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About This Concert:

Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

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Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.

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About This Concert:

A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

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Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and a Q & A with composers after the performance.

American Composers Forum

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Monroe Crossing

Get ready for toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ fun as VocalEssence breathes new life into J.S. Bach and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with special guest, Monroe Crossing.

Hear VocalEssence perform some of Bach’s most jubilant music alongside gospel bluegrass tunes and a regional premiere of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Te Deum with Monroe Crossing and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation with composer Carol Barnett, members of Monroe Crossing, and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III at 7 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About Campus Night:

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features free extras for students in the Student Zone on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine. Activities start at 6:30pm.

Free with $12 student ticket:

  • Cookies, coffee and chai
  • #MNOrch Social Media Lounge
  • Win prizes playing Orchestra Toss
  • Meet the musicians and composers!

GIVEAWAY: The first 50 students to check in at the Student Zone will receive a Minnesota Orchestra beanie!

Minnesota Orchestra Beanie

 

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

About This Concert:

A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

Learn more about the Composer Institute »

Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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Sing the songs of a German master!

Join us for a morning of fellowship and song performing Bach’s Cantata No. 80 – Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) as well as other Bach chorales and choruses to celebrate 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. Tickets are FREE but advanced registration required. Refreshments will be served.  

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

 

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About this Concert:

Minnesota Public Radio celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and MPR’s Brian Newhouse steps out of the Orchestra Hall broadcast booth to emcee an evening of musical works that have made Minnesota Orchestra and MPR history.

WAGNER
Overture to The Flying Dutchman

BACH/arr. Skrowaczewski
Toccata and Fugue in D minor

ELGAR
Nimrod, from Enigma Variations

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor: Allegro con brio (mvmt I)

BARBER
Essay No. 1

CATURLA
Danzón

LECUONA
Malagueña

TRADITIONAL/arr. Vänskä
Säkkijärven Polka

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the few American orchestras that broadcasts each of its Classical season concerts live.
  • MPR began in 1967 as a single station based in St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. One of its early host remembers broadcasting “mostly to barn doors and lily pads.” It is now the nation’s leading classical music broadcaster.
  • The concert holds highlights from our live-broadcast history, including touchstone selections from the Orchestra’s 2015 Cuba tour, the 1974 Opening Night of Orchestra Hall, tours to Finland and The Netherlands, and in the vulnerable days immediately following 9/11.
  • During each Friday night subscription concert, MPR’s Brian Newhouse hosts the program from a small windowless broadcast room not much larger than a phone booth one floor above the stage, connected by audio and video monitors.
  • Our Friday night live broadcasts are shared globally online with listeners who stay up really late in Europe or get up early in Asia to listen to music made in Minneapolis.

MPR 50

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Please join us as we kick off our 45th season! MYS celebrates 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano. Featuring all four orchestras and including repertoire by Handel, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Bernstein, this concert promises to start an epic year off right!

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

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

 

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About This Concert:

Venezuela’s young conductor Rafael Payare makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut with Ravel’s gorgeous Shéhérazade and Brahms’ towering final symphony, the Fourth.

DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

RAVEL
Shéhérazade

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • The Fourth is Brahms at his best: moments of tender melancholy woven through passionate, rhythmic, life-affirming music.
  • Unlike many composers, Brahms knew the Fourth would be his final symphony, and he poured everything into its yearlong creation.
  • Conductor Rafael Payare was born in 1980 and grew up as a horn player in the famed Venezuelan music education program called El Sistema (The System).
  • El Sistema began in the ʼ70s in a Venezuelan parking garage, and has since served hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world with rigorous and free after-school music education.
  • Composer Maurice Ravel had an obsession with the character Shéhérazade, who is both the narrator and the heroine of The Arabian Nights.
  • Ravel wrote an early orchestral piece called Shéhérazade, but it bombed; one critic called Ravel “a mediocrely gifted debutant who will perhaps become something in about ten years, if he works hard.”
  • Ravel’s second Shéhérazade came six years later and was a hit—the set of three lush and evocative songs showed just how hard the young man had been working.
  • The work on this program is not to be confused with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade based on the same tale, written a generation earlier.

