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Music & Healing

Tue Jul 25, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~90 Minutes (no intermission)

Led by Sarah Hicks, this concert and conversation explores music, anxiety and well-being. The program will feature the world premiere of a new work for orchestra inspired by audience responses to their own experiences with managing anxiety and finding inner peace. Plus, singer-songwriter Chastity Brown, whose music has touched on the topic of mental health, will join the Orchestra for a set of new songs. Audience members will also participate in a mindfulness exercise accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra. (Learn more)

A Few Things to Know

  1. 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 or a S'mores Nightcap separately.
  2. Composer Molly Joyce, who was commissioned to compose a piece using submissions from our social media and email audiences, is an alumnus of the 2022 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. 
  3. Summer at Orchestra Hall Artist in Residence BRKFST Dance Company will perform Yaz Lancaster's work, "Potential Utility" in the lobby ahead of the concert. Created for dancers, two violins and electronica, the composer says the work "came out of my experience with SSRI (antidepressant) withdrawal, a serious but understudied field of health and medicine." 

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Allegro, from Symphony No. 10 


    Depression/Anxiety, from The Music of Mental Illness 


    Serenity [World Premiere]

  • PÄRT



    and birds are still… 



  • Plus original music by Chastity Brown


Sarah Hicks


Chastity Brown


Plan your visit

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

BRKFST Dance Company Performance

When: Tues July 25 | 6:25pm and 6:40pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

BRKFST Dance Company, a collaborative ensemble of breaking choreographers and dancers, will perform multiple presentations of their 5-minute piece “Potential Utility.”  Founded in 2014, BRKFST incorporates abstract, narrative, and pedestrian-driven movement into their impressive and physically rigorous work by combining breaking with contemporary dance.

Post-Concert Music and Conversation

When: Tues July 25 | post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Join yoga instructor, musician, and TV host, Chance York, for a specially curated mindful experience of music and conversation. Satsang is the Sanskrit word that combines the words “sat,” meaning truth, and “sang,” meaning together in community. In this interactive conversation, we’ll further explore and nourish the healing role that music and mindfulness play in our lives. 

Reflection Walls

When: Tues July 25 | pre- and post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Explore your feelings about anxiety, music, well-being, and inner peace by sharing your thoughts on the prompt questions on our reflection walls in the Orchestra Hall lobby. 

Mindful Coloring

When: Tues July 25 | pre- and post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Choose a beautiful picture, grab a few colored pencils, and give your brain a vacation! Coloring shifts attention away from our stresses and allows focus on a simple, pleasurable task -- which provides a wonderful escape for busy minds.  

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.


Video: Concert and Conversation: Music and Healing

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.

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