Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter and conductor Vince Mendoza perform with the Orchestra in one-night-only concert on December 1
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Holiday season begins on Saturday, December 1, with a program inspired by Nat “King” Cole, as two-time Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter joins the Minnesota Orchestra to sing music arranged and conducted by another multi-Grammy Award-winner, Vince Mendoza. The program features original music by Porter plus selections by composers such as Jimmy Van Heusen, Bert Kaempfert, Jay Livingston, Eden Ahbez, Osvaldo Farrés and Charles Chaplin, performed in newly-created arrangements by Vince Mendoza.
The concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $31 to $100. 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.
For vocalist Gregory Porter, the influence of Nat “King” Cole on his life and music runs deep, a through-line that reaches back into some of his earliest childhood memories, and culminates in the release of the two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist’s acclaimed fifth studio album Nat “King” Cole & Me, a heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist. After his role in the Tony-nominated musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Porter dramatized his deep appreciation for Cole in a semi-autobiographical musical, Nat “King” Cole & Me, which premiered in 2004. That musical underpins Porter’s third Blue Note Records release, Nat “King” Cole & Me, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me to the Alley, which established Porter as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter. More: gregoryporter.com.
Vince Mendoza, conductor
Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor and recording artist for the last 20 years. His most recent Grammy-nominated release Homecoming celebrates his new compositions for the WDR Big Band in Köln, Germany. Mendoza’s arranging has appeared on many critically acclaimed projects that include dozens of albums with songwriting legends such as Björk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Sting and Joni Mitchell. He has received six Grammy Awards and 31 Grammy nominations. Mendoza is the composer in residence with the West Deutsche Rundfunk in Köln and the conductor laureate of the Netherlands Metropole Orkest. More: vincemendoza.net.
Live at Orchestra Hall
NAT “KING” COLE AND ME, STARRING GREGORY PORTER
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Gregory Porter, vocals
Vince Mendoza, conductor and arranger
Chip Crawford, piano
Tickets: $31 to $100
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 Orchestra Hall, 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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