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BACH/Skrowaczewski
Toccata and Fugue in D minor

STRAUSS
Don Juan

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Minnesota Orchestra's music director from 1960 to 1979, welcomes the ensemble and the community back to Orchestra Hall with concerts that begin with the first music heard at the Hall's opening in 1974—his own orchestration of J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Also on the program are the Richard Strauss tone poem Don Juan and Ludwig van Beethoven's heroic Third Symphony.

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Pre-Concert Entertainment: Come early and enjoy pre-concert performances 7-7:45 p.m. on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine by the Young Musicians of Minnesota.

Lobby Open House: View our new and renovated spaces and upgraded seating in the auditorium.

Subscription Stations: Stop by the box office or one of our many subscription tables in the lobby for assistance with your series renewal or new series purchase. Open before and after each concert.

Partner Displays: Learn about the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Young People's Symphony Concert Association.

Post-Concert Celebrations: Join us immediately following the performance for complimentary champagne to celebrate the Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy win! Enjoy a free copy of the Grammy Award-winning recording distributed to all concertgoers as you depart.

Please join us in thanking Mortenson Construction, a key partner in the Orchestra Hall renovation, for providing champagne, flowers and other special touches for our Minnesota Orchestra Homecoming concerts.

Happy 90th, Maestro Stan! Click here for more information about the Chamber Music Society's birthday celebration.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Melanie DeMore
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor

Feel the rhythmic spirit of the Gullah people flow through you as inspiring vocal activist Melanie DeMore takes you on a journey to the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina.

Unique among other groups of enslaved Africans, the Gullah lived in isolation, retaining much of their pure African traditions. Communal singing and dance were seen as vital to survival, and rhythm was deep in their souls. Through powerful spirituals performed by the VocalEssence Chorus in the Gullah tradition, stick pounding, hand clapping and foot stomping, Melanie will challenge all of us to connect with our neighbor and the music within us, because as Melanie says, “a song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.”

“When [Melanie] turns her direct gaze to the audience, it feels like she was born to bring a powerful message through her songs. The combination of her gentle spirit and her deep resounding voice stopped me in my tracks.” — Barbara Price, Music Producer

For more information, visit www.VocalEssence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2013-14 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 Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices located on the 5th Floor of the International Centre at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

ELGAR
Cello Concerto

HOLST
The Planets

French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier continues the Minnesota Orchestra’s homecoming, leading a program of two British masterworks—Edward Elgar’s exquisite Cello Concerto, featuring the composer’s countryman Steven Isserlis as soloist; and Gustav Holst’s The Planets, an astrological sojourn of music ranging from warlike to jovial, with an ethereal close that includes the women of the Minnesota Chorale, the Orchestra’s principal chorus.

Download Program Notes (pdf)

Pre-Concert Entertainment: Come early and enjoy pre-concert performances 7-7:45 p.m. on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine by the Young Musicians of Minnesota.

Lobby Open House: View our new and renovated spaces and upgraded seating in the auditorium.

Subscription Stations: Stop by the box office or one of our many subscription tables in the lobby for assistance with your series renewal or new series purchase. Open before and after each concert.

Partner Displays: Learn about the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Young People's Symphony Concert Association.

Post-Concert Celebrations: Join us immediately following the performance for complimentary champagne to celebrate the Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy win! Enjoy a free copy of the Grammy Award-winning recording distributed to all concertgoers as you depart.

  • Conductor Men's Choir: Lee Nelson, Wartburg College
  • Conductor Mixed Choir: Jo-Michael Scheibe, USC Thornton School of Music
  • Conductor Women's Choir: Sandra Peter, Stetson University -Florida

The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota.

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.  Prices will increase effective February 10, 2014. Order early for best prices. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable facility fee ranging from $2.50-$3.50. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices located on the 5th Floor of the International Centre at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

  • Conductor Symphonic Band: James Spinazzola, Cornell University
  • Conductor Concert Band: Captain Michelle Rakers, "The President's Own" Marine Band
  • Conductor Orchestra: Gary Lewis, University of Colorado

The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota.

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.  Prices will increase effective February 10, 2014. Order early for best prices. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable facility fee ranging from $2.50-$3.50. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices located on the 5th Floor of the International Centre at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

ELGAR
Cello Concerto

HOLST
The Planets

French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier continues the Minnesota Orchestra’s homecoming, leading a program of two British masterworks—Edward Elgar’s exquisite Cello Concerto, featuring the composer’s countryman Steven Isserlis as soloist; and Gustav Holst’s The Planets, an astrological sojourn of music ranging from warlike to jovial, with an ethereal close that includes the women of the Minnesota Chorale, the Orchestra’s principal chorus.

Download Program Notes (pdf)

Pre-Concert Entertainment: Come early and enjoy pre-concert performances 7-7:45 p.m. on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine by the Young Musicians of Minnesota.

Lobby Open House: View our new and renovated spaces and upgraded seating in the auditorium.

Subscription Stations: Stop by the box office or one of our many subscription tables in the lobby for assistance with your series renewal or new series purchase. Open before and after each concert.

Partner Displays: Learn about the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Young People's Symphony Concert Association.

Post-Concert Celebrations: Join us immediately following the performance for complimentary champagne to celebrate the Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy win! Enjoy a free copy of the Grammy Award-winning recording distributed to all concertgoers as you depart.

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919)

RAVEL
Boléro

Enjoy the sweet, melancholy beauty of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto and the bold intensity of Ravel’s Boléro, understandably one of the most popular pieces ever written. You’ll also witness the first Twin Cities orchestral performance of a stellar new talent: Daniil Trifonov, a remarkable pianist who wins virtually every international competition he enters and—at the age of 22—is already in demand worldwide. Also making his subscription series debut is Michael Christie, music director of the Minnesota Opera.

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The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota presents Happy 90th Maestro Stan!, a once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration to honor Minnesota treasure Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.

Maestro himself will conduct the world premiere of his newest composition for cellist Lynn Harrell and chamber ensemble. The program also includes world-premieres of works composed in honor of the Maestro’s birthday by John Harbison, Paul Schoenfield, Gunther Schuller and Steven Stucky. Schuller and Joe Dowling will participate in the festivities. Maestro will conduct his rarely heard Symphony for Strings and his arrangement of Bruckner's Adagio for strings with a unique orchestra comprised of many Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO musicians. Also included will be “Happy Birthday” composed by Karel Husa, as well as other works by Bruckner, Skrowaczewski and Bach.

R. STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra, excerpt

SIBELIUS
Violin Concerto, Allegro, ma non tanto (III)

R. STRAUSS
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

RESPIGHI
The Pines of Rome, The Pines of the Appian Way (IV)

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging.

Big sounds rule!  All the works on this concert are powerful and intense, starting with the theme from the classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, from Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. Talented young Sedra Bistodeau of Princeton, Minnesota, who won YPSCA’s 2012 School Music Auditions, will play the high-energy finale of Sibelius’ great Violin Concerto. Rounding out the program will be Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

$4 tickets available to this concert as part of our UPbeat initiative. Call for details.

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For generations this iconic film, winner of 10 Oscars ®, has captivated audiences around the world. Now, in a rare multimedia event, the Minnesota Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score live while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen, with the original vocals and dialogue intact.

Here’s an unforgettable story—Romeo and Juliet, the world’s best known romantic tragedy, American-style—given unforgettable treatment by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with Robbins’ breathtaking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents.

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