Tonia Hughes Kendrick
Bruce A. Henry
piano and keyboards
Trumpeter Charles Lazarus, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2000, has charted a unique course during his tenure with the Orchestra. As a soloist, composer and bandleader, Lazarus has created and starred in four original orchestral shows featuring his jazz ensemble: “A Night in the Tropics,” “American Riffs,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and "Our Love is Here to Stay," a collaboration with The Steeles and Prince's former keyboardist Tommy Barbarella. "Merry & Bright,” his concert of fresh takes on holiday favorites, is the newest addition to the Orchestra's annual holiday fare.
In 2015, Lazarus premiered Steve Heitzeg's concerto American Nomad, commissioned by Paul Grangaard. Lazarus and the Orchestra reprised this work last season, and a live video recording of the performance was released online in September 2019. His composition A Perfect Square, paired with Michael Hall's book of the same name, was recently made into a children's animated short film.
Your Concert Experience
Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!
Simpson Housing Services Blanket Drive
When: Pre and Post-Concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Donate new twin, full, and queen size blankets to support Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of personal crisis. Look for collection bins near the Christmas tree in the lobby.
The Lazarus Brass
The Merry & Bright Kids Choir
Merry (and Bright) Music-Making
Part of the fun of a Lazarus holiday show is the sheer variety of guests who join him onstage. Get a sneak peek of what—and who—is in store for this year's brass-studded staple.