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Events for March 30, 2017–May 11, 2017

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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.

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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  • Please note: this concert is a mixture of conversation and performance.
  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

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About this Concert:

Once the long Minnesota winter is behind us, you'll feel the molten musical power of the earth reawakening with Stravinsky’s revolutionary The Rite of Spring.

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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  • Say it like this: Rafał Blechacz = “RAH-fal BLEH-hahsh”
  • Blechacz won the 2014 Gilmore Prize, which is a little like a visit from Tinkerbell and her fairy dust. There is no actual competition, and a pianist doesn’t learn he or she is even under consideration from the anonymous judges—until the phone rings informing the stunned pianist of the $300,000 award.
  • Rafał Blechacz is getting a PhD in philosophy in his native Poland.
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 started out as a piece for two pianos alone, then morphed into a big four-movement symphony with no piano part, then settled into a three-movement piece for piano and orchestra with Brahms ready to give it up in frustration at several points along the way.
  • Pianists routinely rank the Brahms Concerto as the hardest thing they’ll ever play—and audiences think of it as an absolute favorite.

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About this Concert:

For an April evening, here’s chamber music as warm and original as a spring shower after the long winter.

SAINT-SAËNS
Septet for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

PROKOFIEV
Quintet in G minor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 8pm performance).
  • Saint-Saëns’ Septet is unlike just about any other chamber piece in that, one moment it echoes centuries of lush strings-and-piano masterpieces—then here comes a playful trumpet!
  • In the mid-1920s, the Russian Prokofiev was living in Paris and a traveling ballet troupe with five instrumentalists asked him to write a piece for them. After creating his ballet Trapeze, he kept going and wrote his Quintet for the same lucky ensemble.
  • Every winter with good snow, St. Paul native David Williamson puts away his bass after rehearsal and straps on his skis to train for a cross-country marathon.

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Help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by hearing one of Bach's most famous works, the B-minor Mass for chorus and orchestra.

Performers include the Luther College Nordic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, faculty artists, guest artists and alumni soloists, all under the baton of Dr. Daniel Baldwin, director of orchestras at Luther College. Featured artists include: 

Kelly Holst '00, soprano (alumni artist)
Laura Krumm '09, soprano (alumni artist)
Beth Ray Westlund '89, alto (alumni artist)
Aaron Sheehan '98, tenor (alumni artist)
Matthew Stump '12, bass (alumni artist)
Carol Hester, flute (faculty artist)
Heather Armstrong, oboe (faculty artist)
Greg Peterson '83, positiv (faculty artist)
Kathy Reed, harpsichord (faculty artist)
Stacie Mickens '02, horn (alumni artist)
Adam Gordon, trumpet (guest artist, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
John Cord, trumpet (faculty artist)
Igor Kalnin, violin (faculty artist)
Philip Borter, cello (faculty artist)

Please note: This performance is approximately 2.5 hours including a 15 minute intermission. 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.

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About this Concert:

Of all the penniless composers who wrote glorious music they never lived to hear, Franz Schubert is the best example; his heavenly C-major Symphony in the hands of this Orchestra and conductor would’ve been a magical gift to this now legendary composer.

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BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

ELGAR
Cello Concerto

SCHUBERT
Symphony in C major, The Great

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  • Alban Gerhardt is famous in his native Germany for taking music to the people: he performs in schools, prisons, hospitals, moving commuter trains—and in SRO concert halls.
  • You’ll only see a handful of players onstage for Bach’s sunny Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; it’s “chamber music” meant for a small virtuoso orchestra.
  • Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in a cottage on the English Channel where he’d heard the French artillery rumble late at night during WWI.
  • Schubert’s Great Symphony was discovered years after his death in a stack of papers kept in a closet by his brother.

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Immerse yourself in an emotional retelling of Jesus Christ's last week of life.  "The Passion of Jesus Christ" is a new, oratorio-length composition written by Dr. René Clausen and commissioned to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The composition will be performed by over 400 musicians of the Concordia voice faculty, choirs and orchestra.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Please note: 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.

