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Events for September 20, 2018–November 01, 2018

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 »

The Season Opening Dinner is sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please call Chris Cunnington at 612-371-7173.

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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.

Program

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 50 min

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A Moment with Emanuel Ax
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Artists

Fun Facts

  • Tower's Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • 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).

*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

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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.

Program

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide / 5 min

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park / 6 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol, mvts. III-V / 10 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird (1919) / 4 min

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man / 3 min

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

STRAUSS
Thunder and Lightning Polka / 3 min

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday / 3 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5, mvt. IV / 10 min

Presented by:
Green Minneapolis

Sponsored by Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings

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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.

Program

*ROUSTOM
Ramal / 13 min

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

HOLST
The Planets / 48 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.

*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

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About This Concert

After debuting last year with the Minnesota Orchestra to rave reviews and sold-out shows, acclaimed Minneapolis singer, rapper and writer Dessa rejoins the Minnesota Orchestra for two dazzling, genre-crossing performances.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Her music video “Sound The Bells” was filmed among the sunken statues off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula—she practiced staying underwater at the Minneapolis YWCA.
  • She has her own Izzy’s Ice Cream flavor: Dessa’s Existential Crunch (whiskey, amaretto, brown sugar and praline.)
  • Dessa’s memoir in essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love (Dutton Books) will be published on September 18, 2018
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Roll out the red carpet and stroll down memory lane as we celebrate the people and songs that made VocalEssence what it is today.

Opening just as we did 50 years ago with Copland’s In the Beginning, the concert will bring back audience favorites including selections from Benny Andersson’s Kristina and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan. Guest artists from Bradley Greenwald to Dessa will join us to add sparkle to the golden affair, including some surprises! Continue the celebration with a “who’s who” of VocalEssence celebrities at the After Party at Landmark Center catered by Deco Catering.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Dessa
  • Bradley Greenwald
  • Maria Jette
  • Clara Osowski
  • Don Shelby
  • Vern Sutton
  • Pop Wagner

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation at 3pm

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

After the 50th Anniversary Concert, continue the celebration with a “who’s who” of VocalEssence celebrities at the after party at Landmark Center catered by Deco Catering.  Click here to purchase tickets.
Dinner Cost: $75

 

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About This Concert

Celebrate the restoration of Northrop’s prized organ with music of contemporary composer John Harbison and Saint-Saëns that showcases its rich sound and tremendous resonance.

Program

BACH/Hubay
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 / 14 min

*HARBISON
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ [World Premiere] / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SAINT SAËNS
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony / 34 min

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Northrop's Historic Pipe Organ

Artists

Fun Facts

  • With 7068 pipes that vary from straw-sized to 32 feet, the organ takes up a space roughly equal to the width of Northrop's stage.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.

*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.

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About This Concert

Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham meets up with guest conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali of the Gothenburg Symphony for a virtuoso take on Prokofiev’s dazzling First Concerto, followed by Brahms’ grandly imposing First Symphony.

Program

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier / 21 min

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1 / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1 / 45 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • A child prodigy, Prokofiev composed his first piano piece when he was 5 and his first opera at age 9. His friend and fellow composer Igor Stravinsky described Prokofiev as the greatest Russian composer of his day. (After himself, of course.)
  • The winner of multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice award, Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

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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Peter Bernstein, a longtime stalwart of the New York jazz scene, brings the full beauty and intimacy of the jazz guitar to the Target Atrium in an evening of exploration and expression—romantic and steely, swinging and melodic.

  • Peter Bernstein, guitar

Fun Facts:

  • In this intimate evening, Peter Bernstein will perform standards, originals and pieces from greats such as Thelonious Monk.
  • Bernstein got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Peter “has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”
  • In 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. He has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), was a member of Joshua Redman’s band, played with Dr. Lonnie Smith and performed with Diana Krall’s quartet.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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About This Concert

Join Akiko Fujimoto, Assistant Conductor, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview concert featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2018-19 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming, including special appearances by several of the season's outstanding guest artists. It's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

Program

Program details to be announced.

Artists

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Just how did it happen that early music ensembles—starting with only a handful of string players—grew into today’s grand and mighty body of symphonic musicians?

Fun Facts:

  • This concert lets students both see and hear this amazing development, as one or two musicians at a time come onstage to reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole.
  • Discover the important changes that came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the symphonic mix in unique ways.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available

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About This Concert

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™  in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Please note: This concert will be performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

Artists

Accessibility at Minnesota Orchestra performances

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.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

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Every day deserves beauty. Give yourself time to sit and soak in Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor in a space worthy of its expansive beauty, the majestic Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Written when the composer turned 50, the Mass is simultaneously inspired by the past yet uniquely Vaughan Williams’ own, with lush English harmonies that stretch the choir to its fullest potential. As VocalEssence and The St. Olaf Choir join forces on this mystical masterpiece, let it wash over you and bring you to a hushed devotion.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • The St. Olaf Choir

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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