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About This Concert:

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox wowed audiences and critics last season in his subscription debut, and he builds on that success with one of the piano world’s most dazzling talents, Alessio Bax.

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GRIEG
Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

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Fun Facts:

  • The Star Tribune called Cox’s performance last season “a highly auspicious subscription concert debut. Cox will be in the vanguard.”
  • Dominick Argento’s Valentino Dances comes from his acclaimed 1993 opera, The Dream of Valentino, about the silent-film heartthrob Rudolf Valentino.
  • Argento, who remembers his boyhood music classes as “50-minute sessions of excruciating boredom,” is Minnesota’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
  • Shhh: don’t tell the Norwegians! Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer, wrote his Piano Concerto in Denmark (where he went for the sun) after studying in Germany.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was his final work, written in 1940 and summing up a long career with brief quotes from earlier pieces, but it also holds a beautiful alto saxophone solo that surprised everyone at its premiere.
  • Alessio Bax has won several of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, and he also loves to write; his online journal “Have Piano Will Travel” began as a way for him to write about the music world, but he often included favorite recipes as well, so now many think of it as his food blog.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts a concert that features a collaboration with African American artists and church choirs, entitled “Send Me Hope” on Sat Oct 7.

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About this Concert:

In this collaborative concert, local artists and African American church choirs perform with the Minnesota Orchestra to celebrate the power of music to connect communities of diverse traditions and backgrounds. As our neighborhoods continue to confront issues of racism and injustice, “Send Me Hope” is a heartfelt message of unity, healing and inspiration.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir
  • Minnesota State Baptist Convention Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple International Ministries Church Choir
  • Shiloh Temple Drummer Boys
  • Students from the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra
  • Taiyon J. Coleman, writer
  • Tonia Hughes, vocalist
  • Paris Bennett, vocalist
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Nygel Witherspoon, cello
  • William Schimmel, accordion

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Ballade in A minor

PRECHTL
Keep Up for Bucket Band

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto: Allegro (mvt. I)

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

PANION
Here We Are

PANION/ANTHONY/GREEN/RABY
Send Me Hope

NEWTON/arr. Wasson
Amazing Grace

BURLEIGH/arr. Panion
Order My Steps

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GERSHWIN/arr. Wasson
Summertime

COLEMAN
Spoken Word by Taiyon J. Coleman

BROOKS/arr. Dillard
More Abundantly

CLARK/arr. Clark
A Praying Spirit

SMALLWOOD/arr. Shoup
Total Praise

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Fun Facts:

  • This marks the second collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and Shiloh Temple International Ministries. The December 2016 “Spirit of the Season” concert at Shiloh Temple featured community singers, dancers and drummers and the Orchestra in a powerful holiday performance.
  • Bucket drumming, or street drumming, is practiced all over the world. Drummers use five-gallon plastic buckets, pots, pans or bottles to create music with unconventional instruments.
  • African American composer Henry Panion, III, has produced, arranged, and conducted music for legends such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • St. Catherine University professor Taiyon J. Coleman won a McKnight fellowship in 2017, is featured in the book “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” and is a member of Cave Canem, a national workshop for African American poets.
  • African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor attended London’s First Pan-African Conference in 1900, where he met American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was greatly inspired by traditional African American spirituals and believed that African American and Native American music should be the cornerstone of new American music.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts concerts featuring Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances on Thu Oct 5 and Fri Oct 6.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians in the lobby after the performance.

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About This Concert:

Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut with Beethoven's own favorite symphony, his sunny Fourth.

During the second week of October, 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. Ticket sales only cover a quarter of the Orchestra's annual budget; therefore, donor support is absolutely critical. To all of our donors: thank you for making this exciting season of music possible!

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PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 1

MOZART
Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Nathalie Stutzmann is a quadruple-threat musician: she plays piano and bassoon, and her gorgeous contralto voice has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, and the Proms in London. Lately her conducting career has exploded as she has formed her own orchestra, called Orfeo 55.
  • Prokofiev’s First Symphony embodies a light and buoyant 18th-century spirit, but his later works would inflame Soviet-era critics for decades with his brash composing style.
  • At the heart of the concert, FRIENDS competition winner Bixby Kennedy performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, his last completed work and undoubtedly one of the most poignant.

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About This Concert:

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble reveals how these ancient sounds have been brought up to the minute with music from Stephen Foster to Clifford Brown and beyond.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • John Raymond, trumpet
  • Kevin Washington, drums
  • Chris Thomson, saxophone
  • Jeff Bailey, bass

Fun Facts:

  • Drums and horns are ancient and universal. Fundamental sounds of celebration and dance, a call to action and a reverie. In jazz, they can whisper and shout, cajole and soothe.
  • Kevin Washington is a master musician and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine. His dedication to drumming began as soon as he could hold the sticks.
  • For this concert, John Raymond returns from New York to his Twin Cities home. His music is renowned as "electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling." —Downbeat Magazine
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Recommended for elementary-age students
In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

Fun Facts:

  • Each musical family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs lively excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.
  • There’s also a special treat—an impressive performance by a dynamic young competition winner, cellist Nygel Witherspoon, performing the gorgeous first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

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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About This Concert:

Action! Adventure! Snakes! Revisit the film that introduced us to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)—Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark—now with a live orchestra performance of John Williams' original score.

Fun Facts:

  • Composer John Williams won a Grammy® for Raiders of the Lost Ark—his famous themes are the musical stars of hit films such as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.
  • From the epic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme to the brassy fun of “Desert Chase,” the entire film score is performed in perfect sync with the action on screen.
  • For the Well of Souls sequence, producers acquired hundreds of snakes from English pet shops, but weren’t able to find enough to satisfy Steven Spielberg, who used cut-up hoses as reptile extras.
  • Actors Tom Selleck and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Indiana Jones before it was offered to Harrison Ford.
  • To add to the onscreen fun, some of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians will be in costume to celebrate Halloween. Audience costumes are welcome!

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This film has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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About This Concert:

Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

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Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.

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About This Concert:

A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

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Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and a Q & A with composers after the performance.

American Composers Forum

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • Monroe Crossing

Get ready for toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ fun as VocalEssence breathes new life into J.S. Bach and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with special guest, Monroe Crossing.

Hear VocalEssence perform some of Bach’s most jubilant music alongside gospel bluegrass tunes and a regional premiere of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Te Deum with Monroe Crossing and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation with composer Carol Barnett, members of Monroe Crossing, and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III at 7 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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About Campus Night:

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features free extras for students in the Student Zone on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine. Activities start at 6:30pm.

Free with $12 student ticket:

  • Cookies, coffee and chai
  • #MNOrch Social Media Lounge
  • Win prizes playing Orchestra Toss
  • Meet the musicians and composers!

GIVEAWAY: The first 50 students to check in at the Student Zone will receive a Minnesota Orchestra beanie!

Minnesota Orchestra Beanie

 

Tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid student ID per two tickets purchased.

About This Concert:

A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as seven emerging composers share their most exciting new works with you.

SAAD HADDAD
Takht

ANDREW HSU
vale

CHARLES PECK
Mosaic

HILARY PURRINGTON
Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG
Small Talk

PETER S. SHIN
Relapse

NINA C. YOUNG
Agnosco Veteris

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Fun Facts:

  • Haydn once said of the young Beethoven, “Keep your eye on him, as he’ll make a noise in the world someday.” The same could be said of the promising young composers on this concert.
  • This remarkable future-forward concert—the nation’s most comprehensive and highest-profile platform for emerging orchestral composers—is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which celebrates its 15th birthday.
  • Vote for your favorite music of the concert on Twitter. The winner will receive an ultra-rare second performance the following night on the Orchestra’s November 11 live concert broadcast celebrating Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary!
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts is the ideal director for the Composer Institute and Future Classics concert—having already mentored dozens of promising young composers.
  • Minnesota Public Radio’s Fred Child will host the concert onstage, interviewing each composer briefly before the downbeat of his or her piece.

Hospitality Partners

T-Rex Cookie 

Bootstrap Coffee

Gray Duck Chai

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Sing the songs of a German master!

Join us for a morning of fellowship and song performing Bach’s Cantata No. 80 – Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) as well as other Bach chorales and choruses to celebrate 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. Tickets are FREE but advanced registration required. Refreshments will be served.  

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

 

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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About this Concert:

Minnesota Public Radio celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and MPR’s Brian Newhouse steps out of the Orchestra Hall broadcast booth to emcee an evening of musical works that have made Minnesota Orchestra and MPR history.

