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Minnesota Orchestra Presents Home for the Holidays Featuring Stories by Kevin Kling and Stage Direction by Peter Rothstein

Sarah Hicks conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in the return of original holiday program

Concerts feature original music for the Minnesota Orchestra and an ensemble of Minnesota singer-actors

The Minnesota Orchestra presents the return of its original holiday program with performances of Home for the Holidays on December 14, 16 and 20, at Orchestra Hall. The 75-minute concert, deeply rooted in Minnesota holiday traditions, features the Minnesota Orchestra and an ensemble of talented local singer-actors including Twin Cities writer-storyteller Kevin Kling, whose original stories and adaptations form the narrative of the entire program. The production was conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein, and features original music by Robert Elhai and performances by the Twin Cities children’s ensemble ComMUSICation, plus additional music by Peter Ostroushko and Stephen Paulus and other favorite holiday classics and sing-alongs.

Concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 8 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 11 a.m., with ticket prices ranging from $35 to $80. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

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 also leads the Orchestra in performances with Dessa, 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:

Kevin Kling, writer
Monologist and playwright Kevin Kling has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and other organizations. His plays have been produced by major theaters in the Twin Cities, including the Guthrie and the Jungle Theater, and around the country. A frequent commentator for NPR and MPR’s All Things Considered, Kling was named the Minneapolis Story Laureate by then-Mayor R.T. Rybak in 2014. More:

Peter Rothstein, stage director
Peter Rothstein works extensively as a director of theater, musical theater, opera and new work development. He is the founding artistic director of Theater Latté Da, a Twin Cities-based company dedicated to adventurous musical theater. His other directing credits include productions at the Guthrie, Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Ten Thousand Things, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He has been awarded seven Ivey Awards for overall excellence and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. More:

Robert Elhai, composer and arranger
Robert Elhai has written music for productions at History Theater, Jungle Theater, Fortune’s Fool Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater and Theater Latté Da. He created scores for The New Standards’ performance with the Minnesota Orchestra in July 2016. Nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production of The Lion King, he has written arrangements and orchestrations that have graced many other theater and concert productions, as well as some 150 movies, including Crazy Rich Asians, Fences, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Across The Universe and most of The Fast and the Furious series. More:

Holiday Concerts
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, December 14, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2 p.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Peter Rothstein, director
Kevin Kling, writer and narrator
Robert Elhai, composer and arranger
Christina Baldwin, ensemble
Robert O. Berdahl, ensemble
Thomasina Petrus, ensemble
Alejandro Vega, ensemble
ComMUSICation, choir / Ryan LaBoy, director
Laurie DeMartino, projection designer
Nancy Carlson, original artwork for “The Mitten”
Alice Frederickson, costume designer
Paul Bigot, hair and makeup designer
Kelli Foster Warder, choreographer
Jim Lichtscheidl, movement director
Eric McEnaney
, musical preparation

Tickets: $35 to $80

OH+ Events
At each performance throughout December, we are partnering with Simpson Housing Services. At Home for the Holidays concerts, we will be collecting new and gently-used pajamas. Look for collection bins in the Orchestra Hall lobby.

The Holiday Heralds, a group of Minnesota Chorale singers, will perform a free concert on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Target Atrium. 

Visit with adoptable dogs and learn about animal adoption with Secondhand Hounds on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Target Atrium.


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at, 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 For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit 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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