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Vänskä Opens the Season with Stravinsky's Firebird

About This Concert:

American, French and Russian fireworks open the season, including Stravinsky’s incandescent Suite from his ballet The Firebird, and a performance with the Canadian violin phenom James Ehnes.

ADAMS
Short Ride in a Fast Machine

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess

HILLBORG
Violin Concerto No. 2 [U.S. Premiere]

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

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Fun Facts:

  • John Adams has said of his Short Ride in a Fast Machine that you can imagine you’re in a convertible, top down, driving way too fast—and loving it.
  • Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess is one of the most elegant of this 20th-century Frenchman’s creations, inspired not so much by an actual princess, but the composer’s wish to conjure a courtly dance that a princess, say, of the 16th century would’ve loved.
  • Performers in Ravel’s day loved his Pavane so much that the tempo got slower and slower—prompting the composer to say, “this is a pavane for a dead princess, not a dead pavane for a princess.”
  • James Ehnes has a global reputation for his approachability as well as his virtuosity, and The Times (London) last fall praised “the Canadian’s polite, unassuming manner [which] belies his brilliant artistry.”
  • If you want to hear more from phenom James Ehnes, he’ll be back in January for our Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • Ehnes has one of the most active solo careers today, but also formed the Ehnes String Quartet to collaborate with friends in chamber music.
  • Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture is the Act II curtain-raiser to his 1844 opera Benvenuto Cellini—which bombed on opening night and has hardly seen the light of day since—and these nine minutes of break-neck, beautiful music remain one of his most popular concert pieces.
  • The end of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is bar-for-bar some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Classical

Vänskä Opens the Season with Stravinsky's Firebird

Tickets

231940727708

1505404800

231972868508

Thu Sep 14 2017 11am

Other Performances

Fri Sep 15 2017 8pm

Sat Sep 16 2017 8pm

Stravinsky

Stravinsky's Firebird

About This Concert:

American, French and Russian fireworks open the season, including Stravinsky’s incandescent Suite from his ballet The Firebird, and a performance with the Canadian violin phenom James Ehnes.

ADAMS
Short Ride in a Fast Machine

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess

HILLBORG
Violin Concerto No. 2 [U.S. Premiere]

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • John Adams has said of his Short Ride in a Fast Machine that you can imagine you’re in a convertible, top down, driving way too fast—and loving it.
  • Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess is one of the most elegant of this 20th-century Frenchman’s creations, inspired not so much by an actual princess, but the composer’s wish to conjure a courtly dance that a princess, say, of the 16th century would’ve loved.
  • Performers in Ravel’s day loved his Pavane so much that the tempo got slower and slower—prompting the composer to say, “this is a pavane for a dead princess, not a dead pavane for a princess.”
  • James Ehnes has a global reputation for his approachability as well as his virtuosity, and The Times (London) last fall praised “the Canadian’s polite, unassuming manner [which] belies his brilliant artistry.”
  • If you want to hear more from phenom James Ehnes, he’ll be back in January for our Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • Ehnes has one of the most active solo careers today, but also formed the Ehnes String Quartet to collaborate with friends in chamber music.
  • Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture is the Act II curtain-raiser to his 1844 opera Benvenuto Cellini—which bombed on opening night and has hardly seen the light of day since—and these nine minutes of break-neck, beautiful music remain one of his most popular concert pieces.
  • The end of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is bar-for-bar some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.
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OH+ Concert activities on Thursday September 14 / see all upcoming OH+ events

Coffee Concert

Coffee Concert

When: Pre-concert
Where: All lobby bars
Enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts featuring A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop!

Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 10:15-10:35am
Where: Auditorium
Join Phillip Gainsley for an informative and entertaining look at the concert repertoire and themes. This 30-minute concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Firebird Artwork

Firebird Artwork

When: Pre- and post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Create a colorful masterpiece inspired by Stravinsky’s Firebird! Richly decorate your firebird’s vibrant plumage before showing it off in our window menagerie.