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Eiji Oue
, conductor
Eiji Oue, the Minnesota Orchestra’s
music director from 1995 to 2002,
guest conducts and records regularly
throughout North and South America,
Europe and Japan. Highlights of
his calendar include a European
tour with the Tokyo Philharmonic
Orchestra; tours of Japan and South
America with the NDR (North German
Radio) Philharmonic of Hanover; and
performances with orchestras from Brazil
and Buenos Aires to Berlin, Vienna and
He is conductor laureate of
both the Osaka Philharmonic and NDR
Philharmonic, having served both as
music director. He has also been music
director of the Erie Philharmonic,
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and
Grand Teton Music Festival.
Oue recorded extensively
with the Minnesota Orchestra on
the Reference Recordings label, with
repertoire including Argento, Bernstein,
Copland, Mahler, Rachmaninoff,
Stravinsky and Strauss; he has also
recorded with the NDR Philharmonic.
Of interest:
His early mentors included
Leonard Bernstein, with whom he
shared podium duties during multiple
international tours.
John Miller, Jr.
, bassoon
John Miller, Jr., joined the Minnesota
Orchestra as principal bassoon in 1971
and is now the longest-serving principal
player in the Orchestra’s history. He was
last featured as soloist with the Orchestra
in May 2009, performing Mozart’s
Bassoon Concerto.
Chamber music:
Miller, who has
performed many Sommerfest and
other chamber music concerts with
Orchestra colleagues, was a member of
the American Reed Trio for more than
20 years. He also founded the Bubonic
Bassoon Quartet in Boston.
Educational activities:
He is a
coordinator of the annual Nordic Bassoon
Symposium, founded in 1984 as the
John Miller Bassoon Symposium, and has
presented master classes and recitals at
conservatories and music schools on five
one-minute notes
Gabrieli: Music for Double Brass Choir
These 400-year-old selections offer contrapuntal textures and brilliant leaps of the melody line from one brass
choir to the other.
Dietter: Concerto Concertante for Two Bassoons
This graceful work, written by a contemporary of Mozart for the unusual combination of two solo bassoons—
here featuring four players instead—delivers virtuosic cadenzas in all three movements.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky’s very popular Fifth Symphony—whose primary theme, he wrote, represents “complete resignation
before fate”—is filled with wonderful mottos, orchestral color, balletic beauty and high drama. Watch for the
finale’s false conclusion, a great climax that tricks many listeners into thinking the performance is complete.
Miller has recorded four
concertos by Vivaldi and the Mozart
and Vanhal Bassoon Concertos, all with
Sir Neville Marriner, and made the
premiere recording of Hummel’s Bassoon
Mark Kelley
, bassoon
Co-Principal Bassoon Mark Kelley, who
joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1982,
has performed numerous works as soloist
with the Orchestra, including Mozart’s
Sinfonia concertante in 2008 and, in
2006, Kevin Puts’ work of the same title.
Chamber music:
He has played in
many chamber concerts, most recently
performing Mozart’s
Gran Partita
Serenade at the 2014 Sommerfest.
Kelley previously served
as principal bassoon with the Omaha
Symphony, contrabassoon with the New
Orleans Philharmonic and bassoon with
the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
He has taught at St. Olaf
College since 1991 and has worked with
preschoolers at many Friends of the
Minnesota Orchestra Kinder Konzerts.
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