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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Christopher Lloyd, host
  • Film by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado, PhD, featuring NASA visuals

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Star Trek Through the Years

Selections from The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra
Mars, the Bringer of War
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Clair de lune

Adventures on Earth, from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

Selections from Also sprach Zarathustra

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Star Wars Suite

Who better to host this program of other-worldly music than actor Christopher Lloyd? He mastered both time and space as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies—and each of these selections has a memorable movie connection.

We’ll hear the all-important Star Trek medley and other blockbuster hits by Hollywood master John Williams, as well as Holst’s audience favorite The Planets (which influenced many film composers, including Williams) and both Strausses' stellar contributions to 2001. And Clair de lune? Fun fact: it was cut from the original Fantasia, but the haunting short film survives online. All this and mind-blowing NASA images; boldly go to Orchestra Hall!

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"Veil of Tears," Interlude from To Be Certain of the Dawn

Selections from The Snow Maiden

Piano Concerto No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 1

Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss

Russian magic flows through this program! The phenomenal Kirill Gerstein takes the keyboard for two shining piano concertos, witty and expansive gems by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Saluting our partnership with the Russian Museum of Art and its fall exhibit of folk art, we open and close with beautiful music inspired by Russian folk tales: Tchaikovsky’s incidental music for The Snow Maiden and the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s “Tchaikovsky” ballet, The Fairy’s Kiss—a tribute to Tchaikovsky himself, the composer Stravinsky loved the most.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals

Victory at Sea, Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra

Armed Forces Salute

Concerto for Trumpet, from Private Buckaroo

Amazing Grace

It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)

George M. Cohan Medley

Offertory from Mass

Something’s Coming, from West Side Story

America the Beautiful

Summertime, from Porgy and Bess

Stars and Stripes Forever

Our Orchestra’s dynamic trumpeter Charles Lazarus is back at it again! He’s created an original, all-new orchestral pops program honoring our veterans that will make your heart soar—just like his “A Night in the Tropics” and “Big Band Valentine’s Day Celebration” concerts made your heart dance.

You’ll love traveling with Lazarus and his rhythm section on a journey through iconic American music, from the roots of jazz to Bernstein, including Harry James’ Concerto for Trumpet, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Gershwin’s Summertime from Porgy and Bess and more. Tickets for this exceptional Veterans Day concert are discounted 50% for all current and former members of our country’s armed services and their families.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all seven orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in a joyous, two-hour concert. The concert features individual performances of orchestral classics by each orchestra.

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. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

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Winter Bells

Piano Concerto No. 20

Symphony No. 5

More from the romantic Russians! A star from our 2010 Composer Institute, Polina Nazaykinskaya, says her emotional Winter Bells comes "from the depth of my heart." Keyboard wonder Jonathan Biss brings out all the depth and operatic drama in this concerto from Mozart (surely its soulfulness makes him an honorary Russian). And the lush, characterful scoring in Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony (written in just one month) tells stories without words. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu is on the podium for this stirring concert.

Watch the Russian National Orchestra perform Polina Nazaykinskaya's "Winter Bells":

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Join us for late night post-concert chamber music performed in the intimate setting of the Target Atrium offering audiences another way to connect with the music performed on the main stage.

Florence was one of Tchaikovsky's favorite vacation spots. For many of his Florentine sojourns, he stayed at a small villa owned by Nadezhda von Meck, his generous benefactress and confidante whom Tchaikovsky, as a condition of their unusual relationship, was never to meet. Tchaikovsky used his peaceful escapes to sketch, orchestrate and relax.

This string sextet will have you swooning to the slow movement and dancing wildly to the gypsy music in the last movement. The performance time is approximately 35 minutes, plus a brief introduction. Violists Ken Freed and Sam Bergman will also host a Q&A after the performance. Seating is limited.

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Music for Double Brass Choir

Concerto for Two Bassoons

Symphony No. 5

This concert shines the spotlight on our bassoon section, particularly Principal Bassoon John Miller, Jr., now in his 44th year with the Orchestra—and the longest-tenured principal player ever in the Orchestra's history. He solos in Dietter's Concerto for Two Bassoons, with the second part taken in turn by each of his section colleagues. Framing their distinctive, mellow double-reed sound are Gabrieli's rich brass harmonies and Tchaikovsky's impassioned Symphony No. 5, a meditation on fate that concludes in a triumphal march. On the podium is our former music director Eiji Oue, famed for his charismatic performances. Come celebrate the many moods of a grand symphony orchestra!

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  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City
  • Francisco J. Núñez, conductor

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC), founded and conducted by MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellow Francisco J. Núñez, is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb sound and electrifying performances.

Frequent performers at Carnegie Hall, YPC regularly accepts invitations to represent the U.S. at international choral festivals, and is frequently seen on national TV with such guest artists as Joshua Bell, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis. Audiences rave about YPC’s ability to equally execute everything from classical to gospel, pop and world music with energy that leaps from the stage. A performance not to be missed!

“Nobody reviews YPC and says ‘they’re really good for kids.’ They say they’re really good – period.” – John Schaefer, Radio Host, WNYC

Concert Activities
Concert Conversation at 7 pm with conductor Francisco J. Núñez

Please note: The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for VocalEssence. 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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Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 6, Pastoral (movements III, IV and V)

Suite from The Nutcracker

Clair de lune

Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Pomp and Circumstance

The Pines of Rome: The Pines of the Appian Way

You may have fond childhood memories of this amazing creation. You might even own the DVD. But if you haven't experienced Disney's extraordinary Fantasia live with a full symphony orchestra, prepare to be spellbound.

Fantasia—a milestone in the history of animation—is a most imaginative celebration of great orchestral music, from dancing hippos and ostriches, flowers and mushrooms to the stunning renditions of classics, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Stravinsky's Firebird and, of course, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, all brought to life by the phenomenal Disney team. This masterpiece abounds in captivating sights and sounds: don’t miss this holiday weekend treat!

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Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.

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