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Able Seedhouse + Brewery. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Able Seedhouse + Brewery will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Dec 9 Christmas Oratorio 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. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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#PintOfMusic

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras –  from beginning to pre-professional –  in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, conducted by Mary Sorlie; Sinfonia, conducted by Kent Musser; Camerata, conducted by Barb Flooding; Philharmonic, conducted by Gary Wolfman; and Symphony, conducted by Mark Russell Smith.

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

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

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras –  from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia West, conducted by Mary Sorlie; Concertino, conducted by Dan Mollick; Concert Orchestra, conducted by Mark Gitch; and Symphony, conducted by Mark Russell Smith.

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

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

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About This Concert:

Dive “under the sea” into Disney’s 1989 full-length film complete with spirited musical numbers, a delightful young mermaid named Ariel and the Academy award-winning® score performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra!

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Fun Facts:

  • The Little Mermaid was composer Alan Menken’s first score for Disney. (He went on to score Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tangled and more.) The movie gave him his first Oscar win: Best Song for “Under the Sea.” Menken also won the 1989 Academy Award® for best score.
  • In the movie’s opening scene with King Triton, you can spot Disney superstars Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in the crowd.
  • The character of Ariel was based in part on actress Alyssa Milano, who at the time was starring in the popular ABC sitcom Who’s The Boss.
  • One of the film’s best-loved songs, “Under the Sea,” draws on Caribbean Calypso influences.
  • The Little Mermaid marked the start the “Disney Renaissance” during which the studio regained its status as an animation powerhouse.

Tickets for children (age 6-17) are 25% off for price sections 1-4. Select "child" instead of "adult" when choosing seats.

This film has been rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket adjacent to an adult to enter the hall. Your child is permitted to sit on your lap as long as his/her head can fit underneath your chin. Taller children seated on a parent's/caregiver's lap can obstruct the view of other patrons.

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

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About This Concert:

Beethoven’s final and most elegant piano trio and two unusual combinations of wind instruments (plus one violin!) adding a bit of early 20th-century musical energy.

STRAVINSKY
Pastorale

Janáček
Mládí, Sextet for Winds

BEETHOVEN
Piano Trio in B-flat major, Archduke

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Seventh and final piano trio was composed at an unusual time in his life when he was in relatively good spirits–which comes across beautifully in his sweeping, singing and smooth melodies.
  • Stravinsky’s Pastorale was originally composed for voice and piano. Only Stravinsky could take that combination and rewrite the piece for this unusual set of instruments: violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon.
  • The original version of Pastorale was written for Rimsky-Korsakov’s daughter, Nadia, while Stravinsky was still his student.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Some composers tell stories in music with fascinating results—painting musical pictures of people, places and whatever they see around them.

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall will come alive with the sounds of a bee buzzing and swooping in Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Flight of the Bumblebee, and with the sounds of the mighty Mississippi flowing in works by Kevin Puts and Michael Daugherty.
  • Students will also discover how composers create a new story to go with familiar music—as Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) did with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
  • Principal Tuba Steven Campbell and star piccolo player Roma Duncan also team up for Kling’s The Elephant and the Fly, a most unusual piccolo-tuba pairing.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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Thrivent Financial has partnered with Orchestra Hall to host this special concert for members of Thrivent Financial.

The Minnesota Orchestra is a local treasure, recognized around the world for its excellence. Thrivent Financial is delighted to share the Orchestra’s musical talents with our members as a way of saying “thank you” to our members for the amazing ways they demonstrate their generosity each year.

We also ask you to please consider supporting the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People Concerts, the heart of the Orchestra’s efforts to engage and inspire young audiences. Millions of students from our region have been served over the years by attending these special performances. Don’t forget, you can use your Thrivent Financial Membership benefits to show your support - designate your Thrivent Choice dollars to the program or hold Thrivent Action Team. Learn about these benefits and more at www.Thrivent.com.

Blessings to all this Christmas season and we look forward to celebrating with you at the concert!

 

Please note:  All artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.  Children ages 6 and over are welcome to attend.  Tickets are required for admittance.  No refunds will be distributed.  

 

 

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