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Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Starting Thanksgiving weekend all the way through New Year’s Day, the Minnesota Orchestra’s holiday lineup is full of ways to make this season feel special. From screenings of iconic holiday movies with the Orchestra performing the score live to Handel’s magnificent Messiah alongside the Minnesota Chorale to brassy, big band and jazz interpretations of your favorite holiday tunes, there’s something for everyone in your family.

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Get your tickets for balloon-powered fun, and fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for a live movie and music performance.

Stylish, vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny, Up is the story of widower Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) as he makes new friends and gains new wisdom when he uses balloons to fly his house to South America. Performing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®-winning score in full, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks, brings this perfectly-crafted buddy movie to life.

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Fun Facts

  • Upon release, Variety praised “Michael Giacchino’s full-bodied, traditional score” as “superlative.”
  • Up won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 2010 Academy Awards as well as Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
  • Up introduces two scene-stealing non-human characters: a colorful flightless bird named Kevin and Dug, a Golden Retriever with a collar that translates his thoughts to speech.
  • Juilliard-educated composer Michael Giacchino has scored many award-winning films, including box office smash hits such as: Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Coco.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

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The Minnesota Orchestra's brass and percussion sections showcase their musical power and beauty in this new holiday offering. These concerts, performed at local churches, will offer a festive mix of seasonal and classical favorites that are sure to lift your spirits!

Program

MASON/arr. DiLorenzo
Joy to the World

GRUBER/arr. Ring
Silent Night

BACH/arr. Snedecor 
“Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen,” from Christmas Oratorio

TRADITIONAL/arr. Ward
The Christmas Nightingale

DILORENZO
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

RING
'Tis the Season

TRADITIONAL/arr. DiLorenzo
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

BULLA
A Manger Pastorale

YON/arr. Bulla
Gesù Bambino

TCHAIKOVSKY
The Sugar Plum Fairy

TRADITONAL/arr. Carmichael
The Twelve Days of Christmas

WADE/arr. Snedecor
O Come, All Ye Faithful

HANDEL/arr. Baldwin
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Proctor
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra Brass and Percussion sections
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Catherine Rodland, organ
  • Henry Charles Smith, narrator

Fun Facts

  • Fun facts, coming soon!

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Before the season rushes ahead, and the to-do list becomes too long to ever get done, set aside an evening for your soul. Handel’s Messiah opens with a tender call, “Comfort ye,” and its ringing Hallelujah Chorus will echo in your spirit throughout the holidays.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Daniel Moody, countertenor
  • Richard Croft, tenor
  • Benjamin Bevan, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details

About This Concert

The Minnesota Orchestra's brass and percussion sections showcase their musical power and beauty in this new holiday offering. These concerts, performed at local churches, will offer a festive mix of seasonal and classical favorites that are sure to lift your spirits!

Program

MASON/arr. DiLorenzo
Joy to the World

GRUBER/arr. Ring
Silent Night

BACH/arr. Snedecor 
“Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen,” from Christmas Oratorio

TRADITIONAL/arr. Ward
The Christmas Nightingale

DILORENZO
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

RING
'Tis the Season

TRADITIONAL/arr. DiLorenzo
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

BULLA
A Manger Pastorale

YON/arr. Bulla
Gesù Bambino

TCHAIKOVSKY
The Sugar Plum Fairy

TRADITONAL/arr. Carmichael
The Twelve Days of Christmas

WADE/arr. Snedecor
O Come, All Ye Faithful

HANDEL/arr. Baldwin
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Proctor
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra Brass and Percussion sections
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Catherine Rodland, organ
  • Henry Charles Smith, narrator

Fun Facts

  • Fun facts, coming soon!

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and music director Marcus Printup continue a beloved annual tradition with Big Band Holidays.

Featuring soulful, big band versions of classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Brazilian Sleigh Ride,” Big Band Holidays is a fun, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza that’s sure to brighten up your season.

Fun Facts

  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra features 15 incredible soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.
  • Marsalis took up the trumpet at age 6 and performed as a soloist the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14.
  • In 2001 Marsalis was made an International Ambassador of Goodwill as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • In 2010 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra established its first residency in Cuba with Cuban musicians including Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuondo.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Now in its third year, this merry mix of storytelling, carols and comedy speaks to the meaning of family, Christmas and home, with a uniquely Minnesotan twist.

