Elegy: In Memoriam—Stephen Lawrence1 min note
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Elegy memorializes Stephen Lawrence, a Black British teenager murdered in April 1993 by a gang of young white men. The music is full of soulful harmonies with gentle dissonances in sonorous chords, under a plaintive melody, which characterize the heavy emotions brought to mind by this tragedy.
Piano Concerto No. 11 min note
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In his First Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s intent was simply to please his audience with enjoyable music and to promote the orchestra to a more equal status with the soloist. The piece is full of heroism, grandeur and a touch of humor; listen in the Largo for the clarinet’s important role.
Symphony No. 61 min note
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One of Bruckner’s less-heard symphonies—the Minnesota Orchestra has programmed it just three times before this week—the Sixth Symphony has a tone which is unmistakably Brucknerian, from blazing brass and strings to sonorous woodwind solos, with an ostinato rhythm that unites the work’s beginning and end.
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.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
- Valet Parking
- Pre-order Beverages
- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra Performance
When: Fri Apr 28 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
The MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra is a tuition-free symphonic orchestra program directed by Chi-Chi Bestmann. Seventh to 12th-grade students from schools all over the metro area rehearse Saturdays at Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis. The group performs a variety of pieces and genres and participates in an annual summer retreat at Madeline Island Chamber Music.
MacPhail and Ascension Catholic School
When: Sat Apr 29 | 7:15pm
The MacPhail After School Strings at Ascension Catholic School program represents a strong partnership between the two organizations since 1989. After School Strings meet three days a week for sectionals, rehearsals, and musicianship classes and they perform at Ascension, MacPhail downtown, and annually at Orchestra Hall.
Know Before You Go
An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.
Skip the lines at the bar! Pre-order your intermission beverage via the MN Orch App when you arrive at Orchestra Hall.
- Armless & Bariatric Chairs
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Large-Print Programs
- Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- Service Animals
- Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
Additional services are available upon request.