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Events for May 04, 2016–June 15, 2016

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 8

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 1

The young Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan debuts at Orchestra Hall with Rachmaninoff’s soaring Piano Concerto No. 1, a perfect vehicle for an artist the London Evening Standard calls “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.” Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko steps onto the podium with his signature work, Shostakovich’s thrilling Eighth Symphony, famously smuggled out of World War II-era Soviet Union to America by CBS journalist Bill Downs.

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Join a brass quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Surly Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 5, Surly Brewing Company will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the May 20 Inside the Classics: The Evolution of Opera Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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#PintOfMusic Photo Contest

Instagrammers! The first 50 to show their Instagram account at our marketing table will receive a free Surly beer! Then, submit your best photos on Instagram using the #PintOfMusic hashtag for a chance to win BIG prizes:

Contest Prizes
All winners’ photos may be featured in 2016-17 Minnesota Orchestra promotional or institutional print and/or electronic materials with appropriate photo credit!

Grand Prize:
Four-pack of tickets to May 20 concert with drink vouchers ($150 value) and private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (priceless!)

Silver Prize:
Minnesota Orchestra t-shirt, May 20 private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (Minnesota Orchestra tickets not included)

Bronze Prize:
May 20 private backstage tour and musician meet and greet ONSTAGE for winner and up to three guests (Minnesota Orchestra tickets not included)

All professional, recreational and amateur photographers with Instagram accounts are welcome to participate. No flash photography will be allowed during musical performance. All photos must include hashtag #PintOfMusic and be posted before May 6 at 5pm to be considered for the photo contest.Eligible photos will be reviewed by Minnesota Orchestra staff and, depending on quantity and quality, may be subjected to an online community vote. Contest winners will be contacted via Instagram by the Minnesota Orchestra. Winning photos may be featured in 2016-17 Minnesota Orchestra promotional or institutional print and/or electronic materials with appropriate photo credit.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Silent Auction will close at 4:30pm. Bidding is open to all!

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

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Silent Auction will close at 4:30pm. Bidding is open to all!

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

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WAGNER
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Brünnhilde’s Immolation, from Götterdämmerung

STRAUSS
Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

We’re thrilled to welcome Asher Fisch, Seattle Opera’s superb principal guest conductor, back to Orchestra Hall. Fisch is a renowned Wagner interpreter who will bring us touchstone selections from the opera icon as well as musical gems by Richard Strauss, including his beloved Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. The Orchestra will be joined onstage by the wondrous young American soprano Amber Wagner for performances of Prelude and “Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation from the opera Götterdämmerung.

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Join a woodwind quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Insight Brewing for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 12, Insight Brewing will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the May 26 Symphony in 60: Erin Keefe Plays Brahms Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Insight Brewing
2821 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

TOMASI
Cinq Danses profanes et sacrées (Five Dances, Sacred and Profane)

DEBUSSY
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

DVOŘÁK
String Quintet in G major

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What goes into the magic of opera? Sam, Sarah, the Orchestra and fabulous singers will lift the curtain on the glories of arias, the way the overture propels listeners into the story, the sweeping power of the orchestra underneath the voices.

Here’s the whole history in one delightful evening: how opera began centuries ago as an entertainment for a few royals, using just a handful singers and players, and how we arrived at today—when huge opera houses are packed with rabid fans from across the social spectrum, aficionados who can’t get enough of this dramatic combination of singers, players, stage and story.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult. This concert is a mixture of conversation and opera excerpts, with one intermission.

MONTEVERDI
Toccata from Overture to Orfeo

LULLY
“Ma chère liberté,” from Proserpine

HANDEL
“Piangerò la sorte mia,” from Giulio Cesare

MOZART
“Porgi amor qualche ristoro,” from The Marriage of Figaro

MOZART
Overture to Don Giovanni

DONIZETTI
“Una furtiva lagrima,” from The Elixir of Love

ROSSINI
“Una voce poco fa,” from The Barber of Seville

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino

BRITTEN
Moonlight, from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

VERDI
“Celeste Aida,” from Aida

WAGNER
“Dich Teure Halle,” from Tannhäuser

BIZET
“La Fleur que tu m’avais jetée” (Flower Song), from Carmen

STRAUSS
Salome’s Dance, from Salome

PUCCINI
“O soave fanciulla,” from La Bohème

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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If the Minnesota Orchestra ran away and joined the circus, this is what it would look like.

On stage, our world-class musicians creating the perfect soundscape, while all around them (and flying over their heads!) the internationally acclaimed artists—aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen of Cirque de la Symphonie— make the most astounding feats look easy. It’s a rare combination of every imaginable kind of artistry, executed at the highest level by the only cirque company that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. The perfect show for the whole family—it’s the magic of the Big Top brought to the concert hall.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 8 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

DVOŘÁK
Carnival Overture

KHACHATURIAN
Dance of Ayshe, from Gayane

BIZET
Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite

ROSSINI
Tarentella, from Suite from La Boutique fantasque

SMETANA
Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride

TCHAIKOVSKY
Valse, from Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

WILLIAMS
Flight to Neverland, from Hook

ABREU/Dragon
Tico Tico

GLINKA
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

GINASTERA
Final Dance (Malambo), from Estancia

ANDERSON
Bugler’s Holiday

FALLA
Ritual Fire Dance, from El amor brujo

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz from Swan Lake

STRAVINSKY
Selections from The Firebird Suite

BIZET
Les Toréadors, from Suite No. 1 from Carmen

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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

Johannes Brahms created one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings in his Violin Concerto, performed in these concerts by the Orchestra’s concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

About Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. View more Symphony in 60 concerts »

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PUTS
Two Mountain Scenes

NIELSEN
Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice

BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

The soul of a great orchestra is found in its strings, and this program spotlights the glories of the Minnesota Orchestra's own string section—a burnished yet bright sound that virtually sings.

Danish composer Nielsen lavished beautiful string writing into his Symphony No. 6. And Johannes Brahms created one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings in his Violin Concerto, performed in these concerts by the Orchestra's star concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

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BERG
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 5

Christian Tetzlaff, famous for his brilliant technique and insight, reignites his legendary partnership with Osmo Vänskä in Berg's haunting Violin Concerto. And this grand season that began with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, a musical portrait of heaven, concludes magnificently with his Symphony No. 5, a full-throated cry of triumphant orchestral glory.

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