Past Concerts

Past Concerts

Past Concerts
  • Watch Now: Disarmed and Unfinished

    “Our job is to demonstrate truth, beauty and humanity through art. We have designed our May concerts to acknowledge the world we live in and to show empathy for others.” – Susie Park, First Associate Concertmaster

    Through music by Lancaster, Stravinsky, Penderecki and Schubert, the Minnesota Orc...

  • Dreams and Discovery

    From Greek mythology to Italian comedy to Austrian folk dance, this Minnesota Orchestra concert dives deep into evocative dream worlds and whimsical storytelling. Orchestra horn player Ellen Dinwiddie Smith is featured in Eleanor Alberga’s The Shining Gates of Morpheus for string quartet and horn...

  • Outliers and Intrigue

    German conductor Marc Albrecht makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in a program that highlights the unpredictable. Opening with Joel Thompson’s powerful In Response to the Madness, the program also features a magical trio for flute, bassoon and harp composed in 1986 by Miguel del Aguila and concl...

  • A Musical Passport

    Take a musical visit abroad with the Minnesota Orchestra without leaving your home. Hear music celebrating such locales as Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Russia, Armenia and more. Hosted and conducted by Sarah Hicks, the concert also includes reflections on world travel from Orchestra musicians and an intr...

  • Lament and Beauty

    The Minnesota Orchestra steps into spring with the profound slow movement from Pulitzer Prize-winner George Walker's String Quartet No. 1. Osmo Vänskä conducts Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a work of strength and optimism that looks ahead to warmer days, and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet soar...

  • Soaring Strings

    What a joy it is to welcome conductor Juraj Valčuha back to Orchestra Hall for a concert featuring Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, performed by violinist and Orchestra friend James Ehnes, and Felix Mendelssohn’s sparkling Italian Symphony. This concert opens with two captivating works for str...

  • Musical Menagerie

    Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats!

    Musical Menagerie will invite viewers to connect music with animals—thanks to a partnership with The Minnesota Zoo—in a live concert that presents a variety of composers and styles of music as well as unique film elements and...

  • Heart and Hope

    Eight months after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as the Minnesota Orchestra continues to reckon with the racial injustice in our community, this heartfelt concert opens with reflective music by Philip Herbert. His Elegy: In Memoriam—Stephen Lawrence remembers another life tragically...

  • Symphonies and Surprises

    Program includes:
    Symphony No. 1

    Bassoon Concerto

    Program Notes and Details

  • Vänskä Conducts a New Year's Celebration

    Celebrate with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra for a joyful evening full of hope, health and promise for the new year.

    Program Notes and Details

  • A Midwinter Gathering with Kevin Kling

    Gathering with our community, our family, and our people to celebrate this holiday season will likely be different than in years past. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra performs holiday favorites, while storyteller Kevin Kling, and local poets and writers share what coming together mean...

  • Musical Originals

    String Quartet No. 2 / 15 min

    Introduction and Allegro / 10 min

    Symphony No. 1 / 27 min

    Program Details and Notes

  • Spirit and Soul

    Overture for Brass Septet / 9 min

    Meccanico, mvmt. I from Trio per Uno / 6 min

    Ritmo Indio, A Study in American Indian Rhythm / 12 min

    Octet / 33 min

    Program Details and Notes

  • Vänskä Conducts Season Premiere

    Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra’s season premiere broadcast and livestream concert, featuring Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Serenade No. 12.

    Performed live at Orchestra Hall on Friday, October 2, 2020

    Serenade No. 1...

  • Vänskä Conducts Strauss

    A pilot livestream concert led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring music by Devonté Hynes, Richard Strauss and Minnesota Orchestra musician Kari Sundström.

    Performed live at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Perfectly Voiceless / 12 min

    Metamorphosen, Study f...