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Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of resilience with Minnesota Orchestra violinist David Brubaker and University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson.

Fun Facts:

  • Purchase a 3-session Mindfulness Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.
  • This series is presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, which has offered mindfulness classes for individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities for more than two decades.
  • Sessions take place onstage at Orchestra Hall.
  • This session will provide an opportunity to explore several mindfulness and regulation practices that can help build resilience and strengthen your ability to adapt in the face of challenges.
  • The Center is actively involved in mindfulness research, including multi-year studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the Center's website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, to explore how mindfulness can be helpful for managing stress and improving overall health.
  • No prior experience with mindfulness or special attire is needed. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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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 Tattersall Distilling. Hear a sampling of music and have a drink with the musicians after! Just show up: no ticket needed.

Featured Musicians

About Tattersall

Tattersall is one of the best known distilleries in the Twin Cities, and it is one of the first distilleries in our Pint of Music lineup! Tattersall is passionate about taste, committed to quality, and uncompromising every step of the way. They have won a variety of awards, ranging from best craft distillery to best in class.

Location:

Tattersall is located in Northeast Minneapolis in the historic Thorp building.

1620 Central Ave NE Ste 150
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Fun Facts:

  • Tattersall is located in the Thorp Building, which was built in 1902. During World War II, General Mills Mechanical Division occupied the building to secretly manufacture highly classified military equipment — namely the Norden Bomb Sight and the Ryan Listening Device, the predecessor to the Black Box. Their space has so much history!
  • Tattersall spotlights many of their bartenders, and they share some of their favorite drink recipes! Get to know their team.
  • 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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Norwegian genius takes the stage as Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts Romantic masterpieces by Grieg and Rachmaninoff, a colorful trumpet concerto featuring Tine Thing Helseth, and a new work by Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Anna Clyne.

Program

CLYNE
This Midnight Hour / 12 min

GRIEG
Selections from Lyric Suite and Three Songs / 13 min

TOMASI
Trumpet Concerto / 15 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2 / 60 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • After French composer Henri Tomasi wrote his Trumpet Concerto, it was originally deemed too difficult to perform. As more trumpet players took on the challenge, it became Tomasi’s best-known work, popular among soloists and audiences alike.
  • Edvard Greig had a “lucky frog” figurine that he kept with him during performances. The frog is on display in Greig’s former home and now-museum at Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway.
  • Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony was panned by critics when it premiered in 1897. Stung by its failure, he composed the Second in secret in 1906-07.
  • Anna Clyne is one of four Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumni to have earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Composition, in 2015 for her Prince Of Clouds.
  • Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen is comfortable conducting masterworks of classical music as well as opera, and was recently appointed the Artistic and General Director of Bergen National Opera for the 2020-2021 Season. 

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Sun salutations meet live music in our Yoga at Orchestra Hall series! Practice yoga with instructor Zoé Henrot in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while Minnesota Orchestra violinist Hanna Landrum plays musical selections that inspire and center body and soul. Henrot, from CorePower Yoga, will facilitate this experience for beginners and experienced yogis alike.

Fun Facts:

  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Zoé Henrot began her yoga journey in 2008 as a way to rehab a reoccurring dance injury. She instantly fell in love with the strength and mindfulness behind the postures and breath work. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Training in 2010 and went on to also complete a 200-hour training in Hot Yoga and a 100-hour training in Yin Yoga.
  • Zoé likes to pay attention to physiology, anatomy, and alignment within yoga while making the practice accessible and fun!
  • In addition to being an instructor at CorePower Yoga, Zoé is a professional dancer and the Founder/Artistic Director of Ballet Co.Laboratory, a professional ballet company and school based in Saint Paul.
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.
  • Purchase the 3-session Yoga Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.
  • Collect a free mushroom coffee sample from local vendor Four Sigmatic in the Orchestra Hall lobby. Four Sigmatic is a wellness company that combines real (super)foods with daily staples like coffee, cacao, and skincare to help you fit elevated wellness in throughout the day and meet the overwhelming demands of modern life.

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30 Years of celebrating African American voices through music

Join us as we honor the deep musical roots from which VocalEssence WITNESS sprang 30 years ago. Guiding you on the journey through spirituals, jazz, gospel, and soul will be homegrown artists—singers, actors, dancers—including two-time Billboard Gospel chart-topper Jovonta Patton and a special 30th Anniversary Community Choir. Continuing our commitment to include new voices on stage, the concert will include a world premiere arrangement of the spiritual “Witness” by Joel Thompson.

