This summer the University of Minnesota School of Music's Ted Mann Concert Hall will host the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest 2012.
Highlights of the 33rd annual festival include performances of such popular works as Dvořák's New World Symphony, Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, the latter under the baton of Music Director Osmo Vänskä; a waltz-themed "Summer in Vienna" program; the Minnesota Orchestra concerto solo debuts of Concertmaster Erin Keefe and British pianists Danny Driver and Benjamin Grosvenor; all-Tchaikovsky and all-Beethoven programs; a patriotic Star-Spangled Salute to America; a tribute to the classic songs of American songwriter Harold Arlen; a visit by the popular Beatles tribute band "1964"; and a concert performance of the beloved Verdi opera Rigoletto, featuring Maureen O'Flynn, Stephen Powell and Gwyn Hughes Jones in principal roles, under Litton's direction.
"We're delighted to bring the music and magic of Sommerfest to Ted Mann Concert Hall," says Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton. "Audiences are sure to enjoy the intimate environment, the warm acoustics and, most of all, the stellar line-up of great artists performing a wide range of music. Ted Mann will be an outstanding venue for our first Sommerfest to be performed away from home."
Sommerfest's traditional outdoor component will continue, with all ticketholders invited to enjoy live music on the Ted Mann Terrace--to the north of the Hall--before all concerts. Food and beverages will be available on the Terrace for purchase by ticketholders before concerts and during intermission.
The Terrace adjacent to Ted Mann Concert Hall, which will be festively decorated for Sommerfest, is the setting for live music outdoors before all performances from June 29 through July 28, with a wide variety of local artists performing for ticketholders. In addition, food and beverages will be available for purchase before concerts and during intermission.
Sommerfest tickets go on sale to the general public on March 16, 2012, via the Orchestra's website at minnesotaorchestra.org. Tickets are available beginning on March 20, 2012, at the Orchestra Hall Box Office and by phone at (612) 371-5656. Subscribers to any Minnesota Orchestra concert series may purchase tickets beginning February 7, 2012.