Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman
March 3 concert explores Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and features music by a variety of other European composers
Inside the Classics, the Minnesota Orchestra’s casual series that explores great classical works through performances and enlightening conversation, continues its eighth season on March 3, with a program titled Bartók’s Farewell. The concert shines a spotlight on one of the great orchestral masterpieces of the 20th century, Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, written in 1943 for the Boston Symphony and its famed music director, Serge Koussevitsky. On the first half of the program, Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explain and demonstrate Hungarian musical ideas that permeated Bartók's music and music by other central European composers like Kodály and Janáček, as well as the folk music that became a central influence on these composers. After intermission, the Orchestra will give a complete performance of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $30, $20 for patrons under the age of 40 and $12 for students with a valid ID. Subscriptions and individual tickets for all 2016-17 season concerts are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For more details on purchasing tickets, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the remainder of the 2016-17 season she will lead the Orchestra in concerts with Dessa and Ellis Hall, as well as the Inside the Classics season finale concert on July 15 exploring Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, and a film music concert of Star Trek. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she makes return visits to the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Toronto Symphony. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Sam Bergman, host
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and also hosts the Orchestra’s Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. In recent years he has performed as a guest or substitute musician with ensembles including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber music concerts, most recently in Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in January 2017. He has written frequently for the Orchestra’s website, including a series of posts about the historic Cuba tour in May 2015. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concert
INSIDE THE CLASSICS
BARTÓK’S FAREWELL: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Friday, March 3, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Campus Night: Students are invited to attend this performance and participate in exclusive pre- and post-concert activities, created especially for students. Student tickets are available for $12 each; one valid student ID must be presented per two tickets purchased.
Free Samples from our Pint of Music partner, Modist Brewing Company, will be available, while supplies last, in the lobby from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Pre-Concert Happy Hour: All beverages will be 50% off at lobby bars from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. This discount also applies to Modist beer, available for purchase at lobby bars.
For more information on this and other OH+ Events: 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 2016-17 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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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator