Minn. Orchestra fills out season with Live at Orchestra Hall, Sommerfest, family concerts

A young music fan tries a violin at a Minnesota Orchestra Family concert “Sound Discovery Station.” Courtesy of Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra today rounds out its classical season announced last week with what is to be called the Live at Orchestra Hall series (formerly the Orchestra Pops presentations), Sommerfest,  and its Friends and Family concerts.

The Live at Orchestra Hall season launches with the Orchestra playing live to a specially prepared print of the classic movie “West Side Story,” which preserves the dialogue and singing of the original stars, but has had the music removed. Sarah Hicks will conduct.

It’s the first of three film-based concerts, which include a tribute to Bugs Bunny, and the music of Pixar movies.

The season has an array of visiting guest artists including singer Bobby McFerrin, comedian Bill Cosby, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist John Pizzarelli in a tribute to Nat King Cole. Also performing at Orchestra Hall will be Matthew Morrison of the “Glee” television program and trumpeter Doc Severinsen, a long-time favorite.

Andrew Litton returns once again as artistic director of Sommerfest, which runs from from July 5 to 26. It will feature a mixture of piano recitals with Broadway shows, and a semi-staged production of Die Fledermaus.

In one change, the Family and Friends concert season will now be sponsored by the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra (formerly WAMSO.) The events in Orchestra Hall are free for children who come with an adult purchasing a ticket.

Details of the full seasons are below:

WEST SIDE STORY

Film with the Minnesota Orchestra, Live!

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra,  Sarah Hicks , conductor

The Minnesota Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein’s score live while the newly remastered film is shown in its entirety, with the original vocals and dialogue intact.

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Live at Orchestra Hall

CHRIS BOTTI: IMPRESSIONS

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Chris Botti , trumpet

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Live at Orchestra Hall

MATTHEW MORRISON OF GLEE with the Minnesota Orchestra

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Sarah Hicks, conductor, Matthew Morrison, vocals

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Live at Orchestra Hall

DOC SEVERINSEN’S SOLID GOLD with the Minnesota Orchestra

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra Doc Severinsen , conductor and trumpet, Vanessa Thomas, vocals

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Live at Orchestra Hall

RAMSEY LEWIS AND JOHN PIZZARELLI: STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT THE NAT KING COLE TRIBUTE

Friday, April 18, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Ramsey Lewis , piano John Pizzarelli, guitar

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Live at Orchestra Hall

BOBBY McFERRIN: spirityouall

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

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Live at Orchestra Hall

RED BARAAT

Friday, April 25, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Brooklyn-based ensemble Red Baraat makes its first-ever visit to Orchestra Hall, presenting a program that’s part Bollywood and part New Orleans brass band, adding some hip-hop, jazz, funk and go-go

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Live at Orchestra Hall

WARNER BROS. presents BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, May 23, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra George Daugherty,  conductor

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Live at Orchestra Hall

BILL COSBY LIVE

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

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Live at Orchestra Hall

THE MIDTOWN MEN with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, June 20, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Minnesota Orchestra Sarah Hicks , conductor

Christian Hoff , J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, vocals

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Live at Orchestra Hall

PIXAR IN CONCERT with the Minnesota Orchestra

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, Sarah Hicks, conductor

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Sommerfest

SALUTE TO AMERICA

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, conductor and program to be announced

The Minnesota Orchestra launches Sommerfest 2014 with a lively celebration of American music—all-time patriotic favorites to mark the anniversary of our nation’s independence.

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Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

RACHMANINOFF AND BRAHMS

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, July 11, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, Andrew Litton , conductor, Natasha Paremski , piano

KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

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Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

A NIGHT IN VIENNA

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra Andrew Litton, conductor, Natasha Paremski, piano

Program to include:

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1

J. STRAUSS, JR. On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

MOZART AND RACHMANINOFF

Friday, July 18, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, Courtney Lewis , conductor; Michael McHale , piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture 

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23

RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

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Sommerfest

BRAVO BROADWAY

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, Courtney Lewis, conductor

Program and vocalists to be announced

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Sommerfest

GERSHWIN AND BERNSTEIN

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra Andrew Litton, conductor and piano

COPLAND Rodeo

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 

BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On the Town 

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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Sommerfest

OPERA FINALE: DIE FLEDERMAUS

Complete Semi-Staged Opera

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, Andrew Litton , conductor

Cast to be announced

J. STRAUSS, JR. Die Fledermaus

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FRIENDS & FAMILY CONCERTS

ORCHESTRA HALL COMMUNITY HOUSE!

SUPERSONIC SOUNDS

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra, conductor to be announced Sedra Bistodeau, violin

R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, selection WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries SIBELIUS Violin Concerto: Allegro, ma non tanto (III) R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome: The Pines of the Appian Way (IV)Sound Discover Station held at 1pm in lobby.

RITE OF SPRING

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra Courtney Lewis, conductor

Lauren Stringer , author and narrator

Selections from: COPLAND Appalachian Spring, STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Sound Discover Station held at 2 p.m. in lobby.

CHRIS McKHOOL’S FIDDLEFIRE!

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Chris McKhool, fiddle and vocals

Kevin Laliberté , nylon string guitar

Drew Birston , electric bass

Alberto Suarez , percussion

Sound Discover Station held at 1 p.m. in lobby.

PETER AND THE WOLF

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra Courtney Lewis, conductor

Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumni, actors

PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf [production originally created by Theatre de la Jeune Lune] Additional program details to be announced.

  • Wanda Finda Jobfor-Henson

    It’s good to see things starting up again, however many bumps* along the way:
    *management-caused strife
    *fallout due to poor planning
    *extremely poor leadership
    *all work heaped on remaining staff after many layoffs
    *$13 million spent last season on…No…Concerts…!