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Events for April 24, 2018–June 05, 2018

About This Concert:

Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto leads the Minnesota Orchestra in orchestral showpieces ranging from Ravel’s exquisite Le Tombeau de Couperin to Tchaikovsky’s powerful Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique, in the Grand Hall at Mankato’s Verizon Center. Mankato native Peter McGuire solos in the brilliant Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5.

The performance is part of the Orchestra’s Common Chords project, a multi-year endeavor that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency. The Mankato residency will feature Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing at more than a dozen events in and around Mankato from April 25 through April 27. The concert is presented in cooperation with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Tickets: $10 /adults and $5/youth and students; Children 12 and under FREE at MankatoSymphony.com or call (507) 625-8880 beginning Monday, March 26, 2018.

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra first performed in Mankato in 1912, just nine years after the ensemble was founded. It has subsequently returned for more than 25 visits through the years but the most recent of these was more than 30 years ago.
  • Born and raised in Mankato, violinist Peter McGuire originally joined the Orchestra in 2003 and departed in 2012 to serve as second concertmaster of Switzerland’s prestigious Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich; he returned to the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016 as principal second violin.
  • Other communities that have participated in the Minnesota Orchestra Common Chords projects are Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Willmar.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Minnesota State Arts BoardClean Water Land and Legacy Amendment National Endowment for the Arts

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Please join us as we close our 45th season and celebrate 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education excellence from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano! All four orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Arlen, Glinka, Khachaturian, Miranda, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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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An all-American tour-de-force program including Bernstein’s first film score On the Waterfront and the suite from Copland’s ever-popular ballet Billy the Kid. Two soloists grace the concert: Sharon Bezaly offering the world premiere of a Flute Concerto by House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, and the Orchestra’s own Susie Park performing Barber’s soulful Violin Concerto.

COPLAND
Suite from Billy the Kid

BEAL
Flute Concerto [World Premiere]

BARBER
Violin Concerto

BERNSTEIN

On the Waterfront

Fun Facts:

  • Barber had a nickname for his Violin Concerto: he called it the "Concerto da Sapone," (the Soap Concerto) because the work was commissioned by Samuel Fels, who made his fortune selling soap. The work is known for its beautiful opening movements and lightning-fast finale.
  • Bernstein centennial celebrations are starting up all over the world, and we launch ours with this early masterpiece for Hollywood.
  • Bernstein was chosen to write the score for On the Waterfront largely because of his celebrity in the early 1950s and the producers wanted “a big name” on the posters to help sell tickets to the film.
  • Today, Waterfront is remembered for the power of Marlon Brando’s performance and Bernstein’s score, both of which shocked audiences with a blend of tenderness and violence.
  • Copland’s Billy the Kid contains a gunfight (tricky percussion!)—written so convincingly that few composers have attempted it since.
  • Jeff Beal has won five Emmys for his film and television scores, including Netflix’s House of Cards.

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About This Concert:

A Minnesota original for violin and piano, plus an unlikely trio performs music (and storytelling!) about everyone’s favorite gloomy storybook character.

DAVID EVAN THOMAS
Greetings and Farewell

JON DEAK
Eeyore Has a Birthday

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra violinist Michael Sutton performed the premiere of Greetings and a Farewell in 1997.
  • David Evan Thomas’ work has been commissioned by both the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • Eeyore is known for his pessimistic, gloomy personality, but also for loyalty to his friends.
  • Each ticket purchased includes one complimentary beverage (an actual night cap) to be enjoyed with the music.

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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 2 hours.

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, and GTCYS' El-Sistema inspired violin instruction program on St. Paul's West Side, Harmony. 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 2 hours.

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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About This Concert:

Schumann painted the human soul at its most noble and lyrical in his beautiful Cello Concerto, while a century later during World War II, Britten created his touching Sinfonia as an impassioned cry for peace.

BRITTEN
Sinfonia da Requiem

SCHUMANN
Cello Concerto

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Symphony No. 6

Fun Facts:

  • Music in response to war: Benjamin Britten was a passionate pacifist and Ralph Vaughan Williams saw the horrors of war first-hand–each created powerful music against it.
  • Britten risked his career in declaring conscientious objector status at the beginning of WWII, and he left his beloved England for the States where his brand new Sinfonia was premiered.
  • Vaughan Williams was a close eyewitness to WWI’s senseless carnage as an ambulance driver to and from the front lines.
  • Daniel Müller-Schott was only three or four years old when he went with his mother to an orchestral rehearsal to hear the Schumann Concerto. When they got back home, he asked her if he could start cello lessons.
  • Daniel Müller-Schott shocked the music world in 1992, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at age 15.
  • When not practicing cello, Müller-Schott is often found on a soccer field.

