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Events for May 27, 2017–July 08, 2017

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.

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.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra is not presenting the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in this 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.

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.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra is not presenting the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in this concert.

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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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About this Concert:

Mozart is the ultimate “classical” composer whose every bar of music is perfectly proportioned, balanced and beautiful, while Debussy’s revolution a century later was to build a whole new world of sound.

FALLA
Interlude and Dance from La Vida Breve

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 23

DEBUSSY
Images

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  • This is Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena’s Minnesota Orchestra debut, but orchestras around the U.S. are immediately inviting him back after his guest-conducting visits.

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About this Event

Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Bad Weather Brewing Company 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 Jun 8, Bad Weather Brewing Company will give away free samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jul 15 Inside the Classics: Becoming Legend 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.

Bad Weather Brewing Company
414 7th St., West
St. Paul, MN
Directions >>

#PintOfMusic

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About this Concert:

Yo-Yo Ma! For a spectacular one-night-only event, the living legend Yo-Yo Ma joins Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra for an evening of unforgettable music featuring Haydn's C-Major Cello Concerto and more!

SMETANA
The Moldau, No. 2 from My Homeland

HAYDN
Cello Concerto in C major

MENDELSSOHN
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

DVOŘÁK
Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra

LISZT
Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3

Fun Facts:

  • This is Yo-Yo Ma’s first performance with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2002.
  • Ma’s recordings often defy categorization, including his Obrigado Brazil, The Goat Rodeo Sessions and his recent Sing Me Home, with his colleagues of the Silk Road Ensemble.
  • Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was only 17.
  • While Mendelssohn’s Concerto imagines a comic romp through a moonlit woods, Dvořák’s Silent Woods is by contrast dreamy and lyrical.

Sponsor:

Ameriprise Financial

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About this Concert:

Mahler’s Second Symphony offers an overwhelming message of hope, and this glorious music makes a perfect transition to Minnesota’s sweetest season, summer.

HAYDN
Piano Concerto in D major

MAHLER
Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

More Details:

  • Austrian composer Haydn spent most of his career far away from the posh artistic circles of Vienna, a distance which he found stoked his creativity.
  • Mahler was born and raised a Jew, though converted to Catholicism to secure a leading conducting post in anti-Semitic, turn-of-the-century Vienna.
  • The Orchestra will record Mahler’s Second this season.
  • Marc-André Hamelin’s father was a pharmacist by day, a talented amateur pianist by night.
  • Sasha Cooke started piano at four and switched to voice in college. She even did a bit of improv-comedy along the way.

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Symphony Ball 2017

Experience a night unlike any other: the spectacular signs, sounds and sensations of the Silk Road.

Symphony Ball 2017, A Night on the Silk Road, promises to be an evening of music and mystery, exploring artistic, cultural and culinary influences from the Turkish Grand Bazaar, to the palaces of Persia, through the steppes of Central Asia, to the Indian Himalayas and the Great Wall of China. Symphony Ball 2017 will raise funds vital to our Minnesota Orchestra while reveling in the musical and cultural tapestries woven by resplendent Silk Road cultures.

Paula DeCosse, MaryAnn Goldstein, Laurie H. Greeno, Co-Chairs

The Symphony Ball Journey

5pm Hilton Hotel | EXPLORE the Grand Turkish Bazaar
Dinner Guests’ journey begins! Enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction treasures.

6:30pm Hilton Hotel | DINE in a lush caravanserai
In the company of musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (at your table by request)

8:15pm JOURNEY in a festive procession across the Himalayas from dinner to Orchestra Hall

8:15pm Orchestra Hall | ARRIVE at Orchestra Hall…beyond the Great Wall
Party Guests’ journey begins here! Enjoy local craft beverages, refreshments and surprise performances and entertainment. Learn more about the Partier-level experience »

9pm Orchestra Hall | EXPERIENCE the Symphony Ball Performance
The Minnesota Orchestra performs the premiere of “Silk Road Symphonic Fantasy” and is joined by special guest Dessa for two pieces – including one new composition she is writing specifically for this concert. Then, Dessa will perform a separate 30 minute set without the Orchestra that involves her own small ensemble of local musicians.

10pm Orchestra Hall | PARTY
Wrap up the perfect evening with desserts, dancing, drinks and delights, until 1:00am.

Symphony Ball 2017

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THE SYMPHONY BALL PARTIER EXPERIENCE

Minnesota Orchestra with special guest Dessa
Pre-show party 8:15pm / Concert 9pm

About this concert

Osmo Vänskä will lead the Orchestra in a 9pm concert that explores the cultural and musical influences of the Silk Road. Dessa will join in to perform two pieces with the Orchestra – including one new composition she is writing especially for this concert. Then, she’ll perform a separate 30 minute set without the Orchestra that involves her own small ensemble of local musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Dessa, rapper, vocalist, essayist

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$75 Partier-level ticket includes

  • Themed cocktails & refreshments (drink tickets provided)
  • Minnesota Orchestra concert with special guest Dessa
  • Desserts, music and dancing after the concert until 1:00am

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.

Please note: This concert/Ball Partier ticket can be included in a Create Your Own Series package. A 15% discount will be applied to ticket purchase when included in a package of 3+ concerts. No portion of this ticket is tax-deductible when including in any series purchase.

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About this 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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About this 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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About this 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.

The Orchestra’s performance on Thu July 6, is presented as part of the 11th season of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a classical music festival held from Jul 6 to Jul 23 in Winona, Minnesota. For information about this concert and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, please visit mnbeethovenfestival.org.

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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