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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Osmo Vänskä, clarinet
  • Sara Pajunen, fiddle

While the land of the midnight sun has long been known for refreshingly bright ideas—from saunas to cell phones—its musical contributions are equally innovative.

Favorite Finns Osmo Vänskä and Sara Pajunen will help us celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence, performing music of Sibelius, Rautavaara, Mäntyjärvi, Saariaho, and others. Catch “Finn Fever” and join in with a chorus of Sibelius’s Finlandia. Presented in partnership with the American Swedish Institute and national FinnFest USA.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Wynton Marsalis, music director and trumpet

About This Concert:

Longtime Twin Cities’ favorites, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return for one night only to bring their swing to Orchestra Hall. The band is led by trumpeter and Music Director Wynton Marsalis, a master of jazz and classical traditions, a revered educator and an acknowledged cultural leader. Order your tickets today—their last Orchestra Hall concert sold out!

Fun facts:

  • Wynton’s love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music as well. His debut recording received glorious reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”
  • The orchestra was founded in 1988 as part of the Lincoln Center’s summer concert series, "Classical Jazz." Comprised of 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the band has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988.
  • Wynton Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he earned the distinction of being the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records – (an accomplishment he astonishingly repeated in 1984) and he is the only artist ever to have won Grammy Awards in five consecutive years (1983-1987).
  • The orchestra has toured over 300 cities in more than 35 countries on 6 continents.
  • In 1997 Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”
  • Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the remarkably versatile Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs and leads educational events – including Jazz for Young PeopleSM family concert series, the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, the Jazz for Young PeopleTM Curriculum, educational residencies, workshops and concerts for students and adults—in New York, across the U.S. and around the world.

Please note: This performance is approximately 90 minutes and does not have an intermission.

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The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for this event.  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 Office.  There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Wicked Wort Brewing Company. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • This event is our first Pint of Music in Robbinsdale, MN.
  • It's a classy classical night at Wicked Wort! DJ Ryan Laechelt will spin classical music before our musicians' performance to set the tone for the evening, and will return afterward for a second set.
  • Wicked Wort Brewing Company will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the November 10 Future Classics concert.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event. Brewery space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

Wicked Wort Brewing is a strictly 21+ venue (please no kids, babies or infants).

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
4165 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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About this Concert:

Calling all La La Land fans! Relive the magic as we screen the blockbuster movie while the Minnesota Orchestra plays the Oscar®-winning score.

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Fun Facts:

  • La La Land was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “City of Stars.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the first ensembles to present La La Land in Concert.
  • The movie’s composer Justin Hurwitz met director Damien Chazelle at Harvard, where they were band mates. Hurwitz also scored Chazelle’s music-centered film Whiplash.
  • Ryan Gosling trained as a jazz pianist so he could play the piano scenes himself.
  • Co-star John Legend, a classically trained pianist, learned to play guitar for his role.
  • The New York Daily News praises La La Land as “…a singing love letter to musicals,” and Rolling Stone calls it “a hot miracle.”

This film has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

La La Land © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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About This Concert:

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox wowed audiences and critics last season in his subscription debut, and he builds on that success with one of the piano world’s most dazzling talents, Alessio Bax.

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GRIEG
Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

Fun Facts:

  • The Star Tribune called Cox’s performance last season “a highly auspicious subscription concert debut. Cox will be in the vanguard.”
  • Dominick Argento’s Valentino Dances comes from his acclaimed 1993 opera, The Dream of Valentino, about the silent-film heartthrob Rudolf Valentino.
  • Argento, who remembers his boyhood music classes as “50-minute sessions of excruciating boredom,” is Minnesota’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
  • Shhh: don’t tell the Norwegians! Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer, wrote his Piano Concerto in Denmark (where he went for the sun) after studying in Germany.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was his final work, written in 1940 and summing up a long career with brief quotes from earlier pieces, but it also holds a beautiful alto saxophone solo that surprised everyone at its premiere.
  • Alessio Bax has won several of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, and he also loves to write; his online journal “Have Piano Will Travel” began as a way for him to write about the music world, but he often included favorite recipes as well, so now many think of it as his food blog.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts a concert that features a collaboration with African American artists and church choirs, entitled “Send Me Hope” on Sat Oct 7.