Performers:

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • 30th Anniversary Community Choir
  • Timothy Berry
  • Patricia Brown
  • Brandon Commodore
  • Ginger Commodore
  • Karla Nweje
  • Jovonta Patton
  • T. Mychael Rambo
  • Anita Ruth
  • Roxane Wallace
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Three things to know:

  • In 1991, VocalEssence created WITNESS to celebrate the artistic contributions of African Americans to the fine arts and to our common cultural heritage.
  • Throughout the years, the VocalEssence WITNESS program has featured artists such as Bobby McFerrin, James Earl Jones, Rita Dove, Billy Taylor, the Morehouse College Glee Club, Spelman College Glee Club, and Moore by Four.
  • A 50-minute version of this concert will be performed for more than 5,000 students grades K-12 on Monday, February 24, 2020.

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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Masterpieces by two Russian powerhouses of 20th-century music, along with an Azerbaijani pioneer, comprise a stunning and far-reaching program featuring acclaimed German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and electric Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits.

Program

ALI-ZADEH
Fairy Tales / 14 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Violin Concerto No. 2 / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5 / 46 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Tetzlaff is known for his cerebral yet spiritual style, which focuses on fully inhabiting the music and honoring the composer’s original intentions.
  • In addition to his rising fame as a conductor, Karabits has made great contributions to musical research and restoration, including work on the transcription of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Johannes Passion (thought to have ben permanently lost) and the discovery, premiere and recording of Telemann's previously unknown opera, Pastorelle en Musique.
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh is a composer and pianist known for works exploring the musical tradition of Azerbaijani mugham and 20th-century Western composition techniques. Her works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet.

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Stormy, stylized, exquisite. The Russian Century is a guided tour through 120 years of Russian music and history, from Shostakovich and Stalin to Glasnost, the end of the USSR, and the composers charting Russia's cultural path today. Explore the genius of 20th- and 21st-century Russian composers with host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks.

Program

MUSSORGSKY/Ravel
Baba-Yaga - The Hut on Fowl's Legs and The Great Gate of Kiev, from Pictures at an Exhibition / 6 min

KABALEVSKY
Overture to Colas Breugnon / 5 min

GLIÈRE
Introduction, from The Zaporozhy Cossacks / 3 min

USTVOLSKAYA
Symphonic Poem No. 2 / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Allegro, from Symphony No. 10 / 5 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Scherzo, from Two Pieces for String Octet / 11 min

PROKOFIEV
Allegro giocoso, from Symphony No. 5 / 10 min

GUBAIDULINA
Movement VI from Stimmen... verstummen... (Voices... Silence) / 5 min

AUERBACH
Icarus / 12 min

NAZAYKINSKAYA
My Soul Craves for the Sky / 4 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Led by Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, The Russian Century concert offers a musical and historical look at the cultural forces that influenced and sometimes battered these composers.
  • Americans often imagine that Russia went straight from the Soviet era to the troublesome meddler role it often plays on the international scene today. But in truth, the era following the collapse of the USSR was chaotic and culturally fragmented, and the music that grew from that chaos paints a picture of a country unlike any other on Earth.
  • This program offers an intimate perspective on featured composers and themes through lively discussion and wide-ranging musical selections.
  • Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein brings rigor and wit to Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto in a program that also features Shostakovich’s heroic Leningrad Symphony.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 7, Leningrad / 70 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Gerstein will join the Orchestra throughout the calendar year 2020 to perform all of Rachmaninoff's major works for piano and orchestra.
  • In the early 2010s, Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena led a recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been described to “utterly redefine the terms under which past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged."
  • Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony premiered in its namesake city in 1942 while it was under siege by Nazi Germany. Loudspeakers broadcast the symphony throughout the city to erode German military morale.
  • The Boston Classical Review praises Gerstein, stating he has the “poetic sensitivity to match the technical fireworks.”

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This concert is recommended for grades 1-3
This buoyant program will build a bridge for students from familiar tunes to music that highlights one rich musical culture after another, such as Norwegian composer Grieg’s Morning Mood, Aleppo Songs by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, Romanian dances by Bartók, Chinese and Mexican folksongs and more.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Yue Bao, conductor

Fun Facts:

  • Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom says an open mind is always the best way to confront a new piece of music, like walking through a museum with lots of different kinds of art from many different artists.
  • For many classical music giants—like Antonín Dvořák, Frédéric Chopin and Aaron Copland—folk music from their childhood is at the very heart of their work as composers.

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.

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Cloud Cult returns to Orchestra Hall for another brilliant performance with the Minnesota Orchestra.

A group of true artistic collaborators, Cloud Cult joins the Minnesota Orchestra to perform music and create art on canvases live during the concert. Working alongside the Orchestra, Sarah Hicks and arranger Andy Thompson, Cloud Cult will re-imagine songs from their extensive catalog to deliver an inspiring and immersive evening of art and sound. 

