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Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom

Fri Jun 23, 2023

Orchestra Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra presents a program of celebration and remembrance in honor of Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The program primarily features music by African American composers across three centuries.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast live on TPT-2 and YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio as well as streamed live on the Minnesota Orchestra website.

Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things to Know

  • Making his Minnesota Orchestra debut, conductor André Raphel served in Wheeling, West Virginia as the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra music director from 2003-2018. He now serves as conductor laureate.
  • Juneteenth commemorates when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were the last to be freed on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
  • A long time coming: Though it's often referred to as "America's Second Independence Day," Juneteenth wasn't recognized as a federal holiday until June 2021.

Date & Time




Minnesota Orchestra

André Raphel


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.

Sponsored By

Co-sponsored by Eric and Celita Levinson