Summer is flying by!  Hopefully you’ve already had a chance to sample some of the Sommerfest concerts; if not, there’s an exciting weekend coming up.

Strauss:  The Waltz King, Friday, July 24 at 8 pm & Sunday, July 26 at 2 pm

 Andrew Litton will conduct the Strauss concerts on July 24 & 26

Maybe you tune into Strauss waltzes broadcast from Vienna on New Year’s – now you can hear our own Minnesota Orchestra playing some of the Strauss family’s greatest hits in July! A number of the orchestra’s talented wind players will also be featured in two other works — Adam Kuenzel and Greg Milliren will solo in a medley of favorites for two flutes and orchestra from Bizet’s Carmen and Steven Campbell will delight you with a Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto.  Here’s the complete program, notes about the Strauss family and “Meet a Musician” bios of Adam KuenzelGreg Milliren andSteven Campbell.

Igudesman and Joo:  BIG Nightmare Music with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saturday, July 25 at 8 pm

If you have friends who think classical music is too serious, verging on pompous, take them to this concert, billed as “musical madness on a symphonic scale.”  Aleksey Igudesman, violin, and Hyung-ki Joo, piano, are among the funniest classical virtuosos ever; they’ve become internet sensations with over 35 million video hits!  Now you can hear them live with the Minnesota Orchestra with skits that draw our own musicians into the act.  According to a New York Times review, “Their blend of classical music and comedy, laced with pop culture references and a wholly novel take on the word slapstick, is fueled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity.” For more information and a sneak preview, click here.

Brass Boyz at the NE Brewer’s Block Party, Sunday, July 26 at 7 pm

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Brass Boyz quintet drew a standing-room only crowd at Sociable Cider Werks last winter.  They’ll be back again for the second annual NE Brewer’s Block Party onSunday, July 26, hosted by Sociable Cider Werks in their giant parking lot.  The event, held from 2-9 pm, features a live music stage with a variety of musical groups, food trucks, and beer, cider and spirits from a dozen breweries.   The Brass Boyz will be playing at 7 pm.  Last year’s block party drew 7,500 people and double that number are expected this year.   Biking will be a good way to get there – to park, look for the bike valet! Here’s more Block Party information.  If you go, check out the Minnesota Orchestra’s booth with some fun activities promoting Symphony and Suds, the 2015-16 program featuring Minnesota Orchestra musicians at local breweries.   Watch for an upcoming announcement of the Symphony and Suds Fall line-up.

Concert tickets for next season

We hope you enjoy these last two weeks of Sommerfest, with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly on Saturday, August at 7:30 pm, as the grand finale – and don’t forget those tickets for next season!

Strauss, Comedy and Craft Beer