WAGNER
Overture to The Flying Dutchman

BACH/arr. Skrowaczewski
Toccata and Fugue in D minor

ELGAR
Nimrod, from Enigma Variations

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor: Allegro con brio (mvmt I)

BARBER
Essay No. 1

CATURLA
Danzón

LECUONA
Malagueña

TRADITIONAL/arr. Vänskä
Säkkijärven Polka

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the few American orchestras that broadcasts each of its Classical season concerts live.
  • MPR began in 1967 as a single station based in St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. One of its early host remembers broadcasting “mostly to barn doors and lily pads.” It is now the nation’s leading classical music broadcaster.
  • The concert holds highlights from our live-broadcast history, including touchstone selections from the Orchestra’s 2015 Cuba tour, the 1974 Opening Night of Orchestra Hall, tours to Finland and The Netherlands, and in the vulnerable days immediately following 9/11.
  • During each Friday night subscription concert, MPR’s Brian Newhouse hosts the program from a small windowless broadcast room not much larger than a phone booth one floor above the stage, connected by audio and video monitors.
  • Our Friday night live broadcasts are shared globally online with listeners who stay up really late in Europe or get up early in Asia to listen to music made in Minneapolis.

MPR 50

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Please join us as we kick off our 45th season! MYS celebrates 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano. Featuring all four orchestras and including repertoire by Handel, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Bernstein, this concert promises to start an epic year off right!

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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About This Concert:

Venezuela’s young conductor Rafael Payare makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut with Ravel’s gorgeous Shéhérazade and Brahms’ towering final symphony, the Fourth.

DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

RAVEL
Shéhérazade

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • The Fourth is Brahms at his best: moments of tender melancholy woven through passionate, rhythmic, life-affirming music.
  • Unlike many composers, Brahms knew the Fourth would be his final symphony, and he poured everything into its yearlong creation.
  • Conductor Rafael Payare was born in 1980 and grew up as a horn player in the famed Venezuelan music education program called El Sistema (The System).
  • El Sistema began in the ʼ70s in a Venezuelan parking garage, and has since served hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world with rigorous and free after-school music education.
  • Composer Maurice Ravel had an obsession with the character Shéhérazade, who is both the narrator and the heroine of The Arabian Nights.
  • Ravel wrote an early orchestral piece called Shéhérazade, but it bombed; one critic called Ravel “a mediocrely gifted debutant who will perhaps become something in about ten years, if he works hard.”
  • Ravel’s second Shéhérazade came six years later and was a hit—the set of three lush and evocative songs showed just how hard the young man had been working.
  • The work on this program is not to be confused with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade based on the same tale, written a generation earlier.

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About this Event

A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Able Seedhouse + Brewery. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a 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.
  • Able Seedhouse + Brewery will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Dec 9 Christmas Oratorio 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.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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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 from Philharmonia West, conducted by Mary Sorlie; Concertino, conducted by Dan Mollick; Concert Orchestra, conducted by Mark Gitch; and Symphony, conducted by Mark Russell Smith.

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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About This Concert:

Dive “under the sea” into Disney’s 1989 full-length film complete with spirited musical numbers, a delightful young mermaid named Ariel and the Academy award-winning® score performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra!

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Fun Facts:

  • The Little Mermaid was composer Alan Menken’s first score for Disney. (He went on to score Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tangled and more.) The movie gave him his first Oscar win: Best Song for “Under the Sea.” Menken also won the 1989 Academy Award® for best score.
  • In the movie’s opening scene with King Triton, you can spot Disney superstars Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in the crowd.
  • The character of Ariel was based in part on actress Alyssa Milano, who at the time was starring in the popular ABC sitcom Who’s The Boss.
  • One of the film’s best-loved songs, “Under the Sea,” draws on Caribbean Calypso influences.
  • The Little Mermaid marked the start the “Disney Renaissance” during which the studio regained its status as an animation powerhouse.

Tickets for children (age 6-17) are 25% off for price sections 1-4. Select "child" instead of "adult" when choosing seats.

This film has been rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket adjacent to an adult to enter the hall. Your child is permitted to sit on your lap as long as his/her head can fit underneath your chin. Taller children seated on a parent's/caregiver's lap can obstruct the view of other patrons.

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

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About This Concert:

Beethoven’s final and most elegant piano trio and two unusual combinations of wind instruments (plus one violin!) adding a bit of early 20th-century musical energy.

STRAVINSKY
Pastorale

Janáček
Mládí, Sextet for Winds

BEETHOVEN
Piano Trio in B-flat major, Archduke

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Seventh and final piano trio was composed at an unusual time in his life when he was in relatively good spirits–which comes across beautifully in his sweeping, singing and smooth melodies.
  • Stravinsky’s Pastorale was originally composed for voice and piano. Only Stravinsky could take that combination and rewrite the piece for this unusual set of instruments: violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon.
  • The original version of Pastorale was written for Rimsky-Korsakov’s daughter, Nadia, while Stravinsky was still his student.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Some composers tell stories in music with fascinating results—painting musical pictures of people, places and whatever they see around them.

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall will come alive with the sounds of a bee buzzing and swooping in Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Flight of the Bumblebee, and with the sounds of the mighty Mississippi flowing in works by Kevin Puts and Michael Daugherty.
  • Students will also discover how composers create a new story to go with familiar music—as Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) did with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
  • Principal Tuba Steven Campbell and star piccolo player Roma Duncan also team up for Kling’s The Elephant and the Fly, a most unusual piccolo-tuba pairing.

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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Thrivent Financial has partnered with Orchestra Hall to host this special concert for members of Thrivent Financial.

The Minnesota Orchestra is a local treasure, recognized around the world for its excellence. Thrivent Financial is delighted to share the Orchestra’s musical talents with our members as a way of saying “thank you” to our members for the amazing ways they demonstrate their generosity each year.

We also ask you to please consider supporting the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People Concerts, the heart of the Orchestra’s efforts to engage and inspire young audiences. Millions of students from our region have been served over the years by attending these special performances. Don’t forget, you can use your Thrivent Financial Membership benefits to show your support - designate your Thrivent Choice dollars to the program or hold Thrivent Action Team. Learn about these benefits and more at www.Thrivent.com.

Blessings to all this Christmas season and we look forward to celebrating with you at the concert!

 

Please note:  All artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.  Children ages 6 and over are welcome to attend.  Tickets are required for admittance.  No refunds will be distributed.  

 

 

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About This Concert:

Put extra fa-la-la in your holidays as trumpeter Charles Lazarus and friends fill Orchestra Hall with the sounds of the season from Latin, jazz and lounge to gospel and caroling classics.

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • The Lazarus Brass

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Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall’s newest holiday tradition is returning for a third season and includes a fresh take on beloved holiday classics such as "We Three Kings" and "Christmas Time is Here."
  • Charles Lazarus was a member of the world-famous Canadian Brass, and he’s also opened for the legendary Tony Bennett.
  • His 2016 Valentine’s Day concert, Fly Me to the Moon, sold out Orchestra Hall.
  • Lazarus has performed and taught in every U.S. state as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.
  • Members of the Lazarus Brass are also members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Newsday raves "Lazarus could have tumbled the walls of Jericho."

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so join us to hear the warm sounds of a Minnesota Christmas.

This year we salute many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Fall in love with new carols as we celebrate the 20th year of our national carol competition in the way it first began—with music for a cappella chorus.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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About This Concert:

Make a date with Wainwright and the Minnesota Orchestra for a sparkling performance that celebrates both the intimate power and operatic grandeur of Wainwright’s music.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Rufus Wainwright, piano and vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • Wainwright’s admirers include The New York Times which loves his "genuine originality," and Elton John, who calls him "the greatest songwriter on the planet."
  • His album Rufus Does Judy is a recreation of Judy Garland’s entire 1961 concert performance at Carnegie Hall.
  • Wainwright has been featured on movie soundtracks including Shrek, Moulin Rouge and Brokeback Mountain. He has performed with stars such as Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George and Joni Mitchell.
  • Following the success of his first opera Prima Donna, Wainwright is currently working on his second, based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which has been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company and will premier in the fall of 2018.
  • Wainwright worked for a short time as a waiter at the now-defunct New French Cafe in Minneapolis.

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The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 30th annual Christmas concert, "So Bright the Star," at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance, with a program of choral and instrumental music for Christmas, features over 350 student performers across nine of the university’s ensembles. Performing in the concert will be the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Donne Unite, Festival Choir, Liturgical Choir, String Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Proceeds support St. Thomas Music ensembles' international performance tours.

This performance will be recorded. Twin Cities Public Television will produce "A St. Thomas Christmas," a one-hour holiday special, for national broadcast this December. Audio recordings will be available on CD for $15.

The concert is 90 minutes long and there is not an intermission.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform at 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 are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders. Due to standard concert protocol, children 6 and under will not be allowed into the performance hall. Tickets are required for admittance.

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"From Heaven Above ~ To Earth He Comes" is performed by 400 student musicians and marks the 91st anniversary of Minnesota's most-attended Christmas concert. New music by René Clausen and traditional favorites present the Christmas story anew.

