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About This Concert:

From the classical genius of Mozart to the flawless romanticism of Bizet, this concert features lush, intimate and sparkling works for small orchestra, perfectly calibrated by conductor Jane Glover in her Orchestra Hall debut.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Karen Gomyo, violin
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major

BIZET
Symphony No. 1 

Fun Facts:

  • The Chicago Tribune has praised guest conductor Jane Glover’s “crisp and hearty authority” as well as her “wit and warmth.”
  • Jane Glover studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, holds a professorship at the University of London, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. She was a Commander of the British Empire in 2003.
  • Ravel served as a WWI truck driver stationed at the Verdun front, after which he completed Le Tombeau de Couperin, with each movement dedicated to a friend who died in the war.
  • Though performed here by our own Roma Duncan on piccolo, the Vivaldi concerto can be played on a recorder or flute. The flautino, the instrument originally specified by Vivaldi, was a Baroque instrument similar to a recorder.
  • While given the nickname Turkish for its Eastern-sounding influences, Mozart used Hungarian music as well as a ballet tune from one of his own operas for inspiration while composing this concerto.

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Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C Major

BIZET
Symphony No. 1

Fun Facts:

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Although he was a child prodigy, Bizet was only intermittently successful in his lifetime. He died at age 36 of a heart attack, three months before the premiere of Carmen, the opera for which he would become most recognized.
  • While Ravel wrote Le Tombeau de Couperin as an homage to friends he lost in World War I, the work is not a dirge or requiem, but a delicate, evocative reimagining of 18th-century French dance forms.
  • The Four Seasons is perhaps Vivaldi’s best-known work, but he wrote more than 500 other concertos for instruments including mandolin, violin, cello, flute, viola d’amore, recorder and lute.
  • The Chicago Classical Review praises guest conductor Jane Glover’s “finely calibrated equilibrium” while DC Metro Theater Arts applauds her “whimsy and panache.”
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

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About This Concert:

Beginning with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and culminating with the heroic brass fanfare of Strauss’ tone poem, the Minnesota Orchestra illuminates the symphonic wizardry of these legendary composers.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • Nikolai Lugansky, piano

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven finished his Fourth Piano Concerto in 1806, but had trouble finding anyone willing to perform it until two years later on December 22, 1808.
  • Beethoven’s prodigious rate of composition somewhat eclipsed this concerto, and he has Felix Mendelssohn to thank for popularizing it through performances at multiple concert halls across Europe.
  • Ein Heldenleben was initially viewed by critics as proof of Strauss’s artistic egotism, with its hero standing for the composer himself. Later critics believed the work to be a response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies and their focus on the struggle between the inner and outer lives of the individual.
  • The Daily Telegraph praises pianist Nikolai Lugansky’s performances for “the way they dig so deeply into the substance beneath the surface.”
  • According to The Guardian, Lugansky is “assertive in articulation” and “forthright yet darkly poetic in his approach.”

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About This Concert:

Jeremy Walker presents two sets of original music for piano, bass and drums and mezzo, Clara Osowski, drawing from influences as wide as Ellington and Schubert to create melodic, lush and deeply personal music.  

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Clara Osowski, vocals
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

Fun Facts:

  • In December 2017, Clara Osowksi and bass-baritone Eric Owens were featured in the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series.

  • Clara Osowski was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London.
  • Terry Blain from the Star Tribune wrote of the latest Walker/Oswoski performance with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu: “Hang the classifications, and bring on more jazz art songs.”
  • Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox debuted The Rage of Achilles, a jazz oratorio based on The Iliad, as part of the 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium series.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a Sunday afternoon chamber concert. A rare performance of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet shines in between Mendelssohn’s romantic Piano Trio and Beethoven’s sparkling Septet.

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Trio in D minor

BACEWICZ
Piano Quintet No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Septet in E-flat major

Fun Facts:

  • Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio at the White House after receiving an invitation from President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz was one of the first female Polish composers to achieve international recognition.
  • Bacewicz was also a virtuoso violinist; she won numerous competitions and was the principal violinist of the Polish Radio Orchestra.
  • “A lot happens in my music,” said Bacewicz. “It’s aggressive and at the same time lyrical.”
  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians performed Beethoven’s Septet to a capacity crowd in a NightCap performance during the 2016 Beethoven Marathon at Orchestra Hall.
  • Haydn greatly approved of Beethoven’s new Septet, telling him it was “beautiful, nay, splendid.”

