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Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton
Season Finale

Celebrating Pride

Thu Jun 20 — Sat Jun 22, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Music Director Thomas Søndergård is ill and unable to conduct the remainder of this weekend’s performances. We’re pleased to share that Chad Goodman will step in on short notice and conduct both the Friday and Saturday evening concerts.

As the 2023–24 season comes to a close, we’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate: an extraordinary first season with Thomas Søndergård as our music director and the month-long Pride festivities here in Minneapolis and around the country. In a program close to Thomas’ heart, we invite you to join us for music by composers from the LGBTQ+ community, culminating with the fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will replace Francesco Piemontesi, who is recovering from a recent bicycle accident in which he was hit by a car and broke his collarbone. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. They will perform Francis Poulenc's Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra, instead of the previously scheduled Szymanowski Symphony No. 4 (Symphonie concertante) for Piano and Orchestra.

A Few Things to Know

  1. July 2022 was a busy month for Thomas Søndergård, as he was announced as Minnesota Orchestra’s next music director and married his longtime partner, Swedish baritone Andreas Landin.
  2. The Twin Cities’ official Pride celebrations first began 51 years ago, but it took 41 more years before Minnesota passed a law that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
  3. Please note that Benjamin Britten’s Young Apollo and Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4 (Symphonie concertante)—which had previously been listed on this program—will no longer be performed.  

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    On the Cliffs of Cornwall

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Sweeping melodies and a tragic undercurrent run throughout this interlude from Smyth’s 1906 opera The Wreckers, which concerns the malicious 18th-century practice of shipwreck plunder in a Cornish village.


    Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Francis Poulenc’s minor-key Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra has been a beloved staple in concert halls ever since its premiere in September 1932, when the composer was one of the two soloists. The many facets and the changeable moods of this concerto are sheer delight.


    Symphony No. 4

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, like Beethoven’s Fifth, presents a Fate motif at the outset. This is an adventurous work carrying us through lyrical episodes as well as high drama on the way to the exuberant conclusion.


Minnesota Orchestra

Chad Goodman


Christina Naughton


Michelle Naughton


Plan your visit

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

Pre-concert lecture

When: Thur Jun 20, Fri Jun 21 | 45 min. prior
Where: Target Atrium

Nadine Hubbs presents the lecture How Gay Composers Created “America's Sound” during the Most Homophobic Period in U.S History.  Hubbs is a musicologist, historian, and theorist of popular and classical music and society. She is a professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Music at the University of Michigan.   

Flip Phone Presents

Pre-concert activity

When: Fri Jun 21 | 45 min. prior
Where: Orchestra Hall Lobby

Legendary Minneapolis drag performers Sasha Cassadine, Luna Muse, and Dick Von Dyke perform your favorite LGBTQ+ music anthems, hosted by Flip Phone.

Jennifer Grimm

Pre-Concert Perfomance

When: Sat Jun 22 | 45 min. prior
Where: Target Atrium

Jennifer Grimm sings Judy Garland and more with Dan Chouinard accompanying on the piano. After singing throughout her childhood professionally and earning a degree in Mathematics from Augsburg, Jennifer ventured into her solo career, appearing on stages locally with such names as Garrison Keillor and Debbie Duncan, and in New York City, Europe and the Caribbean. With radio and recording success in local areas and overseas, Jennifer continues to base herself at home in the Twin Cities.

Out North: MNLGBTQ History

Pre-Concert Screening

When: Thu Jun 19 - Sat Jun 22
Where: Orchestra Hall Lobby

On view in the lobby is the film Out North: MNLGBTQ History, which explores the untold past of Minnesota's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and celebrates the strides the state has made since the gay liberation movement began in the 1970s. Produced by Daniel Bergin, Twin Cities PBS.

Tretter Collection

Lobby Exhibition

When: June 20 - July 19, 2024
Where: Orchestra Hall Lobby

Pulled from the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, this exhibition of ephemera showcases four queer music groups which were born from the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ scene: The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Calliope Women's Chorus, The Minnesota Freedom Band, and The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. The Tretter Collection is housed in the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, where all four of these groups house more materials that document their history.

Trans Non-Binary Reading Lounge

When: June 20 - 22, 2024
Where: Balcony A

Get to know trans and non-binary characters and stories by paging through an array of great books in our reading lounge.

RECLAIM Lobby Table

When: June 20 - 22, 2024
Where: Orchestra Hall Lobby

RECLAIM's mission is to increase access to mental health care for queer and trans youth so they may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. They’re one of the only organizations in Minnesota that offers financially accessible, specialized mental health care to this population. RECLAIM serves youth ages 12-25 and their families by providing individual, relational, family, and group therapy. They specialize in assisting youth with gender identity and sexual orientation exploration, in addition to treating other mental health concerns impacting youth and young adults such as anxiety, depression, and pervasive trauma.

Know Before You Go

An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Directions & Parking

All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.

Pre-order beverages

Skip the lines at the bar! Pre-order your intermission beverage via the Minnesota Orchestra App when you arrive at Orchestra Hall.


Video: Thomas Søndergård on Pride

We exist of so many different emotions and colors within us... let's celebrate the colors.

- Thomas Søndergård

Listen Ahead

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.



The 2023-2024 Classical Season is presented by Ameriprise Financial.