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A New Year’s Celebration

with Marin Alsop & Awadagin Pratt

Sat Dec 31, 2022 — Sun Jan 1, 2023

Orchestra Hall

The incomparable Marin Alsop takes the podium at Orchestra Hall to ring in a new year with the Minnesota Orchestra and soloist Awadagin Pratt. One of Leonard Bernstein’s proteges, Alsop fittingly opens the evening with Bernstein’s animated Overture to Candide before shifting to the Minnesota premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds for Piano and Orchestra, a work written for pianist Awadagin Pratt, who premiered it early in 2022. A New Year’s celebration wouldn’t be complete without adventure and passion, and the Orchestra brings that in multitudes in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Marin Alsop is the subject of The Conductor, a 2021 documentary that has won numerous awards and highlights Alsop’s career as the first woman to be named music director of a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony.
  2. Awadagin Pratt last played with the Minnesota Orchestra almost 30 years ago, playing the Grieg Piano Concerto with conductor Eiji Oue in 1994.
  3. New York composer Jessie Montgomery’s music has become an Orchestra Hall favorite in recent years for both musicians and audience. Hear more in March 2023 with performances of Strum, her popular work for string orchestra.
  4. After the December 31 concert, help us count down to midnight! Enjoy vintage jazz from Belle Amour and a complimentary Champagne toast.

Date & Time





    Overture to Candide


    Rounds for Piano and String Orchestra




Minnesota Orchestra

Marin Alsop


Awadagin Pratt


Accessibility Services

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

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