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About this Concert:

In this collaborative concert, local artists and African American church choirs perform with the Minnesota Orchestra to celebrate the power of music to connect communities of diverse traditions and backgrounds. As our neighborhoods continue to confront issues of racism and injustice, “Send Me Hope” is a heartfelt message of unity, healing and inspiration.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir
  • Minnesota State Baptist Convention Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple International Ministries Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple Drummer Boys
  • Students from the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra
  • Taiyon J. Coleman, writer
  • Tonia Hughes, vocalist
  • Paris Bennett, vocalist
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Nygel Witherspoon, cello
  • William Schimmel, accordion

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Ballade in A minor

PRECHTL
Keep Up for Bucket Band

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto: Allegro (mvt. I)

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

PANION
Here We Are

PANION/ANTHONY/GREEN/RABY
Send Me Hope

NEWTON/arr. Wasson
Amazing Grace

BURLEIGH/arr. Panion
Order My Steps

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GERSHWIN/arr. Wasson
Summertime

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

BROOKS/arr. Dillard
More Abundantly

CLARK/arr. Clark
A Praying Spirit

SMALLWOOD/arr. Shoup
Total Praise

Fun Facts:

  • This marks the second collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and Shiloh Temple International Ministries. The December 2016 “Spirit of the Season” concert at Shiloh Temple featured community singers, dancers and drummers and the Orchestra in a powerful holiday performance.
  • Bucket drumming, or street drumming, is practiced all over the world. Drummers use five-gallon plastic buckets, pots, pans or bottles to create music with unconventional instruments.
  • African American composer Henry Panion, III, has produced, arranged, and conducted music for legends such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • St. Catherine University professor Taiyon J. Coleman won a McKnight fellowship in 2017, is featured in the book “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” and is a member of Cave Canem, a national workshop for African American poets.
  • African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor attended London’s First Pan-African Conference in 1900, where he met American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was greatly inspired by traditional African American spirituals and believed that African American and Native American music should be the cornerstone of new American music.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts concerts featuring Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances on Thu Oct 5 and Fri Oct 6.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians in the lobby after the performance.

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About This Concert:

Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut with Beethoven's own favorite symphony, his sunny Fourth.

During the second week of October, the Minnesota Orchestra will celebrate its 7,000+ Guaranty Fund donors. This week's concert performances will be dedicated to all whose generous contributions ensure that the Minnesota Orchestra can continue to bring incredible music experiences to our community. Ticket sales only cover a quarter of the Orchestra's annual budget; therefore, donor support is absolutely critical. To all of our donors: thank you for making this exciting season of music possible!

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PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 1

MOZART
Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4

Fun Facts:

  • Nathalie Stutzmann is a quadruple-threat musician: she plays piano and bassoon, and her gorgeous contralto voice has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, and the Proms in London. Lately her conducting career has exploded as she has formed her own orchestra, called Orfeo 55.
  • Prokofiev’s First Symphony embodies a light and buoyant 18th-century spirit, but his later works would inflame Soviet-era critics for decades with his brash composing style.
  • At the heart of the concert, FRIENDS competition winner Bixby Kennedy performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, his last completed work and undoubtedly one of the most poignant.

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The Atrium Jazz Ensemble reveals how these ancient sounds have been brought up to the minute with music from Stephen Foster to Clifford Brown and beyond.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • John Raymond, trumpet
  • Kevin Washington, drums
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass

Fun Facts:

  • Drums and horns are ancient and universal. Fundamental sounds of celebration and dance, a call to action and a reverie. In jazz, they can whisper and shout, cajole and soothe.
  • Kevin Washington is a master musician and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine. His dedication to drumming began as soon as he could hold the sticks.
  • For this concert, John Raymond returns from New York to his Twin Cities home. His music is renowned as "electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling." —Downbeat Magazine
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium is the Twin Cities' answer to New York's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center—a smaller, more intimate venue where listeners can enjoy concert hall-quality jazz."

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Recommended for elementary-age students
In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

Fun Facts:

  • Each musical family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs lively excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.
  • There’s also a special treat—an impressive performance by a dynamic young competition winner, cellist Nygel Witherspoon, performing the gorgeous first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

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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About This Concert:

Action! Adventure! Snakes! Revisit the film that introduced us to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)—Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark—now with a live orchestra performance of John Williams' original score.

Fun Facts:

  • Composer John Williams won a Grammy® for Raiders of the Lost Ark—his famous themes are the musical stars of hit films such as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.
  • From the epic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme to the brassy fun of “Desert Chase,” the entire film score is performed in perfect sync with the action on screen.
  • For the Well of Souls sequence, producers acquired hundreds of snakes from English pet shops, but weren’t able to find enough to satisfy Steven Spielberg, who used cut-up hoses as reptile extras.
  • Actors Tom Selleck and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Indiana Jones before it was offered to Harrison Ford.
  • To add to the onscreen fun, some of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians will be in costume to celebrate Halloween. Audience costumes are welcome!

This film has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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About This Concert:

Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.

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