Minnesota Orchestra

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  • $20-$83. Discounts for students.

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  • Orchestra Hall is located on 11th Street, between Marquette and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

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  • Year round. Box office hours; Phone: Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm & Performance Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm. In Person: Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, and two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.

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  1. American Voices: Copland and Bernstein

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    An all-American tour-de-force program including Bernstein’s first film score On the Waterfront, the suite from Copland’s ever-popular ballet Billy the Kid and a U.S. premiere by House of Cards composer Jeff Beal.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Sharon Bezaly, flute
    Susie Park, violin
    COPLAND
    Suite from Billy the Kid

    BEAL
    Flute Concerto [U.S. Premiere]

    BARBER
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    BERNSTEIN
    On the Waterfront

  2. Andre Watts Plays Beethoven's Emperor

    Andre Watts Plays Beethoven's Emperor

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Andre Watts brings a fearless virtuosity to the piano, exactly what Beethoven asks for in his Emperor Concerto—where master composer and master performer meet.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    John Storgards, conductor
    Andre Watts, piano

    BEETHOVEN
    Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

    SHOSTAKOVICH
    Symphony No. 10

    Fun Facts:
    •Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 may have gotten its nickname at the 1812 Vienna premiere when an excited French officer exclaimed, “C’est l’Empereur!”
    •Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 quotes his own song “What’s in My Name?” and throughout the Tenth, Shostakovich uses the notes D, E flat, C, B (D, S, C, H in German spelling) for his own initials—a survivor’s rebuke to Stalin who had terrorized the composer.
    •At 16, Andre Watts filled in at the last minute with the New York Philharmonic. At his performance of Liszt’s concerto, Leonard Bernstein and the orchestra joined the audience in a standing ovation for the young man.
    •John Storgards is as accomplished with a violin bow as a conductor’s baton, having served as concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony for several seasons.

  3. Andrew Litton and the Minnesota Chorale: Bernstein and Walton

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    A huge success at its 1930s premiere and beloved by orchestras and choirs since, Belshazzar’s Feast tells the ancient Hebrew story of lamentation and liberation.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor
    Christopher Maltman, baritone
    Minnesota Chorale

    BERNSTEIN
    Fancy Free
    Chichester Psalms

    WALTON
    Belshazzar's Feast

  4. Beethoven and Berlioz

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Augustin Hadelich brings his crystalline tone to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, then Orchestra Hall lights up with Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie fantastique.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Jun Markl, conductor
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    BEETHOVEN
    Violin Concerto

    BERLIOZ
    Symphonie fantastique

  5. Ben Folds

    Ben Folds

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    This performance adds the Orchestra’s talent to Ben Folds‘ vocals and piano for an evening of quirky melodies, impromptu creation, and an epic love-fest between audience and musicians.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Sarah Hicks, conductor
    Ben Folds, piano and vocals

    Fun Facts:
    •Ben Folds hearts the Minnesota Orchestra—this will be their fourth concert together!
    •He has recorded multiple solo rock albums, as well as collaborations with Regina Spektor, Weird Al and William Shatner.
    •An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery.
    •Folds was also a judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off, a show that started the careers of many a cappella groups.
    •According to Paste Magazine, “Ben Folds meshes the classical and pop music worlds in ways that few mainstream contemporary artists can hope to achieve.”

  6. Britten and Schumann

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Schumann painted the human soul at its most noble and lyrical in his beautiful Cello Concerto, while a century later during World War II, Britten created his touching Sinfonia as an impassioned cry for peace.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Michael Francis, conductor
    Daniel Müller-Schott, cello
    BRITTEN
    Sinfonia da Requiem

    SCHUMANN
    Cello Concerto

    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
    Symphony No. 6

  7. Cameron Carpenter Plays Rachmaninoff

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    There are revolutionaries in music—and then there’s Cameron Carpenter, who tours globally with an astonishing electric organ of his own design and amazes audiences with his jaw-dropping virtuosity.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Klaus Makela, conductor
    Cameron Carpenter, organ

    MUSSORGSKY
    Prelude to Khovanshchina

    RACHMANINOFF
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for organ and orchestra

    SHOSTAKOVICH
    Symphony No. 5

  8. Chamber Music: Mendelssohn and Dvorak

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    A brilliant, sunny quartet and a Czech-inspired quintet, featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe and her colleagues from each of our string sections.

    Please note: this chamber music performance will be held in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.

