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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 Elgar’s
Enigma
Variations and Shostakovich’s
Tenth Symphony in March 2014.
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.
Erin Keefe
, violin
Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra’s
concertmaster since September 2011,
is a highly regarded soloist, chamber
musician and festival artist.
Soloist:
She made her concerto
solo debut with this Orchestra at
Sommerfest 2012, playing Beethoven’s
Violin Concerto. She has also been
soloist with such orchestras as the
New Mexico Symphony, New York City
Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony
Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber
Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic and
Gottingen Symphony.
Chamber, recitals:
In addition to
being an Artist with the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center, Keefe
performs with the Accordo chamber
ensemble in Minneapolis. She has given
recitals throughout the U.S., Korea and
many European countries.
Festivals:
She has appeared at
Music@Menlo, the Marlboro Music
Festival, Music from Angel Fire and
Ravinia, among other festivals.
Honors:
Keefe’s honors include an
Avery Fisher Career Grant and the
2009 Pro Musicis International Award.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
one-minute notes
Mendelssohn:
Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn’s exquisite concerto
maintains the transparent textures
of a Mozart-Haydn orchestra,
but it rings out with a splendor
the earlier composers never
dreamed of. The solo violinist’s
soaring lines, both graceful and
impassioned, conclude in an
exultant three-octave leap.
Wagner:
The Ring, An
Orchestral Adventure
Here’s Henk de Vlieger’s gift
to music lovers: an amazing
consolidation of Wagner’s
vast four-opera
Ring
cycle into
a cohesive orchestral work
lasting just over one hour.
Key to the vivid drama are the
leitmotifs representing Siegfried,
Brünnhilde and other larger-than-
life characters, as well as events
and psychological undercurrents.
Artists / Program Notes
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would like to write you a violin concerto for next
winter. One in E minor keeps running through
my head, and the opening gives me no peace.” So
wrote Mendelssohn to his lifelong friend, violinist
Ferdinand David, in 1838, and that opening has given
millions of music lovers no peace ever since, for it is one
of the most perfect violin melodies ever written.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto seems so polished, so
effortless in its easy flow, that this music feels as if it
must have appeared in one sustained stroke of his pen.
Yet it took seven years to write. Normally a fast worker,
Felix Mendelssohn
Born:
February 3, 1809, Hamburg
Died:
November 4, 1847, Leipzig
Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra,
Opus 64
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