feb 14, 15
Yan Pascal Tortelier
, conductor
French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
is in demand as a guest conductor
of top orchestras throughout Europe,
North America, Asia and Australia.
He last appeared with the Minnesota
Orchestra in 2011, leading a program
that included his own full-orchestra
arrangement of Ravel’s Trio, originally
composed for piano, violin and cello.
Major posts:
Tortelier, principal guest
conductor at the Royal Academy of
Music in London, was chief conductor
of the BBC Philharmonic for 11
seasons and is now that ensemble’s
conductor emeritus. He is also guest
conductor of honor with the São Paulo
Symphony Orchestra, where he was
previously principal conductor.
His 2013-14 schedule
includes engagements with the Dresden
Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest of
The Hague, Pittsburgh Symphony,
Bournemouth Symphony and Royal
Scottish National Orchestra.
Among Tortelier’s many
recordings are a recent disc of Ravel and
Debussy works with pianist Jean Efflam
Bavouzet and an album of music by Florent
Schmitt with the São Paulo Symphony.
Elgar: Cello Concerto
This masterpiece, beloved of cellists
and audiences alike, seems to show two
sides of the composer: now strong and
confident, now wistful and melancholy.
Yet despite the contradictions, this most
personal statement is utterly beautiful,
exuding a quiet power over listeners.
The Planets
Holst’s seven-movement solar sojourn
explores the astrological characteristics
of Earth’s planetary neighbors, from the
violent, odd-metered
to the icy and
. A highlight is the stately
melody at the core of
, a tune that
has taken separate life as a song set to
various patriotic and sacred texts.
s o p r a n o 1
Bethany Battafarano
Kristi Bergland*
Sara Butwinick*
Siri Caltvedt
Deborah Carbaugh*
Jennifer Pearson
Heather Hood*
Jennifer A. Larges
Barbara Temme
Shana Marchand
Penny Meschke
Linda Neuman
Elizabeth Pemberton
Laura Schmidt
Polly Strege
Karen R. Wasiluk
s o p r a n o 2
Ivy S. Bernhardson
Kate Biederwolf
Kadee Crottier*
Suzanne L. Hotzel
Sharanya Johnson
Diane Lee
Randi Lundell
Elizabeth Nordling 
Amy Madson
Elizabeth Pauly*
Kristin Rongstad
Ann M. Sather
Becky Shaheen
Clare M. Sorman
Shari M. Speer*
Lola R. Watson*
Mary Illions Wilde
a l t o 1
Elizabeth Balay
Kate Brooke-Beyer
Debra Lynn Dallin
Deanne Dohrman*
Elisabeth M. Drost*
Katherine Scholl
Danielle Jagelski
Beth Kellar-Long
Christine Kennedy
Suzanne Kennedy*
Kimberly D. Meisten
Kristen Schweiloch
Elizabeth Sullivan*
Megumi Takeno
Suzanne Wiebusch
a l t o 2
Rachel Buchberger
Carol Diethelm*
Marcia Evans*
Michelle Hackett
Judith Harvey
Britta LaBarre
Sarah Martinson
Cynthia Messer*
Molly Palmer
Erica Perl
Barbara Prince*
Sue Tuthill Schiess
Diane Schroeder
Kathleen Stuebner
Jill van Koolwijk
* section Leaders
Steven Isserlis
British cellist Steven Isserlis is
recognized internationally as a
distinguished soloist, chamber musician,
recording artist, educator and author.
Minnesota Orchestra:
He last appeared
here in 2008, performing Tavener’s
Protecting Veil
, which he premiered with
the BBC Symphony in 1989.
Isserlis has performed with
the Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonic
Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and
Tokyo’s NHK Orchestra; he also gave
recitals worldwide and will be featured
in an upcoming series at Wigmore Hall
titled “In the Shadow of War”—also the
name of his newest recording for BIS.
New recording:
Due out in 2014 is
his recording of Beethoven’s complete
works for cello, performed with Robert
Levin on fortepiano.
Education and outreach:
to writing and playing for children, he
has authored several books for young
people. He also gives master classes
around the world.
In 2013 Isserlis became one
of only two living cellists to be inducted
to the Gramophone Hall of Fame, one
of many honors he has received.
imgartists.com, stevenisserlis.com.
Women of the Minnesota
Kathy Saltzman Romey
artistic director
The Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota
Orchestra’s principal chorus since
2004, is now in its 19th season under
the leadership of Kathy Saltzman
Romey. Founded in 1972, the Chorale
is the state’s preeminent symphonic
chorus, performing regularly with both
this Orchestra and the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra.
Among the Chorale’s
initiatives are the Bridges program,
the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, Men in
Music for high-school boys and InChoir
for adults.
The Chorale collaborates
with the Orchestra next in April 2014
performances led by composer-
conductor Eric Whitacre.
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