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Inside the Classics: Bartók's Farewell

About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

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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.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Classical

Inside the Classics: Bartók's Farewell

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-40679889332

1488592800

-40647748532

Fri Mar 3 2017 8pm

Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók

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Cecilia Belcher

"“It's such a great piece to highlight the stellar sections of the Minnesota Orchestra..."
–Cecilia Belcher, Second Violin
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About this Concert:

It isn't often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life's work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed, Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

Read program notes »

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.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.
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Happy Hour

Happy Hour

When: 6-7:50pm
Where: All lobby bars
Enjoy 50% off all beverages at our lobby bars including local craft brews. Cheers!

Modist

Pint of Music Brewery Partner

When: 6-7:50pm (while supplies last)
Where: Lobby
Enjoy FREE brew samples compliments of Modist Brewing Co. and Pint of Music. #PintOfMusic
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Macphail Center for Music

Harvest Preparatory School

When: 7-7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
MacPhail Center for Music and Harvest Network of Schools have partnered since 2013 to provide a customized afterschool strings program for scholars in grades 5 - 8. Conducted by MacPhail faculty member, Tami Gonzalez, the String Scholars are excited to perform at Orchestra Hall for a second year in a row.