Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads Minnesota Orchestra in concerts October 15, 16 and 17 featuring Schumann’s Cello Concerto, with Principal Cello Anthony Ross, and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony
In its first-ever Guarantors’ Week, the Minnesota Orchestra welcomes Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski back to the conductor’s podium for three concerts dedicated to the generous community of donors who support the Orchestra’s annual Guaranty Fund. Anthony Ross, the Orchestra’s principal cello, will perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto—three movements woven together, showcasing the stunning talent of Ross and the beauty of the instrument through brilliant, lyrical melodies. Then, Skrowaczewski and the Orchestra conclude the concert with the rich, heavenly sounds of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony—one of the composer’s most well-received and beloved works, written in memory of Richard Wagner.
The week’s concerts are dedicated to the Orchestra’s exceptional community of donors, who support the Orchestra’s outstanding season of music. This is the first Guarantors’ week in the Orchestra’s history; in previous years, there was a single Guarantors’ concert presented annually.
The concert is performed at Orchestra Hall on Thursday, October 15, at 11 a.m.; Friday, October 16, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 17, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $96. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski commands an extraordinary level of respect in the international music community as both conductor and composer. He has been on the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic staff for nearly half its 112-year history, first as music director from 1960 to 1979 and subsequently as conductor laureate. He last led the ensemble in concerts with pianist Garrick Ohlsson in May 2015.
This past summer Skrowaczewski, who has often been honored for his interpretations of Bruckner’s music, returned to the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz to conduct programs at St. Florian’s Basilica and other locations; a few months earlier he released a new recording of Bruckner’s Third Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His upcoming engagements include performances with the Berlin Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the subject of a biography by Frederick Harris, Jr., as well as two documentary films currently in progress, one of which, Seeking the Infinite, will be shown in the Target Atrium before these concerts (see schedule below). For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Anthony Ross, cello
Anthony Ross, now in his 28th year as a Minnesota Orchestra member, assumed the principal cello post in 1991. While here he has drawn acclaim for his solo performances of many great concertos and chamber works including, most recently, Strauss’ Don Quixote and Eric Whitacre’s The River Cam.
An avid chamber musician, Ross is a member of Accordo, an ensemble composed of principal string players from both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra; he also plays regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with ensembles of his Minnesota Orchestra colleagues. He has performed at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe and has been a faculty member at the Grand Teton, Aspen, Madeline Island and Indiana University festivals. His recordings include Bernstein’s Three Meditations, made with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Carter and Rachmaninoff sonatas for Boston Records. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Schumann and Bruckner: Solo and Symphonic Elegance
Schumann’s Cello Concerto, distinctive for the sheer beauty of its content, represents the composer’s lyricism at its best. Three movements flow without pause as the music’s mood changes from the sweeping passions of the opening to the brightness of the finale.
The serene opening of Bruckner’s Seventh came to the composer in a dream—and the music that follows is at turns heavenly, mournful, spirited and explosive. A highlight is the epic Adagio, a dirge in memory of Wagner. The close affirms the Bruckner sound at its most lustrous, with horns leading the orchestra in praise of God.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
GUARANTORS’ WEEK: SKROWACZEWSKI AND ROSS
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7
Orchestra Hall+ pre-concert activities and refreshments:
October 15: Complimentary coffee and donuts; free screenings of Seeking the Infinite, a biographical film about Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in the Target Atrium
October 16 and 17: Refreshments available for purchase, including Kramarczuk’s pretzels, Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Captain’s Spiced Cider; and free screenings of Seeking the Infinite, a biographical film about Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the Target Atrium
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
Published prices include a non-discountable facility fee of $5 per ticket. For single ticket purchases, there are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $6 service charge per transaction for all phone, fax or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. (This charge is waived for subscribers and group purchasers ordering by phone, mail or in person.) Subscription packages are subject to a one-time $8 processing fee. No refunds. Some fees and restrictions may apply to ticket exchanges. All sales are final.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations