Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Sarah Hicks is the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, a role in which she oversees planning for and conducts many concerts in the broad-spectrum series of popular music, jazz, Broadway classics, movie scores and other genres. She also conducted the Inside the Classics and Sam & Sarah series for ten seasons.
Hicks’ career has seen collaborations with a diverse range of artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s internationally-renowned popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards, multiple sold-out performances with Dessa and a live-in-concert recording released on Doomtree Records, and collaborations with indie band Cloud Cult. A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, she is passionate about creating concert experiences which combine sight and sound, and that welcome new audiences to the orchestral genre.
Chan Poling is a songwriter, bandleader, composer of theatrical, television and film scores, and a seasoned performer. His alternative rock band, The Suburbs, became a touchstone of the “Minneapolis Sound” in the 1980s, recording albums for Polygram and A&M Records. His charismatic jazz trio The New Standards performs in theaters and clubs around the world, including Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has written musical scores and songs for a variety of award-winning theater productions, TV shows, documentary and independant films and, commercials. Among the honors for his work are an Ivey for Glensheen, two Emmys and a Cine Golden Eagle for documentaries featuring his musical scores.
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Symphony Ball 2023 Committee
Event Chairs: Roma Calatayud-Stocks and Tom Stocks, M.D.
Honorary Chairs: Joe Green and Trudi Anderson
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