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Events for January 18, 2017–March 01, 2017

About this Concert:

One of the most beloved piano concertos sounds brand new and inspired in the hands of this phenomenal young star, Joyce Yang.

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was written as the composer struggled out of a three-year depression following the train wreck premiere of his Symphony No. 1.
  • It is now one of the most frequently performed piano concertos in the world.
  • Early critics of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 couldn’t say enough bad things about it. A German reviewer in 1897 wrote: “The composer’s twaddle disturbed my mood…”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is now one of the most frequently performed symphonies in the world.
  • Joyce Yang’s New Year’s resolutions last year included learning more about dance, resuming her beloved oil-painting lessons, and “to cook more, drink less, and stop eating fried foods in airports.”
  • Roderick Cox is a native of Macon, Georgia. He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2015 and now serves as its Associate Conductor.
  • As part of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, Roderick led concerts in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, hosted by Google.
  • Roderick earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and previously served as the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony.
  • He will make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in January 2017.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at North Loop BrewCo. 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 Jan 19, North Loop BrewCo. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Feb 3 Future Classics: Emerging Composers Spotlight 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.

North Loop BrewCo./Inbound BrewCo.
701 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth 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:

A jewel of Mendelssohn’s, amazingly kept hidden for years, plus a rare opportunity to hear each of the Orchestra’s flutists sing out as soloists in the timeless music of Bach.

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MENDELSSOHN
String Quintet No. 2

BACH
Four Flute Sonatas

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  • Mendelssohn’s String Quintet got unusual scrutiny from the composer, who thought it simply not good enough to publish. We have no idea what he could’ve been thinking!
  • After Mendelssohn’s death, musicians discovered his Quintet and fell in love with its beautiful melodies and driving energy.
  • During Bach’s lifetime, especially in the 1730s, the recorder was displaced by the flute, and Bach’s many flute sonatas celebrate the instrument’s wider artistic possibilities.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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About this Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra family is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Neville Marriner, our music director from 1979 to 1986, at the age of 92.

During his seven seasons as our music director, he presided over a number of firsts, including the Orchestra's first composer-in-residence program (with Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus) and two international trips, to Australia in 1985 and Hong Kong in 1986, that helped set the stage for our European tours in the late 1990s. And in 1985 he achieved a distinction unique in the Minnesota Orchestra's annals by becoming the first Orchestra music director to be knighted.

Program updates will be noted here. We will inform all ticketed patrons of any program modifications as soon as possible.

MENDELSSOHN
The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

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  • Sir Neville won his early fame as a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • After LSO concerts, friends would gather in his London living room to rehearse chamber music. They gave a concert in 1958 in a London church named St. Martin in the Fields.
  • The Marriner-led Academy of St. Martin in the Fields became the most-recorded chamber orchestra in the world, with several hundred titles to their credit; he now holds the title of its Life President.
  • Sir Neville served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director 1979-86. One of his sartorial trademarks was white socks.
  • He last conducted the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2006-2007 season.

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About this Concert:

You may think Romeo and Juliet is a grand romance like The Notebook, but what if it’s really closer to The Godfather? Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s take on Shakespeare's classic sees past the puppy love to expose the seedy, violent underbelly of Verona's feuding families.

PROKOFIEV
Romeo and Juliet

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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.
  • Prokofiev wrote his first piece—Indian Gallop for solo piano—when he was five, and his first opera when he was nine.
  • Prokofiev was just as good a chess player as he was a composer, beating the world chess champion in 1914.
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet had as tortuous a path to its premiere as any piece ever written—it was first deemed “undanceable” and rejected, then bounced between ballet companies and bottlenecked over fears of official Soviet scorn.
  • Conductors love to rearrange the various numbers of Prokofiev’s ballet and create their own suites from it, often moving the score’s haunting ending up in the order or omitting it altogether.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance. Registration begins in late summer 2016. Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

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About this Concert:

A unique and extraordinary concert that champions the work of trailblazing young composers—a thrilling view into the crystal-ball of tomorrow’s music.

KATHERINE BALCH
Leaf Catalogue

MICHAEL BOYMAN
Tightrope Walker

JUDY BOZONE
Spilled Orange

MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI
Music from the Castle of Heaven

TONIA KO
Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide

PHIL TAYLOR
Chiaroscuro

CONRAD WINSLOW
The Old Motion Parade

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  • The Orchestra’s Composer Institute is a week-long training ground for the nation’s brightest young composers at Orchestra Hall that culminates with the Future Classics concert featuring a live performance of each composer’s work.
  • The Institute includes nuts-and-bolts sessions on writing orchestral music and tips on how to make a living at it.
  • Composers often create their music today via computer programs that—while handy—can only approximate the sound of the various orchestral instruments. There is no substitute for actually hearing what works (and what doesn’t) when musicians bring the music to life.
  • It is rare for a major American orchestra to devote an entire week of rehearsal time, and a full evening’s concert to emerging composers.
  • Osmo Vänskä has programmed some past “discoveries” on Minnesota Orchestra classical concerts, giving young composers a stunning career boost.