    MENDELSSOHN
    String Quartet No. 4

    Kenneth Freed, viola
    Céline Leathead, violin
    Thomas Turner, viola
    Silver Ainomae, cello

    DVORAK
    String Quintet in G major

    Erin Keefe, violin
    Sarah Grimes, violin
    Rebecca Albers, violia
    Silver Ainomae, cello
    Kathryn Nettleman, bass

  9. Cirque Goes to the Movies

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Hear the Orchestra perform film score selections from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic and more while (all around them and flying over head!) the internationally-acclaimed aerialists, acrobats and jugglers make the most astounding feats look easy.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Sarah Hicks, conductor

  10. Courage and Triumph

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience conducted by Akiko Fujimoto and featuring guest cellist Nygel Witherspoon.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
    Lyndie Walker, host
    Nygel Witherspoon, cello
    COPLAND
    Fanfare for the Common Man

    TOWER
    Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

    WILLIAMS
    “Hedwig’s Flight,” from The Children’s Suite, from the motion-picture Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™

    BERNSTEIN
    Overture to West Side Story

    FAURE
    Elegie for Cello and Orchestra

    STRAUSS
    Radetzky March

    BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 7 in A major, movement IV

    STRAVINSKY
    Finale from Firebird

  11. Debussy's La Mer

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    LYADOV
    The Enchanted Lake

    RACHMANINOFF
    Piano Concerto No. 3

    RESPIGHI
    The Fountains of Rome

    DEBUSSY
    La mer

  12. Faure Requiem

    Faure Requiem

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    The spirit of Paris runs like the Seine through this program with two 18th-century symphonies dedicated to the City of Light and a hauntingly beautiful 19th-century religious work by one of Paris’ most treasured composers, Faure.
    Minnesota Orchestra

    Bernard Labadie, conductor
    Helene Guilmette, soprano
    Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
    Minnesota Chorale

    RIGEL
    Symphony No. 4

    MOZART
    Symphony No. 31, Paris

    FAURE
    Requiem

    Fun Facts:
    •Both Mozart and Rigel were born in German-speaking countries and came as young men to Paris hoping for fame; Rigel found it, but Mozart didn’t and returned home to Austria.
    •Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 was premiered in Paris by a larger orchestra than the composer had ever heard, prompting his father to quip that the French must like noisy symphonies.
    •Faure’s Requiem is filled with a quiet beauty, “dominated from beginning to end,” said the composer, “by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”


    FAURE
    Requiem

  13. Flute and Guitar Duo

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra flutist Adam Kuenzel, guitarist Magdalena Loza Flores, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

    Adam Kuenzel, flute
    Magdalena Loza Flores, guitar

  14. Inside the Classics: Speaking Truth to Power

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    From the 1960s through today, protest music has played an important role in American culture. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the stories, music, and achievements of composers who used their talents to participate in social protest through the centuries.

    Post-concert on stage reception.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Sarah Hicks, conductor
    Sam Bergman, viola and host
    Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
    BRITTEN
    Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

    CORIGLIANO
    Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, mvt. I from Symphony No. 1

    TOWER
    Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

    PENDERECKI
    Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

    STILL
    In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

    SMYTH
    Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

    BEETHOVEN
    Overture to Fidelio

    SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai
    Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

    Al-ZAND
    The Prisoner

  15. Mendelssohn and Mozart

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    The Minnesota Orchestra’s cello section performs works for cello ensemble. Mendelssohn’s Second String Quartet and Mozart’s Quintet for Strings in G minor round out the program on this Sunday afternoon chamber concert, designed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

    MENDELSSOHN
    String Quartet No. 2

    Susie Park, violin
    Milana Elise Reiche, violin
    Rebecca Albers, viola
    Pitnarry Shin, cello

  16. NightCap: Eeyore Has a Birthday

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    A Minnesota original for violin and piano, plus an unlikely trio performs music (and storytelling!) about everyone’s favorite gloomy storybook character.

    DAVID EVAN THOMAS
    Greetings and Farewell

    Catherine Schubilske, violin
    Mary Jo Gothmann, piano
    JON DEAK
    Eeyore Has a Birthday

    Sam Bergman, viola
    Kathryn Nettleman, bass
    Susan Billmeyer, piano

  17. Pink Martini

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    You’re invited! Pink Martini mixes a fabulous cocktail of swoon-worthy music and multilingual flourishes for a performance that will be the talk of the town.

