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"Love That Dare Not Speak" Concert Showcases the Music of LGBTQ Artists

June 1 concert at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman

On Saturday, June 1, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks and Orchestra violist Sam Bergman lead a Minnesota Orchestra “Inside the Classics” concert highlighting the work of LGBTQ musicians and composers. The performance, titled Love That Dare Not Speak, features music and stories that celebrate the talent and legacy of composers who ignored convention, resisted censorship and made a lasting impact on classical music. The program features music by nearly a dozen composers including Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Jennifer Higdon, Leonard Bernstein among others, with a special performance by jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan and pianist Mary Louise Knutson.  

Inside the Classics is a Minnesota Orchestra concert series that explores great musical works through performances and conversation. The programs for this series are designed and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman and Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks. Each Inside the Classics concert also features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

Beginning next season, the Inside the Classics series will be succeeded by the “Sam and Sarah” series, which will continue to offer compelling programming featuring Bergman, Hicks and the Orchestra.

This Minnesota Orchestra concert is performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $50. 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. In July she will lead the Orchestra in a Musical Feast concert celebrating food and music, as well as a collaboration with The Moving Company exploring the life of composer-pianist Clara Schumann. During the 2019-20 season, she will conduct performances with Cloud Cult and a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald; Home for the Holidays performances; the Sam & Sarah series, which is the successor to Inside the Classics; and live performances of movie scores from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Up and It’s a Wonderful Life. More:

Sam Bergman, host and viola
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and he also hosts the Orchestra’s Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. In recent years he has performed as a guest or substitute musician with ensembles including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. More:

Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Minneapolis-based jazz pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson has been acclaimed by critics as one of today’s most exciting jazz pianists. She tours regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen as well as the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and she has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Nicholas Payton and Slide Hampton, among many others. Her newest jazz trio CD, In the Bubble, made JazzWeek’s Top 10 and stayed in the Top 50 for 19 consecutive weeks. More:

Debbie Duncan, vocals
Debbie Duncan is a jazz vocalist who draws inspiration from a deep well of Gospel, folk, blues, R&B and classical music. She has commanded audiences everywhere from the Guthrie Theater—headlining and opening for giants like Herbie Hancock—to Torino, Italy’s “Blues Al Femminile” Festival and the DuMaurier Jazz Festival in Vancouver, to the legendary Snug Harbor Club in New Orleans and Dizzy’s Club in New York. She has been so revered in the vibrant Twin Cities music scene for the last three decades that August 24, 2018, was proclaimed Debbie Duncan Day in the state of Minnesota. 

Minnesota Orchestra Inside the Classics

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola
Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Debbie Duncan, vocals 

BARBER                            Overture to The School for Scandal
COPLAND                          Saturday Night Waltz, from Rodeo
POULENC                          Allegro con fuoco, from Sinfonietta
STRAYHORN                    Lush Life
OLIVEROS                         Dissolving Your Earplugs
HIGDON                             blue cathedral
TCHAIKOVSKY               Serenade for Strings, mvmt. I          
DIAMOND                         Balcony Scene, from Music for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
BERNSTEIN                       Lonely Town, from On the Town
DAVIES                              An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise 

Tickets: $20 to $50


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the 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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