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Events for April 23, 2017–June 04, 2017

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Four pieces from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century shine a bright spotlight on the members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s woodwind and string sections.

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PROKOFIEV
String Quartet No. 1

RAVEL
Sonata for Violin and Piano

VILLA-LOBOS
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

SCHOENFIELD
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

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  • Prokofiev was busy giving piano concerts all over Russia just before he wrote his First String Quartet. On long train rides between venues, he pored over Beethoven’s string quartets and those infused his imagination as he started writing his own quartet.
  • Brazil’s Heitor Villa-Lobos makes a serious entry for most prolific composer ever; more than 2,000 scores bear his name.
  • Ravel was smitten by a new style of music from America he heard in Paris cafés after World War I; the composer known for oh-so-French music gave the title Blues to the middle movement of his 1922 Violin Sonata.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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The young French pianist Lise de la Salle made her professional debut in a live national broadcast—at the age of nine, and now, not yet 30, she’s one of France’s true musical treasures.

RAVEL
Suite of Five Pieces from Mother Goose (Ma Mère l'Oye)
*Please note: this is a repertoire change from the originally programmed Sounds, Space, Movement by Dutilleux)

RAVEL
Piano Concerto in G major

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

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  • Ravel wrote his Piano Concerto inspired by a new kind of music he heard everywhere on the streets of 1920s Paris: American jazz.
  • Ravel’s Piano Concerto is in three movements—the middle movement alone is worth the price of the concert. Totally his most gorgeous, tender music.
  • She routinely posts her Facebook updates in both French and English.
  • De la Salle played a sold-out solo recital at Macalester College last season.

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"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." —Pioneer Press

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This concert presents the foundations of jazz: swing, blues, communal good feeling and deep commitment to shared musical inspiration, using the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane as source material for self-discovery.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, Bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

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  • Led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker, the Atrium Jazz Ensemble with hard-swinging saxophonist Chris Thomson, takes on this legendary music not to reproduce it (which is impossible) but as source material for self-discovery.
  • Although Coltrane was only alive for 40 years, learn why his music—melodic, blues-drenched and singular—still reaches listeners today.
  • Experience another example of how jazz is able to wrap its arms around all the moods of human life.

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Jazz 88

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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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After his recent Minnesota Orchestra debut, audiences and musicians quickly wanted guest conductor Juraj Valčuha back on the podium for his astonishing vision and artistry.

HAYDN
Symphony No. 85, La Reine

MOZART
Horn Concerto No. 3

BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

RAVEL
La Valse

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  • You can say it: “Juraj Valčuha” = YOU-rye val-CHEW-uh.
  • Valčuha is a superstar young Slovak who’s conducting more and more in the States because orchestras fall in love with him.
  • Michael Gast began playing French horn when he was 15, growing up in Tallahassee.
  • In his spare time, Gast loves to scuba dive.
  • There are no scuba divers in Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. This story set in an English seaside village and centers around a disturbed fisherman–Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are the overtures he created for each act.

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About this Concert:

Ellis Hall is a genuine Ray Charles protégé...and he’s bringing music from “The Genius” to Motown’s greatest hits to life in this scintillating revue!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ellis Hall, piano and vocals

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  • Ellis Hall worked with Ray Charles and mastered his ability to connect with live audiences on a passionate level.
  • The next best thing to witnessing Ray Charles live is hearing hits like Georgia on My Mind and Hit The Road Jack.
  • Motown gets its due as well, with songs like Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Hall will also perform some of his own rockin’ compositions.
  • You may know Hall as a member of the Oakland Soul band Tower of Power and a lead voice for the animated California Raisins.

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A tradition since 1972, GTCYS’ Festival Concerts showcase the talents of all eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances.  This concert features individual performances by Philharmonia East, Sinfonia, 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 1 hour 45 minutes.

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 eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances.  This concert features individual performances by Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony, as well as GTCYS' new El-Sistema inspired violin instruction program on St. Paul's West Side. 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 1 hour 30 minutes.

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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Of the hundreds of pieces left to us by Mozart, none is more beautiful than his Sinfonia Concertante—a violin and viola duet to melt hearts, here played by Concertmaster Erin Keefe and violist Matthew Lipman.

LUTOSLAWSKI
Little Suite

MOZART
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

HINDEMITH
Mathis der Maler Symphony

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  • Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante wins the competition for “Most Boringly Titled Classical Piece Holding Rapturously Gorgeous Music.”
  • Matthew Lipman won the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012 Young Artist Competition Grand Prize.
  • Hitler hated and banned Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony because it’s based on the life of an artist who championed freedom of expression.
  • By contrast, if big, glorious brass is your thing, you’ll love Mathis der Maler.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Bauhaus Brew Labs for a free Pint of Music micro-concert. Formerly known as Symphony and Suds, this program brings Minnesota orchestra musicians to your favorite local breweries and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on May 11, Bauhaus Brew Labs will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jun 1 Symphony in 60: Also Sprach Zarathustra Minnesota Orchestra 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.

Bauhaus Brew Labs
1315 Tyler Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Directions >>

#PintOfMusic

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HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! continues to enthrall audiences, with Holbrook performing 20-25 shows a year.

By Holbrook's estimation, he has now performed the show well over 2,000 times. Just as Mark Twain brought his wit and humor to far-flung places a half-century before, Holbrook-as-Twain has also performed around the world, from Saudi Arabia and Warsaw, to Edinburgh and New Delhi. Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain, he is an authority on the writer about whom Hemingway said, "American literature began."

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 facility fee of $4.50. 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:

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. This program includes Also sprach Zarathustra made famous by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Zinman, conductor

WAGNER
Overture to Tannhäuser

STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra

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  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

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About this Concert:

Former Sommerfest Artistic Director David Zinman returns after 15 too-long years to the delight of his many fans, in this program of sweeping orchestral classics including Also sprach Zarathustra made famous by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Zinman, conductor
  • Anthony Ross, cello

WAGNER
Overture to Tännhauser

BLOCH
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra

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  • Tony Ross was 23 when David Zinman hired him to become principal cello of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic.
  • At Ross’s first rehearsal, Zinman announced he was leaving Rochester and taking a new position as the Baltimore Symphony’s music director.
  • Zinman earned a Master’s degree in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota in 1963 and he last conducted the Orchestra in 1999.
  • This is the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Schelemo.

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About this Concert:

Two late-Romantic beauties, with a tasty brass center between them. It’s a Sunday afternoon dessert for music-lovers!

LOEFFLER
Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano

SAMPSON
Chesapeake

BRAHMS
String Quartet No. 1

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  • Charles Martin Loeffler chose a French title for his music, but he was a native of Germany (born Martin Karl Löffler) who landed in Boston in his 20s, and spent the rest of a long, productive life there as a violinist and composer.
  • Johannes Brahms wrote much of his violin music for his friend, Joseph Joachim, who in turn was Loeffler’s violin teacher.
  • Loeffler loved writing for surprising combinations of instruments; his lush Two Rhapsodies for viola, oboe and piano is a perfect example.
  • Brahms was ultra-fussy about writing for string quartet: he pitched his first 20 quartets into various Austrian fireplaces and lakes as he judged none of them good enough for publication.

Photos © Joel Larson and Josh Kohanek Photography

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