Nicholas Kraemer leads the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soloists in performances of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and the Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas IV, V and VI
On December 8 and 9 at Orchestra Hall, Baroque music specialist and conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale in performances of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and the final three cantatas of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. These concerts mark the continuation of the oratorio following the Orchestra and Chorale’s performances of the first three cantatas in December 2017, and feature four guest soloists: soprano Sherezade Panthaki, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Richard Croft and baritone Christopher Edwards. Minnesota Chorale member Sara Payne is featured in portions as the echo soprano.
The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $27 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.
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Nicholas Kraemer, the principal guest conductor of Music of the Baroque in Chicago, began his career as a harpsichordist and in 1978 formed Raglan Baroque Players. During his long and distinguished career he has held the positions of artistic director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the London Bach Orchestra and the Bath Festival music programme; permanent guest conductor of the Manchester Camerata, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Musikkollegium Winterthur; and associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first music director of Opera 80, now the English Touring Opera. He has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, City of Birmingham Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and the orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Colorado, among many other ensembles. More: caroline-phillips.co.uk.
Brilliance from Bach
Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite includes an Overture that is at turns imposing and dazzling, an Air built on a melody made famous by its transcription as a violin solo, and three dance movements that culminate in a cheerful Gigue of folk origins.
Each of the six cantatas which comprise Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was designated for a specific day spanning Christmas and the Epiphany, and together the set forms the narrative of the birth of Christ through the arrival of the Wise Men; these concerts feature cantatas four through six.
The fourth cantata is focused on the naming of the new baby, and features stunning solo moments and a sparkling chorale for the soprano section. The fifth cantata uses a modest orchestration of two oboes d’amore and strings to depict Jesus’ introduction to society, and the final cantata completes the narrative with a celebration of the festival of Epiphany, musically complete with trumpets and drums.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
A CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Richard Croft, tenor
Christopher Edwards, baritone
Sara Payne, echo soprano
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3
BACH Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas 4, 5 and 6
Tickets: $26 to $97
Free Concert Preview with Phillip Gainsley and Minnesota Chorale artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey in the Target Atrium on Saturday, December 8, at 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, at 1:15 p.m.
At each performance throughout December, we are partnering with Simpson Housing Services, and during concerts on December 8 and 9, we will be collecting coffee grounds (no pods please). Look for collection bins in the Orchestra Hall lobby.
The Twin Cities Bronze handbell ensemble will perform in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer on Saturday, December 8, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
The Mary Louise Knutson Trio will perform in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer on Sunday, December 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Support for this performance was generously provided by an anonymous donor.
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 Orchestra Hall, 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 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.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Communications Manager and Assistant Editor