Minnesota Orchestra in Austin
Sat May 6, 2023
Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School
This concert is the culminating performance of a week-long Minnesota Orchestra Common Chords residency in Austin, Minnesota that features Orchestra musicians performing at more than two dozen events in and around Austin from April 30 to May 6.
Tickets available in advance at the following Austin locations: Coffee House on Main, Hy-Vee and Sweet Reads.
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students
A Few Things to Know
- Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a dazzling program.
- The Minnesota Orchestra first performed in Austin in 1947 with its fourth Music Director Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting. It subsequently returned for more than a dozen visits through the years, but the most recent of these was nearly 50 years ago.
- See a complete schedule of events.
Date & Time
Dances of Galánta
Symphony No. 6
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Sarah Hicks is the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, a role in which she oversees planning for and conducts many concerts in the broad-spectrum series of popular music, jazz, Broadway classics, movie scores and other genres. She also conducted the Inside the Classics and Sam & Sarah series for ten seasons.
Hicks’ career has seen collaborations with a diverse range of artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s internationally-renowned popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards, multiple sold-out performances with Dessa and a live-in-concert recording released on Doomtree Records, and collaborations with indie band Cloud Cult. A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, she is passionate about creating concert experiences which combine sight and sound, and that welcome new audiences to the orchestral genre.