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This concert is presented as part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

SMITH/Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

SHOSTAKOVICH
Festive Overture

BIZET
Habañera and Danse Bohême, from Carmen Suite No. 2

SOUSA
Washington Post March

WILLIAMS
Selections from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5

HEITZEG
Blue Liberty

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

Each summer, the Orchestra presents a series of free outdoor concerts for the community called Symphony for the Cities. Please join us at Lake Harriet, Plymouth, Winona, and Hudson for magnificent summertime music-making.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Coro Entrevoces, choir
  • Digna Guerra, conductor, Coro Entrevoces

Program to include:

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture

CATURLA
Danzón

LECUONA/Jenkins
Malagueña

LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN
Guaguancó

MARQUEZ
Danzón No. 2

BERNSTEIN
Mambo, from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

A one-of-a-kind musical experience that takes you beyond the headlines of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2015 CUBA Tour.

Be part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s vibrant musical exchange with Cuba—which launched in May with our historic Havana concerts—as this Cuban chamber choir joins our Orchestra for bold and brilliant music from both cultures.

•  Listen to members of the Orchestra share their stories about this unprecedented cultural exchange

•  See new video documenting the Orchestra’s performances and their work with students

•  Hear Coro Entrevoces' a cappella musical selections from the U.S., Europe, and their native Cuba

Please note: selections by Coro Entrevoces will be announced from the stage.

Visit our tours page for more stories and photos from our 2015 CUBA Tour.

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Short of dancing down a rain-splattered street, there's no better way to re-capture the magic of this classic MGM musical than to see it on a big screen with a live orchestra performing the timeless soundtrack.

And there’s no more enjoyable way to introduce new generations to this masterpiece of song and dance by award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. From "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Morning" to "You Were Meant For Me" and of course the unforgettable title tune, this is going to be a most wonderful time at the movies, thanks to the Minnesota Orchestra and Sarah Hicks. What a glorious feelin'!

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RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

Here’s Rachmaninoff’s final work, the capstone of his career, and as Sam puts it: “it feels like one of those pieces a composer creates hoping this is the one they’ll still be playing 200 years from now.” The work is a tour de force, illustrating the composer’s mastery of orchestral writing at its most Romantic. It’s also highly personal: Rachmaninoff was living in America, painfully distanced from his beloved Russia by the Revolution. Supreme talent, a lifetime’s worth of expertise and deep-down soul—these are at the core of this unforgettable music. The verdict won’t be in until 2140, but listening today, we sense the Symphonic Dances have fulfilled Rachmaninoff’s heartfelt bid for immortality.

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About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Attend all three Inside the Classics performances or mix and match with Symphony in 60 performances and save!

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They've been the soulful soundtrack for half a century, and The Temptations are still going strong. Who can forget My Girl, Just My Imagination or Papa Was A Rolling Stone?

The Temptations played a critical role as founding fathers of soul and R&B—and with their smooth vocal harmonies, tight choreography and glam wardrobe, they still epitomize the Motown Sound in all its glory. Led by founder Otis Williams, the group’s current five-man incarnation will lead you on a joyful journey down memory lane, proving that after all these years, they still have what it takes to rock the house. For a little Sunshine On A Cloudy Day, come hear the Temptations at Orchestra Hall.

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Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

With his career rocketing forward, pianist Alessio Bax makes a rare stop here in Minnesota—and you won’t want to miss hearing this amazing young genius in Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Paganini Rhapsody.

At times the music draws us into a delightful dance; next it sings a song of rapturous beauty. The evening ends with an inspiring composition: Brahms’ First Symphony, written when the composer, living uneasily in Beethoven’s shadow, rose high above his fears to deliver this gorgeous creation.

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol

DE FALLA
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

CHABRIER
España

BIZET
Carmen Suite No. 2

RAVEL
Boléro

If your summer travel budget doesn’t include airfare to Spain, we’ll conjure this land of evocative scents, sounds and colors for you here at Orchestra Hall.

The rhythms are sensuous in Ravel’s Boléro, the melodies brazen and brilliant in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, and you can almost smell the blood-red roses in de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Your ticket—wonderfully free of jet lag—is waiting!

