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.
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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.”