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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Artists
Christopher Warren-Green
,
conductor
Christopher Warren-Green, music
director and principal conductor of the
London Chamber Orchestra and music
director of the Charlotte Symphony
Orchestra, works regularly with major
orchestras in both Europe and North
America. He was previously principal
conductor of the Athens Camerata.
Minnesota Orchestra:
He has led
Handel’s
Messiah
here four times, most
recently in December 2014, and debuted
on the subscription series earlier in 2014
in an all-Mozart program.
Recent, upcoming:
This season Warren-
Green appears with such ensembles
as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and
Houston Symphony Orchestra, and he
joins the National Orchestra of Belgium
on tour. Last summer he conducted at the
Istanbul Music Festival.
Educator:
Warren-Green plays a key role
in Music Junction, a groundbreaking
project which brings together young
people from diverse backgrounds to
connect through music-making.
Of interest:
He has conducted at many
events for British royalty, including
the 2011 wedding of Prince William
and Catherine Middleton and the 80th
birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
More:
harrisonparrott.com.
Augustin Hadelich
, violin
Augustin Hadelich, one of the most
prominent violinists of his generation,
has performed with nearly every major
American orchestra and is fast becoming
familiar in Europe and Asia. He is now
welcomed for his Minnesota Orchestra
debut.
Current season:
Highlights of his
2014-15 engagements include debuts
with the Danish National Symphony
and London Philharmonic, as well as
return performances with the New York
Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra and Liverpool Symphony,
among other ensembles. He is also
artist in residence with the Netherlands
Philharmonic, performs on tour with the
Toronto Symphony and makes his recital
debut at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Recordings:
Hadelich’s first major
orchestral recording, nominated for a
2014 Gramophone Award, features violin
concertos of Sibelius and Adès performed
with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Due next spring is an album of
Mendelssohn and Bartók concertos with
the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Honors:
He was the 2006 gold medalist
of the International Violin Competition of
Indianapolis.
More:
augustin-hadelich.com.
one-minute notes
Larsson:
A Winter’s Tale
The four “vignettes” in this
brief suite offer a sampling of
the moods of Shakespeare’s
play, from lively dances
representing the setting in
Sicily to pastoral themes
and a lovely, yet wistful,
conclusion.
Tchaikovsky:
Violin Concerto
This dazzling concerto, once
called “unplayable,” is now
the vehicle of great virtuosos.
It is noted equally for bravura
passagework and the pure
romantic realism for which
Tchaikovsky is known, with
soulful melodies yielding to
folk-like dance tunes and
rhythms in the exhilarating
Finale
.
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9,
From the New World
Dvořák’s beloved Ninth,
composed during a three-
year visit to America, is a
melting pot of American
and European musical
languages. Among its many
unforgettable passages:
a gorgeous English horn
melody in the
Largo
and
a dramatic finale that
overflows with inspired
tunes.
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