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.

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Accessibility

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Get your tickets for balloon-powered fun, and fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for a live movie and music performance.

Stylish, vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny, Up is the story of widower Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) as he makes new friends and gains new wisdom when he uses balloons to fly his house to South America. Performing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®-winning score in full, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks, brings this perfectly-crafted buddy movie to life.

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Fun Facts

  • Upon release, Variety praised “Michael Giacchino’s full-bodied, traditional score” as “superlative.”
  • Up won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 2010 Academy Awards as well as Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
  • Up introduces two scene-stealing non-human characters: a colorful flightless bird named Kevin and Dug, a Golden Retriever with a collar that translates his thoughts to speech.
  • Juilliard-educated composer Michael Giacchino has scored many award-winning films, including box office smash hits such as: Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Coco.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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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The Minnesota Orchestra's brass and percussion sections showcase their musical power and beauty in this new holiday offering. These concerts, performed at local churches, will offer a festive mix of seasonal and classical favorites that are sure to lift your spirits!

Program

MASON/arr. DiLorenzo
Joy to the World

GRUBER/arr. Ring
Silent Night

BACH/arr. Snedecor 
“Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen,” from Christmas Oratorio

TRADITIONAL/arr. Ward
The Christmas Nightingale

DILORENZO
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

RING
'Tis the Season

TRADITIONAL/arr. DiLorenzo
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

BULLA
A Manger Pastorale

YON/arr. Bulla
Gesù Bambino

TCHAIKOVSKY
The Sugar Plum Fairy

TRADITONAL/arr. Carmichael
The Twelve Days of Christmas

WADE/arr. Snedecor
O Come, All Ye Faithful

HANDEL/arr. Baldwin
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Proctor
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra Brass and Percussion sections
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Catherine Rodland, organ
  • Henry Charles Smith, narrator

Fun Facts

  • Fun facts, coming soon!

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Before the season rushes ahead, and the to-do list becomes too long to ever get done, set aside an evening for your soul. Handel’s Messiah opens with a tender call, “Comfort ye,” and its ringing Hallelujah Chorus will echo in your spirit throughout the holidays.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Daniel Moody, countertenor
  • Richard Croft, tenor
  • Benjamin Bevan, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."

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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
  • Philip 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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The 32nd year of the University of St. Thomas Christmas concert will unfold with "Comfort and Joy" at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance celebrates the Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. This year's concert will feature the world premiere performance of a new piece by Jocelyn Hagen for the massed ensembles. More than 300 student performers in the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Donne Unite, Jazz Singers, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform in the concert.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

The concert is 90 minutes long and there is not an intermission.

Please note:  Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance. No refunds will be distributed. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 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.

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.

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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.

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • We’re delighted to welcome a talented cast of Twin Cities-based actors and vocalists for this performance.
  • 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.
  • Start your own holiday family tradition! Buy one adult ticket at full price, and additional youth tickets (age 6-17) are just $12.

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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.

A holiday tradition created by our own trumpeter extraordinaire Charles Lazarus, this concert brings the exuberance of brass to swing arrangements of carols, soulful gospel tunes and boppy pop favorites. Joined by powerhouse vocalists and his high-energy ensemble, Lazarus brings renewed brilliance to beloved classics. (Note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.)

Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, jazz 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.”
  • 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.

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

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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

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.
  • Commencing on March 21, George Winston embarks on a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of Restless Wind throughout the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. The new album is available for pre-order now.
  • 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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