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About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Students are invited to consider not only what composers wish to communicate, but what they—the students themselves—could express if they wrote music of their own.

Fun Facts:

  • The excitement starts with the lively brass and percussion of Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, followed by vividly contrasting moods in Dame Elizabeth Maconchy’s evocative Nocturne, Jennifer Higdon’s raucous Snake River and Libby Larsen’s sweepingly beautiful Deep Summer Music.
  • Yes, these composers are all women, another emphasis of this engaging concert, which also features piano solos from Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery, inspired by her friendship with comic strip author Charles Schultz.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

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About This Concert:

Grammy Award®-winning folk pop duo Indigo Girls take the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for a breathtaking fusion of song and rhapsodic symphonic sound.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Indigo Girls, vocals

Fun Facts:

  • Amy and Emily met in grade school in Decatur, Georgia and began singing together during high school.
  • Indigo Girls have toured with folk, country, pop and rock legends including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  • “Gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for 30 year,” says The New York Times.
  • Ray and Saliers starred in the 1994 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, titled Jesus Christ Superstar: A Resurrection, playing Jesus and Mary Magdalene, respectively.
  • The Indigo Girls are activists who champion and advocate for many causes including LGBTQ rights and the environment.
  • Ray and Saliers generally write songs separately and then write the arrangements together.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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About This Concert:

Dive deeper into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as host-violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explore Stravinsky’s music through conversation and orchestral excerpts that illuminate the composer’s genius as a musical animator and puppet master of 20th-century music; after intermission, enjoy a full performance of Petrushka.

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka

Fun Facts:

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Petrushka is known for its “Petrushka chord” made of two simple major chords that few composers before Stravinsky had ever tried putting together at once, due to their unusual clashing sound (C and F-sharp major). They represent the character of Petrushka, especially at the end of the piece, when two trumpets play the chords together to represent Petrushka’s ghost harassing the Charlatan.
  • Petrushka is a stock character in Russian folk puppetry, similar to England’s Punch (of Punch and Judy). Petrushkas can be either marionettes or hand puppets; they resemble a jester distinguished by his red dress and a red kolpak—a big furry hat.
  • Petrushka was a collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky, scenery and costume designer Alexandre Benois, choreographer Mikhail Fokine and Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev.
  • Stravinsky said of his inspiration: “In composing the music, I had in my mind a distinct picture of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios. The orchestra in turn retaliates with menacing trumpet blasts.”
  • Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with the role of Petrushka played by the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

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Acclaimed British clarinetist Julian Bliss pays tribute to Tin Pan Alley legend George Gershwin and his contemporaries with a performance of musical stories and beloved melodies.

  • The Julian Bliss Septet

Fun Facts:

  • As soloist, Julian Bliss has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the São Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris and Auckland Philharmonia to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • He formed the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012, creating programs inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba.
  • According to Fanfare magazine, “Bliss must no longer be regarded merely as a great talent, but rather as a consummate master of his instrument.”
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. 

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

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About This Concert:

Renowned twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton sparkle in Mozart’s lyrical conversation between two pianos while former Minnesota Orchestra director Edo de Waart returns to the stage with a triumphant Respighi reprise.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Christina Naughton, piano
  • Michelle Naughton, piano

*BATES
Garages of the Valley 

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra 

RESPIGHI
Church Windows

Fun Facts:

  • This performance is a homecoming of sorts for Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. He was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1986 to 1995.
  • 30-year old composer Mason Bates was inspired by the garages of Silicon Valley that served as incubators for some of the most successful tech businesses of the Digital Age.
  • According to Revue, “The Naughton twins bring esoteric unity to their art form in a way only identical twins can.”
  • The San Francisco Examiner celebrates the Naughtons for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry.”
  • Born in Princeton, NJ, Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They are Steinway Artists who currently reside in New York City.
  • Mozart’s concerto was originally scored for the two pianos together with two oboes, two bassoons; two horns; and strings; he later expanded the score with pairs of clarinets, trumpets and timpani in E flat and B flat.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

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