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Events for July 24, 2016–September 04, 2016

About this Concert:

Since his emergence in the late ’60s, Grammy-winner® Loudon Wainwright III has been entrancing audiences all over the world with his unique skills as singer, songwriter, performer and brutally direct truth-teller.

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  • Not comfortable being labeled “the New Bob Dylan” shortly after his first album release, Wainwright wrote the self-mocking song, Talking New Bob Dylan.
  • Wainwright has also been dubbed “the Woody Allen of Folk” and “the Charlie Chaplin of Rock,” but so far hasn’t responded to those nicknames with a song.
  • He’s at the center of an incredibly musical family: his first wife Kate McGarrigle, their children Rufus and Martha, Loudon’s onetime girlfriend Suzzy Roche, and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are ALL singer songwriters.
  • Who else could score with a song about road kill (Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road) or the politicization of federal arts funding (Jesse Don’t Like It)?
  • The jacket for Jesse Don’t Like It features a likeness of then Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) smashing a Picasso (the late Senator Helms crusaded against government funding for art he deemed offensive).
  • Since 1985, Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, Wainwright’s only single to make the charts, has been played every Friday near 9am, on radio station KRRY in Quincy Illinois.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. Concert length is two 50 minute sets with one 20 minute intermission.

Presented by:
US Bank

Broadcast Partner
KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra jet to Europe in August for a four-city tour, and before they go, here’s your chance to wish them well in a special concert.

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • Pekka Kuusisto began playing violin at age three.
  • Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 sat on a shelf for seven years before it was premiered, caught in the turmoil of the 1917 Russian Revolution and the composer’s own itinerant life.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra last toured Europe in 2010.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Lahti, Finland—home of Vänskä’s previous orchestra, the Lahti Symphony—for the first time in twelve years for a public performance and a side by side rehearsal with student musicians.

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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  • Built in 2000, Lahti’s Sibelius Hall is known for fine acoustics—and a detailed ceiling that depicts the constellations as they appeared at the moment of Jean Sibelius’ birth on December 8, 1865.
  • Osmo Vänskä led the Lahti Symphony, which makes its home at Sibelius Hall, for two decades before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.sibeliustalo.fi/en.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform at Usher Hall, as part of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival. The program opens with Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, features Pekka Kuusisto in the Sibelius Violin Concerto and concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

SIBELIUS
Pohjola’s Daughter

SIBELIUS
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • Known as a multidisciplinary festival, the Edinburgh International Festival presents classical music, theatrical, opera and dance performances in six major theater and concert venues over a three-week period in August each year.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra will perform in the 2,300-seat Usher Hall.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.usherhall.co.uk/.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw, as part of the annual Robeco SummerNights festival. The program includes Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, played by Finnish soloist Pekka Kuusisto.

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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  • This concert will be broadcast live across Minnesota on Classical MPR, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities. A complete list of Classical MPR stations can be found at classicalmpr.org. Listeners will also be able to stream the broadcast via the Classical MPR website.
  • Robeco SummerNights is an annual summer festival that features more than 100 classical, jazz and world music performances, held in two auditoriums at the Concertgebouw.
  • The Concertgebouw is one of the world’s most visited concert venues and generally recognized as one of the great acoustic environments for symphony orchestras.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.concertgebouw.nl/en/.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra conclude their four-country European Tour with a debut performance in Copenhagen. Performing as part of the Tivoli Festival, the ensemble will play Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, featuring Finnish soloist Pekka Kuusisto.

STUCKY
Rhapsodies for Orchestra

SIBELIUS
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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  • The Tivoli Festival is Scandinavia’s largest classical music festival.
  • The Festival is performed in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in central Copenhagen, and the Minnesota Orchestra will perform in the 1,800-season Tivoli Concert Hall.
  • Purchase tickets for this performance at www.tivoligardens.com/en/haven/spillesteder/koncertsalen.

This 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

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