Finnish conductor John Storgårds makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in performances on February 23 and 24
The Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Concerts on February 23 and 24 at Orchestra Hall feature the Minnesota Orchestra debut of Finnish conductor John Storgårds, as well as the return of pianist André Watts, whose relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra has spanned a remarkable 54 years. The program includes Watts’ performance of Beethoven’s most famous piano concerto, the Fifth (Known as the Emperor), followed by Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, a deeply passionate work which spans great musical extremes.
These Minnesota Orchestra concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, February 23, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 24, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 to $96. 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.
John Storgårds, conductor
Finnish conductor John Storgårds is the chief guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. With a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Additionally, he holds the titles of artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland and artistic partner of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and he served as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 2008 to 2015. Highlights of his 2017-18 season include his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a return to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Among his many award-winning recordings are discs of works by Nørgård, Korngold and Rautavaara, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination and a Gramophone Award in 2012. More: cmartists.com.
André Watts, piano
André Watts first impressed the music world at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Since then he has performed as a recitalist and with orchestras worldwide. His recent performances include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among many other ensembles. He has a longstanding association with television, having appeared on programs produced by PBS, BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network, and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival was nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2011 Watts received a National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to recognize outstanding contributions to the growth, support and availability of the arts in America. More: cmartists.com.
Grand Works by Beethoven and Shostakovich
Beethoven’s last and best-known piano concerto, the Fifth, is permeated with power, nobility and energy. After a grand first movement full of wide leaps and frequent cadenzas, a reflective Adagio and a dance-like Rondo cap this touchstone of the piano literature.
Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony requires delicate strands of sound from a massive ensemble, framing tiny movements with huge ones, communicating darkly but rising to a high-spirited conclusion. Many assumed this enigmatic symphony was a protest against Stalin and his oppression, but the composer would acknowledge only that his wish was “to portray human emotions and passions.”
John Storgårds, conductor
André Watts, piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
Tickets: $29 to $96
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible 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 2017-18 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.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator