feb 20, 21, 22
Michael Christie
, conductor
American conductor Michael Christie
has drawn international attention for his
symphonic and opera engagements as
well as for innovative projects focused
on expanding and nurturing audiences.
Now debuting on this
Orchestra’s classical series, he is also
active locally as music director of the
Minnesota Opera.
Since 2000 Christie has been music
director of the Colorado Music Festival.
He has also been music director or chief
conductor of the Phoenix Symphony,
Brooklyn Philharmonic and Queensland
Symphony Orchestra.
Guest conductor:
He has led
orchestras and opera companies
worldwide ranging from the New
York Philharmonic and San Francisco
Opera to the Finnish National Opera,
Sydney Symphony and Rotterdam
Philharmonic. A highlight of this season
is the premiere of an opera by Ricky Ian
Gordon, which he leads with the Opera
Theatre of St. Louis.
In 2012 Christie was featured
Opera News
as one of 25 people
projected to become a major force in
opera during the next decade.
Daniil Trifonov
, piano
At age 22, Russian pianist Daniil
Trifonov has already ascended to
stardom after winning first prize in two
of the most prestigious contests in the
classical music world: the Rubinstein
Competition in Tel Aviv and Moscow’s
Tchaikovsky Competition, where he also
took the Grand Prix. These are his first
concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Trifonov travels the globe
in 2013-14, performing with 19 of the
world’s foremost orchestras and playing
recitals in such music capitals as New
York, Chicago, London, Paris, Vienna,
Berlin, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.
His acclaimed Carnegie
Hall recital debut in 2012 was recorded
for release by Deutsche Grammophon,
with which he now has an exclusive
contract and will next record
Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos. Earlier
he recorded a Chopin album and, with
the Mariinsky Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s
First Piano Concerto.
He has studied
composition and continues to write
piano, chamber and orchestral music.
one-minute notes
Piano Concerto No. 2
The solo piano is heard almost
continuously in this very
challenging concerto. Deep
chords in a haunting opening
theme give way to a meditative
second movement (flute, clarinet
and strings carry the theme in
turn), followed by a vigorous,
aggressive march.
Stravinsky: Suite from
The Firebird
The heroic Prince Ivan and a
magical Firebird are revealed
with brilliant orchestral colors.
The gentle dance of captive
princesses, the prince’s effort
to free them, the evil sorcerer’s
defeat by the Firebird—all is
painted in the most vivid
musical imagery.
Over a beguiling and insistent
rhythm, Ravel repeats a
single hypnotic melody on an
ever-shifting combination of
instruments. With each change
in orchestral color, the tension
builds—to a climax of shattering
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