 

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä trades his conductor’s baton for his clarinet to perform alongside Minnesota Orchestra musicians in Schubert’s unique and lively Octet, an hour of music that’s jovial, warm and delightful.

SCHUBERT
Octet in F major for Strings and Winds

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  • This will mark the first Orchestra Hall performance of this euphoric chamber work by Franz Schubert.
  • Although Schubert was ill and reclusive when he wrote the Octet, this music is jovial, warm and delightful, with just a few enigmatic moments scattered throughout its six movements.
  • Schubert’s Octet, which is considered a companion piece to Beethoven’s well-known Septet, was commissioned by arts patron and amateur clarinetist Count Ferdinand von Troyer, who loved Beethoven’s chamber music and believed that Schubert could create similar music.
  • Schubert chose to write an octet by adding one violin to Beethoven’s Septet instrumentation. In his mind, this enriched the music and made it his own.

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About this concert

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa’s work transcends genre. Be there for her debut appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra for familiar songs and brand new compositions.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Dessa, rapper, vocalist, essayist

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  • Dessa is a member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast.
  • She’s a Minneapolis native who attended Southwest High School and earned a philosophy degree at the University of Minnesota.
  • Dessa’s published two short literary collections: Spiral Bound and A Pound of Steam.
  • Whenever she can do so unrebuked, Dessa prefers to eat the whole meal with the dessert fork.

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MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


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About this Concert:

Former Music Director Edo de Waart is a master of grand-scale Romantic music, and he makes a welcome return with Elgar’s epic oratorio.

ELGAR
The Dream of Gerontius

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  • Just about everything that could go wrong at the 1900 premiere of Elgar’s Dream, did. The soloists were sick, the chorus master died, the score arrived late for rehearsals—complete train wreck.
  • Times change: two years later, after a German performance in 1902, Elgar had to take twenty curtain calls amid thunderous applause. Now it’s his choral-orchestral masterpiece.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra has only performed Elgar’s Dream once: in 1907, four years after the Orchestra (then called the Minneapolis Symphony) was founded.
  • Edo de Waart spent a year as a young conductor studying under Leonard Bernstein in New York, a time in which he admits he watched a lot of American TV and polished his English.
  • When Edo de Waart was the Orchestra’s music director (1986-95) he loved to conduct BIG pieces: Mahler symphonies and complete Wagner operas.
  • Please note: This concert is approximately 95 minutes with no intermission.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Stephen Hough, pianist
  • Aaron David Miller, organ
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Join world-renowned pianist and composer Stephen Hough on a spiritual journey from unquestioning faith to doubt to profound joy.

The Basilica’s majestic setting makes the moving and deeply personal work of this MacArthur Genius even more poignant. The experience will inspire you to reflect on your own journey and, ultimately, remind us all of the miraculous gift of life.

Concert Conversation with pianist and composer Stephen Hough at 7 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

To view the seating chart, click here.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2016-17 Concert Season. 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 the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About this Concert:

Four pieces from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century shine a bright spotlight on the members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s woodwind and string sections.

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PROKOFIEV
String Quartet No. 1

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Piano

VILLA-LOBOS
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

SCHOENFIELD
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

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  • Prokofiev was busy giving piano concerts all over Russia just before he wrote his First String Quartet. On long train rides between venues, he pored over Beethoven’s string quartets and those infused his imagination as he started writing his own quartet.
  • Brazil’s Heitor Villa-Lobos makes a serious entry for most prolific composer ever; more than 2,000 scores bear his name.
  • Ravel was smitten by a new style of music from America he heard in Paris cafés after World War I; the composer known for oh-so-French music gave the title Blues to the middle movement of his 1922 Violin Sonata.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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About this Concert:

The young French pianist Lise de la Salle made her professional debut in a live national broadcast—at the age of nine, and now, not yet 30, she’s one of France’s true musical treasures.