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VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6

DEAN
Night Window

SCHUBERT
Trout Quintet

Franz Schubert created his Trout Quintet—one of chamber music’s all-time glories—ingeniously, adapting a seemingly simple tune he wrote years earlier. Variation after dazzling variation spins out from the “Trout” melody, amazing listeners and calling forth everything the players can give.

Fortunately, we have virtuosos in abundance: joining our great conductor-pianist Andrew Litton at his Steinway are four supremely talented members of the Orchestra. The result: a summer night of intimate chamber-music magic.

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  • Wendy Chen, piano
  • Jonathan Swartz, violin
  • Anthony Ross, cello
  • The Fellowship String Quartets from Madeline Island Music Camp

BRAHMS
B Major Piano Trio

RACHMANINOFF
Piano and Cello Sonata

SCHUMANN
Piano Quintet in E-Flat

SCHUBERT
Cello Quintet

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Madeline Island Music Camp presents An Evening with the Romantics featuring works by Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

To purchase the accompanying dinner please call 715-747-2561.

More information can be found online at www.music-camp.org.

This performance will be approximately 90 minutes including an intermission.

Please note: 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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J. STRAUSS, JR.
Overture to The Gypsy Baron

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Treasure Waltz, from The Gypsy Baron

J. STRAUSS
Stiefmütterchen (Pansies), Polka-Mazurka

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Bitte schön! (If you please!), Polka

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Auf der Jagd (On the Hunt), Polka

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Tuba Concerto

J. STRAUSS
Dynamiden Waltzes (The Mysterious Powers of Magnetism)

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Flugschriften (Pamphlets) Waltz

E. STRAUSS
Bahn frei! (Clear Track!), Polka

E. STRAUSS
Ohne Bremse (Without Brakes), Polka

BIZET/Borne/Walker
Carmen Fantasy, for Two Flutes and Orchestra

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Emperor Waltzes

One of Sommerfest’s greatest delights is its annual concert brimful of music from Vienna’s “Waltz King.” With a smiling lilt and champagne bubbles in every bar of music, Strauss waltzes sing of Vienna at its grandest—and they speak volumes about Sommerfest’s enduring popularity.

We start with a fantasy-medley of “greatest hits” from Bizet’s masterpiece, the opera Carmen, then enjoy Vaughan Williams’ surprisingly lyrical Tuba Concerto. The spotlight shines throughout the program on several of this fine orchestra’s über-talented players.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Don't worry: this nightmare is hilarious—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on steroids. This violin and piano duo are the funniest serious musicians you're ever likely to see, as attested by their 35 million video hits—making them bona fide internet sensations.

They apply their "genuine, dazzling virtuosity” (The New York Times) to send-ups of everyone from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, and everything from Riverdance to concert etiquette. Don't be surprised if everybody gets into the act, including our esteemed Orchestra musicians. Whether you're a classical expert or just beginning your acquaintance with music, you'll love this riotous evening of melodic mayhem!

Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music Sneak Preview

Igudesman & Joo: Rachmaninoff Had Big Hands

Follow Igudesman & Joo: Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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ROSSINI
Duo for Cello and Bass

ROREM
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

HINDEMITH
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

MOZART
Kegelstatt (Bowling Alley) Trio

New energy is pulsing through the Minnesota Orchestra, as our wonderful players hand craft chamber music programs like this one for you.

Come hear virtuosos as they step out of the larger ensemble—the sheer size and power of which can sometimes mask their amazing individual artistry.

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COPLAND
El Salón México

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 7

How he actually pulls this program off is his own secret, but this is a feat you will want to witness for yourself. Our double-threat Artistic Director Andrew Litton sits down at the Steinway and performs the dazzling (and dazzlingly difficult) Gershwin Concerto—and conducts the Orchestra at the same time!

This American masterpiece is the centerpiece of a program inspired by dance—Mexican café tunes, Bohemian peasant rhythms and Tin Pan Alley syncopations—all masterfully rendered by Mr. Litton!

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