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Events for September 30, 2014–November 11, 2014

STRAUSS
Don Quixote

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Salome's Dance (Dance of the Seven Veils), from Salome

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Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

The first of three sets of concerts celebrating musical giant Richard Strauss on his 150th birthday. In Don Quixote, the tone poem Strauss based on Cervantes’ immortal novel, Principal Cello Anthony Ross takes the title role, joined by Principal Viola Thomas Turner as his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Strauss called it "Fantastic Variations," and we think you'll agree! Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils is one of the most sensual (and shocking) scenes in all of opera. We close with the enchanting and gorgeous Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

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STRAUSS
Suite for Winds

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Burleske for Piano and Orchestra

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Metamorphosen

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Death and Transfiguration

We continue our homage to Richard Strauss with four works that illuminate his incredible creative range...and our Music Director's! Osmo Vänskä is clarinetist in the Suite for Winds, joined by 12 musicians for this early Strauss work, showing Wagner's influence on the young composer. He returns to the podium to lead the dancing Burleske, featuring magnetic young pianist Andrew Staupe, a favorite here and around the world. The mood darkens in Metamorphosen for strings, viewed as the composer’s lament for the cultural devastation of World War II. Culminating in celestial harp arpeggios, the ethereal tone poem Death and Transfiguration meditates on the life and death of an artist, and is a favorite of Osmo Vänskä.

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MOZART
Quartet for Oboe and Strings
John Snow, oboe / Rebecca Corruccini, violin / Gareth Zehngut, viola / Beth Rapier, cello

BRAHMS
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Osmo Vänskä, clarinet / Anthony Ross, cello / Timothy Lovelace, piano

STRAUSS
Suite for Winds

STRAUSS
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Metamorphosen

STRAUSS
Death and Transfiguration

We continue our homage to Richard Strauss with four works that illuminate his incredible creative range...and our Music Director's! Osmo Vänskä is clarinetist in the Suite for Winds, joined by 12 musicians for this early Strauss work, showing Wagner's influence on the young composer. He returns to the podium to lead the dancing Burleske, featuring magnetic young pianist Andrew Staupe, a favorite here and around the world. The mood darkens in Metamorphosen for strings, viewed as the composer’s lament for the cultural devastation of World War II. Culminating in celestial harp arpeggios, the ethereal tone poem Death and Transfiguration meditates on the life and death of an artist, and is a favorite of Osmo Vänskä.

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BEETHOVEN
Overture to Coriolan, Opus 62

MOZART
Symphony No. 38 in D Major, Prague

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73

The Annual Guarantors' Concert is an exclusive performance for individual donors who contribute to the Minnesota Orchestra Guaranty Fund. This performance is our way of saying thank you to donors for their generous support. Donors who make an annual gift of $100 or greater receive this special benefit. There is still time to make a gift and be a part of this special celebration. Donate now!

The 2014 Guarantor's Concert is dedicated to the memory of Tom Crosby, a lover of music and beloved community leader, for his decades of commitment to the Minnesota Orchestra.

STRAUSS
String Sextet from Capriccio

STRAUSS
Serenade in E-flat major

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An Alpine Symphony

Our final Strauss celebration opens with the radiant string sextet from his last opera, Capriccio. We jump to the beginning of the composer’s career for his Serenade in E-flat major. Written when he was just 17, the work reveals, measure for measure, the blossoming of a musical genius. For our grand finale, we have the majestic masterwork, An Alpine Symphony, which uses Strauss' entire palette of sonorities. Don't miss hearing our old friend Edo de Waart lead the Orchestra on this unforgettable musical journey!

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Bring the whole family to Orchestra Hall to help launch our new Kinder Konzerts season—and see the magic of children’s fascination with music.

You’ll witness the world premiere of a new work by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter and composer Charles Lazarus, who was commissioned by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra to set to music the adventure book Perfect Square by New York Times best-selling (and local) author-illustrator Michael Hall. It tells about the journey of an ordinary geometric square that morphs into endless variations via the readers’ imagination. Stay after the concert to meet the author, mingle with musicians and participate in interactive crafts and games in the lobby.

This event, featuring members of the Minnesota Orchestra, is for families, though preschoolers are the focus of our award-winning Kinder Konzerts—which delight and inspire more than 7,000 children each year.

This season's Kinder Konzerts musical composition was made possible through the generosity of the Wenger Foundation.

