Pride @ Orchestra Hall - Pre-Concert Performance

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Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Join Jennifer Grimm & Dan Chouinard as they provide pre-concert music @ Orchestra Hall. As the 2023–24 season comes to a close, we’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate: an extraordinary first season with Thomas Søndergård as our music director and the month-long Pride festivities here in Minneapolis and around the country. In a program close to Thomas’ heart, we invite you to join us for music by composers from the LGBTQ+ community featuring the Minnesota Orchestra return of soloist Francesco Piemontesi and culminating with the fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

Internationally Acclaimed Saxophone

Crooners’ Up Front Series: Saxophonist for Prince, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan and many more comes ‘Up Front’ for the first time in his own concert, telling stories from his career and playing the songs that brought him there.

Kenni Holmen, sax

Jennifer Grimm, vocals

Yohannes Tona, bass

Petar Janjic, drums

Kevin Gastonguay, piano

David Feily, guitar

Kenni Holmen is one of the most active recording and touring musicians from the Twin Cities area. Kenni has performed and recorded with many local, national and international artists over his twenty year career. Kenni has performed with Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, T.C. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Osmond, The Rev. Billy Graham Crusade, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Garrison Keilor, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra just to name a few. Kenni has recorded with Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Prince, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Ben Sidran, Baby Face, Mandy Moore, and many others. In addition to recording album projects and jingles, Kenni also writes, co-produces and has performed with New Age artist Lorie Line since 1993. This includes a performance at The White House in the fall of 2000. Kenni was voted “Best Tenor Sax Player” by Twin Cities Reader magazine. Kenni is also featured with Prince’s horn section called “The HornHeads” who have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 1992.

“Kenni Holmen is a musical freak of nature” –Vulfpeck