This performance will be performed without an intermission and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Please note: 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 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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Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite carols at our 45-minute holiday concert.

Sit up close and experience the wonder of choral singing (maybe for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles, and teddy bears welcome!

Tickets: $12 Adults, $8 Child (Age 4-17), FREE (Age 3 & Under); All seating general admission.

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The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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 us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinists Joanne Opgenorth and Helen Chang Haertzen, 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. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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Casual Concert = FUN, COMFORTABLE and a little DIFFERENT than what you might expect.

Includes:

  • $5 Happy Hour
  • Local craft brews
  • Meet the musicians onstage

Helmuth Rilling, an internationally-acclaimed master of choral music, leads the Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Orchestra Hall of Johann Sebastian Bach’s inspired and inspiring Christmas Oratorio.

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II and III

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Fun Facts:

  • Oh, if we had time! Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio has six parts and usually lasts well over three hours. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the beautiful first half of this extended masterwork, which describes the birth of Jesus.
  • Conductor Helmuth Rilling has recorded all of Bach’s choral works—a staggering 1,000 pieces on 170 CDs.
  • This performance is an international affair with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra musicians joined by soloists from Germany, Spain, Canada and the U.S.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

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Helmuth Rilling, an internationally-acclaimed master of choral music, leads the Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Orchestra Hall of Johann Sebastian Bach’s inspired and inspiring Christmas Oratorio.

BACH
Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II and III

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Fun Facts:

  • Oh, if we had time! Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio has six parts and usually lasts well over three hours. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the beautiful first half of this extended masterwork, which describes the birth of Jesus.
  • Conductor Helmuth Rilling has recorded all of Bach’s choral works—a staggering 1,000 pieces on 170 CDs.
  • This performance is an international affair with our wonderful Minnesota Orchestra musicians joined by soloists from Germany, Spain, Canada and the U.S.

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The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. John Williams’ legendary score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.

Please note: This concert will be performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

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Fun Facts:

  • The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
  • In December 2016, Minnesota Orchestra sold out three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium—that’s over 10,000 tickets!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ is the 45th highest-grossing film of all time.

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Tickets for children (age 6-17) are 25% off for price sections 1-4. Select “child” instead of "adult” when choosing seats. This film has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

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The magic of the season comes to life in this heartwarming show of songs and stories featuring a new work by Minneapolis’ own storyteller laureate Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written by Kevin Kling, narrator
  • Christina Baldwin, ensemble
  • Dieter Bierbrauer, ensemble
  • Thomasina Petrus, ensemble
  • Alejandro Vega, ensemble
  • Robert Elhai, composer and arranger
  • Peter Ostroushko, composer and mandolin

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Fun Facts:

  • You don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to be surprised, this concert line-up will include a roster of talented Twin Cities favorites—to be announced!
  • Kevin Kling is nationally known for his commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered. He grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. Astrologically speaking, Kling refers to his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising.”
  • Peter Rothstein is the Artistic Director of Theatre Latte Da and has directed plays, operas and musical theater for the Guthrie, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Minnesota Opera and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.
  • Principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, Sarah Hicks has been involved in the creation of many original Minnesota Orchestra productions including A Scandinavian Christmas, A Musical Feast, That’s Amore and Springtime in Paris.

Please note: This performance is 75 minutes long with no intermission.

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Pianist George Winston brings his impressionistic style to Orchestra Hall for an evening of winter songs and shimmering holiday favorites.

  • George Winston, piano

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Fun Facts:

  • An eclectic artist, Winston cites Fats Waller, The Doors, Professor Longhair, John Coltrane and Vince Guaraldi as influences.
  • He has also recorded soundtracks for audio children’s books narrated by Meryl Streep, Danny Glover and Lily Tomlin.
  • An aficionado of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar, Winston is recording a series of albums featuring this unique finger style guitar tradition.
  • His concerts are a popular event for Orchestra Hall audiences during the holiday season, and always include a collection for a local food bank—a longtime cause of Winston’s.
  • Minnesota Public Radio praises him as "a true original with an inimitable style."

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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The New Year sweeps in with two weeks of treasures from Russia’s Romantic master, Tchaikovsky, beginning with his beloved Piano Concerto No. 1.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams
Serenade for Strings
Piano Concerto No. 1

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Fun Facts:

  • Israeli-born pianist Inon Barnatan comes to Minneapolis from the Big Apple where he is the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever artist-in-association.
  • Barnatan performed Rachmaninoff with the Minnesota Orchestra last season and was quickly welcomed back for another performance.
  • Audiences love the Barnatan Blend: amazing technical virtuosity and deep insight—perfectly suited to the power and lyricism of Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto.
  • A late holiday surprise for you: Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings isn’t as well known as his symphonies but the melodies are beautiful!
  • And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the December 31 concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

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Our Tchaikovsky Marathon warms up January with blazing crowd-pleasers like the composer’s Capriccio italien alongside his beautiful but rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 2, and the most beloved of the composer's symphonies, his Fourth.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Capriccio italien
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Watch Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner pianist Kyle Orth make his Orchestra Hall debut.
  • Tchaikovsky fled to Italy after a disastrous marriage and soaked up the sun, street dances and folk songs of Rome–pouring all of these into his Capriccio italien.
  • Tchaikovsky once said that he’d never write for piano with orchestra because he couldn’t stand the sound of them together but his Piano Concerto No. 1 was such a success that he decided to write a second.
  • Written for Russia’s reigning piano virtuoso of the day Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto was actually premiered in New York City by an American conductor and an English soloist.

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Our star principal cellist, Anthony Ross, steps into the Tchaikovsky Marathon spotlight to spin one gorgeous melody after another in the Rococo Variations, in between performances of two Tchaikovsky symphonies in one night.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 2
Variations on a Rococo Theme
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • The inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 came from his sister’s butler, who sang Ukrainian folksongs around the house while Tchaikovsky worked.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Rococo theme doesn’t come from the Rococo era (late-18th century), but his own imagination inspired by his hero Mozart, and is followed by eight variations, each more ornate and beautiful than the one before.
  • The word rococo comes from the French word rocaille, which means rock-and-shell garden ornamentation; the style created intricate and whimsical shell-like curves in statues, architecture and design of all kinds.
  • Ten years had passed since Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony when–full of doubt–he started work on his Fifth. After its premiere he said, “I have come to the conclusion that it is a failure.” Today it is his most often-performed symphony.

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Here are hidden jewels from Tchaikovsky’s treasure box that dazzle like sunlight on fresh snow, plus his beloved, sweeping ballet score crafted into a new suite by Osmo Vänskä.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 3, Polish
Piano Concerto No. 3
Swan Lake Suite

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 went through more birth pains than any of his compositions, starting out as a symphony (most of which he ripped up) before he turned it into a piano concerto (most of which he ripped up)—leaving only this beautiful single-movement work.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 was the last work he performed before his sudden death in 1893, but the Piano Concerto No. 3 was the last music he wrote.
  • Swan Lake, like all of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, holds dozens of short numbers and a performance runs for hours. In this performance Osmo Vänskä has compiled his own suite that tells the old Russian tale of the swan that turns into the beautiful girl, Odette.

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The Tchaikovsky Marathon swirls to a brilliant close with this season’s featured artist, James Ehnes, in perhaps the most beloved concerto of the entire violin repertoire.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Marche Slave
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto today is the most frequently performed and universally adored concerto in the repertoire.
  • Unlike many young violinists, Ehnes says he never practices scales from books, but rather focuses solely on the score he’s working on at the moment. “That’s always been my philosophy, although maybe it’s just laziness masquerading as practicality.”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is subtitled Pathétique, mistranslated into French from Tchaikovsky’s Russian original which meant passion.
  • For sheer toxicity, no critic has ever surpassed the sourpuss who said at the 1881 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that he’d found “music which stinks in the ear.”
  • Stay after for a NightCap Chamber performance featuring Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor.

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Extend your Tchaikovsky marathon experience and take in a Nightcap performance of Tchaikovsky’s one and only piano trio, featuring two of the Orchestra’s principal players.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Trio in A minor

Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky dedicated this piano trio to his close friend and mentor, Nikolai Rubinstein, who had passed away a few months before the work was composed. It was premiered on the first anniversary of his death.
  • Tchaikovsky turned down requests from his benefactress to compose a trio. He said: “I simply cannot endure the combination of piano with violin or cello. To my mind the timbre of these instruments will not blend.” He changed his mind not much later and composed his one and only piano trio.
  • Each ticket purchased includes one complimentary beverage (an actual night cap) to be enjoyed with the music.

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Casual Concert = FUN, COMFORTABLE and a little DIFFERENT than what you might expect.

