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Sterling Elliott

Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Thu Apr 18 — Fri Apr 19, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska makes a long-awaited debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. Joining her for this program is American cellist Sterling Elliott, a fast-rising star who has been winning concerto competitions since he was just 7 years old. Together, Poska, Elliott and the Minnesota Orchestra share bright, sunny music—including crowd favorites by Aaron Copland, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ludwig van Beethoven—in a program that invites the energy of spring into Orchestra Hall with open arms!

A Few Things to Know

  1. Only 24 years old, cellist Sterling Elliott is one of three awardees of the 2024 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, receiving a $50,000 career grant.
  2. Tchaikovsky composed his Rococo Variations during a challenging period of depression and poor health, but the piece flowed quickly onto paper and helped Tchaikovsky to work through the difficult time.
  3. Igor Stravinsky once commented that the Eighth was his personal favorite of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Date & Time





    Appalachian Spring


    Variations on a Rococo Theme


    Symphony No. 8


Minnesota Orchestra

Kristiina Poska


Sterling Elliott


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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.



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