Symphony Ball is the Minnesota Orchestra’s biggest fundraising event of the year. But it’s also an opportunity to get all our favorite people in one place, enjoy good food, drink, and company, and celebrate together our shared love of music and this wonderful, vibrant arts community.
But what IS Symphony Ball? What’s it like? Who’s going to be there? Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect when you get dressed to the nines and head out to the best party in town.
This grand event lives up to its title as a ball. The black-tie-recommended dress code, themed cocktails, and silent auction make the Symphony Ball an elegant affair.
It’s the perfect opportunity to put on your finest threads, take in some of the best music in the Twin Cities and support a terrific cause.
But who is a typical Symphony Ball attendee?
There really isn’t one.
Symphony Ball draws people for a whole lot of different reasons. No matter what brings them there, they share a common love for art, live music and celebrating the artistic community in Minnesota.
Music Everywhere You Turn
Symphony Ball is, first and foremost, a celebration of music. That’s why you’ll hear and see it everywhere you turn. A celestially-themed performance by the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is the centerpiece of the evening, and they will undoubtedly wow you. And there’s more:
Each year, a featured artist joins in the celebration and this year, Minneapolis-based Chastity Brown will play two tunes with the Orchestra followed by a 30-minute solo set. Brown has been featured everywhere from NPR to CMT, American Songwriter to Paste Magazine. This is an opportunity to hear an outstanding artist in her Minnesota Orchestra debut.
As you enter Orchestra Hall at 7:30pm, you’ll be greeted by the rock-rollin’ sounds of the Minnesota Orchestra Band (or M.O.B). The M.O.B. is a rock and roll band fronted by Principal Percussion Brian Mount and featuring other Minnesota Orchestra musicians and friends. They play Toto, Tom Petty, The Beatles, you name it. And they’ll be rocking out at the Symphony Ball.
Synergy Dance Band
Earning the title “Best Band” from Minnesota Bride magazine for an astonishing 13 consecutive years, Synergy Dance Band brings their killer vocals, wailing brass and electric stage presence to a party at Orchestra Hall. They’ll start after the Orchestra performs and boogie down until the night ends at 1am.
We thought you’d never ask.
One of the signatures of Symphony Ball is a custom craft cocktail menu and this year is a doozy. A good cup of coffee is a hallmark of a trip up North. Our friends at Caribou Coffee have helped us put together a coffee-themed cocktail menu guaranteed to knock your heels off.
One example is the Cold Press Tito’s Shandy. It’s a bold brew of Caribou cold press coffee, Tito’s vodka and lemonade. If that doesn’t tempt you, there will also be Dancing Ice, adult snow cones with a variety of colorful liqueurs. All that plus a standard drink menu, more signature cocktails and non-alcoholic concoctions.
The Silent Auction
The Symphony Ball silent auction is unlike any silent auction you’ve ever experienced. Of course, you’ll be able to bid on tickets to see the Orchestra or the Minnesota Vikings, or even a private cocktail mixing lesson at Tattersall Distillery. But you’ll also get a chance to bid on things you won’t find anywhere else. Here are just a few:
- Hang out at Surly Brewing with Minnesota Orchestra brass section
- A private lesson from one of the Orchestra musicians
- Challenge Principal Cello Tony Ross in a tennis match
Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on these items and much more when you get to the Ball.
How do you support the Orchestra?
The funds we raise at Symphony Ball (including your ticket purchase) are integral to fulfilling our mission to build a strong music and arts community in Minneapolis and around the state. Your ticket purchase helps us bring new audiences into the world of classical music and keep the arts an integral thread in the social, cultural and educational fabric of our community.
Plus, $50 of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible.
So put on whatever makes you feel fanciest (including your dancing shoes) and meet us at Orchestra Hall for an evening you won’t forget in support of the Minnesota Orchestra - and all the positives the arts bring to our community.
Tickets available only for a limited time, through Fri, 5/31.