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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Sommerfest 2019

 

Featuring Argentine tango, Afro-Brazilian capoeira, and contemporary works influenced by the spirit of salsa, bossa nova and rumba, Música Juntos (Music Together) is a jubilant festival that celebrates the musical gifts of Latin America, from past to present. Tickets on sale April 12, 2019!

Este viernes 12 de Abril, salen a la venta los boletos para los conciertos de verano de la Orquesta de Minnesota. Con tango de Argentina, Capoeira Afrobrasileña, bailes contemporáneos influenciados por salsa, bossa nova y rumba. Música Juntos es un excelente festival que celebra los dones musicales de Latinoamérica, no te lo puedes perder! 

 

About This Concert

Don’t miss a live music-and-movie event that features a catchy score and a heartwarming animated adventure that kids of all ages will love.

Visually rich, funny and a little macabre, the 2017 animated film Coco follows a 12-year-old boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he must find his great-great-grandfather, a deceased musician, in order to return to the Land of the Living. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Bring your whole family to a live screening accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra performing Michael Giacchino’s score in its entirety.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This Minnesota Orchestra performance marks the first time anywhere in the world that a live orchestra has accompanied a screening of the movie Coco.
  • The song "Remember Me" won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Original Song, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The songwriting team won their first Oscar® for "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen."
  • Critically praised for its animation, voice acting and celebration of Mexican culture, Coco won an Academy Award®, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature.
  • An award-winning film and television composer, Michael Giacchino has also scored such Hollywood blockbusters as Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Up.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts.

The Movies & Music series is sponsored by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

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The Minnesota Orchestra brings emotion and intensity to Peruvian composer Jimmy López’s Perú Negro, and renowned South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye performs a dazzling Villa-Lobos suite.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano

Program

ENESCU
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

LÓPEZ
Perú Negro

VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

MÁRQUEZ
Danzón No. 2

GINASTERA
Variaciones concertantes

Fun Facts

  • The Wall Street Journal writes: “The strength of [Jimmy] López’s music is its bright, brass-tinged propulsiveness, a riot of orchestral color.…”
  • A Buenos Aires native, composer Alberto Ginastera studied at Tanglewood with the legendary Aaron Copland. Of his Variaciones, Ginastera says, “Instead of using folkloristic material, I try to achieve an Argentine atmosphere through…my own thematic and rhythmic elements.”
  • Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye won raves during 2018 performances with the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis and on tour in South Africa.
  • Contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 is a well-known piece that was featured in season two of the Amazon television series Mozart in the Jungle.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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About This Concert

Connecting musical inspirations from across the globe, this concert features invigorating bucket drumming, music from the Minnesota Orchestra’s North Minneapolis Common Chords January 2019 residency week and solos from noted South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, who joined the Orchestra on its South Africa tour last summer.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano
  • Minnesota Chorale and community choirs

Program to include

GOLIJOV
Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

COPLAND
El Salón México

ABELS
Dance for Martin’s Dream

TRADITIONAL/Kuusisto
Shosholoza

MAVI/Mxadana/Kuusisto
Usilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela)

Fun Facts

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's 2019 Common Chords residency featured more than 25 collaborative musical events in North Minneapolis, many showcasing Northside artists.
  • Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye was a featured soloist in the Orchestra’s 2018 South Africa tour honoring Nelson Mandela, the late Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights advocate who was the first president of post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Shosholoza (“Go Forward”) is a traditional African miner song originally sung by workers traveling between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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Featuring works by “King of the Tango” Astor Piazzolla, contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov and more, this tango-inspired performance celebrates and pays homage to one of Argentina’s greatest musical traditions.

Karen Gomyo also returns to Orchestra Hall for a stunning rendition of The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrew Grams, conductor
  • Karen Gomyo, violin

Program to include:

PIAZZOLLA
The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires

GOLIJOV
Last Round

BENZECRY
Obertura Tanguera

GINASTERA
Ballet Suite from Estancia

Fun Facts

  • Conductor Andrew Grams, now in his sixth season as music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, has led orchestras throughout the U.S. including the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. This performance marks his Minnesota Orchestra debut.
  • Praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity,” violin soloist Karen Gomyo also joined the Orchestra earlier this season to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
  • Inspired by multiple musical traditions, Argentinian Osvaldo Golijov grew up immersed in classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the “new tango” of Astor Piazzolla.
  • Golijov describes Last Round as a “sublimated tango” written in 1991 to honor Piazzolla. He says: “The title is borrowed from a short story on boxing by Julio Cortázar, the metaphor for an imaginary chance for Piazzolla's spirit to fight one more time.”
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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Join us as former Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Roderick Cox returns to conduct noted works by Afro-Cuban and Spanish composers as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

The exhilarating violinist Elena Urioste also makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut with José White's Violin Concerto.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Elena Urioste, violin

Program

FALLA
Suite No. 2 from The Three Cornered Hat

WHITE 
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Fun Facts

  • On the Minnesota Orchestra’s first visit to Cuba—which took place in 1929, when the Orchestra was known as the Minneapolis Symphony—Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony was the centerpiece of the Orchestra’s concert. The Orchestra performed the same symphony during its historic tour to Cuba in May 2015, when it became the first American orchestra to visit the island nation following the thaw in U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations.
  • The Washington Post praised Elena Urioste’s ability to play “...with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor.”
  • As a toddler, Urioste became fascinated with the violin when she watched Itzhak Perlman playing his instrument for Elmo on Sesame Street.
  • Virtuosic and melodic, José White’s Violin Concerto is reminiscent of the Romantic concertos of Wieniawski.
  • White was twice a violin soloist for the New York Philharmonic and performed with several U.S. orchestras during his career.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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Top chefs meet musical masterminds in a one-of-a-kind event. Local talent create amazing dishes while the Minnesota Orchestra performs live under the direction of Sarah Hicks.