Includes:

  • $5 Happy Hour
  • Local craft brews
  • Meet the musicians post-concert

The Tchaikovsky Marathon swirls to a brilliant close with this season’s featured artist, James Ehnes, in perhaps the most beloved concerto of the entire violin repertoire.

TCHAIKOVSKY
Marche Slave
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Fun Facts:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto today is the most frequently performed and universally adored concerto in the repertoire.
  • Unlike many young violinists, Ehnes says he never practices scales from books, but rather focuses solely on the score he’s working on at the moment. “That’s always been my philosophy, although maybe it’s just laziness masquerading as practicality.”
  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is subtitled Pathétique, mistranslated into French from Tchaikovsky’s Russian original which meant passion.
  • For sheer toxicity, no critic has ever surpassed the sourpuss who said at the 1881 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that he’d found “music which stinks in the ear.”
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians  in the lobby after the performance.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Experience Minnesota's top athletes of the concert stage.

Just as top athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul will inspire the world with their feats, Orchestra musicians will draw “wow” responses in this concert of Olympic-inspired works, showcasing connections between winter sports and core elements of music.

Fun Facts:

  • Articulation and texture will receive special focus, as students explore staccato with Vivaldi’s Winter and legato in Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, and compare the textures of two lush Dvořák works, the solo-voiced Cello Concerto, performed by FRIENDS competition winner Brannon Cho, and the full-orchestra New World Symphony—much like comparing the individual performance in the luge event to the finely-tuned team effort in hockey.
  • Also notable: John Williams’ exciting Olympic Fanfare and Theme, composed for the 1984 Olympics, and a surprise birthday salute to a conductor of Olympic proportions.

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This performance adds the Orchestra’s talent to Ben Folds‘ vocals and piano for an evening of quirky melodies, impromptu creation, and an epic love-fest between audience and musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Ben Folds, piano and vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • Ben Folds hearts the Minnesota Orchestra—this will be their fourth concert together!
  • He has recorded multiple solo rock albums, as well as collaborations with Regina Spektor, Weird Al and William Shatner.
  • An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery.
  • Folds was also a judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off, a show that started the careers of many a cappella groups.
  • According to Paste Magazine, “Ben Folds meshes the classical and pop music worlds in ways that few mainstream contemporary artists can hope to achieve.”

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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About This Concert:

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra travel to Indiana and Illinois for a week of concerts and residency activities at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tour concludes in Chicago for the Orchestra’s first performance in 50 years at the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as one of two orchestras being presented on the CSO’s 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents Series. All tour concerts include music by Sibelius and Beethoven, and feature pianist Inon Barnatan in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Utepils Brewery. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a 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.
  • Utepils Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Feb 10 Fauré Requiem 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.

Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N # 700
Minneapolis, MN 55405
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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for grades 6-12
Secondary students, including those who are enrolled in advanced music theory or music history courses, will not want to miss this new, specially designed program.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

KODÁLY
Dances of Galanta

Schedule

10am-10:40am: Bach Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
10:40am-10:55am: Break
10:55am-11:35am: Kodály Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
11:35am-12pm: Discussion (Don't forget to bring your phone or tablet for the digital Q and A session!)

Fun Facts:

  • This unique rehearsal format-performance features a rare glimpse of the Orchestra’s behind-the-scenes efforts. Students will experience working rehearsals--as well as the polished performances that are the result.
  • We see both approaches first with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and then, after a break, with Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Wrapping up this special program will be a 30-minute “dig deeper” session in which students ask questions of and initiate discussions with the musicians themselves.
  • Students are invited to bring scores and follow along as the Orchestra plays!

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The spirit of Paris runs like the Seine through this program with two 18th-century symphonies dedicated to the City of Light and a hauntingly beautiful 19th-century religious work by one of Paris’ most treasured composers, Fauré.

RIGEL
Symphony No. 4

MOZART
Symphony No. 31, Paris

FAURÉ
Pavane

FAURÉ
Requiem

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Fun Facts:

  • Both Mozart and Rigel were born in German-speaking countries and came as young men to Paris hoping for fame; Rigel found it, but Mozart didn’t and returned home to Austria.
  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 was premiered in Paris by a larger orchestra than the composer had ever heard, prompting his father to quip that the French must like noisy symphonies.
  • Fauré’s Requiem is filled with a quiet beauty, “dominated from beginning to end,” said the composer, “by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

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Featuring Symphony Solo Competition Winner pianist Shuen Wu performing Piano Concerto No.1, third movement by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. All four orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Wilson, Gershwin, and Rimsky-Korsakov! Our concert opens with students from our String Studio program performing a medley.

MYS celebrates 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano - featuring all four orchestras.

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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Two incredible works for strings written by two incredible, then-young composers. This program, deeply inspired by life and love, features quartets formed by the stellar Minnesota Orchestra string musicians. At the center of the program, bassoonist J. Christopher Marshall and Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle play a haunting duet by Bernard Andrès.

SCHULHOFF
Five Pieces for String Quartet

ANDRÉS
Chants d’arrière-saison

FAURÉ
Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings

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Fun Facts:

  • Bernard Andrès is a harpist, pianist and composer who writes most of his music for harp. This piece was originally a duet with horn, but Andrès captured the expressive capabilities of the bassoon effortlessly when he rewrote the work for this pair of instruments.
  • Andrès could read music before he could read books.
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Quartet No. 1 contains an abundance of warmth and optimism, despite its key of C minor. It is full of quirks and colors, particularly in the piano melodies.
  • Fauré was engaged to Marianne Viardot in 1877, while he was writing this quartet, but the engagement was suddenly broken off. His grief can be heard in the Adagio movement, but the lightness and positivity throughout the rest of the quartet suggests that he knew he had ultimately taken the right path.
  • Erwin Schulhoff dedicated his Five Pieces for String Quartet to composer Darius Milhaud. Born to German Jewish parents, he died in a concentration camp in 1942, at age 48.

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Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, 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. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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The Minnesota Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score live while the remastered film West Side Story is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen.

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Fun Facts:

  • West Side Story re-imagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City, as a bitter rivalry between two teenage street gangs—the American-born Jets and the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks—is forever altered by a forbidden love affair between the young couple Tony and Maria.
  • Since its debut on Broadway in 1957 and the 1961 film adaptation, West Side Story has become a favorite to generations of audiences, and many of its songs have become pop culture touchstones, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “America.” 
  • Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) won Oscars® for their performances, among the 10 bestowed on the film—the most ever for a movie musical at that time.
  • Although the original musical materials for the movie arrangements were lost, 14 months of research by The Leonard Bernstein Office brought to light a trove of important finds in private collections and library archives around the country.
  • Bernstein himself conducted the Minnesota Orchestra (then Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra) twice in 1945 and 1947. He was a good friend of the Orchestra’s fourth music director, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and mentored its ninth music director, Eiji Oue.

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.

West Side Story © 1961 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative

Dream of a better world as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, on the 100th anniversary of its birth, through song, poetry, hip-hop, dance, and more.

Hear the debut of the VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative as well as the world premiere of William Banfield’s chamber symphony, I Trust Harlem Is Still There, based on the letters of Langston Hughes. Be inspired and challenged to become an agent of change in our community.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert conversation with composer William Banfield and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III at 3 pm.

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

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


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Please Note: Pianist Kenny Broberg will replace André Watts as the featured soloist in Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend. The program will remain the same. Read the full press release »

About This Concert:

The Emperor was Beethoven’s final and most famous piano concerto, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a work of great extremes, requiring delicate strands of sound from a massive ensemble. Finnish conductor John Storgårds makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in this powerful program.

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 10

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 may have gotten its nickname at the 1812 Vienna premiere when an excited French officer exclaimed, “C’est l’Empereur!”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 quotes his own song “What’s in My Name?” and throughout the Tenth, Shostakovich uses the notes D, E flat, C, B (D, S, C, H in German spelling) for his own initials—a survivor’s rebuke to Stalin who had terrorized the composer.
  • Kenny Broberg debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 at a series of Young People’s and Family Concerts while he was a high school student in Minneapolis.
  • John Storgårds is as accomplished with a violin bow as a conductor’s baton, having served as concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony for several seasons.

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Four singular pianists take turns at the keyboard with classics from the American songbook along with original music—hear camaraderie and competition in this intimate performance.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Chris Lomheim, piano
  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Javier Santiago, piano

Fun Facts:

  • The keyboard has long been at the center of music. From Bach to Joplin, Chopin to Ellington, the forefront of compositional thought has been at the piano.
  • The piano is an orchestra in a box—percussive, thundering, shimmering and clarion. Pianists coax a world of emotion from our most mechanized instrument.
  • The four pianists in this program are widely divergent in style and approach, but all are united in unearthing new expressive territory at the piano.
  • Chris Lomheim is a pianist whose rich harmony is always accompanied by swinging, bluesy improvisation. Bryan Nichols possesses formidable technique expressed through adventurous modernism. Javier Santiago is a hard-driving virtuoso versed in the jazz tradition. Jeremy Walker's pianism is quirky and expressive, with a restless imagination.
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—SSAA, SATB and TTBB—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Bret Amundson, G. Phillip Shoultz III and Eugene Rogers lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.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 facility fee of $2.50-$3.50. 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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PERFORMANCE CANCELED
The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Miriam Burns, Andrew Mast and Shanti Simons lead the ensembles.

