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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.

BERNSTEIN
Fancy Free
Chichester Psalms

WALTON
Belshazzar's Feast

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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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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

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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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Augustin Hadelich brings his crystalline tone to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, then Orchestra Hall lights up with Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie fantastique.

BEETHOVEN
Violin Concerto

BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique

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Fun Facts:

  • Is it too easy or too hard? The Beethoven Concerto isn’t every violinist’s cup of tea because the emphasis here is on lyricism and elegance, not technical fireworks.
  • When Hadelich was a boy, he suffered severe burns and couldn’t play violin for a year. He said, “Because I had this moment where I wasn’t sure if I would ever play the violin again, I appreciate my life more. It made me realize how important music was to me.”
  • Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique when he was only 27 (and most likely experimenting with opium).
  • Leonard Bernstein said, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”
  • The fifth movement of Symphonie fantastique contains the iconic funeral chant, the Dies Irae.

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The luminous soprano Carolyn Sampson joins us to perform Mahler’s Fourth—a quiet version of heaven where a child’s every dream comes true.

STEPHENSON
Pillars, a Concerto for Low Brass [World Premiere]

MAHLER
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • One of the powerful foundations of our Orchestra is our rockstar low-brass section; Hidden in plain sight, these four gents are the best in the biz!
  • Strauss’ contemporary Gustav Mahler wrote encouragingly for the brass in almost all of his 10 symphonies, giving glorious fanfares to them—though in his tender Symphony No. 4, Mahler gave pride of place to the strings and a solo soprano.
  • The soprano in Mahler’s Fourth sings every exasperated parent’s dinnertime fantasy, as a child describes “good greens of every sort grow in the heavenly vegetable patch, good asparagus, string beans, and whatever we want!”
  • James Stephenson’s low brass concerto Pillars is the first piece the Minnesota Orchestra has ever premiered that started as a Kickstarter campaign. 149 friends of former Charleston Symphony principal trombonist Bill Zehfuss used Kickstarter to fund the commission honoring Bill after his death in 2014. 

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With a thrilling 2018-19 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2018-19 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Program details to be announced.

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Join us at Lake Harriet for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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Join us at Lakefront Park in Hudson for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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Join us at Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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Join us at Lake Park Bandshell in Winona for a free one-hour concert, part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

The Orchestra’s performance on Sun Jul 15, is presented as part of the 12th season of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a classical music festival held from Jul 2 to Jul 22 in Winona, Minnesota. For information about this concert and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, please visit mnbeethovenfestival.org.

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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The emotional power of Beethoven's Fifth is reignited in the Minnesota Orchestra's vibrant interpretation of this instantly recognizable, rightfully beloved symphony. Also spotlighted in this performance is the Orchestra's 2017-18 featured artist James Ehnes, who ends his visit on a note of brilliance.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

Fun Facts:

  • The Guardian raves about Osmo Vänskä's Beethoven recordings and declares them “the best kind of…playing–light, lithe, with sharply pointed rhythms and perfectly floated melodies.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed En Saga on the road in January 2018 as part of its Midwest tour. The concert earned such rave reviews that the Sibelius work was also chosen to complete the program for the South Africa tour.
  • Chicago Tribune proclaimed that “Vänskä has few living equals” in the Sibelius repertory.
  • Beethoven’s Fifth will also be performed by the Orchestra on its South Africa tour to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. (Hear it here, first!)
  • Beethoven’s Fifth has permeated pop culture, gracing soundtracks of such movies as Howards End, The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Peanuts Movie.
  • The London Times compares James Ehnes’ artistry favorably to Paganini, and praises his playing for its “phenomenal control.”

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Books for Africa

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Stay late for a NightCap performance by an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra all-stars joined by violinist James Ehnes, the 2017-18 season’s featured artist, with Music Director Osmo Vänskä playing clarinet.

JACOB
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Fun Facts:

  • During the 2017-18 season, featured artist James Ehnes is visiting the Orchestra three times, having already performed the U.S. premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Second Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and this July playing James Newton Howard’s Violin Concerto.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä was co-principal clarinet of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1977 to 1982 and principal clarinet of the Turku Philharmonic from 1971 to 1976; he then decided to pursue a career in conducting.
  • Erin Keefe, Rebecca Albers and Anthony Ross are all members of Accordo, a Minnesota chamber music ensemble that is made up of principal members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • The first performance of Gordon Jacob’s Quintet was given during World War II in London’s Wigmore Hall. The piece was dedicated to Frederick “Jack” Thurston, a clarinetist and fellow classmate of Jacob’s at the Royal College of Music.
  • This is the first time that Gordon Jacob’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings has been performed on a Minnesota Orchestra program.

