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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

The Minnesota Orchestra Performs a Beethoven Marathon with Osmo Vänskä and Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

 

The Minnesota Orchestra continues its Beethoven Marathon,
performing all nine symphonies and five piano concertos


In concerts January 8 to 16, 2016, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra continue a Beethoven Marathon that begins on New Year’s Eve. During the Marathon the Orchestra performs the complete set of Beethoven’s nine symphonies and five piano concertos over eight concerts. Each program from January 8 to 16 will feature the talented Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin as the concerto soloist. The Beethoven Marathon is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Glen D. and Marilyn C. Nelson.

Beethoven Symphony 7/Piano Concertos 1 & 2 are performed on Friday, January 8, at 8 p.m.; Beethoven Symphonies 8 & 3/Third Piano Concerto are performed on Saturday, January 9, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 10, at 2 p.m.; Beethoven Symphonies 2 & 5/Emperor Piano Concerto are performed on Thursday, January 14, at 11 a.m., and Saturday, January 16, at 8 p.m.; and Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 6/Fourth Piano Concerto are performed on Friday, January 15, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices for all concerts ranging from $25 to $101.

Performances take place at Orchestra Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra’s home in downtown Minneapolis. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Yevgeny Sudbin has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra many times for highly acclaimed performances of piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven and can be heard performing on two recordings produced with Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Gilmore and Singapore international piano festivals, and on other major concert stages worldwide. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, at the BBC Proms, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Music Festival at Lincoln Center, and with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Indianapolis, Utah, Kansas City and Vancouver. He recently made his Chicago debut opening the Grant Park Music Festival.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on four major European tours as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label.
For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
Beethoven Marathon
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY 7, PIANO CONCERTOS 1 & 2

Friday, January 8, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

BEETHOVEN                          Piano Concerto No. 1

                                                   Piano Concerto No. 2

                                                   Symphony No. 7

Yevgeny Sudbin takes center stage, performing two piano concertos in one evening. The program also includes the lively Symphony No. 7, an audience favorite described by Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance.”

Tickets: $29-$96 

OH+ Events
Music Up Close:
Free concert preview with Sam Bergman in the Target Atrium at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, January 8.

Piano Exhibit by the Schubert Club: January 8-10 in the Target Atrium. For more information, see minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
Beethoven Marathon
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES 8 & 3, THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

BEETHOVEN                          Symphony No. 8

                                                   Piano Concerto No. 3

                                                   Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, one of the composer’s personal favorites, opens these concerts. Then Yevgeny Sudbin performs the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3, which draws character and inspiration from Mozart’s piano concertos. Eroica, which closes the program, set a new standard for symphonic works at its 1805 premiere.

Tickets: $25-$96 

OH+ Events
Music Up Close:
Free concert preview with Sam Bergman at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 9 in the Target Atrium, and at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 10 in the auditorium.

NightCap: A performance of Beethoven’s Septet, featuring Osmo Vänskä on clarinet with six Orchestra musicians– January 9, 2016 at 10:30 p.m., in the Target Atrium; requires separate ticket.

Piano Exhibit by the Schubert Club: January 8-10, in the Target Atrium. For more information, see minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus

Meet the Musicians: Audiences are invited to join the horn section in the lobby after the concert on Sunday, January 10, for a special meet and greet session.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
Beethoven Marathon
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES 2 & 5, EMPEROR PIANO CONCERTO

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

BEETHOVEN                          Symphony No. 2

                                                   Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

                                                   Symphony No. 5

This program features two of Beethoven’s signature pieces, the Emperor Piano Concerto and the fantastic Symphony No. 5. But before they demonstrate the power and grandeur of these works, Vänskä and the Orchestra perform Symphony No. 2 for a cheerful and rollicking start to the program.

Tickets: $30-$101

OH+ Events
Beethoven Movie Marathon:
Free showing of Copying Beethoven on January 14 at 9 a.m. in the Target Atrium.
Free showing of Beethoven Lives Upstairs on January 16 at 2 p.m.
Open to the public; seating is limited. For more information, see minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
Beethoven Marathon
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES 4 & 6, FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO

Friday, January 15, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

BEETHOVEN                          Symphony No. 4

                                                   Piano Concerto No. 4

                                                   Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Tickets: $29-$96

Osmo Vänskä leads the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 4 and No. 6, and Yevgeny Sudbin caps off a magnificent stretch of concerto performances with the Fourth Piano Concerto. The first two pieces are full of classic orchestral beauty, and the Sixth Symphony, at first so gentle, ultimately breaks into joy—a fitting conclusion to this exciting Beethoven Marathon.

OH+ Events

Beethoven Movie Marathon: Free showing of Immortal Beloved on January 15 at 10:15 p.m. in the Target Atrium. Open to the public; seating is limited. For more information, see minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.


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. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

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. 


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