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Minnesota Orchestra Adds New Year's Eve Concert to Live Broadcast Schedule


Programming and New Concert Announcement

Newly-announced fall concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s First Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Alberga’s String Quartet No. 2 and Ballard’s Ritmo Indio

December 18 holiday program features Kevin Kling, a virtual collaboration with Border CrosSing and special appearances from guest authors and storytellers

Osmo Vänskä, William Eddins and Sarah Hicks conduct

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will perform a live New Year’s Eve concert on Thursday, December 31, 8 p.m., as part of the Orchestra’s 2020 calendar of concert livestreams and TPT television broadcasts. In additional news, the Orchestra shared programming details for its previously-announced December 18 holiday concert—“A Midwinter Gathering,” to be conducted by Sarah Hicks—and its two November concerts, which will showcase music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Ravel, Eleanor Alberga and Louis Ballard, among other composers.

Minnesota Orchestra concerts this fall are being presented live from Orchestra Hall, without in-person audiences, on Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and the Orchestra’s website, for listening and viewing at no cost. Hosted by Sarah Hicks, the first of these took place on Friday, October 2; the second was held on Friday, October 23, as an audio-only broadcast on Classical MPR. Additional concerts are scheduled for November 6, November 20 and December 18—as well as the newly-added New Year’s Eve performance on December 31. Please note: the New Year’s Eve concert replaces the previously-announced concert on December 4, 2020.

“New Year’s Eve is a time for music, a time to bid farewell to one year and look ahead with hope to the next,” said Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “We are looking forward to sharing all of those experiences with our concert audiences in real time this New Year’s Eve.” Repertoire for the New Year’s Eve performance will be announced at a later date.

Fall and Holiday Concert Programming
The program on November 6, titled “Spirit and Soul,” will showcase chamber music for the brass, percussion, woodwind and string instrument families, including Jean Sibelius’ Overture in F minor for Brass Septet; Louis Ballard’s Ritmo Indio, A Study in American Indian Rhythm; Meccanico, the first movement from Nebojša Jovan Živković’s virtuosic percussion piece, Trio per Uno; and Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings.

On Friday, November 20, the performance will open with chamber works by Maurice Ravel (Introduction and Allegro) and Eleanor Alberga (String Quartet No. 2) before a larger orchestra takes the stage for a performance of Beethoven’s First Symphony, led by Minneapolis-based conductor William Eddins, who in the 1990s served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor.

Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks will conduct “A Midwinter Gathering” on December 18. This concert experience, conceived and directed by Theatre Latté Da artistic director Peter Rothstein and featuring Minnesota storyteller Kevin Kling and special guest authors and storytellers, will include holiday music and collaborations centered around the theme of gathering, as well as a special virtual collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and the choral ensemble Border CrosSing, led by conductor Ahmed Anzaldúa.

Minnesota Orchestra Calendar: November 6 through December 31, 2020

These concerts will be shared live on Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s MN Channel and online at Most concerts will also be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio and at, hosted by Melissa Ousley. All these performances are provided free for live viewing and made available on demand for a limited time at following each event.

Spirit and Soul
Friday, November 6, 2020 / 8 p.m.

SIBELIUS                    Overture for Brass Septet
ŽIVKOVIĆ                   Meccanico, from Trio per Uno
BALLARD                   Ritmo Indio, A Study in American Indian Rhythm
MENDELSSOHN         Octet for Strings

Each section of the orchestra is featured in this program that includes a Jean Sibelius overture for brass, a captivating trio for the percussion section, a woodwind quintet inspired by the aesthetics of American Indian culture, and a vibrant string octet from the pen of a teenager.

Musical Originals
Friday, November 20, 2020 / 8 p.m.

William Eddins, conductor

ALBERGA                   String Quartet No. 2
RAVEL                        Introduction and Allegro
BEETHOVEN              Symphony No. 1

Minnesota Orchestra musicians perform a string quartet by Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga and a shimmering work by French composer Maurice Ravel for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet. The Minnesota Orchestra also performs its first full symphony of the 2020-21 season with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, conducted by William Eddins.

A Midwinter Gathering
Friday, December 18, 2020 / 8 p.m.

Sarah Hicks, conductor
Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
Kevin Kling
, host/narrator
Border CrosSing, chorus / Ahmed Anzaldúa, artistic director and conductor
Special guests to be announced

Sarah Hicks conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in a program featuring holiday music, storytelling from Kevin Kling and a gathering of special guests, plus a virtual collaboration with the Border CrosSing choral ensemble.

Vänskä Conducts A New Year’s Celebration
Thursday, December 31, 2020 / 8 p.m.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Program to be announced.

Join Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra for a joyful, virtual celebration of hope, health and promise for the new year.



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