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Stravinsky’s Firebird

Fri Jul 21 — Sat Jul 22, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours including intermission

Regarded for his lively interpretations of both operatic and orchestral repertoire, Elias Grandy will lead this multi-rhythmic program centered around a suite from Igor Stravinsky’s famed ballet score, The Firebird. American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain wrote his Dancers, Dreamers and Presidents in honor of a dance between Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres in 2007; during this staging, BRKFST Dance Company will present the world premiere of the complete choreography they have set to the powerful piece. The program opens with Maurice Ravel’s La Valse, a tribute to the waltz, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with the soloist role performed here by Jon Kimura Parker.

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).

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

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  2. Our Summer at Orchestra Hall Artist in Residence, BRKFST Dance Company, is a Twin Cities-based breaking crew. The Orchestra first collaborated with them during last year's summer programming. Get to know BRKFST in our recent interview.
  3. In 1909, a then-obscure composer named Igor Stravinsky was approached after one of his first premieres by ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev and choreographer Michel Fokine to set a score to their new ballet. Based on the old Russian legend of the Firebird, the ballet premiered in Paris the next year to thunderous enthusiasm. While Stravinsky would later go on to write other monumental works, The Firebird remains his most popular piece.

Date & Time





    La Valse


    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 


    Dancers, Dreamers and Presidents


    Suite from The Firebird 

Minnesota Orchestra

Jon Kimura Parker


BRKFST Dance Company

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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