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Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel. Instructor Nancy Boler from Common Ground Meditation Center will facilitate this experience in the Orchestra Hall lobby for beginners and experienced yogis alike!

Fun Facts:

  • Sun salutations meet live music in our new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.
  • Nancy Boler first experienced yoga in Nepal while serving in the Peace Corps in 1994 and earned her teaching certification at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts in 2000. She has been teaching yoga ever since and loves blending the worlds of yoga and meditation in her classes and her practice.
  • Nancy Boler teaches Mindful Yoga, primarily at Common Ground Meditation Center, which won "Best Place to do Yoga" in the City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities ® 2018 issue.
  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.

Accessibility

Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

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Renowned twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton sparkle in Mozart’s lyrical conversation between two pianos while former Minnesota Orchestra director Edo de Waart returns to the stage with a triumphant Respighi reprise.

Program

*BATES
Garages of the Valley  / 11 min

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra  / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

RESPIGHI
Church Windows / 25 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • This performance is a homecoming of sorts for Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. He was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1986 to 1995.
  • Born in Princeton, NJ, Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They are Steinway Artists who currently reside in New York City.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

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Stand up and cheer as VocalEssence honors past, present, and future trailblazing African and African American women who persist against all odds to change their communities and the world.

Atlanta’s Spelman College Glee Club will join the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers Of This Age in this electrifying program, which celebrates entrepreneurship, highlights the importance of education, and advocates for the equality of all.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Spelman College Glee Club
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Ilhan Omar
  • Sharon Sayles Belton

Concert Conversation at 3pm

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by a small ensemble of our world-class musicians at FINNEGANS. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Featured Artists

Location:

FINNEGANS Brew Co.
817 5th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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More Details:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a just sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. As this event is not at Orchestra Hall, space and parking is limited. Please see off-site address above. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

#PintOfMusic

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Join us for two can’t-miss guests as Moscow-born guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk takes the stage for a graceful rendering of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony, and powerhouse cellist Johannes Moser performs Lutosławski’s concerto.

Program

PROKOFIEV
Suite from Love for Three Oranges / 15 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Cello Concerto / 23 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7  / 31 min

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Fun Facts

  • Prokofiev died at the age of 61, on March 5, 1953, the same day Stalin's death was made public. For three days, hordes of Stalin’s mourners made it impossible to transfer Prokofiev for burial.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. More at atomstringquartet.com

The Polish-American Cultural Institute of Minnesota ( PACIM) is a non-profit organization offering broad ranging programs and events that provide opportunity to grow deeper in understanding and appreciation of Polish and Polish American traditions, culture, and history.

The Concert Series is PACIM's new initiative that brings to you and Twin Cities audience concerts highlighting accomplishments of Polish and Polish American musicians and composers. We start 2019 with an exciting ATOM String Quartet jazz concert. Visit pacim.org to learn more about our organization.

This event is general admission and will be performed in the Target Atrium.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.  

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This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature Young People’s Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart and her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists. Writer Shane Hawley will also perform his original poetry inspired by the magical Carnival of Animals.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Yaniv Segal, conductor
  • Shane Hawley, poet and host
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre, dance ensemble
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Jacob Taggart, piano

Fun Facts:

  • Students will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be selections from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and other favorite works related to animals.
  • Featured poet Shane Hawley is a writer and performer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a 2010 National Poetry Slam Champion and the author of ABC Death, a hilarious, macabre picture book about the tricky interactions between humans and animals, published by Button Poetry.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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About This Concert:

Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature Young People’s Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart and her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists. Writer Shane Hawley will also perform his original poetry inspired by the magical Carnival of Animals.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Yaniv Segal, conductor
  • Shane Hawley, poet and host
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre, dance ensemble
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Jacob Taggart, piano

Program

ROSSINI
Finale from William Tell Overture / 4 min

GERSHWIN
Promenade (“The Real McCoy”), from Shall We Dance, arr. Berkowitz / 4 min

MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, Mvmts. IV and V / 5 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Danse des cygnes, Act II Scene 13 (III & IV) from Swan Lake / 5 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Carnival of the Animals / 22 min

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

Carnival of the Animals Pre-Visit Story (pdf)

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for an inclusive concert experience sure to delight audiences of all ages and abilities! All seats $12. One-hour concert in a relaxed environment. No intermission.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Featured poet Shane Hawley is a writer and performer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a 2010 National Poetry Slam Champion and the author of ABC Death, a hilarious, macabre picture book about the tricky interactions between humans and animals, published by Button Poetry.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 2pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, participate in art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! These concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s homage to composer Steve Martland, performed hypnotically by Colin Currie, and Missy Mazzoli’s darkly evocative work inspired by James Tate’s poem The Lost Pilot.

