Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton leads the Orchestra in a program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Snow Maiden, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, and Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony
Pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform with Minnesota Orchestra on November 13 and 14
On November 13 and 14, Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts featuring Russian-born American pianist Natasha Paremski, who debuted with the Orchestra and Litton at Sommerfest 2014. The concerts open with Rimsky-Korsakov’s delightful Suite from The Snow Maiden, a set of orchestral arrangements based on the composer’s opera of the same name. Then Natasha Paremski joins the Orchestra onstage to perform one of the most beloved piano concertos, Tchaikovsky’s First. For the second half of the program, the Orchestra presents Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony, a robust, dynamic symphony performed only twice before in the Orchestra’s history.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, November 13, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 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.
Following the November 14 concert, four members of the Orchestra, joined by Andrew Litton at the piano, will deliver a NightCap performance in the Target Atrium, featuring Edward Elgar’s Quintet for Piano and Strings. Admission requires separate tickets, which are $10 each with the purchase of a ticket to the mainstage concert, or $25 for the NightCap performance only. Each ticket includes one complimentary beverage.
Natasha Paremski, piano
Natasha Paremski has earned acclaim for her virtuosic performances with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. This season she also appears with prominent orchestras around the world, notably with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London and the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. In past seasons, she has given recitals at such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2010 she was named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation; among her additional distinctions are the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist prize and the 2007 Prix Montblanc. More: artsmg.com, natashaparemski.com.
Andrew Litton, conductor
Andrew Litton, a distinguished conductor on international stages and a favorite of local audiences, has been the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest artistic director since 2003. This season he is concluding his 12-year tenure as music director of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic. He is the music director of Colorado Symphony, conductor laureate of Britain’s Bournemouth Symphony and the newly-appointed music director of the New York City Ballet. His recent engagements have taken him across America and to Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Iceland and Tokyo. Also an accomplished opera conductor, in recent seasons he has led several productions of the Bergen National Opera, which he helped found. Litton, an accomplished pianist, released his first solo piano album in 2014, a tribute to the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. More: minnesotaorchestra.org, andrewlitton.com.
Fairy tales, a favorite concerto, and a fiery fourth symphony
Inspired by Russian folklore, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Snow Maiden comprises four short movements that are full of character: sparkling icicles in the woodwinds; warmth from the strings; cheerful, chirping bird calls; a confused dance; and the exciting conclusion in the Dance of the Tumblers.
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 became an instant success in the hands of pianist Hans von Bülow, the man honored with its dedication. It begins with high drama, retreats to a place of calm and rushes toward its close in a mood of white-hot energy.
Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony, hailed by William Walton as the “greatest symphony since Beethoven,” exposes both the composer’s humor and his poisonous temper. Though the tone is angry, uncertain, and even severe, Vaughan Williams insisted that this was pure music, unassociated with any sort of defiance or political agenda. The Minnesota Orchestra’s first performance of the piece took place in 1941, only six years after the symphony was composed, under then-Music Director Dimitri Mitropoulos.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO
Andrew Litton, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Suite from The Snow Maiden
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 4
At Friday evening’s performance, the Minnesota Orchestra is collaborating with the University of St. Thomas to offer specially-planned activities for students with a valid University of St. Thomas student ID. Check minnesotaorchestra.org for more details soon.
Audiences are invited to join the bass section in the lobby after the concert on Friday, November 13, for a special meet and greet session.
NightCap: A performance of Elgar’s Quintet in A minor for Piano and Strings – November 14, 10:30 p.m. in the Target Atrium; requires separate ticket, which includes one complimentary beverage. See minnesotaorchestra.com for more information.
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.
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