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Minnesota Orchestra's Home for the Holidays Concert Returns for its Third Year with New Music and Stories

Sarah Hicks conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in holiday program at Orchestra Hall, December 14, 15 and 19

Concerts feature original music for the Orchestra and an ensemble of Minnesota singer-actors, including storytelling by Kevin Kling


The Minnesota Orchestra presents the return of its annual original holiday program with performances of Home for the Holidays on December 14, 15 and 19, at Orchestra Hall. Deeply rooted in Minnesota holiday traditions, this concert, led by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks, 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. In addition to Kling, the ensemble includes returning artists Christina Baldwin and Robert O. Berdahl, and new cast members Greta Oglesby and 11-year-old Huxley Westemeier, who performs the role of young Kevin Kling. The production was conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein; features original music by Robert Elhai, Stephen Paulus and Peter Ostroushko, among others; and includes an audience sing-along and performances from the choir members of VocalEssence Singers of This Age, whose conductor is G. Phillip Shoultz, III.

This year’s program also features several new musical selections, extending the concert length. Before and after the performance and during intermission, there are holiday activities for audiences to enjoy in the lobby. See the complete details of these activities below.

Concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, December 19, 2019, at both 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $35 to $70. 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.


NEW ENSEMBLE MEMBERS IN 2019
*Visit minnesotaorchestra.org for complete cast biographies and program information.

Greta Oglesby, ensemble
Greta Oglesby earned critical and audience acclaim when she played the lead in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change at the Guthrie Theater, a performance for which she was awarded an Ivey Award. Her recent performances include five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Crowns, Burial at Thebes, Sunshine Boys and Appomattox at the Guthrie; Gem of the Ocean and Amen Corner at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; and several major roles at Penumbra Theatre in shows such as Piano Lesson, The Ballad of Emmett Till and Black Nativity. She has recently published the book Mama ’n Nem: Handprints on My Life from Kirkhouse.

Huxley Westemeier, ensemble
Eleven-year-old Huxley Westemeier has performed in many local productions, most notably Watch on the Rhine at the Guthrie Theater, Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ordway, and the Children’s Theatre Company’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical. He performed on the first national Broadway tour of School of Rock the Musical as Billy, and most recently originated the role of August Rush in the world premiere of August Rush the Musical at the Paramount Theatre. In addition to theater, Westemeier enjoys composing and playing music, reading, linguistics, magic, biking, traveling and running with his dogs.


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT ORCHESTRA HALL

Santa at Orchestra Hall
Santa will be making appearances in the Orchestra Hall lobby at all Home for the Holidays concerts. In addition, on Sunday, December 15, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., families may reserve an appointment to have professional photos taken with Santa. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/santa

Holiday Donation Drive
From November 29 to December 22, the Minnesota Orchestra is partnering with Simpson Housing Services in a donation drive supporting members of our community who are experiencing homelessness. At Home for the Holidays performances, we invite you to bring donations of pajamas and ground coffee (no pods) to the collection box located by the tree on the main floor of Orchestra Hall’s lobby. All donations will be given to Simpson Housing Services, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to housing, supporting and advocating for people experiencing homelessness. 

Adoptable Dogs
Visit with adoptable dogs and learn about animal adoption with Midwest Animal Rescue & Services in the Target Atrium before Home for the Holidays concerts on Sunday, December 15, and before both performances on Thursday, December 19.

Holiday Crafts
Decorate gingerbread houses and create other crafts with The Norway House in the main lobby before Home for the Holidays concerts on Sunday, December 15 and the evening performance on Thursday, December 19. 

Holiday Caroling
Twin Cities choral conductors will lead a holiday sing-along in the Orchestra Hall lobby before select Home for the Holidays concerts. Join leaders Ryan LaBoy on the evening of Saturday, December 14, and G. Phillip Shoultz, III, on the morning of Thursday, December 19.


Holiday Concerts
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, December 19, 2019, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Peter Rothstein, stage director
Kevin Kling, writer and storyteller
Robert Elhai, composer and arranger
Peter Ostroushko, composer
Eric McEnaney, musical preparation
Christina Baldwin, ensemble
Robert O. Berdahl, ensemble
Greta Oglesby, ensemble
Huxley Westemeier, ensemble
VocalEssence Singers of this Age, choir

Tickets: $35 to $70


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Subscription packages and individual tickets 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 (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 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. 

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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