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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’ grand and 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

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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.

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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:

  • 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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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

LARSEN
Symphony: Water Music, mvt. I 

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

HEITZEG
American Nomad for Trumpet and Orchestra, mvt. I

GINASTERA
Final Dance (Malambo), from Estancia

WARD
America, the Beautiful

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7, mvt. IV

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major, mvt. III

MOZART
Symphony No. 40, mvt. I

BRITTEN
Fugue from The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

RODGERS
My Essential Things

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

WILLIAMS
Main Title, from Star Wars

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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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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.

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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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In this program, Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and host/violist Sam Bergman introduce Roseville-area secondary students to the remarkable symphonic world of Brahms.

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

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

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Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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Under-appreciated in its own time, Mahler’s sumptuously structured Symphony No. 7 receives the brilliant interpretation it deserves from our own esteemed Osmo Vänskä.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7 / 90 min

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Fun Facts

  • Leonard Bernstein viewed the Seventh as a comment on the breakdown of bourgeois society, praising it as “ironic and exciting and ultimately heartbreaking.”
  • In the third movement, the composer gives the cellos and double basses a dynamic marking of fffff, instructing them to ‘pluck the string so hard that it hits the wood’.

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Be inspired by new voices and the changing face of choir at the inaugural solo performance of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, the VocalEssence youth choir.

Using the diversity of its membership as a guide, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest artists will use song, spoken word, and movement to explore the concept of identity and celebrate the rich tapestry of Minnesota’s cultural communities. Joining the youth choir will be artists from around the community including members of the VocalEssence Vintage Voices choirs, a program that creates choirs for older adults. Find your own voice and sing along as we find unity through our differences.

Tickets: $15 Adults, FREE Children (Age 0-17); All seating general admission.

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Cameroon Choir
  • Mila Vocal Ensemble
  • Threads Dance Project
  • VocalEssence Vintage Voices Choirs

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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Join the United States Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs for an inspiring and heartfelt salute to America’s armed forces and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with a rousing selection of patriotic songs, Broadway tunes and soaring choral excerpts.

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Fun Facts

  • This special concert will feature the combined vocal power of the USNA Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs.
  • They’ve sung at aircraft carrier christenings, collaborated with recording artist James Taylor and performed “Maryland, My Maryland” at the 2018 Preakness Stakes.
  • The USNA Women’s Glee Club was founded in l976 when women first entered the Naval Academy.

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Kinetically joyful, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony represents the composer at the height of his powers, while Kevin Puts' contemporary work Imagining Beethoven brings new depth to Beethoven's creative process.

During the second week of November, 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. In fact 80% of our overall budget – including generous gifts from the community - goes directly to support the Orchestra and its gorgeous music. With ticket sales only covering one quarter of the budget, donor support remains absolutely critical. To all of our donors – THANK YOU! You make this exciting season of music possible.

Donors: please see your email or postcard for directions on how to access your free tickets. Not yet a Guaranty Fund donor? Become a donor and support the music you love »

Program

*PUTS
Inspiring Beethoven / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 2 / 33 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 / 42 min

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Fun Facts

  • The second movement of the Shostakovich concerto is built on a popular 1920s street song from Odessa that he loved, "Bubliki, kupite bubliki" loosely translated as “Pretzels, buy my pretzels.”
  • The Allegretto from Symphony No. 7 is heard as George VI delivers his first wartime speech in the Oscar®-winning movie The King’s Speech.

*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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Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle. Instructor Michelle Henkel from The Whispering Cave will facilitate this experience in the Orchestra Hall lobby for beginners and experienced yogis alike!

Fun Facts:

  • Sun salutations meet live music in our new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.
  • Michelle Henkel has been teaching yoga since 2008. Her career in movement began years earlier as a dancer in NYC. In the time since she has expanded her skill set with multiple trainings in various forms of yoga, meditation, and personal fitness.
  • The Whispering Cave is a Yoga/Salt Therapy Studio co-owned by Michelle Henkel and Greta Walch. This unique space offers mindful and traditional yoga in a wide variety of styles. All are welcome to visit the studio, which is located in Wayzata and open seven days a week!
  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.

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Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

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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 West, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony.

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 Philharmonia West, Sinfonia East, Concertino, Concert Orchestra and Symphony.

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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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra cellist Katja Linfield and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert). Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

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One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before.

Renowned paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are part of an exclusive group invited to the island for a sneak preview of the park’s wonders. When things go terribly wrong, they must fight for their lives against unimaginable dangers in a desperate attempt to escape from a world gone mad... a world in which dinosaurs once again rule the earth.

Now audiences can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

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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.

Jurassic Park is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
No doubt about it: music makes us want to move—and music’s rhythm is at the core of our urge to march, swing and sway.

Fun Facts:

  • Strauss’ exuberant Radetzky March is a brilliant example of the way 2/4-time calls us to march, while the swirling Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker shows the very different power of 3/4-time in pulling us toward movement.
  • Additional highlights include the famous rhythmic motif of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Steve Reich’s unique Clapping Music, performed here by two Minnesota Orchestra percussionists with claves, and the show-stopping Danzon No. 2 by Marquez.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

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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