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Kevin Kling & PaviElle French

Joyful Echoes

with the Minnesota Orchestra

Thu Dec 16 — Sun Dec 19, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

We join local artists PaviElle French and Kevin Kling to lead us through stories and music inspired by Minnesota's multitude of beloved holiday traditions. Our traditions are profound and poignant, truthful and often hilarious, and create the memories that we return to each year.

A Few Things to Know

  • Though PaviElle French and Kevin Kling are both prolific Minnesota artists, this concert marks their first collaboration.
  • A native of St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood and a truly remarkable talent, PaviElle French has become a household name in the Twin Cities music scene over the last 20 years.
  • An award-winning playwright and longtime NPR contributor Kevin Kling grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove and describes his zodiac sign as "Minnesota with Iowa rising."
  • PaviElle French made her symphonic debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2019 with her original work, A Requiem for Zula.


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks

Principal Conductor Of Live At Orchestra Hall

Kevin Kling

writer and storyteller

PaviElle French

writer, storyteller, and composer

Christina Baldwin


Robert O. Berdahl


Thomasina Petrus


T. Mychael Rambo


Creative Team

Peter Rothstein, stage director
Robert Elhai, PaviElle French and Peter Ostroushko, composers
Kelli Foster Warder, assistant director, choreographer
Eric McEnaney, musical preparation

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.