Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Our annual summer celebration offers a celebration of Cuba, intimate chamber music experiences and Viennese favorites, plus dining, drinks and FREE musical events! More details to be announced soon.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor

Program to include:

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture

LECUONA/Jenkins
Malagueña

LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN
Guaguancó

CATURLA
Danza Lucumi, from Three Cuban Dances for Orchestra

MARQUEZ
Danzon No. 2

BERNSTEIN
Mambo, from West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Be part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s vibrant musical exchange with Cuba—launching in May with our historic Havana concerts—as this 23-voice Cuban choir joins our Orchestra for bold and brilliant music from both cultures.

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Short of dancing down a rain-splattered street, there's no better way to re-capture the magic of this classic MGM musical than to see it on a big screen with a live orchestra performing the timeless soundtrack.

And there’s no more enjoyable way to introduce new generations to this masterpiece of song and dance by award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. From "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Morning" to "You Were Meant For Me" and of course the unforgettable title tune, this is going to be a most wonderful time at the movies, thanks to the Minnesota Orchestra and Sarah Hicks. What a glorious feelin'!

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RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

Here’s Rachmaninoff’s final work, the capstone of his career, and as Sam puts it: “it feels like one of those pieces a composer creates hoping this is the one they’ll still be playing 200 years from now.” The work is a tour de force, illustrating the composer’s mastery of orchestral writing at its most Romantic. It’s also highly personal: Rachmaninoff was living in America, painfully distanced from his beloved Russia by the Revolution. Supreme talent, a lifetime’s worth of expertise and deep-down soul—these are at the core of this unforgettable music. The verdict won’t be in until 2140, but listening today, we sense the Symphonic Dances have fulfilled Rachmaninoff’s heartfelt bid for immortality.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Attend all three Inside the Classics performances or mix and match with Symphony in 60 performances and save!

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They've been the soulful soundtrack for half a century, and The Temptations are still going strong. Who can forget My Girl, Just My Imagination or Papa Was A Rolling Stone?

The Temptations played a critical role as founding fathers of soul and R&B—and with their smooth vocal harmonies, tight choreography and glam wardrobe, they still epitomize the Motown Sound in all its glory. Led by founder Otis Williams, the group’s current five-man incarnation will lead you on a joyful journey down memory lane, proving that after all these years, they still have what it takes to rock the house. For a little Sunshine On A Cloudy Day, come hear the Temptations at Orchestra Hall.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Alessio Bax, piano

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

With his career rocketing forward, pianist Alessio Bax makes a rare stop here in Minnesota—and you won’t want to miss hearing this amazing young genius in Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Paganini Rhapsody.

At times the music draws us into a delightful dance; next it sings a song of rapturous beauty. The evening ends with an inspiring composition: Brahms’ First Symphony, written when the composer, living uneasily in Beethoven’s shadow, rose high above his fears to deliver this gorgeous creation.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Alessio Bax, piano

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol

DE FALLA
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

CHABRIER
España

BIZET
Carmen Suite No. 2

RAVEL
Boléro

If your summer travel budget doesn’t include airfare to Spain, we’ll conjure this land of evocative scents, sounds and colors for you here at Orchestra Hall.

The rhythms are sensuous in Ravel’s Boléro, the melodies brazen and brilliant in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, and you can almost smell the blood-red roses in de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Your ticket—wonderfully free of jet lag—is waiting!

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VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileras No. 6

DEAN
Night Window

SCHUBERT
Trout Quintet

Franz Schubert created his Trout Quintet—one of chamber music’s all-time glories—ingeniously, adapting a seemingly simple tune he wrote years earlier. Variation after dazzling variation spins out from the “Trout” melody, amazing listeners and calling forth everything the players can give.

