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Dessa | © Sam Gehrke


with The Minnesota Orchestra

Thu Aug 3 — Sat Aug 5, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

Singer, songwriter and essayist Dessa returns to the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for a powerful collaboration that transcends genre. With her charismatic wit, potent lyrics and an expressive alto voice, Dessa has earned a national reputation for crafting ambitious, multi-disciplinary live shows that move, entertain and surprise her audiences.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and streamed live on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things to Know

  • In 2018 and 2019, Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra embarked on their biggest collaboration to date and in March 2019 released Sound the Bells, a full-length live album from a series of two concerts.
  • A consummate wordsmith: In addition to being a world-renowned hip hop artist and singer, Dessa is also a podcast host, guest lecturer and author of My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science and Senseless Love.
  • You can hear Dessa's incredible talents on other high profile projects like The Hamilton Mixtape and the documentary, RBG.
  • Come early and enjoy a delicious Bubbles and Bites package prepared by Wandering Kitchen featuring a charcuterie box paired with your choice of bubbles, wine or a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage. After your concert, enjoy s'mores and a crafted cocktail with your own personal fire pit. (Read more about these tasty offerings).

    You can also purchase Bubbles and Bites (Thurs, Fri, Sat) or a S'mores Nightcap (Thurs, Fri, Sat) separately.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time




Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks



singer, rapper and writer

Plan your visit

  • Pre-concert activities
  • Valet Parking
  • Pre-order Beverages
  • Directions & Parking
  • Helpful Tips


Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

With these concerts we gratefully recognize Karen and Lloyd Kepple for their generosity as lead sponsor.

Sponsored by

The Current