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Inside the Classics: Speaking Truth to Power concert highlights protest music

 

Minnesota Orchestra’s Inside the Classics series is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman

July 28 concert explores political protest music with commentary and musical performances, featuring bass-baritone soloist Kevin Deas 


On Saturday, July 28, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks and host Sam Bergman lead an Inside the Classics program titled Speaking Truth to Power, highlighting orchestral music that holds a light to some of humanity's darkest eras and celebrates those who have struggled to overcome prejudice, hatred and violence. The wide-ranging program explores music that commemorates the women’s suffrage movement, pays tribute to the sacrifice of African-American Civil War soldiers, laments the lives lost in the bombing of Hiroshima and mourns the loss of a generation of gay men during the first fifteen years of the AIDS epidemic. Of the works on this unique program, Bergman says, “This is music born not of a desire for applause, but of a bone-deep need for amplification, recognition and hope.”

The concert’s feature work is The Prisoner by Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand, who will be in attendance for this performance. In The Prisoner, bass-baritone soloist Kevin Deas sings text from the writings of Adnan Latif, blended with poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, Rumi and others. Latif was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay by the U.S. government after September 11, 2001, never charged with a crime, ordered released multiple times and died in U.S. custody in 2012.

This concert also includes performances of Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance from John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki and William Grant Still’s In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy, in addition to selections by Benjamin Britten, Joan Tower, Dame Ethyl Smith, Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $30 to $50. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. 

*Please note: This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children.

Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the newly announced 2018-19 season she will lead the Orchestra in performances with Dessa, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, Indigo Girls and Igudesman & Joo, as well as the Inside the Classics series and film music concerts of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Star Trek Into Darkness, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Sam Bergman, host and viola
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and he also hosts the Orchestra’s Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. In recent years he has performed as a guest or substitute musician with ensembles including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has written frequently for the Orchestra’s website, including a series of posts about the historic Cuba tour in 2015. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones and is most acclaimed for his portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Pacific Symphony, and at the Ravinia, Bravo! Vail and Saratoga festivals. His recent solo engagements have included Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with VoxAmaDeus, Mozart’s Requiem with Boston Baroque, Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. Also in the 2017-18 season, he performed the title role in Porgy and Bess with Duisburg Philharmoniker and was a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Delaware Symphony and the PostClassical Ensemble, where he is an artist in residence. More: dispeker.com.


Inside the Classics
SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone

BRITTEN                                             Lacrymosa, from Sinfonia da Requiem
CORIGLIANO                                     Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, from Symphony No. 1
TOWER                                                 Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1
PENDERECKI                                     Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
STILL                                                    In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
SMYTH                                                 Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate
BEETHOVEN                                      Overture to Fidelio
SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai               Allegro molto, from String Quartet No. 8
AL-ZAND                                             The Prisoner for Bass Voice and Orchestra

*Please note: This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children. 

Tickets: $30 to $50


OH+ Events

Free Pre-Concert Panel Discussion with violist and host Sam Bergman, bass-baritone soloist Kevin Deas and composer Karim Al-Zand for a conversation surrounding Al-Zand’s The Prisoner, in the Auditorium on Saturday, July 28, at 6:45 p.m. 

This concert includes a $5 pre-concert happy hour and an onstage meet-and-greet with Orchestra musicians after the performance.

Enjoy a variety of FREE extras, including performances, exhibits, activities, food vendors and more, curated with community partners and inspired by our Music for Mandela initiatives.

For more information about OH+, please visit minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.


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.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s tour is funded by generous contributions from an anonymous couple. 

The Minnesota Orchestra recognizes the Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Fund for Music supporting the work of Osmo Vänskä.

Funding for the Music for Mandela project is provided in part by a consortium of corporations based in Minnesota that includes Ecolab, TCF Financial Corporation, Medtronic Foundation, Land O’Lakes, 3M, U.S. Bank, Thor Construction, Target and Pentair.

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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