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About this Concert:

We've got a glass of musical Champagne with your name on it, as superstar Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra offer brilliant tunes from the American songbook to celebrate 2017. Capping our celebration: Rachmaninoff’s grand, gorgeous Second Symphony.

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PUTS
Millennium Canons

WEILL
“My Ship,” from Lady in the Dark

DUKE
“Autumn in New York,” from Thumbs Up!

DUKE
“April in Paris,” from Walk a Little Faster

BERNSTEIN
“Somewhere,” from West Side Story

BERNSTEIN
“A Little Bit in Love,” from Wonderful Town

GERSHWIN
“Someone to Watch Over Me,” from Oh, Kay!

SONDHEIM
“What More Do I Need,” from Saturday Night

SONDHEIM
“There Won’t Be Trumpets,” from Anyone Can Whistle

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2

More Details:

  • Dawn Upshaw grew up outside Chicago, playing guitar and singing Pete Seeger and Joan Baez songs with her parents in the Upshaw Family Singers.
  • Upshaw had a surprising megahit (Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3) in the '90s with her recording made with conductor David Zinman, who for several years led the Orchestra’s Sommerfest.
  • Upshaw has garnered the MacArthur (“genius”) Award, commissioned dozens of composers to write for her, survived breast cancer, and served as artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2007-2013.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Jan 5, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jan 28 Inside the Classics: Love in a Time of War Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Lakes and Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Naples, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Sarasota, Florida, to perform Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony, as well as contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia. Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join the ensemble to perform Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cello

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about 3, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age 4.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return to the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, to perform two of their musical specialties: Beethoven’s powerful First Symphony and Sibelius’ masterful Fifth. The program opens with contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s evocative 2012 work Gejia.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

For their generous support of the Florida Tour and the work of Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra, by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 recording of it won enormous critical and audience praise.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä has also recorded Beethoven’s First Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra to great acclaim.

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About this Concert:

Alisa Weilerstein makes the cello sing like few others can. Hear her in the unparalleled masterpiece for her instrument, Dvořák's hauntingly beautiful Concerto.

AHO
Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra

Dvořák
Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 5

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More Details:

  • Kalevi Aho, from Finland, was inspired to write Gejia, Chinese Images for Orchestra by the indigenous people of western China.
  • Dvořák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
  • One of the treasures of the Weilerstein family album is a picture of Alisa, about three, playing a cereal box cello; she started cello lessons at age four.
  • Weilerstein holds a degree in Russian history.
  • Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is arguably his most popular work, and the Minnesota Orchestra 2012 recording won enormous critical and audience praise.

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About this Concert:

One of the most beloved piano concertos sounds brand new and inspired in the hands of this phenomenal young star, Joyce Yang.

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

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More Details:

  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was written as the composer struggled out of a three-year depression following the train wreck premiere of his Symphony No. 1.
  • It is now one of the most frequently performed piano concertos in the world.
  • Early critics of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 couldn’t say enough bad things about it. A German reviewer in 1897 wrote: “The composer’s twaddle disturbed my mood…”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is now one of the most frequently performed symphonies in the world.
  • Joyce Yang’s New Year’s resolutions last year included learning more about dance, resuming her beloved oil-painting lessons, and “to cook more, drink less, and stop eating fried foods in airports.”
  • Roderick Cox is a native of Macon, Georgia. He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2015 and now serves as its Associate Conductor.
  • As part of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, Roderick led concerts in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, hosted by Google.
  • Roderick earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and previously served as the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony.
  • He will make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in January 2017.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at North Loop BrewCo. for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on Jan 19, North Loop BrewCo. will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Feb 3 Future Classics: Emerging Composers Spotlight Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

North Loop BrewCo./Inbound BrewCo.
701 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Directions >>

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


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About this Concert:

A jewel of Mendelssohn’s, amazingly kept hidden for years, plus a rare opportunity to hear each of the Orchestra’s flutists sing out as soloists in the timeless music of Bach.

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BACH
Four Flute Sonatas

MENDELSSOHN
String Quintet No. 2

More Details:

  • Mendelssohn’s String Quintet got unusual scrutiny from the composer, who thought it simply not good enough to publish. We have no idea what he could’ve been thinking!
  • After Mendelssohn’s death, musicians discovered his Quintet and fell in love with its beautiful melodies and driving energy.
  • During Bach’s lifetime, especially in the 1730s, the recorder was displaced by the flute, and Bach’s many flute sonatas celebrate the instrument’s wider artistic possibilities.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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About this Concert:

The Minnesota Orchestra family is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Neville Marriner, our music director from 1979 to 1986, at the age of 92.

During his seven seasons as our music director, he presided over a number of firsts, including the Orchestra's first composer-in-residence program (with Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus) and two international trips, to Australia in 1985 and Hong Kong in 1986, that helped set the stage for our European tours in the late 1990s. And in 1985 he achieved a distinction unique in the Minnesota Orchestra's annals by becoming the first Orchestra music director to be knighted.

Program updates will be noted here. We will inform all ticketed patrons of any program modifications as soon as possible.

MENDELSSOHN
The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

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More Details:

  • Sir Neville won his early fame as a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • After LSO concerts, friends would gather in his London living room to rehearse chamber music. They gave a concert in 1958 in a London church named St. Martin in the Fields.
  • The Marriner-led Academy of St. Martin in the Fields became the most-recorded chamber orchestra in the world, with several hundred titles to their credit; he now holds the title of its Life President.
  • Sir Neville served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director 1979-86. One of his sartorial trademarks was white socks.
  • He last conducted the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2006-2007 season.

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About this Concert:

You may think Romeo and Juliet is a grand romance like The Notebook, but what if it’s really closer to The Godfather? Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s take on Shakespeare's classic sees past the puppy love to expose the seedy, violent underbelly of Verona's feuding families.

PROKOFIEV
Romeo and Juliet

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More Details:

  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Prokofiev wrote his first piece—Indian Gallop for solo piano—when he was five, and his first opera when he was nine.
  • Prokofiev was just as good a chess player as he was a composer, beating the world chess champion in 1914.
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet had as tortuous a path to its premiere as any piece ever written—it was first deemed “undanceable” and rejected, then bounced between ballet companies and bottlenecked over fears of official Soviet scorn.
  • Conductors love to rearrange the various numbers of Prokofiev’s ballet and create their own suites from it, often moving the score’s haunting ending up in the order or omitting it altogether.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

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