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.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 facility fee of $2.50-$3.50. 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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Juraj Valčuha returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto and Debussy’s shape-shifting picture of the sea, La mer.

LYADOV
The Enchanted Lake

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3

RESPIGHI
The Fountains of Rome

DEBUSSY
La mer

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Fun Facts:

  • At six-foot-six, Rachmaninoff had hands that could span three notes farther than most pianists—one of the reasons his Concerto No. 3 is the most daunting in all the pianist’s literature.
  • The Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parent’s record collection and came to the US when he was only 14 to focus on jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Gerstein won the prestigious (and slightly mysterious) Gilmore Award in 2010, bestowed every four years on an unsuspecting pianist anywhere in the world in recognition of exceptional artistry.
  • Debussy’s parents had plans for their son to join the navy, but Debussy rarely got close to large bodies of water and instead let his imagination set sail when he created his vivid orchestration of the sea in La mer.

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About Campus Night:

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features free extras for students in the Student Zone on the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine. Activities start at 6:30pm.

Free with $12 student ticket:

  • Iced coffee & bakery treats
  • Water World Mural coloring station
  • Shark Tank Live Stream
  • Scuba Presentation by musician Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
  • Meet the musicians after the concert!

About This Concert:

Juraj Valčuha returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto and Debussy’s shape-shifting picture of the sea, La mer.

LYADOV
The Enchanted Lake

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3

RESPIGHI
The Fountains of Rome

DEBUSSY
La mer

Fun Facts:

  • At six-foot-six, Rachmaninoff had hands that could span three notes farther than most pianists—one of the reasons his Concerto No. 3 is the most daunting in all the pianist’s literature.
  • The Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parent’s record collection and came to the US when he was only 14 to focus on jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Gerstein won the prestigious (and slightly mysterious) Gilmore Award in 2010, bestowed every four years on an unsuspecting pianist anywhere in the world in recognition of exceptional artistry.
  • Debussy’s parents had plans for their son to join the navy, but Debussy rarely got close to large bodies of water and instead let his imagination set sail when he created his vivid orchestration of the sea in La mer.

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Join us for a family concert sure to delight audiences of all ages!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

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  • This concert will feature two of the Minnesota Orchestra’s very own—Steven Campbell (tuba) and Roma Duncan (piccolo)—as we explore music that tells a story of bumblebees, rivers, elephants and more!
  • Listen to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, two pieces of music inspired by the Mississippi River—Kevin Puts’ River’s Rush and Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi—and a special surprise duet for tuba and piccolo.
  • The Orchestra will then perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but with a special, sporty twist thanks to the hilarious antics of composer P.D.Q Bach.

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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You’re invited! Pink Martini and special guests the von Trapps (the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp) mix a fabulous cocktail of swoon-worthy music and multilingual flourishes for a performance that will be the talk of the town.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • China Forbes, lead vocals
  • Pink Martini, ensemble
  • The von Trapps, guest vocals

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Fun Facts:

  • The von Trapps are, as their name suggests, four descendants of the von Trapp Family Singers, the inspiration behind the popular musical and film The Sound of Music.
  • Pianist Thomas Lauderdale formed Pink Martini in 1994 in Portland to play at fundraisers for civil rights, environmental and educational causes.
  • Lauderdale describes Pink Martini as “a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
  • Pink Martini albums feature a wide range of guest singers such as the Von Trapps (yes, the actual great-grandchildren of The Sound of Music’s Captain and Maria von Trapp), the late Phyllis Diller and Rufus Wainwright.
  • They’ve recorded in dozens of languages as varied as Turkish, Japanese, Romanian and Xhosa.
  • Lead singer China Forbes graduated cum laude from Harvard and her original songs have been featured in The Sopranos, The West Wing, Weeds, The L Word, Felicity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
  • NPR describes Pink Martini’s songs as “a globetrotting victory lap…all tackled with cosmopolitan sophistication and the playfulness of pop.”

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Join us for a Minnesota Open Rehearsal

In appreciation of your support of the 2017-18 Guaranty Fund, you and a guest are invited to attend a Minnesota Orchestra Open Rehearsal. Reserve your tickets now—you will need to enter the promo code from your print or email invitation.

Vänskä Conducts Mahler’s Titan Symphony

Osmo Vänskä conductor / Erin Keefe, violin

WEILL
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

8:30 am Doors open
9:00 am Concert preview with Akiko Fujimoto, Assistant Conductor
9:20 am Reception in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
10:00 am Orchestra Rehearsal*

Program and approximate time will be announced from the stage.

*Guests are invited to watch the Orchestra’s rehearsal only through the first break. The program and approximate time will be announced from the stage. If you are not attending the concert preview discussion, please arrive no later than 9:45 am as the rehearsal begins promptly at 10:00 am.

As a courtesy to the Orchestra, late access to the auditorium will be limited. Guests must remain seated through the rehearsal’s break. This is a working rehearsal, please refrain from talking, photography, video and please hold your applause. Thank you.

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About This Concert:

No first symphony has ever rocked the world like Mahler’s stunning Titan—joyous and bold, the composer’s audacious wish to embrace all of humanity in a single piece of music.

WEILL
Violin Concerto

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan

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Fun Facts:

  • Gustav Mahler wrote his Symphony No. 1 on the inspiration of simple German folk tunes and poetry, and turned that into a fabulously colorful tapestry for brass, strings, winds and percussion, and perhaps the most daring first symphony of any composer.
  • Kurt Weill, who composed Broadway superhits like “Mack the Knife,” also wrote dozens of concert works as a young man in his native Germany.
  • Weill shed no tears when he left Germany for America, and said, “The moment I landed here I felt as though I’d come home.”
  • When Erin Keefe was young, her father wanted her to study piano, but the front door of their house wasn’t big enough to move a piano in, so violin it was.

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Celebrated screen actor, musician and winner of a 2016 Best Actor Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom, Jr. joins the Minnesota Orchestra for an exhilarating evening of jazz standards and Broadway hits.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Leslie Odom, Jr., vocalist

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Fun Facts:

  • Odom, Jr. credits speechwriting and oratory for getting him into the arts. He made his Broadway debut at age 17 in Rent.
  • He has a passion for horror movies, vintage '80s TV shows and ordering dessert first.
  • His TV appearances have included roles on NBC’s Smash, Law & Order: SVU, Gotham, Grey’s Anatomy, and House of Lies.
  • His self-titled 2014 debut album was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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A Celebration of Song: featuring the Wartburg Choir, the Iowa State University Singers and the Luther College Nordic Choir.

Come hear a variety of great choral music from over the border as some of the state of Iowa's best choral ensembles join together in song to celebrate the legacy of choral singing in the Heartland.

Each choir will sing their own set of pieces and combine as one big ensemble for three pieces at the end of the concert, led by each of the three conductors.

Please note: This performance is approximately 2 hours with no intermission. 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 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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Enthralling legions of audiences in sold-out halls throughout the world, TAO: Drum Heart brings a fusion of explosive Japanese Taiko drumming, contemporary costumes and eye-popping choreography to Orchestra Hall.

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Fun Facts:

  • "Taiko" is the general term for the type of drumming featured in TAO: Drum Heart; in Japanese, the word literally means "fat drum."
  • Since their first appearance in 2004, TAO: Drum Heart has played in more than 22 countries and 400 cities around the world, with 7 million spectators to date.
  • After performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, TAO: Drum Heart sold out every show of its first North American tour.
  • TAO: Drum Heart includes performances by both male and female Taiko drummers.
  • The Chicago Tribune applauds TAO: Drum Heart as “extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and seductive, alluring performers.”

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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The annual Middle Level Orchestra festival, a joint project of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Assn, features 9 outstanding school orchestras from around the state, selected in regional festivals held earlier this year.

Performing groups include:

  • Chippewa Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Brian Larson, Director
  • Edina High School Repertory Orchestra - Kristine Wiese, Director
  • Minnetonka High School String Orchestra - Michael Janning, Director
  • Northfield Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Heather Olivier, Director
  • Oak-Land Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Julie Vanderstappen, Director
  • Osseo Senior High Freshman Philharmonia - Christa Saeger-Dean, Director
  • Owatonna Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra - Lisa Revier, Director
  • Stillwater Area High School Philharmonia - Kent Musser, Director
  • Stillwater Middle School Novella Orchestra - Kent Musser, Director

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Please note: 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 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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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Bald Man Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a 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.
  • This performance will be a Pint of Music debut for this string quartet.
  • Bald Man Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the April 21 Cameron Carpenter 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.