DUTILLEUX
Sounds, Space, Movement (The Starry Night)

RAVEL
Piano Concerto in G major

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

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  • Ravel wrote his Piano Concerto inspired by a new kind of music he heard everywhere on the streets of 1920s Paris: American jazz.
  • Ravel’s Piano Concerto is in three movements—the middle movement alone is worth the price of the concert. Totally his most gorgeous, tender music.
  • She routinely posts her Facebook updates in both French and English.
  • De la Salle played a sold-out solo recital at Macalester College last season.

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"Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium is the Twin Cities' answer to New York's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center — a smaller, more intimate venue where listeners can enjoy concert hall-quality jazz." —Pioneer Press

About this Concert:

This concert presents the foundations of jazz: swing, blues, communal good feeling and deep commitment to shared musical inspiration, using the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane as source material for self-discovery.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, Bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

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  • Led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble with hard-swinging saxophonist Chris Thomson, takes on this legendary music not to reproduce it (which is impossible) but as source material for self-discovery.
  • Although Coltrane was only alive for 40 years, learn why his music—melodic, blues-drenched and singular—still reaches listeners today.
  • Experience another example of how jazz is able to wrap its arms around all the moods of human life.

Media Partner:

Jazz 88

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Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

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 is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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After his recent Minnesota Orchestra debut, audiences and musicians quickly wanted guest conductor Juraj Valčuha back on the podium for his astonishing vision and artistry.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juraj Valčuha, conductor
  • Michael Gast, horn

HAYDN
Symphony No. 85, La Reine

MOZART
Horn Concerto No. 3

BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

RAVEL
La Valse

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  • You can say it: “Juraj Valčuha” = YOU-rye val-CHEW-uh.
  • Valčuha is a superstar young Slovak who’s conducting more and more in the States because orchestras fall in love with him.
  • Michael Gast began playing French horn when he was 15, growing up in Tallahassee.
  • In his spare time, Gast loves to scuba dive.
  • There are no scuba divers in Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. This story set in an English seaside village and centers around a disturbed fisherman–Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are the overtures he created for each act.

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Ellis Hall is a genuine Ray Charles protégé...and he’s bringing music from “The Genius” to Motown’s greatest hits to life in this scintillating revue!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ellis Hall, piano and vocals

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  • Ellis Hall worked with Ray Charles and mastered his ability to connect with live audiences on a passionate level.
  • The next best thing to witnessing Ray Charles live is hearing hits like Georgia on My Mind and Hit The Road Jack.
  • Motown gets its due as well, with songs like Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Hall will also perform some of his own rockin’ compositions.
  • You may know Hall as a member of the Oakland Soul band Tower of Power and a lead voice for the animated California Raisins.

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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 by 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 hour 45 minutes.

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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 by Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as GTCYS' new El-Sistema inspired violin instruction program on St. Paul's West Side. The program will conclude with 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 hour 30 minutes.

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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Of the hundreds of pieces left to us by Mozart, none is more beautiful than his Sinfonia Concertante—a violin and viola duet to melt hearts, here played by Concertmaster Erin Keefe and violist Matthew Lipman.

LUTOSLAWSKI
Little Suite

MOZART
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

HINDEMITH
Mathis der Maler Symphony

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  • Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante wins the competition for “Most Boringly Titled Classical Piece Holding Rapturously Gorgeous Music.”
  • Matthew Lipman won the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 Young Artist Competition Grand Prize.
  • Hitler hated and banned Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony because it’s based on the life of an artist who championed freedom of expression.
  • By contrast, if big, glorious brass is your thing, you’ll love Mathis der Maler.

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Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Bauhaus Brew Labs for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 11, Bauhaus Brew Labs will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jun 1 Symphony in 60: Also Sprach Zarathustra Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Bauhaus Brew Labs
1315 Tyler Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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