The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Sarah Hicks is the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, a role in which she oversees planning for and conducts many concerts in the broad-spectrum series of popular music, jazz, Broadway classics, movie scores and other genres. She also conducted the Inside the Classics and Sam & Sarah series for ten seasons.
Hicks’ career has seen collaborations with a diverse range of artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s internationally-renowned popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards, multiple sold-out performances with Dessa and a live-in-concert recording released on Doomtree Records, and collaborations with indie band Cloud Cult. A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, she is passionate about creating concert experiences which combine sight and sound, and that welcome new audiences to the orchestral genre.
Massamba Diop is one the most renowned masters of the tama, a talking drum from Senegal, West Africa, known for its abilities to replicate the sounds of human speech. Before the advent of telephones and radio, it was the tama that was called upon to announce important events and send messages from village to village. Recognizing the central role talking drums play in many African cultures, Ludwig Göransson decided to put it, and Massamba, front-and-center of his Grammy- and Oscar-winning score for Marvel's Black Panther.
Your Concert Experience
Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!
Exhibit and Sale by Juxtaposition Arts
When: Fri Nov 5-Sat Nov 6 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Juxtaposition Arts, a teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio in North Minneapolis, will exhibit and sell original artwork.
Pre-Concert Performanceby Heart and Soul Drum Academy
When: Fri Nov 5-Sat Nov 6 | 7:15pm-7:45pm
Where: Balcony A
Heart and Soul Drum Academy, an educational arts organization, teaches youth the art of Djembe drumming. Students learn critical thinking, leadership development, and team dynamics which transcends music & helps them in their classroom, community, and the world. They perform across the Midwest.