stage director and writer
writer and actor
writer and actor
music and creative partner
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.
Sarah Agnew is an actor, writer, teacher, director and producer based in Minneapolis. As a former company member of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, she collaborated on more than 15 productions and appeared in national tours of both Tartuffe and Hamlet. She has created and co-directed new work at Open Eye Figure Theater, the Guthrie and the Southern Theater. She has performed at Yale Repertory Theater, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Mixed Blood, Sod House, Alley, Ten Thousand Things, the Guthrie and others companies and venues. She is currently a producer of new television content for Children’s Hospitals’ in-house TV channel. This fall she’ll be developing, directing and appearing in Sod House Theater’s new piece, Table.
Violist Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000 at the age of 23. Born in Boston, he grew up primarily in small-town Pennsylvania, studying violin and viola with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. He attended Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, studying viola with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, and played as a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham before coming to Minneapolis.
The Creative Partner position is supported by Marilyn and Glen Nelson.