Fortunately, we have virtuosos in abundance: joining our great conductor-pianist Andrew Litton at his Steinway are four supremely talented members of the Orchestra. The result: a summer night of intimate chamber-music magic.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Adam Kuenzel and Greg Milliren, flute
  • Steven C. Campbell, tuba

BIZET
Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Tuba Concerto

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Emperor Waltzes

One of Sommerfest’s greatest delights is its annual concert brimful of music from Vienna’s “Waltz King.” With a smiling lilt and champagne bubbles in every bar of music, Strauss waltzes sing of Vienna at its grandest—and they speak volumes about Sommerfest’s enduring popularity.

We start with a fantasy-medley of “greatest hits” from Bizet’s masterpiece, the opera Carmen, then enjoy Vaughan Williams’ surprisingly lyrical Tuba Concerto. The spotlight shines throughout the program on several of this fine orchestra’s über-talented players.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Don't worry: this nightmare is hilarious—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on steroids. This violin and piano duo are the funniest serious musicians you're ever likely to see, as attested by their 35 million video hits—making them bona fide internet sensations.

They apply their "genuine, dazzling virtuosity” (The New York Times) to send-ups of everyone from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, and everything from Riverdance to concert etiquette. Don't be surprised if everybody gets into the act, including our esteemed Orchestra musicians, who are sure to let their hair down for this one. Whether you're a classical expert or just beginning your acquaintance with music, you'll love this riotous evening of melodic mayhem!

Follow Igudesman & Joo: Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Adam Kuenzel and Greg Milliren, flute
  • Steven C. Campbell, tuba

BIZET
Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Tuba Concerto

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Emperor Waltzes

One of Sommerfest’s greatest delights is its annual concert brimful of music from Vienna’s “Waltz King.” With a smiling lilt and champagne bubbles in every bar of music, Strauss waltzes sing of Vienna at its grandest—and they speak volumes about Sommerfest’s enduring popularity.

We start with a fantasy-medley of “greatest hits” from Bizet’s masterpiece, the opera Carmen, then enjoy Vaughan Williams’ surprisingly lyrical Tuba Concerto. The spotlight shines throughout the program on several of this fine orchestra’s über-talented players.

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  • Members of the Minnesota Orchestra

ROSSINI
Duo for Cello and Bass

ROREM
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

HINDEMITH
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

MOZART
Kegelstatt (Bowling Alley) Trio

New energy is pulsing through the Minnesota Orchestra, as our wonderful players hand craft chamber music programs like this one for you.

Come hear virtuosos as they step out of the larger ensemble—the sheer size and power of which can sometimes mask their amazing individual artistry.

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COPLAND
El Salón México

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 7

How he actually pulls this program off is his own secret, but this is a feat you will want to witness for yourself. Our double-threat Artistic Director Andrew Litton sits down at the Steinway and performs the dazzling (and dazzlingly difficult) Gershwin Concerto—and conducts the Orchestra at the same time!

This jazzy masterpiece is the centerpiece of a program inspired by dance—Mexican café tunes, Bohemian peasant rhythms and Tin Pan Alley syncopations—all masterfully rendered by Mr. Litton!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Kelly Kaduce, soprano (Butterfly)
  • Kelley O’Connor, mezzo (Suzuki)
  • Carl Tanner, tenor (Pinkerton)
  • Stephen Powell, baritone (Sharpless)
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone (Yamadori)
  • Victoria Vargas, mezzo (Kate Pinkerton)
  • Minnesota Chorale

PUCCINI
Madame Butterfly

Heartbreakingly beautiful music for a heartbreaking story. Butterfly is a young Japanese girl who adores the American naval lieutenant Pinkerton; they marry, have a child—but then he skips town, promising one day to return.

She waits for years, her loyalty to him so intense that it costs her everything. When he returns, it is with a crushing surprise. No spoiler alerts, other than the promise that you’ll never forget the soaring music and searing drama that wraps up Sommerfest 2015.

Please note: performance time is approximately 2 1/2 hours with one 20-minute intermission.

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