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BERNSTEIN
Divertimento

HEITZEG
American Nomad [World Premiere]

COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto

GREENSTEIN
Acadia

A roster of Minnesota Orchestra stars headlines this homecoming concert of American classics. Former Principal Clarinet Burt Hara returns from Los Angeles to perform Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland’s famous Clarinet Concerto. Trumpeter Charles Lazarus takes center stage with the jazz-influenced American Nomad, a new work written for him by Twin Cities-based composer Steve Heitzeg. And former Associate Conductor Mischa Santora leads the program that also features compositions by two more New Yorkers: Leonard Bernstein’s witty, nostalgic Divertimento and Judd Greenstein’s multifaceted Acadia, which received its world premiere in 2012 in a “fiery, committed performance” (Star Tribune) and was commissioned by hundreds of Minnesota Orchestra supporters and the orchestra.

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  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Don Shelby, actor
  • Jon Cranney, director
  • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor

Step into the past to support the future of choral music education programs at VocalEssence.

Join the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and guest artist Don Shelby as Mark Twain on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat for a celebration of the river. Sip cocktails and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres on the Victorian deck and then head to the auditorium where Mark Twain and the Ensemble Singers will take listeners on a musical journey of the past and present – choral masterpieces, favorite folksongs, traditional spirituals, and Americana.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketbud.

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

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Once again, the Twin Cities' preeminent fashion showcase, Envision, returns to Orchestra Hall in Downtown Minneapolis for its Spring 2015 installment. The venue will serve as the stunning backdrop for Envision for the third season in a row on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.

Known as one of the largest and most glamorous fashion events of the year, Envision is an exciting full-scale production, presented in both Spring and Fall within one of the Twin Cities most treasured cultural institutions, Orchestra Hall. Attendees can expect a curated presentation of local fashion, creativity, music and glam. Staying true to their intention to create an event that serves as a source of inspiration and trend-spotting, Envision will present current Spring 2015 collections from some of the best fashion brands in the Twin Cities, including: Cliche, Ellie Hottinger, Emily Trevor, George Moskal, HouseOfGinaMarie + MienKielo, Idle Child, Jenny Carle, Kjurek, Kozol and Yevette Willaert. Ignite is also pleased to present Amy Shetler as key stylist, assisted by Paige Frandsen, with hair by Haus Salon and makeup led by Kristine Loehrer.

Big announcement for Spring 2015! Adding to this year's spectacle is a special live performance from French Artist and Producer Monsieur Adi, who will act as Envision's runway DJ! Hot off Beyonce's 2014 "Mrs. Carter" World Tour where he ruled as her official DJ, Adi has been tasked with remixing artists such as Lana Del Rey, Bastille and more. A former fashion design student himself, Monsieur Adi is the perfect fit for Envision 2015!

For more information please visit www.envisionmpls.com

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. VIP entry begins at 7pm. General Admission entry begins at 8pm. Show starts promptly at 9pm. VIP ticket includes seating, early entry, VIP hour (7pm-8pm, complimentary food tasting with local restaurants in the Target Atrium with special guest musical performances) and Swag Bag. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee and a $1 charitable contribution to benefit Public Functionary.  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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GTCYS’ largest concert event celebrates students’ talent and artistry developed during the year. The concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

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 will increase for day-of-show purchases.  Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 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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GTCYS’ largest concert event celebrates students’ talent and artistry developed during the year. The concert features individual performances from Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

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 will increase for day-of-show purchases. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 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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Mark your calendar for a live webcast conversation on yourclassical.org featuring Eric Whitacre in conversation with MPR’s Brian Newhouse. Whitacre will discuss the creation of his most recent work, Deep Field, which will be premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in concert May 8-10 at Orchestra Hall.

Eric and Brian will be joined by composer Steven Bryant whose Ecstatic Waters for orchestra will premiere in the concert series, as well as members of the team from The Nerdery who created the app that forms part of Deep Field, which can be downloaded now for free at the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Deep Field Eric Whitacre." This event is produced by MPR in cooperation with the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Productions.

Registration is now closed for this event. Winners will be notified by Monday, May 4.

