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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Gabriel Campos Zamora and Charles Lazarus Solo in Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions Concerts

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Orchestra in two all-American programs

Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora plays concertos by Aaron Copland and Artie Shaw, Jan. 10-11                                                      

Trumpeter Charles Lazarus performs Steve Heitzeg’s American Nomad, Jan. 12-13


The Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä continue their three-week American Expressions Festival with two different programs over four concerts at Orchestra Hall, January 10 through 13, featuring all-American music and solo performances by two of the Orchestra’s own. Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora makes his first featured solo performances with the Orchestra on January 10 and 11 performing clarinet concertos by both Aaron Copland and Artie Shaw. The Orchestra also plays Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1 and Howard Hanson’s Romantic Symphony on these concerts.

Then on January 12 and 13, Orchestra trumpet virtuoso Charles Lazarus takes the solo spotlight for Emmy Award-winning Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg’s American Nomad, a work premiered by Lazarus and the Orchestra in 2015. Also on the program are William Schuman’s New England Triptych and the Orchestra’s first performance of Florence Price’s First Symphony, a work that in 1933 earned the composer the honor of being the first African American woman to have her music played by a major symphony orchestra.

These concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, with ticket prices ranging from $26 to $97.

Vänskä Conducts Barber, Copland and Shaw takes place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 11 a.m., and Friday, January 11, 2019, at 8 p.m.

Vänskä Conducts American Nomad takes place on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 2 p.m.

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.

American Expressions Festival
The Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 season-long commitment to American musical masterpieces is centered around January’s American Expressions Festival, running from December 31 to January 18. Over the course of the festival, Osmo Vänskä conducts four programs comprising music by American composers. From a trumpet concerto by Minnesota-based Steve Heitzeg to classics by George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, from the music of Florence Price to fresh new works by participants in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the American Expressions Festival shares a musical snapshot of the nation’s composers, past and present.

 


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS FESTIVAL:
VÄNSKÄ CONDUCTS BARBER, COPLAND AND SHAW
 

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, January 11, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet 

BARBER                     Symphony No. 1
COPLAND                   Clarinet Concerto
A. SHAW                     Clarinet Concerto
HANSON                     Symphony No. 2, Romantic

Tickets: $26 to $97

Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet
Gabriel Campos Zamora, a native of San José, Costa Rica, was appointed principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra in June 2016. He previously served as associate principal clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony and principal clarinet of the Virginia Symphony. In addition, he has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Houston Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Colburn Conservatory and has been a participant of the Marlboro, Aspen, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto and Tanglewood Music Center festivals. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Barber, Copland, Shaw and Hanson
Long, singing lines and memorable themes show Barber’s considerable melodic gift in his Symphony No. 1. Rich orchestral color is provided by every instrument family as tunes change from soaring to jagged, from quiet to intensely powerful.

Copland’s virtuosic Clarinet Concerto, written for the great Benny Goodman, begins lyrically and concludes with a jazzy movement notable for its range of sounds: the clarinet in the high register, basses played “slap style” and a lively piano part.

Written by and for the “King of the Clarinet” himself, Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto is a joyful demonstration of schmaltz and bravado, with impressive improvisation and engaging dialogues between the soloist and the orchestra.

Horns are the central force in Howard Hanson’s Second Symphony, which the composer called “young in spirit” and “warm-blooded.” A slow, haunting opening leads to an Allegro moderato full of urgent, lyric melodies.

 


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS FESTIVAL:
VÄNSKÄ CONDUCTS AMERICAN NOMAD

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2 p.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Charles Lazarus, trumpet

SCHUMAN                  New England Triptych
HEITZEG                     American Nomad for Trumpet and Orchestra
PRICE                          Symphony No. 1

*Editors Note: This program originally listed Price’s Symphony No. 3. The program has been changed to include Symphony No. 1

Tickets: $26 to $97

Charles Lazarus, trumpet
Charles Lazarus has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2000. A soloist, composer and bandleader, Lazarus has created and starred in three original orchestral shows: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs, and Fly Me to the Moon, as well as an annual holiday show, Merry and Bright, which features his jazz ensemble. In April 2018, he was featured in a new program entitled Our Love is Here to Stay in collaboration with The Steeles and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has released four solo recordings, Solo SettingsZabavaMerry & Bright and Lovejoy, and he serves on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. More: minnesotaorchestra.org

Schuman, Heitzeg and Price
Early American character is showcased in William Schuman’s New England Triptych—an upbeat, optimistic suite based on three hymns by the American Revolution-era composer William Billings.

“A series of soundscapes that depict various American landscapes” is composer Steve Heitzeg’s description of his trumpet concerto, American Nomad, inspired not only by scenery, but by our country’s medley of cultures.

Florence Price’s First Symphony earned a special place in musical history when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed it at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Paying homage to her cultural heritage, Price incorporates folk spirituals, high-energy percussion and traditional African dance music, blended eloquently with classical symphonic traditions such as brass chorales, gentle woodwind solos and rapid-paced string passages.

 


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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