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Minnesota Orchestra Performs Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, June 8 and 9

Jun Märkl conducts the Orchestra in music by Beethoven and Berlioz

Violinist Augustin Hadelich plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

German conductor Jun Märkl makes a long-awaited return to conduct the Minnesota Orchestra on June 8 and 9 in performances of Berlioz’ dramatic and innovative first symphony, the Symphonie fantastique. Also returning to Orchestra Hall is violinist Augustin Hadelich, recently named Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year, who opens the concerts as the soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.  

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 to $96. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Jun Märkl, conductor
Jun Märkl, appearing with the Minnesota Orchestra for the first time since his debut in 2002, has long been known as a highly-respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French impressionists. His enduring relationships at the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Semperoper Dresden have in recent years been complemented by his role as music director of both the Orchestre National de Lyon and MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig. In addition, from 2014 to 2017 he was chief conductor of the Basque National Orchestra. Märkl, who recently led a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin in Tokyo, has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. More:,

Augustin Hadelich, violin
Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of today’s great violinists, performing with every major orchestra in the U.S., plus an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the U.K., Europe and Asia. He drew critical and audience praise in his Minnesota Orchestra debut in February 2015, at which he played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. A highlight of his 2017-18 season was his return to the Boston Symphony for a performance of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, in which he premiered a new cadenza for the concerto composed by Thomas Adès, who also conducted. This season he has also performed with major American ensembles such as the San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Pittsburgh and Saint Louis symphony orchestras, along with other orchestras around the globe. A prolific recording artist, he won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes, with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot. His newest disc, the complete Paganini Caprices for Warner Classics, was released in January. More:,

Beethoven and Berlioz

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is one of the most exalted concertos for any instrument, deeply lyrical, poetic and imaginative. The opening Allegro is built on deceptively simple ideas—a repeating five-beat pulse and scale patterns—while the Larghetto is sublime and hymn-like. The finale is rousing and rollicking, with a main theme that presages the “Ode to Joy.”

In what musicologist Michael Steinberg called “the most remarkable First Symphony ever written,” Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique breaks the rules and oversteps the boundaries, creating an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind journey: the story of an artist and his obsession with an ideal woman.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, June 8, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Jun Märkl
, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin 

BEETHOVEN                      Violin Concerto
BERLIOZ                             Symphonie fantastique

Tickets: $29 to $96

OH+ Event
Free Concert Preview with Phillip Gainsley in the Target Atrium on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at 7:15 p.m.

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Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (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 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 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.



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