Celebrate the season with a hilariously heartwarming event featuring Minnesota’s favorite storyteller, Kevin Kling. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra, Kling and special local guest performers illuminate the joy of the season through music, only-in-Minnesota traditions, the power of family and the story of a lost mitten.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Kevin Kling, narrator
  • Christina Baldwin, ensemble
  • Robert O. Berdahl, ensemble
  • Greta Oglesby, ensemble
  • Huxley Westemeier, ensemble

Fun Facts

  • We’re delighted to welcome a talented cast of Twin Cities-based actors and vocalists for this performance.
  • Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks and acclaimed director Peter Rothstein collaborated with Kevin Kling and composers Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko to create this original holiday show, with additional material by Stephen Paulus as well as other seasonal favorites.
  • Kevin Kling is a Minnesota treasure who has won the prestigious Whiting Award for Drama as well as the 2012 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Start your own holiday family tradition! Buy one adult ticket at full price, and additional youth tickets (age 6-17) are just $12.

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Give your holidays a boost of big, brassy joy in a performance by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his dazzling ensemble, including the fabulous Lazarus Brass.

A holiday tradition created by our own trumpeter extraordinaire Charles Lazarus, this concert brings the exuberance of brass to swing arrangements of carols, soulful gospel tunes and boppy pop favorites. Joined by powerhouse vocalists and his high-energy ensemble, Lazarus brings renewed brilliance to beloved classics. (Note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.)

Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, jazz bass
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Cameron Kinghorn, vocals
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • The Lazarus Brass

Fun Facts

  • At age 19, Charles Lazarus made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra while he was a student at Juilliard.
  • New York Newsday praises Lazarus’ “bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship.”
  • Keyboard player Tommy Barbarella was a member of Prince’s New Power Generation.
  • This program features sparkling versions of traditional songs including a big band reimagining of “We Three Kings,” and a New Orleans riff on “Frosty the Snowman.”

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Just in time for Christmas, join us as we screen the Oscar®-winning classic film It’s a Wonderful Life accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale.

Everyone’s must-watch holiday movie becomes a heartwarming live concert event as the Minnesota Orchestra performs Dimitri Tiomkin’s entire score alongside the movie. James Stewart plays down-on-his-luck George Bailey who is rescued on Christmas Eve by his guardian angel Clarence, who shows George what his town would be like if he had never existed.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • A box office flop in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life was revived in the 1970s through annual broadcasts on network television during the Christmas season, and was ranked number one by the American Film Institute in its 2006 list of the most inspiring films ever made.
  • The soundtrack features lush classic Hollywood string arrangements, festive brass tunes, a jazzy riff on “Buffalo Gals” and much more.
  • Four-time Oscar®-winner Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian émigré to Hollywood, best known for his scores for High Noon, Dial M for Murder and The Guns of Navarone.
  • Director Frank Capra was joined by writing legends Dorothy Parker, Dalton Trumbo and Clifford Odets in creating the movie script.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

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Meditative and magical, pianist George Winston returns to Orchestra Hall for an evening of winter-tinged favorites like the Carol of the Bells and selections from Peanuts® composer Vince Guaraldi. Inspired by the seasons, the land and myriad musical styles, Winston’s music is the perfect holiday accompaniment.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

Fun Facts

  • George Winston’s wide-ranging musical influences include “Fats” Waller, Jimmy Smith, The Doors, Sam Cooke and John Hartford.
  • The Intelligencer raves: “Pianist George Winston’s music cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.”
  • Winston is a practitioner, fan and preservationist of guitar music played in the Hawaiian slack-key finger style tradition.
  • At each of his concerts, George Winston partners with a local charity organization, requesting audience donations to local food banks and other services and donating proceeds from concert CD sales. Stay tuned for more information about this performance’s partner organization.
  • Commencing on March 21, George Winston embarks on a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of Restless Wind throughout the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. The new album is available for pre-order now.
  • A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

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

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Bagpipes, bow-ties and brilliant music: You’re invited to a gala New Year’s celebration that pops as Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a sparkling countdown to 2020.

Program

ELGAR
Military March No. 1 from Pomp and Circumstance / 6 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

WILLIAMS
Closing In, from Catch Me If You Can / 3 min

MILHAUD
Scaramouche / 9 min

RAUTAVAARA
A Tale of Love, from Book of Visions / 10 min

KENDALL
The Spark Catchers / 10 min

BRITTEN
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Jess Gillam, alto saxophone

Fun Facts

  • Don’t miss the fabulous party after the New Year’s Eve concert in Orchestra Hall’s lobby, featuring local jazz band Belle Amour and much more countdown fun!
  • At 20 years of age, saxophonist Jess Gillam is committed to bringing new audiences to classical music and, in an interview with The Telegraph, lobbied for “…more dancing, cheering and clapping between movements.”
  • A prolific composer, Vaughan Williams wrote symphonies, songs, choral works and chamber music, as well as music for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
  • British composer Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers is a tribute to the grace and strength of London’s Match Girls, who went on strike in 1888 to protest deplorable working conditions.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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