Radio Sponsor:

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Performance cancelled

We regret to inform you that Cameron Carpenter has been forced to cancel the “Evening of Silent Film and Organ” that was scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Orchestra Hall.

If you hold tickets for this performance you will be notified by Ticket Services with further details. You do not need to take any immediate action. Refund checks will be mailed mid-November. If you have given your tickets to someone else, please notify them of this cancellation.

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Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

This Young People’s concert for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. The concert will showcase Kodály’s Dances of Galánta as the centerpiece of the program supplemented with other important works showing the history of Hungarian music in classical repertoire.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

Young People’s concerts for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. This concert will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 performed in its entirety.

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About this Concert:

S’Wonderful! S’Marvelous! These all-time favorite standards from the Great American Songbook soar to new musical heights with Sarah Hicks leading the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Hilary Kole, vocals
  • Tony DeSare, vocals and piano

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  • Heart-stirring, toe-tapping favorites from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, and from Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell.
  • Tony DeSare is a great song interpreter, but he’s also an accomplished song writer; his tunes have appeared in the movies The Tooth Fairy and My Date With Drew.
  • USA Today puts DeSare in a class with “neo-traditional upstarts” including Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.
  • Hilary Kole enjoyed an astonishing professional debut at the legendary Rainbow Room, as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage.
  • Kole has been described as a singer whose “smooth melodic lines...spell the difference between sounding pretty and having something to say.” (The New York Times)

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About this Concert:

Four-time Grammy Award-winners® Boyz II Men add their seductive harmonies to the lush sound of the Minnesota Orchestra for a romantic evening of chart-topping Billboard hits on Valentine’s weekend.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Boyz II Men, vocals

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  • With 64 million albums sold and four Grammy Awards,® Boyz II Men is the number one-selling R&B act of all time.
  • They’re all grown up now, but the velvety vocals of one of America’s favorite ’90s bands are as seductive as ever.
  • Boyz II Men will perform all their big hits, including I’ll Make Love to You, End of the Road and On Bended Knee.
  • It will be like old times: Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman have been singing together for 25 years.
  • Part romance, part fun, this concert is perfect way to celebrate with the sweetheart in your life.

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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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About this Concert:

Hear this young star from Uzbekistan in a performance of one of the most beloved Romantic showpieces.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 6

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  • Say it out loud: Santtu-Matias Rouvali = “SAHN-tu MAH-tyahs ROO-vah-lee”
  • All together now: Behzod Abduraimov = “BAY-zhawd AHB-doo-RYE-moff”
  • Abduraimov is an Uzbekistani pianist, rare in the international classical world. At only 26 he has already performed in all the world’s major concert houses, and calls Kansas City home today.
  • The young Finnish phenom Rouvali is just 30 years old, a product of the same Finnish conducting school that launched Osmo Vänskä.
  • In his spare time: Rouvali loves to fish and hunt in the Finnish forests.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Modist Brewing Co. 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 Feb 16, Modist Brewing Co. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Mar 3 Inside the Classics: Bartók's Farewell 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.

Modist Brewing Co.
505 N 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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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:

In 1962, Duke Ellington joined the uncompromising modernists Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums) in a now-legendary meeting of disparate musicians communing with Duke’s classic compositions. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble, in this concert led by Minneapolis-based Bryan Nichols, looks at their landmark recording, Money Jungle.

  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

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  • Money Jungle has inspired hundreds of musicians and is a clear view of the negotiations that jazz requires.
  • The music in this program is another example of Duke Ellington’s towering place in the American compositional canon.
  • Money Jungle stands as witness to confrontation, uncompromising individualism and rich beauty. Even the title suggests a kind of critique on “selling out” to make your path through the modern urban jungle.

Media Partner:

Jazz 88

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Sigrid Johnson, Andrew Last and Jing Ling-Tam lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.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 facility fee of $2.50. 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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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Douglas Droste, Jerry Luckhardt and Robert Taylor lead the ensembles. 

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Franklin Middle School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • North High School Chorus, Minneapolis
  • Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Johnson Senior High School Chorus, Saint Paul
  • Melanie DeMore, guest artist
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Come prepared to sing, clap and stomp along the path to freedom with Melanie DeMore.

Following her sold-out concert in 2014, Melanie returns to raise up immigrant voices past and present through songs of liberation and freedom, illuminating Minnesota’s historic role as a sanctuary for the oppressed.

Concert Conversation with vocal activist Melanie DeMore at 3 pm.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

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:

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?

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance. Registration begins in late summer 2016. Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

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