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Events for August 18, 2018–September 29, 2018

About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

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Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns invites you to join the celebration at the Season Opening dinner, preceding the spectacular Minnesota Orchestra Season Opening performance..

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

$225/person ($75 tax-deductible per person)
Includes three-course dinner, drinks and complimentary parking
Concert tickets sold separately. Buy tickets to the Season Opening concert »

To make dinner reservations, please call Chris at 612-371-7173 or click the "BUY" button above. Please RSVP by September 8, 2018.

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About This Concert:

The first concert of the season showcases the vibrant talent of composers Aaron Copland and Joan Tower and pianist virtuoso Emanuel Ax in a celebration of American innovation, originality and creative vision.

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Tower’s Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • In 2008, Tower's Made in America won three Grammys: Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Album and best Classical Contemporary Composition.
  • A trailblazer in the world of female American composers and conductors, Joan Tower began her musical career in the 1960’s and went on to become, in the words of the New Yorker, "one of the most successful woman composers of all time.”
  • Ax has received Grammys for two volumes of his cycle of Haydn piano sonatas, and for his recordings of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Appalachian Spring is part of a trilogy of dance interpretations of the American frontier spirit that also includes Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942).
  • Echoing the “high lonesome” bluegrass sound popular at the time, Copland’s open chords and minimal textures used traditional American music as an inspiration.
  • Created as the score for a ballet by the legendary Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring takes its title from a poem by modernist American poet Hart Crane.

*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

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:

Presented by Green Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra offers a free one-hour concert at The Commons, the vibrant green space located across from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will lead the performance of powerful symphonic works—from John Williams' Jurassic Park to the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5—marking the Orchestra's return to Minneapolis' newest park.

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol, mvts. III-V

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird (1919)

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

STRAUSS
Thunder and Lightning Polka

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5, mvt. IV

TICKETS: FREE

Presented by:
Green Minneapolis

Partner:
Project Success

Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance, updates will be posted here.

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About This Concert:

Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst.

*ROUSTOM
Ramal

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra

HOLST
The Planets

Fun Facts:

  • Roustom’s Ramal, commissioned by Daniel Barenboim for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, was described by The New York Times as “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”
  • The Guardian praises Ramal as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality” and the Chicago Tribune has described Roustom as “a gifted and accomplished artist…one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers.”
  • Composer John Adams says the title of his work refers both to the “gnarly buttons” on trees, and the keys on a clarinet.
  • A fan of astrology, Holst based the narrative of The Planets in astrology, not astronomy, with each movement evoking the mythological characteristics of various planets.
  • Award-winning composer John Williams used rhythms and harmonies from the Mars movement as an inspiration for the soundtrack of Star Wars.

*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

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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