  18. Schulhoff, Mendelssohn and Faure

    Schulhoff, Mendelssohn and Faure

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    SCHULHOFF
    Five pieces for String Quartet

    MENDELSSOHN
    String Quartet No. 2

    FAURE
    Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings

  19. Season Finale: Vanska Conducts Mahler's Fourth

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    The luminous soprano Carolyn Sampson joins us to perform Mahler’s Fourth—a quiet version of heaven where a child’s every dream comes true.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Carolyn Sampson, soprano
    R. Douglas Wright, trombone
    Kari Sundström, trombone
    Andrew Chappell, bass trombone
    Steven Campbell, tuba

    STEPHENSON
    Low Brass Concerto [World Premiere]

    MAHLER
    Symphony No. 4

  20. Sensory Friendly Concerts: Violin and Bass Duo

    Sensory Friendly Concerts: Violin and Bass Duo

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!
    Pamela Arnstein, violin
    Kathryn Nettleman, bass

    Fun Facts:
    •The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
    •Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
    •Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
    •Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials one month before performances. Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

    Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

  21. Stories in Music

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 371-5656
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    Join us for a family concert sure to delight audiences of all ages!

  22. Symphony in 60

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Associate Conductor Roderick Cox leads the orchestra in a program reflecting on themes of peace and reconciliation.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Roderick Cox, conductor
    Stewart Goodyear, piano

    SALONEN
    Helix

    PART
    Fratres

    BEETHOVEN
    Piano Concerto No. 4

  23. Vanska Conducts Mahler's Titan Symphony

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    WEILL
    Violin Concerto

    MAHLER
    Symphony No. 1, Titan

  24. Wagner, Liszt and Schumann

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Wagner’s beautiful chamber work Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 and the soaring Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Louis Lortie, piano

  25. West Side Story

    West Side Story

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    The Minnesota Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score live while the remastered film West Side Story is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    David Newman, conductor

    Fun Facts:
    •West Side Story re-imagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City, as a bitter rivalry between two teenage street gangs—the American-born Jets and the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks—is forever altered by a forbidden love affair between the young couple Tony and Maria.
    •Since its debut on Broadway in 1957 and the 1961 film adaptation, West Side Story has become a favorite to generations of audiences, and many of its songs have become pop culture touchstones, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “America.”
    •Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) won Oscars® for their performances, among the 10 bestowed on the film—the most ever for a movie musical at that time.
    •Although the original musical materials for the movie arrangements were lost, 14 months of research by The Leonard Bernstein Office brought to light a trove of important finds in private collections and library archives around the country.
    •Bernstein himself conducted the Minnesota Orchestra (then Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra) twice in 1945 and 1947. He was a good friend of the Orchestra’s fourth music director, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and mentored its ninth music director, Eiji Oue.

  26. Young People's: High School Open Rehearsal, Concert and Discussion

    Young People's: High School Open Rehearsal, Concert and Discussion

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Minnesota Orchestra
    Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Recommended for grades 6-12
    Secondary students, including those who are enrolled in advanced music theory or music history courses, will not want to miss this new, specially designed program.

    BACH
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

    KODÁLY
    Dances of Galanta

    Schedule

    10am-10:40am: Bach Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
    10:40am-10:55am: Break
    10:55am-11:35am: Kodály Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
    11:35am-12pm: Discussion

    Fun Facts:
    •This unique rehearsal format-performance features a rare glimpse of the Orchestra’s behind-the-scenes efforts. Students will experience working rehearsals--as well as the polished performances that are the result.
    •We see both approaches first with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and then, after a break, with Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Wrapping up this special program will be a 30-minute “dig deeper” session in which students ask questions of and initiate discussions with the musicians themselves.
    •Students are invited to bring scores and follow along as the Orchestra plays!

  27. Young People's: Olympic Inspiration

    Young People's: Olympic Inspiration

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Minnesota Orchestra
    Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Recommended for elementary-age students
    Experience Minnesota's top athletes of the concert stage.

    Just as top athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul will inspire the world with their feats, Orchestra musicians will draw “wow” responses in this concert of Olympic-inspired works, showcasing connections between winter sports and core elements of music.

    Fun Facts:
    •Articulation and texture will receive special focus, as students explore staccato with Vivaldi’s Winter and legato in Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, and compare the textures of two lush Dvorak works, the solo-voiced Cello Concerto, performed by FRIENDS competition winner Brannon Cho, and the full-orchestra New World Symphony—much like comparing the individual performance in the luge event to the finely-tuned team effort in hockey.
    •Also notable: John Williams’ exciting Olympic Fanfare and Theme, composed for the 1984 Olympics, and a surprise birthday salute to a conductor of Olympic proportions.

    Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

  28. Young People's: Stories in Music

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Recommended for elementary-age students
    Some composers tell stories in music with fascinating results—painting musical pictures of people, places and whatever they see around them.

  29. Young People's: The Color of Music

    1111 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Minnesota Orchestra
    Roderick Cox, conductor

    Recommended for elementary-age students.
    In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

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  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
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  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 2092
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 6
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 8,775
  • Catering Available

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