Program

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us / 9 min

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere] / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3 / 38 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • Composer Missy Mazzoli, called “Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart” by Timeout New York, won the Best Opera of 2016 award from the Music Critics Association of North America for her work Breaking the Waves.
  • Given its U.S. premiere at these concerts, Martland Memorial is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s concerto-style musical tribute to his friend and fellow composer Steve Martland, and was composed especially to showcase the percussion genius of Colin Currie.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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About This Concert

There’s no better way to celebrate the start of spring than with rush of beautiful music, including Libby Larsen’s poetically lush Symphony: Water Music, Schubert’s lyrical Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ ode to Vienna’s majestic Danube River.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUMANN
Violin Concerto / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

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Fun Facts

  • In 1983, Larsen was one of the Minnesota Orchestra’s two composers-in-residence, making her the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major American orchestra. She composed her first symphony, Water Music, for the Minnesota Orchestra, which premiered in 1985 under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.
  • When Schubert died at age 31, he had composed more than 1,000 pieces of music. Like many young artists, he had to make the choice between music and a “serious” profession; fortunately for fans, he dropped out of law school.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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With star-crossed lovers, villains, Monty Python-esque comedy, and a beautiful score, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is opera for the people.

Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of “the best of all possible worlds” on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. Imagined by Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein, the all-star cast will perform a theatrical concert version, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s music.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Shinah Brashears
  • Phinehas Bynum
  • Michael Fairbairn
  • Bradley Greenwald
  • Rodolfo Nieto
  • Liv Redpath
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Philip Brunelle, music director
  • Peter Rothstein, stage director

Concert Conversation at 6:30pm.

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

This production is in partnership with Theater Latté Da.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About This Concert

Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert

Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert

In almost six decades, this five-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group has built a reputation of doing things their own way. From their 1962 debut release, Jazz Sebastian Bach, to their numerous film and TV appearances to their most recent release, Folklore, The Swingles have never stopped reinventing themselves. Experience in person their enchanting sound, compelling originals and unique takes on everything from Bach to the Beatles.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

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Fun Facts

  • The group won five Grammy® awards, has made more than 50 albums and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee.
  • The Swingles’ newest album, Folklore, explores folk music from around the world and features collaborations with traditional artists.

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Back by popular demand, Dessa returns to Orchestra Hall this spring for a not-to-be-missed live concert experience featuring new material, with a special twist: for the first time ever, Dessa records a live-in-concert album with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Produced by Lazerbeak and Andy Thompson—the team behind Dessa's most recent release, Chime—the album recorded at these concerts will be released later in 2019 on Doomtree Records. Don’t miss this historic event!

Artists

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Fun Facts

  • These concerts mark Dessa's fourth collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra following sold-out concerts in April 2017 and October 2018 as well as a memorable performance at the Orchestra's 2017 Symphony Ball.
  • As a correspondent for Classical Minnesota Public Radio, Dessa traveled alongside the Orchestra to document its August 2018 South Africa tour.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Boldly go where few films have gone before as the Enterprise crew confronts one of the greatest threats Starfleet has ever faced (Benedict Cumberbatch) in J.J. Abrams’ 2013 sci-fi blockbuster, while the Orchestra plays Michael Giacchino’s spectacular score – live!

Artists

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Fun Facts

  • Director J.J. Abrams praises Giacchino’s music as “the secret weapon of the Star Trek series.”
  • Giacchino holds the distinction of being the only composer to score both a Star Trek movie and a Star Wars movie, the latter being 2016's Rogue One.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

©2013 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.

Sponsor:

US Bank

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Let’s create together! In this musical story time, your little ones can roll up their sleeves and make a craft, sing along to nursery rhymes with our singers, and hear acclaimed local author Nancy Carlson read some of her most-loved books.

Listen to brand new songs written by teen moms through our Lullaby Project, and create a song with us that you can take home.

Tickets: $15 Adults, FREE Children (Age 0-17); All seating general admission.

  • Members of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Nancy Carlson, author

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About This Concert

Join the Minnesota Orchestra for world-renowned British pianist Stephen Hough’s precisely attuned and poetic translation of Mendelssohn’s opulent concerto as well as guest conductor Han-Na Chang’s dynamic handling of Beethoven’s towering Eroica symphony.

Program

*SHEPHERD 
Silvery Rills / 4 min

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica / 51 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Hough discovered his affinity for piano when he selected more than one hundred nursery rhymes on his aunt’s piano. He went on to become one of the youngest students at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to The Juilliard School.
  • The symphony was originally written in honor of Napoleon, who Beethoven believed to a champion of freedom. When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, Beethoven was disgusted and changed the name from "The Bonaparte Symphony" to "Eroica."

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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