The Minnesota Orchestra performs Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, with pianist Nikolai Lugansky as soloist
Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in performances of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto on February 7, 8 and 9, at Orchestra Hall. The program, which is led by Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, also features Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), an epic tone poem that tells the story of a hero, his companion, his struggles and his ultimate fulfillment.
The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 11 a.m.; Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $97. 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.
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Vasily Petrenko holds the positions of chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, chief conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia. In 2021 he will take up the position of music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and in recent years he has made a series of highly successful North American debuts, including with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Montreal and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. Highlights of his 2018-19 season and beyond include his debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and an appearance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the newly-created Tsinandali Festival. More: imgartists.com.
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Nikolai Lugansky’s 2018-19 season includes concerto performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Russian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Iceland and Bamberg symphonies, plus tours with Orchestre National de France and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He regularly appears at some of the world’s most distinguished festivals, including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia and Verbier. His CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s piano sonatas won the Diapason d’Or, and his recording of concertos by Grieg and Prokofiev was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent disc of Rachmaninoff’s 24 Preludes was released in April 2018, and his recording of solo piano music by Debussy will be released later this year. He is the artistic director of the Tambov Rachmaninov Festival, and he is also a regular performer at the Rachmaninov Estate and Museum of Ivanovka. He was awarded the honor of People’s Artist of Russia in 2013. More: opus3artists.com.
Beethoven and Strauss
Beethoven’s lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto begins with soloist rather than orchestra, foreshadowing the work’s soft-spoken mood. Most striking is the second movement, in which harsh strings are calmed by the gentle piano.
Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben contains all the vivid theatricality of an opera. Of note are the sweeping hero’s theme, introduced by horns, and the virtuosic violin lines that represent the hero's lover—an idealized version of Strauss’ wife.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSS
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, February 8, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)
Tickets: $30 to $97
Free Mixed Melodies with Richard Erickson in the Target Atrium on Thursday, February 7, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
The Twin Cities Horn Club will perform in the Target Atrium on Saturday, February 9, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 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 2018-19 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.