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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Saturday Evening Allegro Series


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Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Seventh

About This Concert:

Under-appreciated in its own time, Mahler’s sumptuously structured Symphony No. 7 receives the brilliant interpretation it deserves from our own esteemed Osmo Vänskä.

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7

Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein viewed the Seventh as a comment on the breakdown of bourgeois society, praising it as “ironic and exciting and ultimately heartbreaking.”
  • Mahler conducted the premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague in 1908.
  • In 1910, Mahler consulted just one time with renowned Viennese psychologist Sigmund Freud, who diagnosed him with a “mother fixation.”
  • In the third movement, the composer gives the cellos and double basses a dynamic marking of fffff, instructing them to ‘pluck the string so hard that it hits the wood’.
  • While the Minnesota Orchestra's Mahler recordings under the direction of Osmo Vänskä are currently enjoying great acclaim, the Orchestra also won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label.

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Sat Nov 3 8pm

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Star Wars in Concert

About This Concert:

Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment of the Oscar®-winning score.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

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Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

© 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music.

Sat Jan 5 7:30pm

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Beethoven and Strauss

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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Sat Feb 9 8pm

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Mozart's Double Piano Concerto

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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Sat Feb 23 8pm

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Vänskä, Currie and Copland

About This Concert:

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s homage to composer Steve Martland, performed hypnotically by Colin Currie, and Missy Mazzoli’s darkly evocative work inspired by James Tate’s poem The Lost Pilot.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Colin Currie, percussion

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us 

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere]

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Missy Mazzoli, called “Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart” by Timeout New York, won the Best Opera of 2016 award from the Music Critics Association of North America for her work Breaking the Waves.
  • Given its U.S. premiere at these concerts, Martland Memorial is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s concerto-style musical tribute to his friend and fellow composer Steve Martland, and was composed especially to showcase the percussion genius of Colin Currie.
  • A dynamic performer, Colin Currie has been named “The world’s finest and most daring percussionist” by The Spectator.
  • Written at the end of World War I, Copland’s No. 3 combined European symphonic tradition with the iconic folksong-infused style he developed in his ballets to craft one of the most exuberantly majestic American symphonies ever written.
  • Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man was originally written as a stand-alone piece, but he later incorporated as the main theme of the fourth movement of his Third Symphony.

*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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Sat Mar 16 8pm

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Erin Keefe Plays Bernstein's Serenade

About This Concert:

Immerse yourself in beauty of Leonard Bernstein’s mercurial Serenade, performed spectacularly by Concertmaster Erin Keefe, as well as stormily passionate minor-key symphonies from two towering classical composers who Bernstein cherished and championed.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44 Mourning Symphony

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium"
Divertimento

MOZART
Symphony No 40

Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's centenary, and also in honor of Boston itself, as he was graduate of Harvard University and The Boston Latin School. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
  • A frequent soloist with national and international symphonies, Erin Keefe earned degrees from The Curtis Institute for Music and Julliard. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin made in 1732.
  • Haydn wrote his Symphony No. 44 around 1770, during a musical era known as “Sturm und Drang” that was inspired by Rousseau’s Enlightenment philosophies emphasizing heightened emotional expressiveness.
  • While nicknamed the Trauer or Mourning Symphony, the piece is not intended to be especially sad. Hayden simply wanted it to be played at his funeral.
  • Plato's Symposium was inspired, according to Bernstein, by ancient dialogues about the nature of love, though scholars now speculate it was also a coded reference to Bernstein's own homosexuality.

*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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Sat May 4 8pm