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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2014 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Beethoven: Overture to
Coriolan
This fierce overture captures the rebellious spirit and tragic death of a powerful Roman general who commits
suicide rather than attack Rome itself. Beethoven’s work was inspired not by Shakespeare’s well-known
Coriolanus
, but by a play written by his friend Heinrich von Collin.
Mozart: Symphony No. 38,
Prague
At a time when Vienna was beginning to lose interest in Mozart, Prague showered him with praise and
attention. His
Prague
Symphony seems to reflect the city’s own beauty and goodwill toward the composer: this is
a work of high spirits and instrumental drama, with glorious melodies that exude brilliance, power and grace.
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Brahms’ Second Symphony, which he described as “cheerful and delightful,” has an expansive feel, yet it is a
tightly integrated, concentrated work. A three-note motif leads the way from the work’s opening measures,
through a buoyant fist movement, a stirring
Adagio
, a leisurely trio movement and a blazing finale.
one-minute notes
Mischa Santora
, conductor
Mischa Santora, the Minnesota
Orchestra’s associate conductor from
2003 to 2009, has guest conducted on
five continents, leading such ensembles
and companies as the Philadelphia
Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Seoul
Philharmonic Orchestra and West
Australian Opera Company. In spring
2015 he will appear on the Minnesota
Orchestra’s subscription series, leading
an all-American program with soloist
Burt Hara, the Orchestra’s former
principal clarinet.
Recent, upcoming:
Santora recently
concluded his 14th and final season as
music director of the Cincinnati Chamber
Orchestra. Highlights of his current
season include engagements with the
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix
Symphony and Teatro Del Lago Festival
Orchestra, the latter on a national tour
of Chile. He will also perform several
concerts with the newly founded
Minneapolis Music Company.
Creative programming:
A strong
advocate of contemporary music, he has
been involved in many commissions. He
has also collaborated in performances
with numerous arts organizations.
Honors:
Santora won the 1998 Aspen
Conducting Prize and has received both
the UBS Culture Award and the Presser
Foundation Career Grant.
More:
williamreinert.com,
mischasantora.com.
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