Bright Ideas with Sarah Hicks

Sarah Hicks
Sarah Hicks is the Minnesota Orchestra's Principal Conductor of Pops and Presentations.
MPR Photo/Euan Kerr

Conductor and composer Sarah Hicks, who is reinvigorating pops concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, joined Stephen Smith for Bright Ideas at the UBS forum on Feb. 22, 2011.


Sarah Hicks is the first woman to hold a titled conductor post in the Minnesota Orchestra's history and she also heads the innovative "Inside the Classics" series. Born in Tokyo and raised in Honolulu, Hicks became a prizewinning pianist by her early teens. Since then she's won numerous prizes and awards including the Thomas Hoopes Prize for composition, the Doris Cohen Levy Prize for conducting, and she was the recipient of the Presser Award during her time at Curtis Institute of Music.

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