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at BlackStack Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • BlackStack Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jun 3 Chamber Music: Mendelssohn and Dvořák.

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.

BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55413
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THE SYMPHONY BALL PARTIER EXPERIENCE

Pre-show party 8:05pm / Concert 9:15 pm

About this concert

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra explore the scores that made some of the most memorable moments in movie history across a range of genres as a part of 2018 Symphony Ball. Indie singer/songwriter jeremy messersmith will join in to perform two pieces with the Orchestra, followed by a separate 30 minute set with his band.

  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • jeremy messersmith, indie pop singer and songwriter

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$75 Partier-level ticket includes:

  • Experience Minnesota Orchestra concert with special guest jeremy messersmith
  • Enjoy movie tunes by the Bryan Nichols Trio
  • Get the party started with DJ Ander Other spinning movie classics
  • Test your movie knowledge with Trivia Mafia
  • Dance the night away with local band Synergy
  • Cheers! Enjoy themed cocktails & refreshments (drink tickets provided)
  • Treat yourself to an array of complimentary desserts

Party with a Purpose

Your ticket supports the Minnesota Orchestra’s mission to enrich, inspire and serve the community as a symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.

No portion of this ticket is tax-deductible.

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Recommended for elementary-age students
In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

Fun Facts:

  • Each musical family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs lively excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.
  • There’s also a special treat—an impressive performance by a dynamic young competition winner, cellist Nygel Witherspoon, performing the gorgeous first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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About This Concert:

Hear the Orchestra perform film score selections from Toy Story, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic and more while (all around them and flying over head!) the internationally-acclaimed aerialists, acrobats and jugglers make the most astounding feats look easy.

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Fun Facts:

  • Each of the acts performed by the acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, strongmen, ribbon dancers and aerialists are choreographed to movie scores that are performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra!
  • You'll also hear music from Mission: Impossible, West Side Story, Chicago, Batman and Gladiator!
  • From the sidewalk to the stage—Cirque began in 1984 as a group of 20 Québec street performers who went on to perform in theaters and arenas, winning millions of fans.
  • Praising its magical combination of symphonic music and precision acrobatics, The Seattle Post Intelligencer called it “a show unlike any other…astonishing.”

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognesAudio Description available

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Please note: film clips will not be projected in this program.

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

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About This Concert:

A huge success at its 1930s premiere and beloved by orchestras and choirs since, Belshazzar’s Feast tells the ancient Hebrew story of lamentation and liberation.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Christopher Maltman, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

BERNSTEIN
Fancy Free
Chichester Psalms

WALTON
Belshazzar's Feast

Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein, linked so strongly to Manhattan by his Broadway successes and his years leading the New York Philharmonic, was born 100 years ago—outside Boston.
  • Bernstein’s Fancy Free is a ballet set in WWII-era New York, the comic story of three sailors on leave and looking for love.
  • Belshazzar’s Feast sets Hebrew scripture about the overthrow of Babylonia’s King Belshazzar to sweeping music.
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Walton in 1929 to create a “small-scale” choral work, but instead he wrote Belshazzar’s Feast for a chorus and orchestra so large they couldn’t fit into BBC studios.
  • Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the premiere, and as he saw the work-in-progress getting larger and larger he said, “My dear boy, because no one will ever hear this piece again, why not throw in a couple of brass bands?”
  • After the huge success of its 1931 premiere, Belshazzar’s Feast became one of the most popular oratorios of the 20th century.
  • Since his last performance at Orchestra Hall in 2008, Christopher Maltman returns with the Minnesota Chorale.

It takes a larger-than-life talent to bring William Walton’s sweeping oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast to life, and Andrew Litton is just that talent–with a Grammy-winning® recording to prove it. Litton joins us in spring to lead this inspirational setting from the Hebrew scriptures about the liberation of the Jewish people.

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About This Concert:

A brilliant, sunny quartet and a Czech-inspired quintet, featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe and her colleagues from each of our string sections.

Please note: this chamber music performance will be held in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.

MENDELSSOHN
String Quartet No. 4

DVOŘÁK
String Quintet in G major

Fun Facts:

  • Adding the double bass to the standard string quartet gave Dvořák a chamber ensemble that used each of the string instruments of a symphony orchestra.
  • Dvořák’s Quintet was originally 5 movements; one of these movements is now known on its own as his Nocturne for Strings (Opus 40).
  • The String Quartet No. 4 was composed while Mendelssohn was on his honeymoon in the Black Forest.
  • Mendelssohn’s Quartet has several moments that foreshadow his famous E-minor Violin Concerto—a piece that Concertmaster Erin Keefe performed with the Orchestra in 2014.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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