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WHITACRE
Lux Aurumque (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

NEWMAN
Blow It Up, Start Again

COPLAND
Quiet City

BRYANT
Ecstatic Waters (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

WHITACRE/Newman
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)

WHITACRE
Deep Field (World Premiere)

PAULUS
Pilgrims' Hymn

Grammy-winning American conductor and composer Eric Whitacre may be most famous for his cutting-edge virtual choir projects (for a preview of his Lux Aurumque, watch the virtual version on YouTube), but he’s also devoted to collaborating with Twin Cities artists. A rock star of the global choral scene, Whitacre returns to lead an evening of otherworldly harmonizing mixed with contemporary orchestral works, ranging from Copland’s 1941 Quiet City to a brand new, still-in-progress work by the conductor himself.

Deep Field App AVAILABLE NOW

Download the app
- Launch the App Store or the Google Play Store on your smartphone
- Search for “Deep Field Eric Whitacre”
- Download and install the free app
- Make sure the app’s icon is readily viewable on your phone
- Adjust your phone’s sleep settings to allow the screen to stay on for longer than 1 minute

After Intermission
- Turn on your smartphone as you re-enter the auditorium
- Enable airplane mode

Deep Field
- At the start of Deep Field, launch your Deep Field App
- Enter the “Live Concert Experience”
- Please wait for Eric to give you a downbeat
- Press the play button in the center of your screen
- Turn up your volume
- Your screen will go black for several moments as the accompanying music slowly fades in and a unique image from the Deep Field gradually appears

We encourage you to download the app prior to the concert and explore photos and video about Deep Field.

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  • Ron Miles, trumpet
  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Anthony Cox, bass/cello
  • JT Bates, drums

American trumpeter, composer and educator Ron Miles is a singular force in the jazz world.

“What’s always striking about his music is a sense of possibility that rings of the American frontier,” according to The New York Times in October 2014. Based in Colorado, he is a former member of the Mercer Ellington Orchestra and frequent collaborator with Bill Frisell. Miles, known for his versatility and unique sound, will join the Atrium Jazz Ensemble to perform a mix of original music and jazz favorites.

About Jazz in the Target Atrium

Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.

Listen to a broadcast of the January 22, 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium performance

Note: this performance follows the 8pm concert performed by Eric Whitacre and the Minnesota Orchestra in the Orchestra Hall auditorium. (A separate ticket fee applies.) All seating is general admission. This concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

Tune in to Jazz88’s Saturday night program Tempo to hear selections from the Jazz in the Target Atrium concerts. These JITA broadcasts are typically aired eight days following the live concert and are also available on-demand on the Jazz88 website for two weeks following the broadcast date.

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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. This performance features the music of Gershwin, Tilson Thomas, Bernstein and more.

The brass quintet, a uniquely American ensemble, typically gives us music that reflects our melting pot of cultures and traditions. A few lucky people were the first to hear Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's West Side Story; earlier this evening, a few more will have played an active role in creating the world premiere performance of Eric Whitacre's atmospheric Deep Field at Orchestra Hall. Extending that experience, this engaging NightCap concert will feature stellar brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra and the now-classic sounds of Gershwin and Bernstein, along with the stirring and cinematic voices of American composers Michael Tilson Thomas, James Stephenson and our own Charles Lazarus.

Seating is limited for this 1 hour event. Ticket price includes a complimentary beverage. 

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Frank Fernández, piano
  • Cuban National Choir and Coro Vocal Leo
  • Digna Guerra, direccion general de coros

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Egmont

BEETHOVEN
Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Choral Fantasy

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

The Minnesota Orchestra will perform two concerts in Cuba this May 15 and 16, becoming the first U.S. orchestra to give performances in Cuba since President Obama took steps to normalize relations between the countries in December 2014. At the invitation of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra will perform as part of Havana’s International Cubadisco Festival.

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In addition to its concert performances at the Teatro Nacional, the Orchestra will participate in several musical exchanges with Cuban music students. Minnesota Orchestra musicians will coach student groups and exchange performances at the Escuela Nacional de Musica, a national high school for music study, and at the Instituto Superior de Arte, a university that focuses on the arts. The Orchestra will also join the 80-member youth symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil Amadeo Roldán, onstage at the Teatro Nacional for a two-hour side by side rehearsal, sharing stands, music and experiences.

The International Cubadisco Festival is an annual music festival that encompasses one of the most important recording competitions in the Cuban music industry. The theme for the 19th annual festival, running from May 15 to 24, is symphonic and choral music.

The Minnesota Orchestra tour is made possible by a generous gift from Marilyn C. and Glen D. Nelson.

