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Steven Banks (Photo: Chris Lee)
Steven Banks | © Chris Lee

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

Fri Feb 9 — Sat Feb 10, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Smetana, Prokofiev, two thrilling debuts and a Minnesota Orchestra first all at once! Conductor Ruth Reinhardt and saxophonist Steven Banks, a 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, make their debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra to showcase Billy Childs’ recently premiered Diaspora, a concerto for saxophone and orchestra. The work co-commissioned by the Orchestra highlights Black experiences in America, with inspiration from poets including Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Then: romance, drama and intrigue capture the evening with a suite from Prokofiev’s gripping ballet score.

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The Friday night performance will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and streamed live on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Composer Billy Childs has been the recipient of 16 Grammy nominations and five Grammy Awards.
  2. Steven Banks is the first saxophonist to capture First Prize at the Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions in the organization’s 60-year history.
  3. The suite from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet that is performed in this program was compiled by conductor Ruth Reinhardt.

Date & Time





    Šárka, from Má vlast (My Homeland)


    Diaspora (Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra)


    Romeo and Juliet Suite


Minnesota Orchestra

Ruth Reinhardt


Steven Banks


Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored By

Huntington Bank

The 2023-2024 Classical Season is presented by Ameriprise Financial.