Bald Man Brewing
2020 Silver Bell Rd #25
Eagan, MN 55122
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Join Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and Minneapolis family quintet The Steeles for an era-spanning journey through the New American Songbook from Gershwin and Ellington to Stevie Wonder and Prince.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet / The Steeles, vocalists
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboards, arranger and producer
  • Cory Wong, guitar
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Ken Chastain, percussion

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Fun Facts:

  • This show brings audiences through the "New American Songbook" of 20th century popular music. Journey from the musical kaleidoscope of New York City to New Orleans—the birthplace of jazz—with highlights from Philly soul, Motown hits, Chicago blues, and West Coast cool.
  • Opening with the music of Gershwin and closing with an encore of Prince’s Purple Rain as performed before 65,000 roaring fans at the Minnesota Vikings 2016 season opener, this is a can’t-miss performance.
  • The Steeles appeared on 5 albums with Prince (Graffiti Bridge, Diamonds and Pearls, 1-800-New Funk, The Gold Experience and The Love Symbol Album) and starred in the Broadway hit The Gospel at Colonus.
  • A Minnesota Orchestra member since 2000, Charles Lazarus has helmed original productions for the Orchestra as soloist, composer and bandleader. A versatile virtuoso, he was a member of the Canadian Brass, opened for Tony Bennett, and has performed with Barry White and Joe Williams.
  • New York Newsday hails Lazarus's "bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship," and the Washington Post says, "Lazarus could have tumbled the walls of Jericho."

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Soul-searching indie rockers Cloud Cult make their first appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra for a kaleidoscope of color and sound.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Cloud Cult

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Fun Facts:

  • Joined by local musicians as well as artists who paint to the music live during the performance, this concert will thrill longtime fans and enchant new ones.
  • One of the Cloud Cult painters is Connie Minowa, whose husband is Craig Minowa, lead singer and founder. The paintings created during Cloud Cult concerts are auctioned off at the end of their set.
  • They lean green: their recording studio (that houses their record company Earthology) is 100% solar powered, and they tour in a solar-powered van.
  • Their last album, The Seeker, was accompanied by an award-winning feature-length film of the same name.
  • Rolling Stone praises their “instrumental arsenal” and the Los Angeles Times raves they are “deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”

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Wagner’s beautiful chamber work Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 and the soaring Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.

WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 1

SCHUMANN
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Richard Wagner surprised his wife at Christmas long ago with Siegfried Idyll, and her standards were awfully high, as she was also the daughter of Franz Liszt.
  • Of course the piano is the most important instrument in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, but the tiny solo triangle comes in a surprisingly close second.
  • Canada’s Louis Lortie knows his Liszt, and his recent Liszt recording won a “Ten Best” citation from The New Yorker.
  • Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was a triumph against all odds, written while the composer weathered debilitating mental-health challenges and a constant ringing in his ears.

 

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The Atrium Jazz Ensemble reflects on the timeless, profound and personal raising of the voice performing folk songs, spirituals, blues and standards with vocalist Bruce A. Henry.

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

Fun Facts:

  • In jazz, the singularity of a mother’s lullaby, the high rhetorical intent of a preacher, and the freedom of expression of the blues meet in the timeless, profound and personal raising of the voice.
  • Jazz singing brings all the varied timbres and phrasing of the natural human voice to the highest levels of artistic mastery. Bruce A. Henry continues in the tradition of the great singers of jazz—broadcasting this sound in a universal expression of joy and beauty.
  • Of Henry, Jazz Police raved “His voice is his horn, and he can swing like Goodman, spin and spiral like Parker, or levitate like Coltrane.”
  • Henry’s award-winning talent and music have taken him to five continents, garnering a large following in France and the Far East. He has performed in locales such as Manila, Israel, Paris, London, Miami, New York City, Maui, Saipan and Tanzania.
  • Of this series, Pioneer Press notes "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."

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Concert canceled due to weather.

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra flutist Adam Kuenzel, guitarist Magdalena Loza Flores, 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. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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Due to deteriorating weather conditions, this performance has been canceled.

Wagner’s beautiful chamber work Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s glittering Piano Concerto No. 1 and the soaring Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.

WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll

LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 1

SCHUMANN
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Richard Wagner surprised his wife at Christmas long ago with Siegfried Idyll, and her standards were awfully high, as she was also the daughter of Franz Liszt.
  • Of course the piano is the most important instrument in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, but the tiny solo triangle comes in a surprisingly close second.
  • Canada’s Louis Lortie knows his Liszt, and his recent Liszt recording won a “Ten Best” citation from The New Yorker.
  • Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was a triumph against all odds, written while the composer weathered debilitating mental-health challenges and a constant ringing in his ears.

 

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About This Concert:

Recognized as royalty of the choral music world, The King’s Singers bring their vocal virtuosity and British wit to a performance that celebrates 50 years of making gorgeous music.

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Fun Facts:

  • The King’s Singers, a British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968, is named after King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group originally formed.
  • The group always consists of six singers, with membership changing over the years. Although none of the original members remain with the group, performances often feature collaborations with past members.
  • The King’s Singers album Simple Gifts won the Grammy® for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009, and their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s album Light and Gold won the Grammy® for Best Choral Performance in 2012. In 2013, the group was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.
  • The London Times has praised The King’s Singers for their “Pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and a seemingly effortless ability to switch between different stylistic requirements.” “The King’s Singers are out-and-out entertainers,” raves The Edmonton Journal.
  • This concert features beloved classics and newly commissioned works by New York-based composer Nico Muhly, British composer Toby Hession, former King’s Singer and internationally-celebrated composer Bob Chilcott, frequent King’s Singers composer Alexander L’Estrange and choral legend John Rutter.
  • The Twin Cities loves The King’s Singers—their Orchestra Hall performances are known to sell out.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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The Minnesota Orchestra’s cello section performs works for cello ensemble. Mendelssohn’s Second String Quartet and Mozart’s Quintet for Strings in G minor round out the program on this Sunday afternoon chamber concert, designed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

MENDELSSOHN
String Quartet No. 2

FITZENHAGEN
Concert Waltzes for Four Cellos

STRAVINSKY
Pulcinella Suite for Four Cellos

PIAZZOLLA/arr. Orman
Two Tangos for Five Cellos and Bandoneon

MOZART
String Quintet in G minor

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Fun Facts:

  • Mendelssohn began work on his quartet right around the time that Beethoven died. He makes several vivid references to Beethoven’s string quartets throughout the piece.
  • The nickname for Mendelssohn’s quartet is “Frage,” meaning “Question” in German.
  • Mozart’s Quintet in G minor was written one month apart from his Quintet in C major. Stylistically, the two quintets are complete opposites of each other. The same thing happened when he wrote his Symphonies No. 40 and 41, which are also in G minor and C major, respectively.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, a major symphonic work in the classical repertoire. Students will learn about the music throughout the program and have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the concert.

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


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There are revolutionaries in music—and then there’s Cameron Carpenter, who tours globally with an astonishing electric organ of his own design and amazes audiences with his jaw-dropping virtuosity.

MUSSORGSKY
Prelude to Khovanshchina

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for organ and orchestra

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • This program offers the best of Russia’s musical riches, from lush Romantic melodies and rich harmonies to triumphant cries of survival in the face of oppression.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody is one of the most recognizable pieces of Romantic keyboard music, newly adapted for organ from its piano original by Carpenter.
  • Carpenter’s signature International Touring Organ uses sophisticated technology to reproduce the sounds of many different American pipe organs at the touch of a button.
  • Carpenter’s recent Washington concert drew praise from the Post for his “blazing technique, wit and enthusiasm for the organ [that is] nothing short of contagious.”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 dates from the height of the Soviet Union’s Stalinist terror. Writing in fear for his life, Shostakovich created his most powerful music, and the ovation at the premiere lasted half an hour.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • John Rutter, guest conductor

On the eve of our golden anniversary, see VocalEssence shine as never before when we revisit some of our best-loved performances and hit new heights in the inspiring Cathedral of Saint Paul.

The incomparable John Rutter returns to conduct Feel the Spirit, a cycle of his spiritual arrangements for chorus and chamber orchestra, as well as a new piece he penned to celebrate our upcoming 50th anniversary.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

Concert Conversation with John Rutter at 7 pm.

Please note: $10 partial view general admission seating is now available!

