International Day of Music

International Day of Music
July 16
12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Saturday July 16 | Noon to Midnight

A free, 12-hour music celebration featuring music, dance and activities for all ages. To mark the opening of our summer season, we're offering free performances by 20 different artists on four stages in and around Orchestra Hall, including an outdoor evening concert by the full Minnesota Orchestra on Peavey Plaza that will culminate in a spectacular pealing of church bells across downtown Minneapolis.

In the lead-up to the evening Orchestra concert, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre characters will interact with audience members near the Peavey Plaza stage, and at 8:30 p.m. the Minnesota Orchestra will offer its first full-ensemble outdoor performance on Peavey Plaza since 2008. Led by conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Orchestra will perform a one-hour program that culminates in the Great Gate of Kiev movement from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with a resounding finish: at the dramatic conclusion of the piece, church bells across downtown Minneapolis will peal in coordination. Organized in partnership with City of Bells, the Minneapolis nonprofit dedicated to coordinating, restoring and celebrating bells throughout the community, the concert will feature bells ringing from five downtown churches: St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Mary, St. Olaf Catholic Church and Central Lutheran Church, as well as Westminster Presbyterian Church, located directly across 12th Street from Peavey Plaza, where a new set of bells was installed in the Rose Tower in March 2020.

Join us to enjoy food, beverages, free music and summer in the city. For more information, click here to visit the Minnesota Orchestra's website.



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