In the human mind, the onset of autumn—with its vibrant foliage, groggy bears, and epidemic of sentient pumpkins—is naturally accompanied by sweeping orchestration. Today's Groupon provides a stirring soundtrack to seasonal change: for $10, you get a ticket to one of two performances of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2010–11 season on either October 16 or November 27 (a $25 value). The orchestra performs live in the spacious confines of Orchestra Hall, located downtown on Nicollet Mall.
The first of the two performances takes place on Saturday, October 16, and begins at 8 p.m. During the performance, conductor Sarah Hicks will lead her audience through a potpourri of arrangements for the forthcoming season. Samples from the orchestra's pops, special-presentation revues, and holiday and classical repertoire will treat casual and passionate listeners alike to a level of acoustic perfection that no enchanted player-piano can replicate. The second concert takes place on Saturday, November 27, at 8 p.m., and features Hicks along with host Sam Bergman in a preview of the upcoming Inside the Classics season. The bill spotlights Copland's Appalachian Spring, making for a fitting celebration of Americana just in time for Thanksgiving weekend and National “Slather Yourself in Apple Brown Betty” Day.
Under the esteemed direction of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra advances into its second century of musical existence with a reputation as one of the finest symphonies in the nation. The seeds of the orchestra's very first performance in the fall of 1903 have blossomed into a modern-day 98-member collective that takes on diverse compositions from all stretches of musical history, even its controversial centuries-long drum solo. Seating is general admission and based on availability, so call ahead to reserve your choice of concert.
All concerts are open to children ages six years and older when accompanied by an adult.
The Minnesota Orchestra has earned praise from The New Yorker, the London Times, the New York Times and the Independent. Five Yelpers give it a four-star average and three Judy's Book reviewers like it too, giving Orchestra Hall four stars:
- For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world. – Alex Ross, The New Yorker
- What a stamping and a stomping and a whistling. The Prommers simply wouldn’t let the Minnesota Orchestra go. This was the second of their sold-out pair of Proms, and close to 6,000 punters wanted it to go on for ever. – Hilary Finch, London Times
Returning from its historic tour to Cuba in May of 2015 and Carnegie Hall last March, the Grammy Award–winning Minnesota Orchestra celebrates its second century as one of America’s premier symphonic ensembles, gathering accolades from publications such as the New York Times.
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