Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton perform Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto
The Minnesota Orchestra also performs music by Mason Bates and Ottorino Respighi
In concerts on February 22 and 23, former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart returns to lead the Orchestra in the music of Mason Bates, Mozart and Respighi. Bates’ Garages of the Valley, a work dedicated to de Waart and new to Minnesota Orchestra’s repertoire, opens the program. Twin sisters and virtuoso pianists Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra in their Minnesota Orchestra debut. Then the Orchestra performs Church Windows, a rich and colorful four-movement set of tone poems by Ottorino Respighi.
The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $102. 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.
Edo de Waart, conductor
Edo de Waart, who was the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director of from 1986 to 1995, is currently music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves as the conductor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. This season he also makes return appearances to his former music director posts at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He also conducts the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s opening two weeks, as well as the Houston and Kansas City symphony orchestras, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic. More: harrisonparrott.com.
Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton, piano
Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton have recently been featured together as soloists with American orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, San Diego and Milwaukee symphony orchestras. Abroad they have performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, New Zealand Symphony and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. They have also appeared at international festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron, Kissinger Sommer, Ravinia, La Jolla Summerfest and Grand Tetons Festival. In 2016 the Naughtons released their debut record, Visions, on the Warner Classics label. More: christinaandmichellenaughton.com.
Bates, Mozart and Respighi
Contemporary composer Mason Bates’ Garages of the Valley was inspired by the masterminds of California’s Silicon Valley who worked tirelessly behind the scenes on some of our greatest advances in modern technology.
Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra, written as a vehicle for the composer and his sister Nannerl, treats the soloists as equals as they engage in a brilliant dialogue—smoothly exchanging phrases, responding to each other’s music and sometimes playing together.
Luxurious orchestral colors and harmonies built from the medieval church modes form the four movements of Respighi’s Church Windows, which originated as a set of piano preludes based on Gregorian chant melodies.
Edo de Waart, conductor
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano
BATES Garages of the Valley
MOZART Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra
RESPIGHI Church Windows
Tickets: $30 to $102
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 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 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.
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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.