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Rolling Stone praises Cloud Cult’s “instrumental arsenal” while the L.A. Times raves they are “deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”
  • Their eco-friendly record company Earthology runs on geothermal renewable energy, and the band tours in a solar-powered van.
  • Cloud Cult’s 2016 album The Seeker was accompanied by an award-winning feature-length film of the same name.
  • The band auctioned off the paintings from the 2018 concerts at Orchestra Hall, and graciously donated half the proceeds to the Minnesota Orchestra’s education and engagement programs.

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John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—as do other great works, including Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and Holst’s The Planets.

Discover how Williams was inspired by classical composers during this relaxed concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

KORNGOLD
Kings Row Fanfare / 3 min

WILLIAMS
Star Wars, Main Title / 5 min

HOLST
The Planets, Opus 32, Mars / 7 min

WILLIAMS
Star Wars, The Imperial March / 3 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Swan Lake / 3 min

WILLIAMS
The Phantom Menace, Anakin's Theme / 3 min
 
TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture / 5 min

WILLIAMS
Star Wars, Princess Leia's Theme / 5 min

ELGAR
Pomp and Circumstance / 6 min

WILLIAMS
Star Wars, The Throne Room and End Title / 6 min

Note: This performance will not feature any footage from the movie Star Wars.

Resources:

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story: English | Spanish

Relaxed Family Concert Tip Sheet: English | Spanish

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist and other preparatory materials!

 

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Sit back and enjoy a poignant, rhapsodic and wild musical ride through the music of Kodály, Brahms and more, in this program curated by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

KODÁLY
Duo for Violin and Cello / 21 min

MOZART
Divertimento in D major, K. 251 / 27 min

INTERMISSION / 15 min

STEINBERG
Subterranean Dance / 8 min

BRITTEN
Divertimenti for String Quartet / 10 min

BRAHMS
String Quartet No. 2 / 30 min

Fun Facts:

  • Susie Park and Silver Ainomäe are featured together again in Minnesota Orchestra performances of Brahms’ Double Concerto in May 2020.
  • Russell Steinberg wrote Subterranean Dance for an unusual ensemble which is sometimes referred to as a Pierrot Ensemble, based on the orchestration of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. For additional character, Steinberg added a percussion part to his score.
  • Benjamin Britten decided he wasn’t pleased with the Divertimenti, but the music was later discovered and published, and has since become a favorite of many string musicians.
  • One musical motif in Brahms’ A-minor String Quartet is built around the notes F, A and E, quoting a motto of Brahms’ friend Joseph Joachim: “Frei aber einsam,” which means free but lonely. This phrase was a strong source of inspiration for the work.

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When asked if he's attempting to rewrite the rules on organ playing, Cameron Carpenter simply says, "Well no, because I'm not invested in the rules of organ playing." A true original, Carpenter is bringing his immense talent and revolutionary interpretations to the Northrop stage.

Please note: This concert will be performed at Northrop, University of Minnesota.

Program

NAZAYKINSKAYA
Winter Bells / 15 min

JONGEN
Symphonie concertante for Organ and Orchestra / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Cinderella Suite / 38 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Organ phenom Cameron Carpenter returns to Minneapolis after thrilling audiences at his April 2018 performances with the Orchestra.
  • Akiko Fujimoto makes her subscription series debut with conducting this organ-centric celebration at Northrop.
  • Cinematically symphonic, Winter Bells by contemporary composer Polina Nazaykinskaya was inspired by a visit to the Volga region of Russia, her homeland.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra helped celebrate the return of the organ with a performance of John Harbison’s What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ as well as Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony for an inaugural concert in October 2018.

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Prepare to be stunned by the percussive journey of Aho’s concerto, then enchanted by the ornamental wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s universally-revered Scheherazade. Special guests for this concert are the Sphinx Virtuosi—one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber ensembles, comprising 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists—who will open the concert with two South American showpieces and join the Orchestra for an unforgettable Scheherazade

Program

ROMERO
Fuga con Pajarillo, from Suite No. 1 for Strings / 7 min

PIAZZOLLA
Fuga y misterio / 6 min

AHO
Sieidi, Percussion Concerto / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Scheherazade / 47 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Martin Grubinger, percussion
  • Sphinx Virtuosi, chamber orchestra

Fun Facts

  • For Aho’s propulsive percussion concerto, the soloist moves from drums to marimba to vibraphone to tamtam.
  • The New York Times has praised soloist Martin Grubinger’s “monstrous fluency” and “ambidextrous talent.”
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece Scheherazade is an orchestral suite based on the Middle Eastern folk tale collection One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights.
  • The Sphinx Organization is a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
  • The Sphinx Virtuosi’s national tour this season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Miami’s New World Center and St Paul’s Ordway Center.

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