Minneapolis native rapper-vocalist-writer Dessa performs with the Orchestra, October 5 and 6
Sarah Hicks conducts orchestral arrangements by Andy Thompson
Minnesota rapper-vocalist-writer Dessa performs a new program with the Minnesota Orchestra on October 5 and 6, conducted by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. The concerts include music from the Minneapolis native’s newly-released album Chime, arranged for orchestra by composer-arranger Andy Thompson. The concerts are Dessa’s third collaboration with the Orchestra following two sold-out concerts in April 2017 and a memorable performance as guest artist at the Orchestra’s 2017 Symphony Ball. As a correspondent for Classical Minnesota Public Radio, she traveled with the Minnesota Orchestra to document the Orchestra’s August 2018 tour in South Africa. In the upcoming concerts, Dessa is joined onstage by vocalists Aby Wolf, Ashley DuBose, Cameron Kinghorn and Matthew Santos, as well as percussionist Joey Van Phillips.
The concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, October 5, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $50 to $150. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Dessa is a rapper, singer, essayist, and proud member of the Minneapolis Doomtree collective. She toured the U.S., Europe and China following the 2018 release of her album Chime, which debuted on the Billboard 200 charts. As a writer, she has been featured in The New York Times, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly and literary journals across the country. Her first hardcover literary collection, My Own Devices (Dutton Books) will be released later this month and is currently available for pre-order. Dessa splits her time between Minneapolis and New York. More: dessawander.com.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the 2018-19 season she will lead the Orchestra in performances with the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, Indigo Girls and Igudesman & Joo, as well as the Inside the Classics series and film music concerts of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Star Trek Into Darkness, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Disney’s classic 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Live at Orchestra Hall
DESSA WITH THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Andy Thompson, arranger
Aby Wolf, vocal director
Ashley DuBose, vocals
Cameron Kinghorn, vocals
Matthew Santos, vocals
Joey Van Phillips, percussion
Tickets: $50 to $150
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
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