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Sterling Elliott
Symphony in 60

Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Sat Apr 20, 2024 - 6 p.m.

Orchestra Hall

~1 Hour

Two vibrant orchestral works in under an hour! Make Symphony in 60 part of your weekend and witness the musical power of cellist Sterling Elliott in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and hear Beethoven's lighthearted and optimistic Eighth Symphony, conducted by Kristiina Poska.

Things to know

  1. Enjoy a one-hour concert with $6 Happy Hour and a post-concert onstage reception with musicians.

  2. Only 24 years old, cellist Sterling Elliott is one of three awardees of the 2024 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, receiving a $50,000 career grant.

  3. Tchaikovsky composed his Rococo Variations during a challenging period of depression and poor health, but the piece flowed quickly onto paper and helped Tchaikovsky to work through the difficult time.
  4. Igor Stravinsky once commented that the Eighth was his personal favorite of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Variations on a Rococo Theme

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Traveling from an original theme in the cello through seven variations and a lively coda, Variations on a Rococo Theme is light, elegant and full of charm.


    Symphony No. 8

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    With its cheerful disposition and quick pace, this complex yet eminently listenable symphony was one of Beethoven’s own favorites. He wrote it while he was losing the last of his hearing and coping with a family feud, making its bright spirit all the more remarkable.


Minnesota Orchestra

Kristiina Poska


Sterling Elliott


Plan your visit

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

Breck Chamber Players

When: Sat, Apr 20 | 5:15 - 5:45 pm
Where: Target Atrium

The Breck Chamber Players is a uniquely gifted group of high school string players who love classical music and enjoy sharing their talents with the greater Breck community. The ensemble began in 1982 with just two students but since then has had anywhere from 12 to 26 students participating every year. Rehearsing two to three times a week, the Breck Chamber Players perform curricular concerts, chapel performances, and special events.

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.

Symphony in 60 concert enhancements include:

One-hour Performance

Onstage Reception

$6 Happy Hour

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.