David Zinman leads the Orchestra on Thursday, June 1, in a one-hour program of music by Wagner and Strauss
Optional activities are offered before and after “Symphony in 60” concerts, including a pre-concert happy hour at Orchestra Hall and an onstage gathering with Orchestra musicians immediately after the concert
On June 1, the Minnesota Orchestra’s “Symphony in 60” series—featuring classical concerts in a one-hour format, bookended by optional pre- and post-concert social activities—presents the music of Wagner and Strauss. Led by former Sommerfest Artistic Director David Zinman, the concert includes Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser and Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, well-known for its use in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an optional happy hour at Orchestra Hall, which offers 50% off all beverages at lobby bars pre-concert. The concert program runs from approximately 8 to 9 p.m., with no intermission, and is followed immediately by a gathering in which audience members are welcomed onstage to meet and greet Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Please note that there is no intermission in this 60-minute concert.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices at $30 for adults, and $12 for children ages 6 to 17 and students with valid ID. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.
David Zinman, conductor
David Zinman is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received a master’s degree in music theory and composition. He has held positions as music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony orchestras; principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; and music director of the Aspen Music Festival, School and American Academy of Conducting. He is conductor laureate of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, having completed his 19-year tenure as music director in 2014. His current season includes appearances with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de Lyon, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish, Netherlands Radio and Czech philharmonic orchestras. More: harrisonparrott.com.
Tannhäuser and Zarathustra
When Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser was performed in 1861 in Paris, anti-Wagnerian, anti-Germanic forces forced the cancellation of the production after only three performances. Following this scandal, considerable time had to pass before the now-familiar music found its audience. As one might expect from any great overture, it encapsulates all that is to come in the opera’s plot: drama and sensuality, excitement and triumph.
Throughout Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, the striving theme of Man—presented first by low woodwinds—opposes that of Nature, heard in the trumpets’ rising three-note figure that famously heralds the dawn of time in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We hear eight stages of human development, climaxing in an exuberant waltz, before a mysterious fade into silence.
Symphony in 60
STRAUSS' ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
David Zinman, conductor
WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
Free Concert Preview with Dr. Alex Lubet, from the University of Minnesota School of Music, in the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.
Free Samples from our Pint of Music partner, Bauhaus Brew Labs, will be available, while supplies last, in the lobby from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Pre-Concert Happy Hour: All beverages will be 50% off at lobby bars from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
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 Center, 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