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Join us for a Minnesota Open Rehearsal

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A working rehearsal of the concert program: 
Vänskä Conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

Osmo Vänskä conductor / Timothy Zavadil, bass clarinet / Vikingur Ólafsson, piano

Music you may hear rehearsed:
BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus

GORDON Prometheus [U.S. Premiere]

TÓMASSON Piano Concerto No. 2

SIBELIUS Tapiola

9:30am Doors open
10am - 12:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:30pm Reception with musicians in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Complimentary cookies and lemonade will be served

Guests are invited to experience the entire morning rehearsal.
Program and 20 minute orchestra break will be announced from the stage.

Please arrive no later than 9:45am as the rehearsal begins promptly at 10am. As a courtesy to the Orchestra, late access to the auditorium will be limited. Guests are encouraged to remain seated throughout the rehearsal. As this is a working rehearsal, please refrain from talking, photography, video and please hold your applause. Thank you.

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Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness with glittering Romanticism as Vänskä conducts Tómasson, Siblelius, Beethoven, and the U.S. premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus / 5 min

*GORDON
Prometheus [U.S. Premiere] / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TÓMASSON
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 16 min

SIBELIUS
Tapiola / 19 min

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Fun Facts

  • In the Romantic era during which Beethoven composed, Prometheus was viewed as symbol of lone genius whose attempts to improve human existence could lead to tragedy, as reflected in the sub-title for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus.
  • Tapiola was Sibelius's last major work, a tone poem, inspired by the wanderings of a forest spirit in the The Kalevala, a nineteenth century epic poem based on Finnish folklore and mythology.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Our final performance of the 2018-2019 season will be dedicated to the memory of MYS alumni, Henry Zietlow. Please join us as we close our 46th season. All five orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Respighi, Morricone, Williams, Wagner, Bernstein and Elgar.

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

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 $2.50 facility fee. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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The Target Atrium becomes a woodwind’s paradise as Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora performs the piece that brought Brahms out of retirement, Principal Oboe John Snow and Principal Bassoon Fei Xie bring Poulenc’s trio to witty and graceful life, and English horn player Marni J. Hougham is joined by four string players to perform an aria composed by Hougham’s friend Neal Desby.

DESBY
Aria for English Horn and String Quartet

POULENC
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

BRAHMS
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Fun Facts:

  • English horn player Marni Hougham has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1997
  • Composer Neal Desby and Marni Hougham are good friends. Desby wrote this piece in 2016 specifically for her, and hopes to re-orchestrate it someday for English horn with string orchestra.
  • Brahms came out of retirement specifically to write the Clarinet Quintet (and a few additional pieces) for Richard Mühlfield, a German clarinetist whose performances had greatly inspired him.
  • Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet has been played several times on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music series, each time with Music Director Osmo Vänskä performing the clarinet part. This performance features one of the Orchestra’s newest musicians, Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora.

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Accessibility

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In this program, Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and violist/host Sam Bergman share Bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák’s radiant Eighth Symphony with students.

Minnesota Orchestra Symphonic Adventures performances are dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.

Program

Dvořák
Symphony No. 8

Artists


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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 Saint Paul Brewing, formerly Flat Earth Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

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Location:

Saint Paul Brewing
688 Minnehaha Ave E
St Paul, MN 55106
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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!
  • 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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Immerse yourself in beauty of Leonard Bernstein’s mercurial Serenade, performed spectacularly by virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh, as well as stormily passionate minor-key symphonies from two towering classical composers who Bernstein cherished and championed.

Program

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44, Mourning Symphony / 22 min

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium" / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Divertimento / 15 min

MOZART
Symphony No. 40 / 22 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's centenary, and also in honor of Boston itself, as he was graduate of Harvard University and The Boston Latin School. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
  • Plato's Symposium was inspired, according to Bernstein, by ancient dialogues about the nature of love, though scholars now speculate it was also a coded reference to Bernstein's own homosexuality.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Philharmonia East, Sinfonia East, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony, as well as the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all nine orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Phiharmonia West, Sinfonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, Symphony, and GTCYS' El-Sistema inspired violin instruction program on St. Paul's West Side, Harmony. The program will conclude with the soul-stirring finale of all students playing Holst's Jupiter en masse.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 2 hours.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • H. Adam Harris, host
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Lynne Warfel, narrator

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight students who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák, Smetana and Florence Price selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, the talented 16-year-old winner of the 2018 Young People's Concerto Competition, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
  • Host H. Adam Harris’ recent theatrical credits include puppeteering and voicing the title role of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in the U.S premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and The Old Globe Theatre. Next up, he will play Smaug and others in the five-person adaptation of The Hobbit at CTC, in addition to directing the world premiere of How It’s Gon’ Be by JuCoby Johnson with Underdog Theatre, presented at Mixed Blood Theatre.

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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Download printable worksheet PDFs:
1. Dynamics Dial | 2. Grieg Piano Concerto listening grid | 3. The Moldau listening grid | 4. Water Music improvisation grid

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Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

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Seriously talented and seriously funny, Igudesman and Joo return to the Minnesota Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind madcap musical satire.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Fun Facts

  • Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo’s unique combination of humor and music reflects their shared goal to make classical music accessible to diverse audiences—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on caffeine.
  • They first met each other at age 12 in the mid-1980s at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and in 2004 they created their first show as a duo, “A Little Nightmare Music.”

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Looking for a family-friendly Mother's Day outing? Bring Mom for FREE to this concert! Use promo code MOMSDAY when you checkout.*

Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight audiences who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest. Join us for an inclusive experience sure to delight audiences of all ages and abilities!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • H. Adam Harris, host
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Lynne Warfel, narrator

Program

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, No. 1 in C major: Presto / 4 min

GREIG
Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16, III: Allegro moderato molto e marcato / 10 min

LARSEN
Symphony: Water Music, III: Wafting / 5 min

SMETANA
Excerpts from The Moldau, No. 2 from Má vlast (My Homeland) / 5 min

HEITZEG
The Tin Forest / 12 min

PRICE
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, III: Juba Dance / 5 min

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

The Tin Forest Pre-Visit Story (pdf)

Fun Facts:

  • 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.
  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight audiences who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák, Smetana and Florence Price selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, the talented 16-year-old winner of the 2018 Young People's Concerto Competition, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
  • Host H. Adam Harris’ recent theatrical credits include puppeteering and voicing the title role of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in the U.S premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and The Old Globe Theatre. Next up, he will play Smaug and others in the five-person adaptation of The Hobbit at CTC, in addition to directing the world premiere of How It’s Gon’ Be by JuCoby Johnson with Underdog Theatre, presented at Mixed Blood Theatre.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 2pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly 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 and playlist! Listen to Wafting on Libby Larsen's website, Juba Dance on YouTube, and other works with the Spotify playlist located at the bottom of this page.

 

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 program

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

Sponsor:

PNC

Limit two per household. Note: All seating subject to availability and may vary by performance. Normal service charges apply. Available while supplies last and may not be combined with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

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Fusing operatic drama, gorgeous solo moments and symphonic prowess, Verdi’s Requiem is a transcendent musical rollercoaster well suited to the gift of Edward Gardner, a renowned conductor of symphonies and operas worldwide.

Program

VERDI
Requiem / 83 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Verdi's Requiem Mass was first performed in the Milan Cathedral on May 22, 1874. He composed it to honor a famous novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who died the previous year.
  • A student at Eton, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Gardner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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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

Artists

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.

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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

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.

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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

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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