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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
feb
19, 20, 21
Artists
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Profile appears on page 12.
one-minute notes
Berlioz:
Les nuits d’été
(Summer Nights)
Brilliantly scored for a very small orchestra, this song cycle opens and closes with energetic, sunny pieces,
but at its heart lie four serious and introspective songs. Themes of longing, love and desire are explored in
sumptuous melodies and darker, yet delicate, colors, creating luminous impressionistic effects.
Sibelius: Selections from
The Tempest
Sibelius’ radiant incidental music for
The Tempest
conveys all the beauty and power of Shakespeare’s play—
in a concert arrangement receiving its premiere at these concerts. Osmo Vänskä chose and ordered 25 of the
original 34 pieces, including all five of Ariel’s songs, and selected texts to be read by Joe Dowling.
Joe Dowling
, narrator
In his 20 years as artistic director of
the Guthrie Theater, Joe Dowling has
directed 48 productions, cultivated
relationships with an extensive roster of
esteemed artists and led the opening of
the theater’s new three-stage complex
in 2006. Recently he has also overseen
playwright celebrations of Tony Kushner
and Christopher Hampton and invited
internationally distinguished companies
and artists to perform on Guthrie
stages. This, his first appearance with
the Minnesota Orchestra, comes in his
farewell season at the Guthrie.
Additional directing:
Dowling has
directed on Broadway and at many
prominent theaters in the U.S., England
and Ireland. Before accepting his Guthrie
appointment he was artistic director for
the Irish Theatre Company, the Abbey
Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre.
Educational initiatives:
Dowling led
the creation of two Guthrie-based actor
training programs, one in collaboration
with the University of Minnesota. He also
founded Dublin’s Young Abbey theater-
in-education group and the Gaiety School
of Acting, Ireland’s premier drama
school.
More:
guthrietheater.org.
Lilli Paasikivi
, mezzo
Finnish mezzo Lilli Paasikivi, now
welcomed for her Minnesota Orchestra
debut, is counted among today’s leading
Mahler interpreters. She has performed
his works with the London Symphony
Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal
Stockholm Philharmonic and New World
Symphony. Her engagements this season
include appearing with the New York
Philharmonic, performing Verdi’s Requiem
under Alan Gilbert.
Opera:
Paasikivi has performed at many
of the world’s major opera houses, often in
Wagnerian roles, including at La Monnaie,
the Frankfurt Opera and the Hamburg State
Opera. Since 2013 she has been artistic
director of the Finnish National Opera, in
addition to being a principal soloist.
Contemporary works:
She has premiered
such major works as Rodion Shchedrin’s
The Enchanted Wanderer
with the New York
Philharmonic and Toshio Hosokawa’s
Hanjo
at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Discography:
She has recorded Sibelius’
Kullervo
with Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti
Symphony.
More:
harrisonparrott.com,
lillapaasikivi.com.
Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
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