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.
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"What Do You Keep Your Heart Open To?"Reflection Wall
When: Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Enjoy the video of the special collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and Cloud Cult on a performance of "There's So Much Energy In Us," after which we invite you to explore a question central to this piece, "What do you keep your heart open to?"
Bluedog Native Blues Band
When: Sat, Apr 2, 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Bluedog is a family band whose music is influenced by the life experiences of Native people: “All the pain we’ve endured from massacres, boarding schools and forced removal from our homes…all the attempts to erase our culture and people...yet we are still here. Our music celebrates life, the good and bad.”