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Artists
Mark Wigglesworth
, conductor
English conductor Mark Wigglesworth
is in demand as a guest conductor of
the world’s most prestigious orchestras
and opera companies, from London,
Berlin, Milan and Sydney to New York,
Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2015 he
becomes music director of the English
National Opera, one of the world’s most
esteemed opera companies.
Minnesota Orchestra:
He has
enjoyed a close relationship with
this Orchestra, leading subscription
concerts almost every season since
1995, most recently conducting Ravel’s
complete
Daphnis and Chloe
and
Michael Berkeley’s Oboe Concerto in
April 2012.
Educator:
He is passionate about
working with young musicians and
recently led the Juilliard Orchestra in a
concert at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Discography:
He has concluded a
multiyear project to record the complete
Shostakovich symphonies and, most
recently, recorded the Brahms piano
concertos with Stephen Hough and the
Salzburg Mozarteum.
Writer:
He is the author of a blog at
the
Gramophone
website.
More:
cmartists.com,
markwigglesworth.com.
Gary Briggle
, actor
Gary Briggle is a versatile singer-actor,
director and educator with extensive
experience in a full range of music-
theater genres. These concerts mark his
Minnesota Orchestra debut.
Upcoming:
He appears next in Frank
Theater’s
The Threepenny Opera
and in
Candide
with Skylark Opera.
Local appearances:
Minnesota audi-
ences have seen him in productions of
the Minnesota Opera, Jungle Theater,
Park Square Theatre, Ordway Center,
Nautilus Music-Theater, Theatre de
la Jeune Lune and Theatrical Music
Company at the Southern Theater.
National:
Briggle served as artistic
director of Lyric Opera Cleveland and
has performed or directed with such
companies as the Sacramento Opera,
Virginia Opera, Skylight Opera Theater
and Dayton Opera.
Educator:
He was head of the opera
department at the University of Iowa
and is now co-chair of the music
theater department at the Saint Paul
Conservatory for Performing Artists.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
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MARCH / APRIL 2014 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
one-minute notes
Elgar:
Enigma
Variations
Thirteen of Elgar’s closest
friends, as well as the composer
himself, are depicted in this
musical gallery, heard here with
narration that introduces these
personalities. A highlight is the
poignant
Nimrod
, which starts
quietly and builds to a sonorous
emotional climax.
Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 10
Shostakovich’s Tenth is a work
of great extremes, requiring
delicate strands of sound from
a massive ensemble, framing
tiny movements with huge ones,
communicating darkly but rising
to a high-spirited conclusion.
Many assumed this enigmatic
symphony was a protest against
Stalin and his oppression, but the
composer would acknowledge
only that his wish was “to portray
human emotions and passions.”
ne evening in 1898, Edward Elgar was
improvising for his wife at the piano and
just for fun tried varying a theme to suggest
the personality of different friends. Suddenly
a musical project occurred to him, and what had
begun “in a spirit of humor…continued in deep
seriousness.” The result was an orchestral theme and
14 variations, each a portrait of a friend or family
member. The subjects were soon identified, but mystery
surrounded the theme itself, a six-bar melody full
of rises and falls that make it an ideal candidate for
variation. Elgar himself fed that mystery, naming the
Edward Elgar
Born:
June 2, 1857, Broadheath
Died:
February 23, 1934, Worcester
Enigma
Variations, Opus 36
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