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Events for February 22, 2017–April 05, 2017

About this Concert:

Hugh Wolff led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to international acclaim in the '90s, and makes this rare return visit to Minnesota with violin star Karen Gomyo.

ADÉS
Dances from Powder Her Face

BARTÓK
Violin Concerto No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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  • When violinist Karen Gomyo isn’t playing classical music, she teams up with friends to play tango.
  • Hugh Wolff recorded an astonishing 19 CDs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) between 1988-2000.
  • Fans and critics especially love Wolff’s recording with the SPCO and Hilary Hahn in Barber’s Violin Concerto; the final movement tears the lid off the piece!
  • Wolff was born in Paris, where his father worked as a US Foreign Service officer.

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About this Concert:

A spring breeze moves through these three intimate pieces, each composer in a sunny mood that feels just right on a midwinter evening.

MOZART
Adagio for English Horn and Three Strings

BARTÓK
Duos for Two Violins

NIELSEN
Wind Quintet

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 6pm performance).
  • Mozart’s Adagio was left incomplete at his death—only a melody line for English horn and unspecified accompanying instruments. Amazingly, even as a fragment, this is one of his most beautiful creations, with an echo of his popular choral masterpiece Ave Verum Corpus.
  • Nielsen’s Wind Quintet is one of the prickly Dane’s sunniest pieces, and you can practically feel a warm breeze in every bar.
  • Béla Bartók created these 44 short, virtuosic and peppery duos based on folk tunes from his homeland—so wherever two violinists meet, they’ve got fun repertoire to play.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Discover what makes these melodies so unique and experience the thrill of a live camera feed, giving students an up-close and personal view of our very own Minnesota Orchestra musicians!

Students will investigate five key components to an unforgettable melody: rhythm, mood, communication, repetition, and our favorite, the element of surprise! For example, have you ever noticed that the famous “gallop rhythm” in Rossini’s upbeat William Tell Overture is the exact same rhythm that opens Mozart’s moody Symphony No. 40?

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About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.

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Campus Night

Our Student Ambassadors have chosen this concert to be a Campus Night. Students are invited to join us for a world-class Minnesota Orchestra performance and more!

Buy tickets early! For this concert, student tickets include FREE cookies, coffee & chai (compliments of our Hospitality Partners), and fun games like Bartók Bingo and Glitch's musical virtual reality game in the Student Zone pre-concert. Then, students are invited to after the concert to hang out with conductor Sarah Hicks and the musicians!

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

More Details:

  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.
  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews, for patrons 21+.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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About this Concert:

She’s a genuine superstar with the Emmy and Tony awards to prove it. Dynamite singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut with all the pizzazz and power that have made her as “Popular” as one of her signature songs.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kevin Stites, conductor
  • Kristin Chenoweth, vocalist
  • Ben Toth, pianist

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  • Kristin Chenoweth has earned rave reviews for her Broadway roles in On the 20th Century and Wicked and a Tony for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • Though Chenoweth may be most remembered by Broadway-lovers everywhere for her role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, she is often on the big screen and in our living rooms on hit shows such as The West Wing.
  • She has often said that she feels more at home on stage than anywhere else. In a story she loves to retell, Chenoweth landed her New York debut on a chance audition and had a short two weeks to shift gears from preparing for a conservatory study to moving to the Big Apple!

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  • The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists
  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
  • Garrison Keillor, conductor
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • Matthew Culloton,, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Welcome to the North Star state where the singers are bountiful, the conductors are inspiring, and the composers are above average.

Sample our unique sound with performances by top artists, and hear new and classic works by famed composers including Minnesota’s only winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Dominick Argento. Round out your evening with a sing-along led by Minnesota hometown star Garrison Keillor.

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Please note: This performance will be approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Maximum of 8 tickets per household.  If you cannot use your tickets, please let the Box Office know so someone else may attend the concert.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the Welcome to Minneapolis Concert. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change.

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About this Concert:

Han-Na Chang won huge praise in her first performance at Orchestra Hall a few seasons ago as a cellist. Now, remarkably, she’s gaining even more acclaim with her conductor’s baton. Pairing her and the Orchestra with a young violin phenom from Seattle, here’s a don’t-miss-it concert.

MOZART
Symphony No. 36, Linz

MENDELSSOHN
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 2

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  • Chang took the post of conductor of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2013, the first women to lead the ensemble. She is now the Principal Guest Conductor or Norway’s Trondheim Symfoniorkester.
  • Simone Porter, 19, visited the Twin Cities just last year as a Young Artist in Residence with American Public Media’s Performance Today.
  • After days in the APM studios, Porter gave a free concert to several hundred Hmong students in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, who gave her a roaring standing ovation.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Summit Brewing Company 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 Mar 16, Summit Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Mar 30 Symphony in 60: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring 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.

Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
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#PintOfMusic

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About this Concert:

Local favorites with a national following, Minnesota’s own Okee Dokee Brothers combine their deep appreciation for nature with their bluegrass musical skills and make music that’s fun for the whole family!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Benjamin Klemme, conductor
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers, folk group

Repertoire for the show will include:
Bullfrog Opera
Can You Canoe?
Jackalope
Jamboree
Rosita
Through the Woods
...and many more!

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  • The “brothers”—longtime friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—also have loftier goals: to motivate kids and their parents to spend time outdoors and be creative.
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers got the inspiration for their Grammy-winning® album Can You Canoe? by paddling down the Mississippi River, of course!
  • Their music is “at times moving, at times raucous, and always rooted in a simultaneous respect for the natural world and the rich musical traditions of Appalachian mountain music.” —The Washington Post

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:

Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation will take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.

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  • Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies.
  • Bollywood movies have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations.
  • Taj Express is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture and deep traditions.
  • This production features colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
  • The Times of India calls Taj Express, “riotous, exotic, graceful.”

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

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Now in its 12th year, this is an annual high school choral festival co-sponsored by Concordia University, St. Paul and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Seven choirs will each present a 10 minute program, concluding the evening with the 400 voices singing in two massed choir pieces led by nationally renowned guest conductor Francisco Nunez, founder and conductor of Young People's Chorus of New York City.

The choirs participating are:

  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • St. Paul Christus Chorus (David Mennicke, Conductor and Festival Coordinator)

And Six Minnesota high school choirs chosen by state-wide competitive audition:

  • Albert Lea High School Concert Choir, Diane Heaney, conductor
  • Brainerd Senior High School Concert Choir, Diane Heaney, conductor
  • Champlin Park High School Concert Choir, Laura Tempel, conductor
  • Hastings High School Select Chorale, Lin Warren, conductor
  • Roseville Area High School The Good 'Pellas chamber choir, Kellen McMillen, conductor
  • Wayzata High School Concert Choir, Rebecca Wyffels and Jeff Dahl, conductors

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

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 $2.50 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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Join us for a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal

In appreciation of supporters of the 2016-17 Guaranty Fund, you and a guest are invited to attend a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal of the concert:

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

8:30am Doors open
9am Concert preview by Sam Bergman, viola
9:20am Reception in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
10am Orchestral Rehearsal*

*Guests are invited to watch the Orchestra’s rehearsal only through the first break. The rehearsal music and an approximate time will be announced from the stage. Out of courtesy for the musicians, please do not leave the Auditorium before the first break of the rehearsal. Thank you.

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About this Concert:

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, and alumni soloists, all under the baton of Dr. Daniel Baldwin, director of orchestras at Luther College. Alumni soloists featured are: Kelly Holst '00, soprano; Laura Krumm '09, soprano; Beth Ray Westlund '89, alto; Aaron Sheehan '98, tenor; Matthew Stump '12, bass.

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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