Please note: There is a limit of 4 free children with each adult ticket purchase. This concert is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

STRAUSS
String Sextet from Capriccio

STRAUSS
Serenade in E-flat major

STRAUSS
An Alpine Symphony

Our final Strauss celebration opens with the radiant string sextet from his last opera, Capriccio. We jump to the beginning of the composer’s career for his Serenade in E-flat major. Written when he was just 17, the work reveals, measure for measure, the blossoming of a musical genius. For our grand finale, we have the majestic masterwork, An Alpine Symphony, which uses Strauss' entire palette of sonorities. Don't miss hearing our old friend Edo de Waart lead the Orchestra on this unforgettable musical journey!

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Dessa
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Dale Warland, conductor
  • Sigrid Johnson, conductor
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor

Minnesota is a land of 10,000 lakes, choirs and composers! "Go local" and celebrate all that Minnesota has to offer with a concert chock full of pieces by longstanding Minnesota composers from Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, as well as new generation composers Jocelyn Hagen and Hip-hop artist Dessa.

Dale Warland makes his VocalEssence debut conducting the Ensemble Singers in Dominick Argento's Seasons, a piece written especially for Dale. From Dessa's first choral premiere to Dominick Argento's most recent masterpiece, you will be sure to 'Hail! Minnesota' by the finale!

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with composers Libby Larsen, Jocelyn Hagen and Dessa

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, theater
  • Andrew Wilkowske, baritone

WAGNER
The Ride of the Valkyries, from The Valkyries

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Movement III: Solemn and measured, without dragging

MOZART
"I Am the Birdcatcher," Papageno's aria from The Magic Flute

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt

WILLIAMS
The Imperial March, from Star Wars

Experience music that’s spooky and has delightful make-believe elements! Life-size puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre provide a fantastic visual component to haunting favorites including Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre.

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Homeschool Workshop: Monday, September 22, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Christopher Lloyd, host
  • Film by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado, PhD, featuring NASA visuals

COURAGE/arr. Custer
Star Trek Through the Years

HOLST
Selections from The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra
Mars, the Bringer of War
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

DEBUSSY
Clair de lune

WILLIAMS
Adventures on Earth, from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Selections from Also sprach Zarathustra

JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

WILLIAMS
Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

WILLIAMS
Star Wars Suite

Who better to host this program of other-worldly music than actor Christopher Lloyd? He mastered both time and space as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies—and each of these selections has a memorable movie connection.

We’ll hear the all-important Star Trek medley and other blockbuster hits by Hollywood master John Williams, as well as Holst’s audience favorite The Planets (which influenced many film composers, including Williams) and both Strausses' stellar contributions to 2001. And Clair de lune? Fun fact: it was cut from the original Fantasia, but the haunting short film survives online. All this and mind-blowing NASA images; boldly go to Orchestra Hall!

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Selections from The Snow Maiden

SHOSTAKOVICH
Piano Concerto No. 2

PROKOFIEV
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss

Russian magic flows through this program! The phenomenal Kirill Gerstein takes the keyboard for two shining piano concertos, witty and expansive gems by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Saluting our partnership with the Russian Museum of Art and its fall exhibit of folk art, we open and close with beautiful music inspired by Russian folk tales: Tchaikovsky’s incidental music for The Snow Maiden and the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s “Tchaikovsky” ballet, The Fairy’s Kiss—a tribute to Tchaikovsky himself, the composer Stravinsky loved the most.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Brian Courage, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals

RODGERS/Bennett
Victory at Sea, Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra

TRADITIONAL/Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

JAMES/Sorenson
Concerto for Trumpet, from Private Buckaroo

NEWTON/Wasson
Amazing Grace

ELLINGTON/Wasson
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)

COHAN/Knight
George M. Cohan Medley

BERNSTEIN/Wright
Offertory from Mass

BERNSTEIN/Wasson
Something’s Coming, from West Side Story

WARD/Barbarella
America the Beautiful

GERSHWIN/Wasson
Summertime, from Porgy and Bess

SOUSA/Sorenson
Stars and Stripes Forever

Our Orchestra’s dynamic trumpeter Charles Lazarus is back at it again! He’s created an original, all-new orchestral pops program honoring our veterans that will make your heart soar—just like his “A Night in the Tropics” and “Big Band Valentine’s Day Celebration” concerts made your heart dance.

You’ll love traveling with Lazarus and his rhythm section on a journey through iconic American music, from the roots of jazz to Bernstein, including Harry James’ Concerto for Trumpet, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Gershwin’s Summertime from Porgy and Bess and more. Tickets for this exceptional Veterans Day concert are discounted 50% for all current and former members of our country’s armed services and their families.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all seven orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in a joyous, two-hour concert. The concert features individual performances of orchestral classics by each orchestra.

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.