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Kent Nagano Conducts the Minnesota Orchestra, June 6 and 7

The Minnesota Orchestra performs Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

Austrian pianist Till Fellner plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20


Grammy Award-winning conductor Kent Nagano leads the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony—a work performed by the Orchestra only twice in its history—at Orchestra Hall on June 6 and 7. This will be Nagano’s first appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra since his debut here in 1995. Also featured in these concerts is pianist Till Fellner, who returns to Orchestra Hall to play the solo part in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.

The concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, June 6, at 11 a.m., and Friday, June 7, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 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.

Kent Nagano, conductor
Grammy Award-winning conductor Kent Nagano has been music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2006. In 2013 he became artistic advisor and principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he took up the position of general music director of the Hamburg State Opera and chief conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Since 2006 he has been appointed honorary conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His 2018-19 season includes a tour with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal into the arctic Quebec and a tour through Spain with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, plus premieres of Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust and George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence with the Hamburg State Opera, as well as performances of a complete Wagner Ring cycle. He has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras and has an ongoing recording relationship with Decca and Sony Classical. More: harrisonparrott.com.

Till Fellner, piano
Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s 2018-19 season includes return performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and an extensive tour with cellist Johannes Moser around Europe and the U.S. His other recent performance highlights include his debut with the New York Philharmonic and a return visit to the Chicago Symphony. He came to the world’s attention by winning first prize at the distinguished Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland, in 1993. Since then, he has appeared as a guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including recent performances with the Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, le Concert Olympique, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has an impressive discography on the EMI, Claves, Erato, Philips, and ECM labels, the most recent release being a CD of Harrison Birtwistle’s chamber music. More: colbertartists.com.

Mozart and Bruckner
The stormier of Mozart’s two minor-key piano concertos, No. 20 was a powerful and popular solo vehicle for the young Beethoven. The high-energy Allegro, with a witty exchange between soloist and orchestra, gives way to a songful second movement and a finale full of surprises, including an enchanting theme playfully offered by woodwinds. 

Though it is rarely performed—only twice before by the Minnesota Orchestra—Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony has a tone which is unmistakably Brucknerian, from blazing brass and strings to sonorous woodwind solos, with an ostinato rhythm that unites the work’s beginning and end.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
MOZART AND BRUCKNER

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, June 7, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Kent Nagano, conductor
Till Fellner, piano 

MOZART                     Piano Concerto No. 20
BRUCKNER                Symphony No. 6

Tickets: $30 to $97


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.

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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