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Minnesota Orchestra
I knew I’d make a career in music when:
During high school I joined the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
It was the first time I played a lot of major symphonic works, and
that helped point me in this direction.
Favorite composer:
Beethoven. His is the music that most affects me, whether it’s a
symphony, sonata or string quartet.
Meet a Musician
Gareth Zehngut
Minnesota Orchestra member
June 2014
State College,
Lately I’m listening to:
Most challenging piece for my instrument:
The most challenging piece that I’ve played is the Ligeti Viola
Sonata, and it’s worth the effort!
What I like best about being a
Minnesota Orchestra member:
After a very short time here, I’ve already fallen in love with
the sound of the Orchestra. It’s a great group of people and
the audiences have been incredible!
Performances I’m looking forward to:
There are a lot of great programs coming! I’m especially
excited about the Strauss concerts, playing Sibelius with
Osmo and participating in the Composer Institute experience.
Other interests:
In my free time, I enjoy running and playing soccer. And I’m
really looking forward to taking up cross-country skiing.
common chords:
the orchestra in
The latest community to welcome the full
Minnesota Orchestra—not only for concerts,
but for a variety of engaging experiences—is
Bemidji, where a Common Chords residency
takes place this September 16 to 20.
In addition to giving performances and
workshops as you would expect, musicians
will take part in an Ojibwe Talking Circle, visit
a hospital, explore sound at a science center, play jazz at both a pub and a coffee
house, share in community meals and much more, with each activity planned by a
steering committee of local community members. Public performances will include
a Kinder Konzert on Wednesday morning; a Young People’s Concert on Friday
morning and a Mendelssohn-themed Inside the Classics program that evening,
both conducted by Sarah Hicks; and a grand finale on Saturday night, when Osmo
Vänskä takes the podium for an all-Sibelius program. Judging from past Common
Chords residencies in Grand Rapids, Willmar and Hibbing, this will be a very lively
week. For additional details, or to follow daily updates and photo stories online,
holiday treats
Depending on when you read
this issue of
, the
December holidays may or may not seem far off.
Either way, it’s not too early to take note of the
Orchestra’s more unusual offerings this year. A Family
concert matinee on December 6 brings your first
chance in a decade to hear a Minnesota Orchestra
performance of Menotti’s
Amahl and the Night
, complete with actor-singers and members
of James Sewell Ballet. On December 14 you can
hear the Rose Ensemble, a stellar vocal group, in
its first-ever collaboration with the Orchestra, a
program of Mexican Baroque and 18th-century Cuban
masterpieces. And you can ring in 2015 with one of
the Orchestra’s two Gershwin-themed New Year’s
Eve concerts on December 31,
at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m., the
latter of which includes a
post-concert lobby party
complete with champagne
and more entertainment.
Call 612-371-5656 or visit for
tickets or more information.
Photo: Beth Ross-Buckley
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