The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903 and led since its centennial by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout Minnesota and nationally, and has toured abroad in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Africa. Recording has been an important part of the organization’s mission since the 1920s. During Vänskä’s tenure, the Orchestra has undertaken acclaimed recordings, including complete cycles of symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius and—now underway—Mahler.
Conductor Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. Her notable projects with the Orchestra have included co-creating the Inside the Classics and Sam & Sarah series with Orchestra violist Sam Bergman; conducting a live-in-concert recording with singer-rapper Dessa released in 2019 on the Doomtree Records label; leading numerous original Orchestra programs including Home for the Holidays, A Musical Feast and A Scandinavian Christmas; and conducting many of the Orchestra's Movies & Music concerts. Away from Orchestra Hall, she recently conducted performances of Disney Pixar’s Coco at the Hollywood Bowl as well as the orchestra in ABC’s live televised production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
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.