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David Zinman Conducts Also Sprach Zarathustra; Anthony Ross Performs Schelomo

Zinman conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Bloch’s Schelomo, and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra; June 2 and 3 

Anthony Ross, the Orchestra’s principal cellist, solos

In Minnesota Orchestra concerts on June 2 and 3, the Orchestra welcomes back David Zinman, artistic director of Sommerfest from 1993 to 1996, to lead Principal Cello Anthony Ross and the ensemble in Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, a Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra—a work last performed by Ross at Orchestra Hall in 1993. The program begins with Wagner’s Overture to his opera Tannhäuser; after intermission, the Orchestra performs Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra.

The concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $96. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Anthony Ross, cello

Anthony Ross, now in his 29th year as a Minnesota Orchestra member, assumed the principal cello post in 1991. While here he has drawn acclaim for his solo performances of many great concertos and chamber works including, most recently, Schumann’s Cello Concerto under the direction of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski in October 2015. He will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme  next January, as part of a Tchaikovsky Marathon. An avid chamber musician, Ross is a member of Accordo, an ensemble composed of principal string players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra; he also plays regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with ensembles of his Minnesota Orchestra colleagues. For more information, visit

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:

Tannhäuser, Schelomo and Zarathustra

As one might expect from any great overture, Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser encapsulates all that is to come in the opera’s plot: drama and sensuality, excitement and triumph.

When the human voice wasn’t enough to make his Hebraic Rhapsody, Schelomo—inspired by text from the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes—come to life, Bloch turned to the rich, powerful tone of the cello. Profound soliloquys from the soloist are enhanced by dark colors and seductive rhythms in the orchestra.

Throughout 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.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, June 2, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello

WAGNER                             Overture to Tannhäuser
BLOCH                                 Schelomo (Solomon), Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
STRAUSS                             Also sprach Zarathustra

Tickets: $29 to $96

OH+ Events
Free Concert Preview with Philip Gainsley and Principal Cello Anthony Ross in the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine on both Friday, June 2, at 7:15 p.m., and Saturday, June 3, at 7:15 p.m.

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Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at, 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 For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit 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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