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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St. Olaf College Ole Arts presents at Orchestra Hall: The Path, a concert-length cantata based on texts from the Pali Canon, the most ancient Buddhist scriptures. This world premiere, conducted by Steven Amundson, will feature performances by over 300 musicians, including the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Chapel Choir, and soloists Tracey Engleman, Tammy Hensrud, and Alan Dunbar.

From composer Justin Merritt: For 2500 years, Buddhist monks and nuns have chanted the dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, in Pali, the ancient language of Buddhism. The Path is a setting of 28 of these texts, taken from the oldest collection of Buddhist texts. It includes deep statements of philosophy like The Fire Sermon, which T. S. Eliot called the Sermon on the Mount for Buddhists. It has touching stories of the early monks and nuns, like Bhadda, who gave up everything to search for enlightenment. It has inspiring poetry like the Metta Sutta which is recited by school kids across Sri Lanka. I spent 7 years translating and setting each of these texts for the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Chapel Choir and soloists. The music ranges from dense and dissonant to lovely and innocent, from simple to fiercely challenging. It ends with a testament to the power of joy.

Please note:  This event is approximately 90 minutes and performed without an intermission.  A pre-concert talk with composer Justin Merritt will precede the event at 1:00pm.  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 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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Britain’s John Rutter invites you to join him for an afternoon of “sweeter music” as he leads you through a selection of his favorite choral works.

Enthusiastic singers of all levels are welcome.

Tickets: $25 (includes music)

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

 

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2017-18 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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Prepare for a breathtaking performance as violin master Josh Bell performs Henri Wieniawski’s technically challenging and sonically brilliant concerto in a concert that also showcases the Romantic genius of Beethoven and Sibelius.

Watch it on Facebook! This concert, including Joshua Bell’s performance of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, will be streamed live on Facebook, beginning at 7:30 pm, on Monday, April 23. This will mark our first livestream featuring Joshua Bell. Please join us!

SIBELIUS
En Saga

WIENIAWSKI
Violin Concerto No. 2

SARASATE
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

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Fun Facts:

  • Josh Bell’s instrument of choice is a 300-year-old Stradivarius called the “Gibson ex-Huberman,” made in 1713 during Stradivari's Golden Era. The violin was stolen twice from its previous owner, Bronisław Huberman.
  • At 17, Joshua Bell made his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He once performed as an incognito busker at a Washington, D.C. metro subway station as part of story for The Washington Post. He earned $52.17 from 28 people (including $20 from a fan who recognized him).
  • The Washington Post calls Bell “one of the most imaginative, technically gifted and altogether-extraordinary violinists of our time.”
  • Composed in protest against Russian censorship of Finland, Sibelius’ tone poem Finlandia became the country’s unofficial national anthem, and helped cement his status as a national hero.
  • No fan of music critics, Sibelius is famously quoted as saying “Pay no attention to what the critics say. No statue has ever been put up to a critic.”
  • In reviewing the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä's recording of Sibelius' Symphonies No. 3, 6, and 7, The London Times said “Vänskä confirms his status as our greatest living Sibelian.”

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Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto leads the Minnesota Orchestra in orchestral showpieces ranging from Ravel’s exquisite Le Tombeau de Couperin to Tchaikovsky’s powerful Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique, in the Grand Hall at Mankato’s Verizon Center. Mankato native Peter McGuire solos in the brilliant Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5.

The performance is part of the Orchestra’s Common Chords project, a multi-year endeavor that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency. The Mankato residency will feature Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing at more than a dozen events in and around Mankato from April 25 through April 27. The concert is presented in cooperation with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Tickets: $10 /adults and $5/youth and students; Children 12 and under FREE at MankatoSymphony.com or call (507) 625-8880 beginning Monday, March 26, 2018.

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra first performed in Mankato in 1912, just nine years after the ensemble was founded. It has subsequently returned for more than 25 visits through the years but the most recent of these was more than 30 years ago.
  • Born and raised in Mankato, violinist Peter McGuire originally joined the Orchestra in 2003 and departed in 2012 to serve as second concertmaster of Switzerland’s prestigious Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich; he returned to the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016 as principal second violin.
  • Other communities that have participated in the Minnesota Orchestra Common Chords projects are Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Willmar.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Minnesota State Arts BoardClean Water Land and Legacy Amendment National Endowment for the Arts

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Please join us as we close our 45th season and celebrate 45 years of amazing performances and 30 years of artistry and education excellence from Artistic Directors Manny and Claudette Laureano! All four orchestras are sure to please with repertoire by Arlen, Glinka, Khachaturian, Miranda, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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

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An all-American tour-de-force program including Bernstein’s first film score On the Waterfront and the suite from Copland’s ever-popular ballet Billy the Kid. Two soloists grace the concert: Sharon Bezaly offering the world premiere of a Flute Concerto by House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, and the Orchestra’s own Susie Park performing Barber’s soulful Violin Concerto.

COPLAND
Suite from Billy the Kid

BEAL
Flute Concerto [World Premiere]

BARBER
Violin Concerto

BERNSTEIN

On the Waterfront

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Fun Facts:

  • Barber had a nickname for his Violin Concerto: he called it the "Concerto da Sapone," (the Soap Concerto) because the work was commissioned by Samuel Fels, who made his fortune selling soap. The work is known for its beautiful opening movements and lightning-fast finale.
  • Bernstein centennial celebrations are starting up all over the world, and we launch ours with this early masterpiece for Hollywood.
  • Bernstein was chosen to write the score for On the Waterfront largely because of his celebrity in the early 1950s and the producers wanted “a big name” on the posters to help sell tickets to the film.
  • Today, Waterfront is remembered for the power of Marlon Brando’s performance and Bernstein’s score, both of which shocked audiences with a blend of tenderness and violence.
  • Copland’s Billy the Kid contains a gunfight (tricky percussion!)—written so convincingly that few composers have attempted it since.
  • Jeff Beal has won five Emmys for his film and television scores, including Netflix’s House of Cards.

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A Minnesota original for violin and piano, plus an unlikely trio performs music (and storytelling!) about everyone’s favorite gloomy storybook character.

DAVID EVAN THOMAS
Greetings and Farewell

JON DEAK
Eeyore Has a Birthday

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra violinist Michael Sutton performed the premiere of Greetings and a Farewell in 1997.
  • David Evan Thomas’ work has been commissioned by both the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • Eeyore is known for his pessimistic, gloomy personality, but also for loyalty to his friends.
  • Each ticket purchased includes one complimentary beverage (an actual night cap) to be enjoyed with the music.

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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 from 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 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 eight orchestras – from beginning to pre-professional – in two joyous performances. This concert features individual performances from Phiharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and 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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Schumann painted the human soul at its most noble and lyrical in his beautiful Cello Concerto, while a century later during World War II, Britten created his touching Sinfonia as an impassioned cry for peace.

BRITTEN
Sinfonia da Requiem

SCHUMANN
Cello Concerto

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Symphony No. 6

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Fun Facts:

  • Music in response to war: Benjamin Britten was a passionate pacifist and Ralph Vaughan Williams saw the horrors of war first-hand–each created powerful music against it.
  • Britten risked his career in declaring conscientious objector status at the beginning of WWII, and he left his beloved England for the States where his brand new Sinfonia was premiered.
  • Vaughan Williams was a close eyewitness to WWI’s senseless carnage as an ambulance driver to and from the front lines.
  • Daniel Müller-Schott was only three or four years old when he went with his mother to an orchestral rehearsal to hear the Schumann Concerto. When they got back home, he asked her if he could start cello lessons.
  • Daniel Müller-Schott shocked the music world in 1992, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at age 15.
  • When not practicing cello, Müller-Schott is often found on a soccer field.

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at BlackStack Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a 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.
  • BlackStack Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for the Jun 3 Chamber Music: Mendelssohn and Dvořák.

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.

BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55413
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THE SYMPHONY BALL PARTIER EXPERIENCE

Pre-show party 8:05pm / Concert 9:15 pm

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra explore the scores that made some of the most memorable moments in movie history across a range of genres as a part of 2018 Symphony Ball. Indie singer/songwriter jeremy messersmith will join in to perform two pieces with the Orchestra, followed by a separate 30 minute set with his band. Tickets are no longer available.

  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • jeremy messersmith, indie pop singer and songwriter

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Partier-level ticket includes:

  • Experience Minnesota Orchestra concert with special guest jeremy messersmith
  • Enjoy movie tunes by the Bryan Nichols Trio
  • Get the party started with DJ Ander Other spinning movie classics
  • Test your movie knowledge with Trivia Mafia
  • Dance the night away with local band Synergy
  • Cheers! Enjoy themed cocktails & refreshments (drink tickets provided)
  • Treat yourself to an array of complimentary desserts

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.

No portion of this ticket is tax-deductible.

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Hear the Orchestra perform film score selections from Toy Story, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic and more while (all around them and flying over head!) the internationally-acclaimed aerialists, acrobats and jugglers make the most astounding feats look easy.

