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Events for August 15, 2018–September 26, 2018

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Pretoria, South Africa.

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SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with the University of Pretoria, as part of the Music Department's 2018 Enrichment Festival, and the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra.

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Soweto, South Africa.

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SIBELIUS
En Saga

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral (final movement)

TRADITIONAL / arr. Khumalo / orch. Van Dijk
Akhala Amaqhude Amabili (for chorus and orchestra)

MATYILA/arr. Khumalo
Bawo Thixo Somandla (for chorus)

MOERANE/arr. Cock
Ruri (for chorus and orchestra)

MAVI/arr. MXADANA/orch. Kuusisto
Usilethela uxolo (Nelson Mandela) (for chorus and orchestra)

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Presented by Classical Movements

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Presented by Classical Movements, in association with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

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Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns invites you to join the celebration at the Season Opening dinner, preceding the spectacular Minnesota Orchestra Season Opening performance..

COCKTAILS 5:30 pm
DINNER 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

$225/person ($75 tax-deductible per person)
Includes three-course dinner, drinks and complimentary parking
Concert tickets sold separately. Buy tickets to the Season Opening concert »

To make dinner reservations, please call Chris at 612-371-7173 or click the "BUY" button above. Please RSVP by September 8, 2018.

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About This Concert:

The first concert of the season showcases the vibrant talent of composers Aaron Copland and Joan Tower and pianist virtuoso Emanuel Ax in a celebration of American innovation, originality and creative vision.

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Tower’s Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • In 2008, Tower's Made in America won three Grammys: Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Album and best Classical Contemporary Composition.
  • A trailblazer in the world of female American composers and conductors, Joan Tower began her musical career in the 1960’s and went on to become, in the words of the New Yorker, "one of the most successful woman composers of all time.”
  • Ax has received Grammys for two volumes of his cycle of Haydn piano sonatas, and for his recordings of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Appalachian Spring is part of a trilogy of dance interpretations of the American frontier spirit that also includes Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942).
  • Echoing the “high lonesome” bluegrass sound popular at the time, Copland’s open chords and minimal textures used traditional American music as an inspiration.
  • Created as the score for a ballet by the legendary Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring takes its title from a poem by modernist American poet Hart Crane.

*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.

Accessibility

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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