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Events for May 24, 2019–July 05, 2019

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A pair of symphonic poems, an audacious piano concerto, and a folkloric work by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski combine to create the perfect musical menu for late spring: lush, impressionistic and shimmering.

Program

BORISOVA-OLLAS 
The Kingdom of Silence  / 15 min

*GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F / 29 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun / 10 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Concerto for Orchestra / 26 min

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Fun Facts

  • The Baltimore Sun proclaims “Borisova-Ollas’ The Kingdom of Silence is beautifully structured…it begins and ends with exquisite subtleties.”
  • A performance of the Gershwin Concerto’s third movement appears in a humorous fantasy sequence in the film An American in Paris (1951).

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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For much of musical history, LGBT musicians and composers were marginalized and censored, even as they permanently transformed the landscape of classical music. In this concert, we celebrate the talent and legacy of composers who ignored convention and created lasting masterpieces.

Program

*BARBER
Overture to The School for Scandal / 8 min

*COPLAND
Saturday Night Waltz, from Rodeo / 4 min

POULENC
Allegro con fuoco, mvt. I from Sinfonietta / 5 min

*STRAYHORN
Lush Life / 3 min

*OLIVEROS
Dissolving Your Earplugs / 6 min

*HIGDON
blue cathedral / 11 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TCHAIKOVSKY
Andante non troppo, mvt. I from Serenade for Strings / 9 min

MORLEY
Suite from Watership Down

DIAMOND
Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, II: Balcony Scene / 4 min

*BERNSTEIN
Lonely Town (Pas de Deux), from On the Town Suite / 3 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

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Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sam Bergman, host and viola
  • Debbie Duncan, vocalist
  • Mary Louise Knutson, piano

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Inside the Classics, now in its ninth season, features Minnesota Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. The duo explore classical music through conversation and orchestral excerpts. This Inside the Classics concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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About This Concert:

Unique perspectives and creative motivations—including poetry, dance, jazz, opera and tragedy—helped to inspire these four chamber pieces from throughout the 20th century.

WALTON
Suite from Façade

BARTÓK
Contrasts

STRAUSS
Sextet from Capriccio

SHOSTAKOVICH
String Quartet No. 8

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Fun Facts:

  • The premiere of Façade featured the poet, Edith Sitwell, reciting her work through a megaphone, while the composer conducted the original six-player ensemble.
  • Bartók joined Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti onstage as the pianist to complete the ensemble for its premiere.
  • The original suggestion from violinist Joseph Szigeti was for Bartók to create a two-movement piece that was short enough to fit on a 78 rpm record.
  • Shostakovich composed his String Quartet No. 8 in three days.
  • Several times throughout his Eighth Quartet, Shostakovich includes the famous DSCH motive, created from the letters in his own name.

Accessibility

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About This Concert

Layering expressive understanding with elegant technique, American conductor Kent Nagano and Austrian pianist Till Fellner shine in this concert of Mozart and Bruckner that truly reveals the range of their luminous talents.

Program

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20  / 28 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 6 / 54 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • A late bloomer, Anton Bruckner only began composing music at age 37.
  • The Chicago Classical Review praises Fellner’s “easy fluency,” “pearly tone” and “singing way with a phrase.”

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by a small ensemble of our world-class musicians at La Doña Cervecería. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

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Location:

La Doña Cervecería
241 Fremont Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55405
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More Details:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a just sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Música Juntos, our 2019 summer festival, is celebrating the music of Latin America, so we couldn't resist returning to La Doña for our second Pint of Music event at the cervecería this season!
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.

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

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THE SYMPHONY BALL PARTIER EXPERIENCE

Pre-show party and silent auction 7:30 pm / Concert 9:15 pm

About this event

A night of brilliance with the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä inspired by the magic and luminous hues of the northern lights. Soulful, folk singer/songwriter Chastity Brown will join in to perform two pieces with the Orchestra, followed by a separate 30 minute solo set.

EVENT TIMELINE:

7:30 PM Doors open at Orchestra Hall for Partier guest arrival
Welcome reception
Performance by the Minnesota Orchestra Band (aka the "MOB")
Silent auction
Photo booth

8:30 PM Silent Auction Closes
Dinner guests join the party at Orchestra Hall

9:15 PM Minnesota Orchestra performance featuring guest artist Chastity Brown
10:00 PM Desserts and dancing begin with Synergy Dance Band
10:15 PM Chastity Brown solo performance
1:00 AM Event concludes

Symphony Ball Partier tickets include:

  • Minnesota Orchestra concert performance with Chastity Brown
  • Performance by the "MOB" (Minnesota Orchestra Band)
  • Opportunity to bid in the silent auction
  • Themed cocktails, refreshments and desserts (drink tickets provided)
  • Dance the night away with Synergy dance band

Party with a Purpose

Your ticket supports the Minnesota Orchestra’s mission to enrich, inspire and serve the community as a symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.

$50 of this ticket is tax-deductible.

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About This Concert

By turns turbulent, calm and ecstatic, Mahler’s Tenth Symphony evokes both despair and hope, and Osmo Vänskä skillfully teases out the extremes to revel in their emotional depth for the sweeping season finale.

Program

MAHLER/Cooke
Symphony No. 10 / 80 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In his lifetime, Mahler was better known as a conductor rather than a composer and is considered to be one of the most passionate and greatest conductors in music history.
  • A Post-Romantic period composer, Mahler’s work foreshadowed the progressive tonality of the 20th century.

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About This Concert

Grab a ticket to ride in a mesmerizing symphonic journey through the history of The Beatles at Abbey Road that features brilliant new arrangements of their greatest hits interspersed with never-before-seen images from The Beatles Book Archives.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Fun Facts

  • This performance includes gems like “Ticket to Ride,” “Get Back,” “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “All You Need is Love.”
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them as the best artist of all time, and they received the 2014 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction back to the stage. Even 80 years after founding his famous orchestra Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well.

Over 20 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable Glenn Miller sound and perform those songs that everyone remembers... This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time. The legendary Glenn Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s.

Please note: 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 the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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About this Concert:

Join us at Lakefront Park in Hudson for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

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

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Join us at Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

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

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