Showcase January-February 2015 - page 18

The Light Above
Thu Apr 2 11am / Fri Apr 3 & Sat Apr 4 8pm
Osmo Vänskä, conductor / Erin Keefe, violin / Timothy Lovelace, piano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Russian Easter Overture
MESSIAEN
Exotic Birds
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending
RESPIGHI
Church Windows
Our tribute to spirit and spring opens with the transcendent
Russian Easter
Overture
, celebrating both resurrection and rebirth. Also extraordinary will be
The Lark Ascending
, in a breathtaking performance by Concertmaster Erin Keefe,
and Messiaen’s piano showpiece
Exotic Birds
.
Song of the Earth
Fri Apr 10 & Sat Apr 11 8pm
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor / Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo / Stuart Skelton, tenor
HAYDN
Symphony No. 45,
Farewell
MAHLER
Das Lied von der Erde
(The Song of the Earth)
Seeing is believing: to end this Haydn symphony, the musicians stop playing
one by one, extinguish their lights and walk offstage. Fortunately they return
later for
Das Lied von der Erde
, Mahler’s magnificent, deeply spiritual song cycle
reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth.
Spirit and Spring: Primal Paradise
Thu Apr 23 11am / Fri Apr 24 8pm
Michael Stern, conductor / Simon Trpčeski, piano
GRIFFES
Pleasure Dome of Kubla-Khan
RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3
STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring
A century after its debut caused riots in Paris,
The Rite of Spring
is as riveting as
ever. Equally exciting will be Rachmaninoff’s demanding Third Piano Concerto
and Griffes’
Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
, inspired by the Coleridge poem about
paradise, both sacred and savage.
&
SpiritSpring
Apr 2-24
SIMON TRPČESKI
612.371.5656 / minnesotaorchestra.org / Orchestra Hall
ERIN KEEFE
OSMO VÄNSKÄ
Upcoming
Concerts
The Great American Musical
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Thu Mar 19 11am / Fri Mar 20 & Sat Mar 21 8pm
Sun Mar 22 2pm
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Gabriel Preissor (Billy Bigelow) / Sarah Lawrence (Julie Jordan) / Full cast list online
A dream come true for music
and
theater lovers—a world-renowned orchestra,
with fantastic actors, costumes and choreography, performing a beloved musical!
As carnival barker Billy Bigelow woos and weds Julie Jordan, you’ll hear one
unforgettable song after another, in a story that stirs both your heart and your soul.
Semi-
staged
MARK WIGGLESWORTH
MIHOKO FUJIMURA
PHOTOS Vänskä and Keefe: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, Wigglesworth: Ben Ealovega, Trpčeski: Simon Fowler
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