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Minnesota Orchestra Presents Symphony Ball 2020: A Night at the Moulin Rouge

Music Director Osmo Vänskä to conduct Symphony Ball performance at Orchestra Hall

The Orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser, held June 6 at Orchestra Hall, features the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest performers Laura Osnes and Byron Stripling, plus dinner, auctions, dancing and entertainment

Chaired by W. Anders Folk, Angela Pennington, Bill Miller and Katie Miller, the 2020 Symphony Ball celebrates the resplendent era of La Belle Époque in Paris, France

The Minnesota Orchestra presents its annual premier gala on June 6, 2020—the 64th annual Symphony Ball, A Night at the Moulin Rouge—inspired by the La Belle Époque era and the dancing, music and revelry that are trademarks of the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris, France. Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Orchestra in a performance of music by some of the greatest French composers, plus additional surprises including Broadway and early Jazz favorites. The Orchestra will be joined by two special guest artists: acclaimed trumpet player Byron Stripling and Minnesota-born Broadway star singer-actress Laura Osnes.

Tickets starting at $450 are now available for the full evening, which includes a seated dinner with Orchestra musicians and an auction. $95 Cabaret tickets are also available for those who would like to arrive after the dinner hour. Cabaret tickets include pre-concert entertainment performed by the Twin Cities Hot Club and access to the Minnesota Orchestra concert, plus a post-concert party that includes desserts, dancing, and entertainment provided by DJ Delphine des Disques and Nooky Jones.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Orchestra Hall and the adjoining Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale as of Friday, February 28, 2020. For more information and ticket options, see event details at the end of this press release or visit

Symphony Ball, which is the Orchestra’s most significant annual fundraising event, is chaired this year by W. Anders Folk, Angela Pennington, Bill Miller and Katie Miller, with Gordy and Dee Sprenger serving as Honorary Chairs. Since 1956, the annual Symphony Ball has raised millions of dollars in support of the Minnesota Orchestra, its musicians and education programs. This year’s event will continue to raise critical funds to support the artistic excellence and award-winning education and community engagement programs of the Orchestra.

Byron Stripling, host and trumpet
Recently named principal pops conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor, trumpet virtuoso, singer and actor Byron Stripling has led orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, he has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart. He also serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, he has soloed with over 100 orchestras around the world including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and orchestras throughout Europe and Asia, as well as multiple appearances on television and Broadway.  In addition to multiple recordings with his quintet and work with artists from Tony Bennett to Whitney Houston, his prolific recording career includes hundreds of albums with the greatest pop, Broadway, soul and jazz artists of all time. He earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Buck Clayton, in addition to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the GRP All Star Big Band.

Laura Osnes, soprano
Laura Osnes was most recently seen in the Hallmark Channel original movie A Homecoming for the Holidays after debuting with the network last summer in In The Key Of Love. She was last seen on Broadway starring in the Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand, which was filmed and released in movie theaters nationwide via Fathom Events. Other Broadway credits include Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde; Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes; Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific; and Sandy in Grease. Other New York/regional credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and Crazy For You; The Threepenny Opera; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall; On The Town with the Boston Pops; Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. In addition to touring the country with her popular concert series Broadway Princess Party, her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra.

A Night at the Moulin Rouge

Saturday, June 6, 2020 / Orchestra Hall and the Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Byron Stripling, host and trumpet
Laura Osnes, soprano 

Tickets that include dinner
start at $450

 Event begins at 5:00 p.m.
 Includes welcome reception with formal dinner, auctions, the Minnesota Orchestra performance, desserts, live music and dancing 

Cabaret Tickets: $95
 Arrive at 8:00 p.m.
 Includes pre-concert entertainment, the Minnesota Orchestra performance, desserts, live music and dancing. 

To purchase tickets, visit

Special thanks to presenting sponsor: Best Buy.




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