Spanish conductor Jesús López-Cobos leads the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts that include music by Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel and Manuel de Falla
Pianist Andreas Haefliger returns to Minneapolis to solo with Minnesota Orchestra for the first time since 2007
Spanish conductor Jesús López-Cobos makes a long-awaited debut at Orchestra Hall in Minnesota Orchestra performances on March 18 and 19. The concerts begin with Schumann’s Overture to Manfred. Then López-Cobos and the Orchestra partner with the extraordinary Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, a frequent guest of the Orchestra, for Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto. After intermission, Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and de Falla’s two suites from The Three-Cornered Hat—all of which were inspired by Spanish culture—will fill Orchestra Hall with the brilliant colors of the conductor’s homeland.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $79. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Jesús López-Cobos is conductor emeritus of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, having served as the orchestra’s music director from 1986 to 2001. Previously he held positions as principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and music director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He completed a seven-year tenure as music director of the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2010. He has regularly conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His guest appearances in the 2015-16 season include engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. More: jesuslopezcobos.com.
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, known for his insightful interpretations of Beethoven, is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. Among the many top ensembles he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony and Vienna Symphony. Also a superb recitalist, he has performed in venues across Europe, North America and Asia. He has made many recordings including a disc of Schubert’s Goethe songs with Matthias Goerne, which was awarded the German Record Critic’s Award. In 2016 he performs with distinguished flute player Marina Piccinini, his wife, on an extensive tour of the U.S. More: andreashaefliger.com.
Schumann, Ravel and de Falla
In his Overture to Manfred, Robert Schumann tells the tale of a brooding nobleman with melancholy music—first slow, then passionate. Then, in the Piano Concerto, he carefully intertwines the solo and orchestral parts, traveling from tender melodies to a celebratory finale.
Maurice Ravel grew up familiar with traditional Spanish music, thanks to his mother’s Basque heritage. He drew on this for his Rapsodie espagnole, incorporating into the music an understated Malagueña and a seductive Habanera. Finally, Manuel de Falla’s suites are a mosaic of vibrant dances and colorful melodies infused with the character and charm of the Spanish countryside.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concert
SCHUMANN, RAVEL AND DE FALLA
Friday, March 18, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Andreas Haefliger, piano
SCHUMANN Overture to Manfred
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
DE FALLA Suites No. 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat
MacPhail Student Recitals: In recognition of Music in our Schools Month, students from the MacPhail School of Music will perform in the lobby before these concerts.
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.
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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