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Minnesota Orchestra’s Música Juntos Festival Continues with Three Unique Programs

Sarah Hicks conducts A Musical Feast, while award-winning chefs from the Twin Cities prepare dishes onstage, July 26

The Orchestra collaborates with The Moving Company for an original production about composer-pianist Clara Schumann, July 27

Akiko Fujimoto conducts a Relaxed Family Concert, featuring the James Sewell Ballet and local freestyle dancers, July 28

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Música Juntos (Music Together) Sommerfest continues with three different and collaborative concerts on July 26, 27 and 28. On Friday night, July 26, Sarah Hicks conducts the Orchestra in A Musical Feast, featuring award-winning chefs from Centro/Popol Vuh, Grand Café, The Lexington, and Travail Kitchen and Amusements, along with a special appearance by the performance team from Appetite for Change. The Orchestra performs favorites by Beethoven, Bernstein, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Dukas, while the chefs prepare unique dishes onstage. The cooking demonstrations will be projected on a large screen so that all audience members can see the action up close.

The following night, Saturday, July 27, The Moving Company theater joins the Orchestra for a new historical drama with live music that tells the story of 19th-century composer-pianist Clara Schumann and her unusual partnerships with Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. This production is conducted by Sarah Hicks, with stage direction by Dominique Serrand, and features writer-actor Nathan Keepers and actors Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Steven Epp.  

On Sunday afternoon, July 28, the Orchestra performs a Relaxed Family Concert, led by Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. This concert, which is designed to be an inclusive experience for audiences of all ages and abilities, features a wide variety of musical selections and guest dancers from James Sewell Ballet, plus local freestyle dancers and Minnesota Orchestra violinist Natsuki Kumagai as host.

For more details about each of these concerts, see the concert listings below. Biographies of conductors Sarah Hicks and Akiko Fujimoto can be found at

The concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall. A Musical Feast takes place on Friday, July 26, at 8 p.m., and The Prodigious Life of Clara S. is held on Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m., and with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $80. Joyful Rhythms, Joyful Sounds takes place on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m., with all tickets priced at $12 each. 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.

At all summer concerts from July 6 to August 3, audiences are invited to enjoy an array of food and beverage options in the lobby, outside of Orchestra Hall and on the City of Minneapolis’ newly-revitalized Peavey Plaza, while listening to free live music by local artists. All Sommerfest outdoor and lobby entertainment pre- and post-concert is open to the public. A ticket is only required for entry to the full-Orchestra performances in the auditorium.

Sommerfest: Música Juntos

Friday, July 26, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Centro/Popol Vuh – Chef Jose Alarcon
Grand Café – Chef Jamie Malone
The Lexington – Chef Jack Riebel
Travail Collective – Chefs Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg
Rick Nelson, Star Tribune food critic
Sue Zelickson, founder of the Charlie Awards
with a special appearance by Appetite for Change

Chefs from the Travail Collective, Centro/Popol Vuh, Grand Café and the Lexington join Sarah Hicks and the Minnesota Orchestra onstage for a concert showcasing the intersection point of culinary and musical arts. As the chefs cook live onstage to curated musical selections performed by Hicks and the Orchestra—including movements from symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and a new arrangement of JT Evans’ Grow Food as performed in a viral video created by North Minneapolis-based organization Appetite for Change—all action will be projected on a large screen for easy viewing.

Tickets: $25 to $80

Sommerfest: Música Juntos

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sam Bergman, music and creative partner
The Moving Company
Dominique Serrand, director
Nathan Keepers, writer and ensemble
Jennifer Baldwin Peden, ensemble
Steven Epp, ensemble

The Moving Company premieres a new work about 19th-century musician Clara Schumann that centers around her partnership with husband, composer Robert Schumann, and her friendship with composer Johannes Brahms. Directed by Dominique Serrand, the musical-and-theatrical piece will feature Jennifer Baldwin Peden, Steven Epp and Nathan Keepers. It was created in collaboration with the Orchestra and violist Sam Bergman.

Tickets: $20 to $70

Sommerfest: Música Juntos

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
James Sewell Ballet, dance ensemble
Natsuki Kumagai, host
Maria Dively, American Sign Language interpreter
Freestyle dancers 

James Sewell Ballet joins this Minnesota Orchestra Relaxed Family Concert exploring connections between music and dance that features Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, as well as the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn riff on the original, Waltz of the Floreadores. Performing alongside James Sewell Ballet are guest student dancers from St. Paul Ballet. Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto also leads Copland’s setting of Simple Gifts, a movement from William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1, and Arturo Márquez’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo.

Relaxed Family Concerts are inclusive experiences designed for audiences of all ages and abilities. Pre- and post-concert activities include opportunities to try instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, meet dancers and Minnesota Orchestra musicians, and play with a model train.

Tickets: $12


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.

Música Juntos is sponsored by Target and TCF.

A Musical Feast is sponsored by the Star Tribune.

Minnesota Orchestra Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are sponsored by PNC Bank.

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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