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Fun Facts

  • The cooking demonstrations will be projected on the big screen so everyone has a great view.
  • Conductor Sarah Hicks is a self-described “huge foodie.” Conceiving this event, she was inspired by the creative similarities between chefs and musicians and wanted to create an experience that would “engage all of our senses.”
  • A few lucky audience members will be invited onstage to try some of the evening’s creations.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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The Moving Company theater joins the Minnesota Orchestra in this new staged concert production that tells the story of composer-pianist Clara Schumann, her unusual partnership with husband Robert Schumann and her unique friendship with Johannes Brahms.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sam Bergman, creative partner
  • Dominique Serrand, director
  • Nathan Keepers, writer and ensemble
  • Jennifer Baldwin Peden, ensemble
  • Steven Epp, ensemble

Fun Facts

  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this inclusive program for audiences of all ages and abilities is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil / 3 min

FRANK
Mestizo Waltz from Three Latin American Dances / 3 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker / 7 min

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker / 5 min

STILL
Afro-American Symphony mvt. III “Animato” / 4 min

SIBELIUS / 3 min
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo / 3 min

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring / 2 min

MARQUEZ
Conga del Fuego Nuevo / 5 min

Fun Facts:

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  • Join us for an inclusive concert experience sure to delight audiences of all ages and abilities! All seats $12. One-hour concert in a relaxed environment. No intermission.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Participate in lobby activities (12:45pm-1:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! These concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist and other preparatory materials!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Other services are available upon request. Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert

From gorgeously costumed and choreographed Folklórico dances to Gershwin’s iconic American in Paris, this concert is a kaleidoscope of sound and movement that unites cultures through the power of music. Plus, a joyful piece by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez will have you dancing in the aisles.

Artists

Program

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture

ORBÓN
Conga (Xylofono), from Tres Versiones Sinfónicas

A. SHAW
Clarinet Concerto

PONCE
Estrellita (Little Star)

LECUONA
Malagueña

MÀRQUEZ
Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Conga of New Fire)

PIAZZOLLA/Maturet
Oblivion, from Henry IV

MONCAYO
Huapango

GERSHWIN
An American in Paris

Fun Facts

  • Featured soloist Gabriel Campos Zamora, a native of San José, Costa Rica, was appointed principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra in June 2016.
  • Julián Orbón was a Cuban composer whose music incorporated Spanish, Cuban and African musical influences and styles, as well as elements of Gregorian chant. Aaron Copland called him “Cuba’s most gifted composer of the new generation.”
  • 29-year-old José Pablo Moncayo composed Huapango in 1941, after a visit to Veracruz where he encountered the huapango folk dance. The Nahuatl word cuauhpanco means “on top of the wooden plank,” or “on the dance floor.”
  • Artie Shaw, the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, was a Big Band-era clarinet player who collaborated with jazz greats including Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich and Lena Horne.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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Energized by the spirit of Afro-Cuban music, bossa nova, tango, rumba and flamenco, Osvaldo Golijov brings the rich tradition of Latin American music to his interpretation of the final days in the life of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible’s Gospel of Mark.

Program

GOLIJOV
La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark) / 87 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • María Guinand, conductor
  • Marcela Lorca, stage director
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • Luciana Souza, mezzo
  • Reynaldo González-Fernández, vocalist and dancer
  • Gonzalo Grau, piano
  • Mikael Ringquist, percussion
  • Marcus Santos, percussion
  • Michael Ward-Bergeman, accordion
  • Aquiles Báez, guitar
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Guerreiro, capoeira and berimbau
  • Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, choir
  • Border CrosSing, choir
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Ahmed Anzaldúa, chorus master

Fun Facts

  • Commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, La Pasión según San Marcos had its premiere in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle in 2000.
  • María Guinand conducted the world premiere of La Pasión, and composer Osvaldo Golijov dedicated the piece to her and the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela.
  • Audiences at La Pasión’s premiere were stunned by its originality, particularly its unprecedented incorporation of capoeira and santeria in a religious piece of classical music, and responded with a 30-minute standing ovation.
  • Critics have hailed it as “a work of genius” and “the first indisputably great composition of the 21st century,” and The New Yorker's Alex Ross wrote that it “drops like a bomb on the belief that classical music is an exclusively European art.”
  • Founded in 1967 by Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela has performed with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Krzysztof Penderecki and John Adams, among many others.
  • According to The New York Times, Golijov “…is no less than a major energizing force in a classical world desperately in need of a new vision.”
  • Twin Cities choral ensembles Border CrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale join the Orchestra and Schola Cantorum de Venezuela for a dramatic collaboration of music and theater.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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