Broadcast

Both of the Minnesota Orchestra performances in Cuba will be broadcast live locally by Minnesota Public Radio. Tune in at 7pm central time on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 to KSJN 99.5 FM or classicalmpr.org to hear these historic broadcasts.

Celebrate Cuba

Join us on Sunday, July 5 at 2pm for part two of our musical exchange with Cuba—as the 23-voice Cuban choir, Coro Entrevoces, joins our Orchestra for bold and brilliant music from both cultures. Details & tickets »

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What has 50 fingers flying over 440 keys? The 5 Browns—an incredible quintet of two brothers and three sisters who are dazzling the world of classical music with their unique style.

You won't believe your eyes or your ears when they sit down at their Steinways and play special arrangements: from Mozart to Rachmaninoff, from Gershwin to Stravinsky, as you've never heard them before. It’s all played with skill, passion, and heart…times five! No wonder the famed Juilliard School admitted them all—simultaneously. Enjoy the sibling revelry!

HOLST/Anderson
Mars, Neptune and Jupiter, from The Planets

LUTOSLAWSKI
Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos

KAPUSTIN
Concert Etude, Opus 40, No. 3, Toccatina

STRAVINSKY/Shumway
The Rite of Spring: Part One

GERSHWIN/Shumway
Rhapsody in Blue

CHOPIN
Nocturne in C minor, Opus 48, No. 1

DEBUSSY/Anderson
Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque

MUCZYNSKI
Toccata, Opus 15

BALAKIREV/Anderson
Islamey: Fantasy for Five Pianos

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

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The Betts Project: From CT scans to CNC Replicas with John Waddle, Steve Rossow and performance by Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin

6-6:30: Hosted beer, wine and light bites
6:30-7:30: Program with John Waddle, Steve Rossow and Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin
7:30-8:00: Mix and Mingle

The Crescendo Project is a group of young patrons of the Minnesota Orchestra who want to experience the Orchestra in a fun, relaxed and social atmosphere

John Waddle is a Violin maker and dealer, who, for the last 20 years, has developed the use of medical imaging technology and applied it to modern instrument making. He has gained a greater understanding of many factors which resulted in the world’s finest antique instruments. Meet Mr. Waddle and learn about his process. Experience Rebecca Corruccini, First Violin perform on a copy of the Betts Stradivarius violin that Mr. Waddle made using this technology.

Free for Crescendo Project Members! Click here to RSVP

Non-member ticket price, $20 Click here to purchase a ticket. The cost of your ticket can be applied towards a membership when you enroll at the event on May 20. Memberships start at just $10/month or $99 annually. Click here to learn more about Crescendo Project membership and benefits.

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BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

We begin with the extraordinary Garrick Ohlsson and his marvelous rendition of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. Leading this youthful and vigorous early work—the composer wrote it when he was just 25—is our esteemed Conductor Laureate, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, approaching his 92nd birthday. He concludes this exhilarating program with Beethoven’s dance-infused Symphony No. 7.

“Garrick Ohlsson is a big pianist with a calmly commanding presence, and his performance in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor sported those qualities in abundance. One could sense his artistic lineage... in the crystalline nobility of his sound; in the Adagio the melody floated dreamily along over its spare accompaniment, while the Rondo flew swift and sure.”

The Independent

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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. This performance features Gounod's Petite symphonie and Mozart's Quartet in D Major for Flute and Strings.

Relax into Gounod’s light-hearted French world of classical artifice and Mozart’s Viennese charm as our vaunted woodwinds serve up a musical dessert worthy of royalty! This lovely concert, with Gounod’s Petite symphonie for Wind Instruments and Mozart’s Quartet for Flute and Strings is the perfect nightcap to the evening’s earlier concert of Beethoven and Brahms, musical titans of German art who plumbed the depths of the human heart. Here’s the perfect recipe for unwinding: heartwarming music performed by superb Minnesota Orchestra players, accompanied by French wine and Viennese chocolate!

Seating is limited for this 1 hour event. Ticket price includes a complimentary beverage. 

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NIELSEN
Pan and Syrinx

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2

Our second week of piano greats features the wildly popular André Watts with Brahms’ grand and warm Piano Concerto No. 2. The composer called it “a tiny, tiny, pianoforte concerto with a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo.” It is anything but that. Osmo Vänskä brings his inimitable touch to a program that opens with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3, soon to be recorded by the Orchestra as part of a multi-year exploration of the Finnish national hero’s masterpieces.

“My greatest satisfaction is performing… Performing is my way of being part of humanity—of sharing.”

— André Watts

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