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Books for Africa

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Osmo Vänskä leads an evening of pageantry celebrating the life journey of Nelson Mandela on his centenary—through words, video tributes and music. Tickets: choose your own price starting at $5.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Makaziwe Mandela, speaker
  • Anant Singh, speaker
  • Insingizi, vocal ensemble
  • Heart and Soul Drum Academy
  • 29:11
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Minnesota State Baptist Convention Choir

Fun Facts:

  • The South African song collections in this program will be performed here as well as in South Africa with members of the Minnesota Chorale.
  • The centenary of Mandela, who was born on July 18, 1918, will be celebrated across South Africa and around the globe in 2018, to commemorate his legacy and to continue his work for equality and freedom.
  • A member of the African National Congress party in the 1940s, Mandela led peaceful protests and armed resistance against the apartheid regime in a racially divided South Africa. Imprisoned for 27 years, he helped negotiate apartheid’s end and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa.

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Books for Africa

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About This Concert:

A free, 12-hour music marathon featuring performances of many musical genres on multiple stages at Orchestra Hall for audiences of all ages.

  • Insingizi
  • 29:11
  • Marimba Africa
  • Papa Shalita and the Global Music Alliance
  • Heart and Soul Drum Academy
  • MacPhail Center for Music Bucket Drummers
  • Members of the Minnesota Orchestra
  • TU Dance

Complete lineup will be announced in early June.

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Books for Africa

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Experience the spirit of ubuntu, the interconnectedness of humanity, as the Minnesota Orchestra prepares for its South Africa tour with the premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu and Beethoven’s Ninth’s glorious Ode to Joy.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano
  • Minette du Toit-Pearce, mezzo
  • Siyabonga Maqungo, tenor
  • Njabulo Madlala, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu [World Premiere]

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

Fun Facts:

  • This performance marks the world premiere of Harmonia Ubuntu by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, commissioned for the Minnesota Orchestra tour by Classical Movements as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
  • Ndodana-Breen speaks about how Mandela inspired this work’s creation, writing that he “was the exemplar of the African values of ubuntu—the knowledge that one's humanity is tied to the humanity of others or humanity towards others. Harmony has the obvious musical connotations. Ubuntu is a form of harmony.”
  • The four soloists at this performance are South African; and will travel and perform with the Orchestra on their South Africa tour.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä’s remarkable experience conducting the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) in 2014 was a driving force behind planning this trip to South Africa.
  • Inspired by the activism and leadership of the Mandela family, Ndodana-Breen is also the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie.
  • During World War I, German POWs introduced Beethoven’s Ninth to Japan, where it became so well loved that it is now a Japanese tradition to perform the symphony during New Year’s celebration.
  • In 1972, the Council of Europe made the glorious Ode to Joy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony its official anthem. Years later, the European Union did the same.

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Enjoy one hour (no intermission) of gorgeous music featuring selections by Beethoven, Salonen and Pärt led by trailblazing conductor Roderick Cox.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Stewart Goodyear, piano

SALONEN
Helix

PÄRT
Fratres

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

Fun Facts:

  • Helix was commissioned by the BBC and premiered by Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace on a Proms concert in August 2005.
  • Mandela and his friend, Welsh pianist Harold Rubens, led meetings in the 1950s at which they planned apartheid resistance while Rubens played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 very loudly to thwart government bugs.
  • Arvo Pärt is from Estonia, which is also celebrating its centenary in 2018. His composition Fratres literally means brotherhood, and demonstrates his minimalist tintinnabuli style of composition.
  • Called "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear has collaborated previously with Roderick Cox, who in turn introduced Goodyear to the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • These Symphony in 60 concerts are part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series, which includes a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians after the performance.
  • This performance also marks Roderick Cox's final concert as Minnesota Orchestra associate conductor, although we hope to bring you future concerts with him guest conducting.

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Protest music has played an important role in history for centuries, sparking dialogue and inspiring change—and our recent history is no exception. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the music of composers who used their craft as commentary on historical and current events.

This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children.

Post-concert on stage reception.

BRITTEN
Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

CORIGLIANO
Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, mvt. I from Symphony No. 1

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

PENDERECKI
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

STILL
In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

SMYTH
Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai
Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

Al-ZAND
The Prisoner

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics, now in its ninth season, features Minnesota Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. The duo explore classical music through conversation and orchestral excerpts. This Inside the Classics concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Karim Al-Zand's The Prisoner is a masterful and moving piece for bass baritone and orchestra that is inspired by the writings of Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Latif, who was held without cause for a decade and died while incarcerated.
  • This wide-ranging program also explores music that commemorates the women’s suffrage movement, acknowledges the service and sacrifice of African-American Civil War soldiers, reflects on the bombing of Hiroshima and pays tribute to friends lost during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

