The Minnesota Orchestra announced plans Tuesday for the series, “Live at Orchestra Hall,” featuring a showcase of Broadway and television singers and actors, jazz and pop icons, world music, animated film scores and a beloved comedian – Bill Cosby.

The renamed series, led and conducted by Sarah Hicks, will feature shows with well-known singers and musicians, including Bobby McFerrin, Matthew Morrison of “Glee,” Chris Botti and Pops Conductor Laureate Doc Severinsen, guitarist John Pizzarelli, GRAMMY award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis and more.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the reopening of Orchestra Hall with a re-tooled series that takes its name from this beautifully renovated venue—home to great music of many styles throughout its 40-year history,” Hicks said. “I look forward to reuniting with the Orchestra and our audiences to explore a wide spectrum of favorites old and new, from Bernstein to Broadway to Buzz Lightyear!”

Cosby will also return to Orchestra Hall, performing spoken-word comedy.

The Orchestra also unveiled the lineup for Sommerfest, the urban summer music festival that returns to the Orchestra Hall for the first time since 2011, led by Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton.

“Orchestra Hall will brim with great music at this year’s Sommerfest, with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra featured on each and every concert,” Litton said. “The excitement both onstage and off is fueled by the presence of great artists performing a range of music. Fans of the piano, Strauss and American music are in for real treats. Add a plethora of symphonic favorites by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and more—and another great summer is on the way for audiences!”

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