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Benson Great Hall is one of the finest performing arts centers in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area, hosting concerts, performances, conferences, and more. Our comfortable seating, excellent acoustics, and friendly staff make it the perfect venue to take in a concert or event. The suspended acoustic canopy reflects sound to both audience and performers. In addition, the hall’s unique truss system and motorized rigging allows for creative stage design. Other signature features include a 4,000 pipe, 67-rank Blackinton organ, and a thrust extension on the main stage.

Wheelchair accessible seating is available on the main floor in front of the Mezzanine. Please advise a ticket representative of accessible seating needs when ordering tickets or contact the Ticket Office at any time.

Benson Great Hall and other spaces are available for rent, find out more!

Upcoming Events

FEB 24 2020

Coon Rapids Band

7 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

FEB 27 2020

Marcus Simmons, bass-baritone

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The recital will survey examples of oral history as captured in Negro Spirituals, art songs, and even gospel songs, covering the breadth of the American black experience over 400 years of history and tradition.

FEB 28 2020

Fernando Ortega

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Dove award winner, Fernando Ortega, will present a concert in Benson Great Hall.

MAR 4 2020

Irondale Orchestra

7 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Community Event

MAR 8 2020

Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder"

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Baritone Gerard Sundberg will present Mahler's song cycle. The "FluteSpiration" flute quartet will present flute stylings on the other half of the program.

MAR 12 2020

Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Chamber Orchestra under conductor Hannah Schendel will present its 2020 spring concert.

MAR 14 2020

Suzuki Association of MN

8 a.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

MAR 15 2020

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

2 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

MAR 15 2020

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

MAR 26 2020

Bethel Women's Choir Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Bethel Women's Choir conducted by Paula Holmberg will present their Home Concert prior to their Spring Tour to Duluth.

MAR 28 2020

Bethel Choir Tour Concert - Arden Hills, MN

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Bethel Choir and conductor Merrin Guice Gill perform throughout Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa during their 2020 music tour.

APR 3 2020

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Bethel Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will present their Home concert concluding the 2020 Spring Tour to Boston.

APR 4 2020

VocalEssence

8 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

APR 5 2020

Mississippi Valley Orchestra Concert: Mahler 1

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinists Susie Park and Sarah Grimes playing the famous Bach Concerto for Two Violins. Also featuring Ethel Smyth's soaring, ethereal 1904 piece "On the Cliffs of Cornwall." 

APR 16 2020

Great Hall Choral Arts Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Featuring area high school choirs with the Bethel choirs

APR 17 2020

Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir from Jönköping, Sweden, will present a concert of choral classics and Swedish folk music during the choir's 2020 American tour.

APR 18 2020

Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band

7 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Spring Concert

APR 19 2020

GTCYS Camarata/Concert Orchestra and Bethel Chamber Orchestra Collaborative Concert

2 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Bethel Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with the GTCYS Camarata and Concert Orchestra.

APR 24 2020

Forest Lake High School

7 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

APR 25 2020

Minneapolis Commodores

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

It's the annual show for this rental group. They perform high energy, close harmony, a cappella music.

APR 26 2020

Northern Lights Chorale

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Spring Concert

APR 28 2020

Philharmonic Community Orchestra Spring Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Classic orchestral favorites featuring a "water" theme conducted by Hannah Schendel

MAY 1 2020

Jazz in the Great Hall

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The 5:40 Jazz Orchestra will present a program of classic jazz tunes directed by Jason Harms.

MAY 3 2020

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

2 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

MAY 8 2020

Classics in the Great Hall

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Music Department's Spring Festival featuring student winners of the concerto-aria competition.

MAY 10 2020

Bethel Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Kevin Shull directs the Bethel Handbell Ensemble in a concert of pieces for handbells.

MAY 16 2020

Girl Scouts River Valleys

8 a.m. Benson Great Hall

Rental Event

MAY 17 2020

Mississippi Valley Orchestra with Chorus Polaris: Alexander Nevsky

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Featuring Prokofiev's cinematic cantata Alexander Nevsky and fiery violinist Andrew Sords playing Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin.

MAY 24 2020

Commencement - CAPS/GS

For graduating students in the College of Adult Professional Studies and Graduate School | 1pm

SEPT 18 2020

Bradley Welch Organ Recital

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

World-class organist performs at Bethel

DEC 3 2020

Festival of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's 64th Festival of Christmas

DEC 4 2020

Festival of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's 64th Festival of Christmas

DEC 5 2020

Festival of Christmas

2 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's 64th Festival of Christmas

DEC 5 2020

Festival of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's 64th Festival of Christmas

DEC 18 2020

CAS Winter Commencement

4 p.m.

Ceremony for graduating students from the College of Arts and Sciences

DEC 18 2020

Commencement - CAPS/GS

7:30 p.m.

For graduating students in the College of Adult Professional Studies and Graduate School

MAY 23 2021

Commencement - CAPS/GS

For graduating students in the College of Adult Professional Studies and Graduate School | 1pm

DEC 17 2021

CAS Winter Commencement

4 p.m.

Ceremony for graduating students from the College of Arts and Sciences

DEC 17 2021

Commencement - CAPS/GS

7:30 p.m.

For graduating students in the College of Adult Professional Studies and Graduate School

MAY 29 2022

Commencement - CAPS/GS

For graduating students in the College of Adult Professional Studies and Graduate School | 1pm