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Before embarking on its South Africa tour, the Orchestra has been invited to perform this all-American program with pianist Inon Barnatan at the world's largest classical music festival, London's prestigious BBC Proms. Join us for a post-concert toast as we say thank you and farewell to retiring Minnesota Orchestra president and CEO Kevin Smith.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Inon Barnatan, piano

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

IVES
Symphony No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra will also perform this program on August 6 at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, one of the world's most prestigious classical music festivals. The Proms concert will be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
  • “One of the most admired pianists of his generation," according to The New York Times, Inon Barnatan recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on the January 2018 Midwest Tour and Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • This is the send-off performance for the Orchestra as they leave for a multi-city tour of South Africa.
  • Charles Ives was a modernist composer and among the first to use experimental techniques such as polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters and quarter tones. His tonal inspirations come from myriad sources including traditional hymns, parlor ballads and Stephen Foster melodies.
  • Candide is an operetta based on the Voltaire novella; American poet Richard Wilbur was the primary lyricist. Although it premiered to an unenthusiastic audience in 1956, it has become a well-beloved modern day favorite.
  • A lifelong activist and unafraid of controversy, Leonard Bernstein and his then-wife Felicia hosted parties for the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam war efforts. He was monitored by Hoover’s FBI as a “potential communist.”
  • Gershwin is world-famous for music that has become part of the national consciousness, including the incomparable Rhapsody in Blue and his revolutionary opera Porgy and Bess.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have been invited to perform at one of the world’s most famous classical music festivals, London’s BBC Proms. Vänskä leads the Orchestra in an all-American program comprising Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with Inon Barnatan as soloist, and Charles Ives’ visionary Second Symphony.

Following the performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Orchestra embarks on a five-city tour to South Africa from August 7 to 19.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will share a live broadcast of the Proms concert on August 6 at 1 p.m. Central on its statewide network, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities, as well as online at classicalmpr.org.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Inon Barnatan, piano

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

IVES
Symphony No. 2

Tickets: Available beginning May 12 at bbc.co.uk/proms

Fun Facts:

  • The BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, is a 123-year tradition in London that encompasses eight weeks of programming and more than 90 concerts, with an aim to bring the best classical music to the widest audience. The 2018 Proms season runs from July 13 to September 8.
  • Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have appeared together at the BBC Proms twice before: first in 2006 and again in 2010 when they offered a pair of concerts, including a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of Charles Ives’ five-movement Symphony No. 2, will mark only the second time that the work has ever been performed at the Proms.
  • This concert will also be broadcast live throughout the U.K. on the BBC.

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The first concert of the season showcases the vibrant talent of composers Aaron Copland and Joan Tower and pianist virtuoso Emanuel Ax in a celebration of American innovation, originality and creative vision.

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Tower’s Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • In 2008, Tower's Made in America won three Grammys: Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Album and best Classical Contemporary Composition.
  • A trailblazer in the world of female American composers and conductors, Joan Tower began her musical career in the 1960’s and went on to become, in the words of the New Yorker, "one of the most successful woman composers of all time.”
  • Ax has received Grammys for two volumes of his cycle of Haydn piano sonatas, and for his recordings of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Appalachian Spring is part of a trilogy of dance interpretations of the American frontier spirit that also includes Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942).
  • Echoing the “high lonesome” bluegrass sound popular at the time, Copland’s open chords and minimal textures used traditional American music as an inspiration.
  • Created as the score for a ballet by the legendary Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring takes its title from a poem by modernist American poet Hart Crane.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

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Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst.

*ROUSTOM
Ramal

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra

HOLST
The Planets

Fun Facts:

  • Roustom’s Ramal, commissioned by Daniel Barenboim for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, was described by The New York Times as “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”
  • The Guardian praises Ramal as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality” and the Chicago Tribune has described Roustom as “a gifted and accomplished artist…one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers.”
  • Composer John Adams says the title of his work refers both to the “gnarly buttons” on trees, and the keys on a clarinet.
  • A fan of astrology, Holst based the narrative of The Planets in astrology, not astronomy, with each movement evoking the mythological characteristics of various planets.
  • Award-winning composer John Williams used rhythms and harmonies from the Mars movement as an inspiration for the soundtrack of Star Wars.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

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Helmuth Rilling, an internationally-acclaimed master of choral music, leads the Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Orchestra Hall of Johann Sebastian Bach’s inspired and inspiring Christmas Oratorio.

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II and III

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Fun Facts:

  • Oh, if we had time! Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio has six parts and usually lasts well over three hours. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the beautiful first half of this extended masterwork, which describes the birth of Jesus.
  • Conductor Helmuth Rilling has recorded all of Bach’s choral works—a staggering 1,000 pieces on 170 CDs.
  • This performance is an international affair with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra musicians joined by soloists from Germany, Spain, Canada and the U.S.

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