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Say bon voyage to the Minnesota Orchestra as they embark on their highly-anticipated South Africa tour with a performance of Gershwin by Inon Barnatan as well as gorgeous selections from Bernstein and Ives.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Inon Barnatan, piano

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

IVES
Symphony No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra will also perform this program on August 6 at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, one of the world's most prestigious classical music festivals. The Proms concert will be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
  • “One of the most admired pianists of his generation," according to The New York Times, Inon Barnatan recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on the January 2018 Midwest Tour and Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • This is the send-off performance for the Orchestra as they leave for a multi-city tour of South Africa.
  • Charles Ives was a modernist composer and among the first to use experimental techniques such as polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters and quarter tones. His tonal inspirations come from myriad sources including traditional hymns, parlor ballads and Stephen Foster melodies.
  • Candide is an operetta based on the Voltaire novella; American poet Richard Wilbur was the primary lyricist. Although it premiered to an unenthusiastic audience in 1956, it has become a well-beloved modern day favorite.
  • A lifelong activist and unafraid of controversy, Leonard Bernstein and his then-wife Felicia hosted parties for the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam war efforts. He was monitored by Hoover’s FBI as a “potential communist.”
  • Gershwin is world-famous for music that has become part of the national consciousness, including the incomparable Rhapsody in Blue and his revolutionary opera Porgy and Bess.

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Cape Town, South Africa.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, soprano

SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Durban, South Africa.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, soprano

SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Pretoria, South Africa.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, soprano

SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with the University of Pretoria, as part of the Music Department's 2018 Enrichment Festival, and the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra.

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Soweto, South Africa.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, soprano
  • Minette du Toit-Pearce, mezzo
  • Siyabonga Maqungo, tenor
  • Njabulo Madlala, bass-baritone
  • Gauteng Choristers
  • Minnesota Chorale

SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral (final movement)

TRADITIONAL / arr. Khumalo / orch. Van Dijk
Akhala Amaqhude Amabili (for chorus and orchestra)

MATYILA/arr. Khumalo
Bawo Thixo Somandla (for chorus)

MOERANE/arr. Cock
Ruri (for chorus and orchestra)

MAVI/arr. MXADANA/orch. Kuusisto
Usilethela uxolo (Nelson Mandela) (for chorus and orchestra)

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Presented by Classical Movements

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, soprano
  • Minette du Toit-Pearce, mezzo
  • Siyabonga Maqungo, tenor
  • Njabulo Madlala, bass-baritone
  • Gauteng Choristers
  • Minnesota Chorale

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

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