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Cloud Cult Returns to Orchestra Hall for Two Performances with the Minnesota Orchestra

Concerts on March 20 and 21 are conducted by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks

Following their sold-out performances at Orchestra Hall in April 2018, indie rock band Cloud Cult returns to the stage for two concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra on March 20 and 21, led by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks. Working with arranger Andy Thompson—who also orchestrated the music for Minnesota Orchestra’s collaborations with Dessa—the group will perform re-imagined songs from their extensive catalog and new works from an upcoming album.

The common thread throughout Cloud Cult’s music and films is their uplifting message, continual celebration of life, love and catharsis through music. The band has toured consistently throughout their career, and their shows—including these concerts at Orchestra Hall—feature live painters on stage, a longstanding tradition for the group.

The concerts are performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $46.75 to $123.75. Limited tickets remain. 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.

Cloud Cult began as Craig Minowa’s solo studio project, and over the course of ten studio albums the band has grown with an evolving lineup of musicians. Cloud Cult’s philosophical lyrics and hybrid orchestral rock sound have brought the band accolades from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork and National Public Radio. Cloud Cult’s industry-leading environmental practices led to Rolling Stone ranking the band in the Top 10 greenest bands. In 1999 Craig Minowa and his wife Connie formed Earthology, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing individuals, schools and businesses tools for environmental sustainability. Craig Minowa created the Earthology Records branch, and he co-developed the first 100% post-consumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. market. The band began zero net greenhouse practices for tours long before it was trendy, and their merchandise is made of 100% post-consumer recycled or certified organic materials. Cloud Cult has also planted several thousand trees to absorb the band’s CO2 output, their studio is powered by solar energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic, and they donate heavily to projects that build wind turbines as revenue generators on Native American reservations. More:

Sarah Hicks, conductor
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 2019-20 season, she has conducted the Orchestra in numerous programs including performances with Ben Folds; a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald featuring Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare; and live performances of movie scores in the Movies and Music series including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and It’s a Wonderful Life. Away from Orchestra Hall, she recently conducted performances of Disney Pixar’s Coco at the Hollywood Bowl as well as the orchestra in ABC’s live televised production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. More:

Live at Orchestra Hall

Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Cloud Cult  

Tickets: $46.75 to $123.75


Subscription packages and individual tickets 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 (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.

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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