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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

American Expressions

We proudly present a broad collection of American musical masterpieces for you in our American Expressions Festival. Hear Gershwin’s brash and beloved Rhapsody in Blue or Florence Price’s brooding and restless Third Symphony. From the wildly rhythmic to the broadly expansive, from colorful to quiet, we share with you this wide-ranging musical snapshot of our diverse and vibrant nation.

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American Expressions

 

About This Concert

From Gershwin’s Tin Pan Alley and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age to Aaron Copland’s folk music- inflected ballet, this concert celebrates the dynamic voices, vision, and talents of iconic American composers. And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*COPLAND
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo / 17 min

*GERSHWIN
Rhapsody in Blue / 15 min

—INTERMISSION 30 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Three Dances from On the Town / 11 min

*HARBISON
Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra / 7 min

*PAULUS
Impassioned, from Symphony in Three Movements / 12 min

*GERSHWIN
An American in Paris / 17 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Copland’s Hoe-Down has made pop culture appearances in the 1980’s “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” commercials, a Simpsons episode, and in the blockbuster movie Titanic.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • Paulus wrote over 600 works for chorus, orchestra, opera, piano and organ, and his music has been performed by leading orchestras, at two presidential funerals, and by many musicians including Doc Severinsen and Leo Kottke.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert

Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment of the Oscar®-winning score.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Artists

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

© 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music.

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About This Concert

Experience the lyric beauty of Copland, Hanson, Shaw and Barber as the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora explore the wild spirit and individualism of composers at the forefront of 20th century American music.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*BARBER
Symphony No. 1 / 20 min

*COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto / 16 min

*SHAW
Clarinet Concerto / 10 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*HANSON
Symphony No. 2, Romantic / 28 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Copland first knew he wanted to be a composer at age 15, so he began studying harmony, theory and composition with Rubin Goldmark, a teacher and composer who had briefly taught George Gershwin.
  • Composer Artie Shaw and his orchestra performed his concerto for clarinet in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus, a biopic of Shaw’s life.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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About This Concert

Join the Minnesota Orchestra and our virtuoso trumpeter Charles Lazarus for a performance showcasing the multifaceted beauty, scope and originality of talented trailblazers in the landscape of contemporary American sound.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*SCHUMAN
New England Triptych / 15 min

*HEITZEG
American Nomad, for Trumpet and Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*PRICE
Symphony No. 1 / 39 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • As the title suggests, American Nomad is a road trip through the U.S., starting with the first movement Avenue of the Americas, New York City, wandering South, then through the Great Plains, the deserts of the Southwest and ending on the California coast.
  • Florence Beatrice Price was an award-winning pianist and composer who became the first African-American woman to have her work performed by a major orchestra.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert

In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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About This Concert

In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Complete event details »