Enter Classical MPR's giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Dessa perform Sept. 18 with a string quartet composed of Minnesota Orchestra members.
In March 2019, Dessa and the Grammy-winning Minnesota Orchestra joined forces to record a live album, Sound the Bells. They sold out two nights at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, wired it with microphones, and put on an epic show.
But how do hip-hop tracks get transformed into compositions that can be played by more than 75 classical musicians? (Spoiler: It involves arranger extraordinaire Andy Thompson and more than a thousand pages of scores.) Is it true that conductor Sarah Hicks uses a baton molded specially for her hand? (It is.) Does Dessa's floor-length red cape write its own Instagram posts? (You'll have to ask it yourself.)
This program will pull back the curtain to explore the workings of this ambitious project through stories, images and live performances from a string quartet composed of Minnesota Orchestra players.
Performance: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
Location: Orchestra Hall Target Atrium (1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
Host: Andrea Swensson of The Current