This Week at Orchestra Hall: Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

This Week at Orchestra Hall: Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joins the Minnesota Chorale for a moving program that includes Sibelius’ atmospheric tone poem and Vaughan Williams’ lush cantata.

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The Program

This week’s performances will run approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission. Impress your seatmates with these fun facts!

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela / 10 min

English horn portrays a swan singing mournfully on a mythical river, its surface shimmering with strings and harp.

Dean: Cello Concerto [U.S. Premiere] / 25 min

This new concerto, co-commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, spotlights the talents of its dedicatee, cello soloist Alban Gerhardt, in music that crackles with extremes, particularly of pitch and volume. The listener is brought from one colorful sound world to the next over the course of a single 25-minute movement until the music vanishes mysteriously into silence.

Intermission / 20 min

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem / 40 min

Vaughan Williams’ choral-orchestral cantata, an urgent cry for peace composed on the cusp of World War II, sets text from the Bible, the poetry of Walt Whitman and a speech to British Parliament, with each section flowing together without pause in a moving journey from darkness to light.

Joining the Orchestra onstage for Dona Nobis Pacem are South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, who inspired audiences during the Orchestra’s 2018 Music for Mandela concerts and subsequent South Africa tour; bass-baritone Dashon Burton in his Minnesota Orchestra debut; and a combined choir comprising members of the Minnesota Chorale and two South African choirs: the Gauteng Choristers and 29:11.

Arrive Early, Stay Late

We’ve curated engaging pre- and post-concert experiences to help you get the most out of your visit at Orchestra Hall. Join us an hour before each performance to take part!

Pre-Concert Interview

Join Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Principal Librarian Valerie Little and Brendon Adams, director of the South African vocal ensemble 29:11, for a conversation about musical diplomacy and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem.

Local Art Display: Lonnie Broden

Artist Lonnie Broden joined the Minnesota Orchestra on its August 2018 tour to South Africa and enjoyed experiencing musicians from South Africa join musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale to create truly magic musical moments. Her display captures the grandeur of the South African animals, landscape, and the people with their history, resilience, and talent.

Mahler 1 CD Signing

Stay after the performance to meet Music Director Osmo Vänskä at our Mahler 1 CD signing.

Coffee Concert - Thursday Only

Enjoy complimentary coffee from Driven Coffee Roasters and donuts from A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop!

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Minnesota Orchestra Staff