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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Group Sales: Senior Groups

 

Our Sunday matinee series and Thursday morning coffee concerts are a popular favorite with senior groups of 10 or more. The coffee concerts include complimentary coffee and donuts. Our facilities are fully accessible with amenities including bus parking, accessible seating and assistive listening devices.

How to get your tickets:

Tickets available in price sections 2-4 for select concerts. Contact Group Sales to purchase.

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Complete the form at the bottom of the main group sales page. Place your reservation now!

Eligible Concerts

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Mozart's Double Piano Concerto

About This Concert

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Feb 22 8pm

Sat Feb 23 8pm

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Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7

About This Concert

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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Artists

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

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

Fri Mar 1 8pm

Sat Mar 2 8pm

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Vänskä, Currie and Copland

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Mar 14 11am

Fri Mar 15 8pm

Sat Mar 16 8pm

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Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

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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Artists

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Mar 21 11am

Fri Mar 22 8pm

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The Swingles

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Sun Mar 24 2pm

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Stephen Hough Plays Mendelssohn

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Wed Apr 3 7:30pm

Thu Apr 4 11am

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Rivas Conducts Dvořák

About This Concert

We introduce a bright new talent in these concerts. Ilyich Rivas made his professional conducting debut at just 16. Now in his mid-20s, the dynamic Venezuelan-American conductor has been described by The Guardian as a “phenomenon” who is “strikingly, almost disconcertingly good.” Hear for yourself what the excitement is about as Rivas makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut leading Dvořák’s bucolic Eighth Symphony and Ginastera’s colorful Ballet Suite. Dazzling American violinist Stefan Jackiw completes the program performing a masterwork: Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

Program

GINASTERA 
Ballet Suite from Estancia / 12 min

MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto / 27 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8 / 36 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Born in 1985, Stefan Jackiw made his European debut at age 14, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the same work he’ll play on our program. That debut performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times and The Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.”
  • Rivas has previously held positions with the London Philharmonic (Assistant Conductor) and Baltimore Symphony (BSO/Peabody Institute Conducting fellow). In 2011 he traveled to Australia at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Apr 12 8pm

Sun Apr 14 2pm

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Vänskä Conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

About This Concert

Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness with glittering Romanticism as Vänskä conducts Tómasson, Siblelius, Beethoven, and the U.S. premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus / 5 min

*GORDON
Prometheus [U.S. Premiere] / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TÓMASSON
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 16 min

SIBELIUS
Tapiola / 19 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In the Romantic era during which Beethoven composed, Prometheus was viewed as symbol of lone genius whose attempts to improve human existence could lead to tragedy, as reflected in the sub-title for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus.
  • Tapiola was Sibelius's last major work, a tone poem, inspired by the wanderings of a forest spirit in the The Kalevala, a nineteenth century epic poem based on Finnish folklore and mythology.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Apr 25 11am

Fri Apr 26 8pm

Sat Apr 27 8pm

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Erin Keefe Plays Bernstein's Serenade

About This Concert

Immerse yourself in beauty of Leonard Bernstein’s mercurial Serenade, performed spectacularly by Concertmaster Erin Keefe, as well as stormily passionate minor-key symphonies from two towering classical composers who Bernstein cherished and championed.

Program

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44, Mourning Symphony / 22 min

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium" / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Divertimento / 15 min

MOZART
Symphony No 40 / 22 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

Fun Facts

  • Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's centenary, and also in honor of Boston itself, as he was graduate of Harvard University and The Boston Latin School. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
  • Plato's Symposium was inspired, according to Bernstein, by ancient dialogues about the nature of love, though scholars now speculate it was also a coded reference to Bernstein's own homosexuality.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri May 3 8pm

Sat May 4 8pm

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Verdi Requiem

About This Concert

Fusing operatic drama, gorgeous solo moments and symphonic prowess, Verdi’s Requiem is a transcendent musical rollercoaster well suited to the gift of Edward Gardner, a wunderkind conductor of symphonies and operas worldwide.

Program

VERDI
Requiem / 83 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edward Gardner, conductor
  • Ailyn Pérez, soprano
  • Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo
  • René Barbera, tenor
  • Eric Owens, bass-baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Verdi's Requiem Mass was first performed in the Milan Cathedral on May 22, 1874. He composed it to honor a famous novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who died the previous year.
  • A student at Eton, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Gardner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri May 17 8pm

Sat May 18 8pm

Sun May 19 2pm

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Gershwin Piano Concerto in F 

About This Concert

A pair of symphonic poems, an audacious piano concerto, and a folkloric work by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski combine to create the perfect musical menu for late spring: lush, impressionistic and shimmering.

Program

BORISOVA-OLLAS 
The Kingdom of Silence  / 15 min

*GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F / 29 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun / 10 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Concerto for Orchestra / 26 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrey Boreyko, conductor
  • Orion Weiss, piano

Fun Facts

  • The Baltimore Sun proclaims “Borisova-Ollas’ The Kingdom of Silence is beautifully structured…it begins and ends with exquisite subtleties.”
  • A performance of the Gershwin Concerto’s third movement appears in a humorous fantasy sequence in the film An American in Paris (1951).

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

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu May 30 11am

Fri May 31 8pm

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Nagano Conducts Bruckner

About This Concert

Layering expressive understanding with elegant technique, both Montreal Symphony music director Kent Nagano and Austrian pianist Till Fellner shine in this concert of Mozart and Bruckner that truly reveals the range of their luminous talents.

Program

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20  / 28 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 6 / 54 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kent Nagano, conductor
  • Till Fellner, piano

Fun Facts

  • A late bloomer, Anton Bruckner only began composing music at age 37.
  • The Chicago Classical Review praises Fellner’s “easy fluency,” “pearly tone” and “singing way with a phrase.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Jun 6 11am

Fri Jun 7 8pm