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Fun Facts:

  • Each of the acts performed by the acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, strongmen, ribbon dancers and aerialists are choreographed to movie scores that are performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra!
  • You'll also hear music from Mission: Impossible, West Side Story, Chicago, Batman and Gladiator!
  • From the sidewalk to the stage—Cirque began in 1984 as a group of 20 Québec street performers who went on to perform in theaters and arenas, winning millions of fans.
  • Praising its magical combination of symphonic music and precision acrobatics, The Seattle Post Intelligencer called it “a show unlike any other…astonishing.”

Accessibility

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

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Please note: film clips will not be projected in this program.

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

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A huge success at its 1930s premiere and beloved by orchestras and choirs since, Belshazzar’s Feast tells the ancient Hebrew story of lamentation and liberation.

BERNSTEIN
Fancy Free
Chichester Psalms

WALTON
Belshazzar's Feast

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Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein, linked so strongly to Manhattan by his Broadway successes and his years leading the New York Philharmonic, was born 100 years ago—outside Boston.
  • Bernstein’s Fancy Free is a ballet set in WWII-era New York, the comic story of three sailors on leave and looking for love.
  • Belshazzar’s Feast sets Hebrew scripture about the overthrow of Babylonia’s King Belshazzar to sweeping music.
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Walton in 1929 to create a “small-scale” choral work, but instead he wrote Belshazzar’s Feast for a chorus and orchestra so large they couldn’t fit into BBC studios.
  • Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the premiere, and as he saw the work-in-progress getting larger and larger he said, “My dear boy, because no one will ever hear this piece again, why not throw in a couple of brass bands?”
  • After the huge success of its 1931 premiere, Belshazzar’s Feast became one of the most popular oratorios of the 20th century.
  • Since his last performance at Orchestra Hall in 2008, Christopher Maltman returns with the Minnesota Chorale.

It takes a larger-than-life talent to bring William Walton’s sweeping oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast to life, and Andrew Litton is just that talent–with a Grammy-winning® recording to prove it. Litton joins us in spring to lead this inspirational setting from the Hebrew scriptures about the liberation of the Jewish people.

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A brilliant, sunny quartet and a Czech-inspired quintet, featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe and her colleagues from each of our string sections.

Please note: this chamber music performance will be held in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.

MENDELSSOHN
String Quartet No. 4

DVOŘÁK
String Quintet in G major

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Fun Facts:

  • Adding the double bass to the standard string quartet gave Dvořák a chamber ensemble that used each of the string instruments of a symphony orchestra.
  • Dvořák’s Quintet was originally 5 movements; one of these movements is now known on its own as his Nocturne for Strings (Opus 40).
  • The String Quartet No. 4 was composed while Mendelssohn was on his honeymoon in the Black Forest.
  • Mendelssohn’s Quartet has several moments that foreshadow his famous E-minor Violin Concerto—a piece that Concertmaster Erin Keefe performed with the Orchestra in 2014.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

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Augustin Hadelich brings his crystalline tone to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, then Orchestra Hall lights up with Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie fantastique.

BEETHOVEN
Violin Concerto

BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique

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Fun Facts:

  • Is it too easy or too hard? The Beethoven Concerto isn’t every violinist’s cup of tea because the emphasis here is on lyricism and elegance, not technical fireworks.
  • When Hadelich was a boy, he suffered severe burns and couldn’t play violin for a year. He said, “Because I had this moment where I wasn’t sure if I would ever play the violin again, I appreciate my life more. It made me realize how important music was to me.”
  • Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique when he was only 27 (and most likely experimenting with opium).
  • Leonard Bernstein said, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”
  • The fifth movement of Symphonie fantastique contains the iconic funeral chant, the Dies Irae.

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The luminous soprano Carolyn Sampson joins us to perform Mahler’s Fourth—a quiet version of heaven where a child’s every dream comes true.

STEPHENSON
Pillars, a Concerto for Low Brass [World Premiere]

MAHLER
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • One of the powerful foundations of our Orchestra is our rockstar low-brass section; Hidden in plain sight, these four gents are the best in the biz!
  • Strauss’ contemporary Gustav Mahler wrote encouragingly for the brass in almost all of his 10 symphonies, giving glorious fanfares to them—though in his tender Symphony No. 4, Mahler gave pride of place to the strings and a solo soprano.
  • The soprano in Mahler’s Fourth sings every exasperated parent’s dinnertime fantasy, as a child describes “good greens of every sort grow in the heavenly vegetable patch, good asparagus, string beans, and whatever we want!”
  • James Stephenson’s low brass concerto Pillars is the first piece the Minnesota Orchestra has ever premiered that started as a Kickstarter campaign. 149 friends of former Charleston Symphony principal trombonist Bill Zehfuss used Kickstarter to fund the commission honoring Bill after his death in 2014. 

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With a thrilling 2018-19 season ahead at Orchestra Hall, how will you decide which concerts to attend?

Join Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, as she leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an exciting preview event featuring musical highlights and commentary about the new 2018-19 season. Our Season Sampler offers a wonderful evening of diverse musical programming—it's the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything the Minnesota Orchestra has to offer!

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The stellar local trio with a global following, The New Standards join special guests and a big band to play songs and themes from their favorite cult and classic films, presented with flair and filtered through their inimitable style. Garnish with a bruised sprig of mint.

  • Chan Poling, piano and vocals
  • John Munson, bass and vocals
  • Steve Roehm, vibraphone
  • The New Standards Big Band

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Fun Facts:

  • For this concert, the trio puts its spin on gems by jazz greats like Bacharach and Mancini, riff on European film scores that embody the moody cool of the 60’s and 70’s, and use film clips and projections to channel the singular vibe.
  • The New Standards have roots in iconic Twin Cities bands The Suburbs (Chan Poling), Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic (John Munson), and Billygoat and Electropolis (Steve Roehm).
  • The Star Tribune praised The New Standards 2016 Orchestra Hall concert saying “There were moments in Saturday's performance that truly were revelatory.”
  • Stylish, groovy and endlessly inventive, The New Standards host a party you won’t want to miss.

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Join us at Lake Harriet for a free one-hour 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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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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Join us at Lakefront Park in Hudson for a free one-hour 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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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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Join us at Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth for a free one-hour 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.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Daniel Montenegro, tenor

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

HEITZEG
Blue Liberty

J. STRAUSS, SR.
Radetzky March

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

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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Transforming classic Broadway songs into a performance entirely her own, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns, bringing her power, artistry and passion to the Orchestra Hall stage.

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Fun Facts:

  • Audra McDonald’s two concerts at Orchestra Hall have both sold out, including Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015-16 season opening. The Star Tribune raved: “Versatile Audra McDonald’s Star Power lights up Orchestra Hall.”
  • She studied classical voice at Juilliard and has graced stages such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • McDonald has won six Tony Awards so far, and is the only person to date to have won in all four acting categories.
  • She first performed the role of Billie Holiday on Broadway in 2014 and later won her sixth Tony Award for her astounding portrayal which Broadway World called”… a tour de force.”
  • She is a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes and underprivileged youth. Audra is Mom to two girls—Zoe and Sally—and two shelter dogs—Butler and Georgia.

Accessibility

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

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Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa! Book donation guidelines and information »

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Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience for all ages conducted by Akiko Fujimoto and featuring guest cellist Nygel Witherspoon.

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

WILLIAMS
Harry's Wondrous World, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN
Overture to West Side Story

FAURÉ
Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Radetzky March

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, mvt. IV from Symphony No. 7

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The Firebird

Courage and Triumph Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

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

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly 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.
  • 16-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon makes a guest appearance playing Fauré’s Elégie
  • From Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to Stravinsky’s Firebird, Courage and Triumph is a concert you won’t want to miss.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities curated by community partners including the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and Toneworks Music Therapy.
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience. (Spanish version: Concierto Agradable a los Sentidos Hoja de Consejo / Somali version: Bogga talooyinka bandhiga Dareemada dhawaaqa loo dulqaadan karo)
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

We designed this concert experience with support from our Accessibility Team and are extremely grateful for the expertise of each member and the contributions they made to develop this concert.

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

Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa! Book donation guidelines and information »

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Join us at Lake Park Bandshell in Winona for a free one-hour concert, part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

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.

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday

RODGERS
The Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

J. STRAUSS, JR.
Thunder and Lightning, Polka schnell

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park

SAINT-SAËNS
Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

TRADITIONAL/arr. Lowden
Armed Forces Salute

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

The Orchestra’s performance on Sun Jul 15, is presented as part of the 12th season of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a classical music festival held from Jul 2 to Jul 22 in Winona, Minnesota. For information about this concert and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, please visit mnbeethovenfestival.org.

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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by our world-class musicians at Fulton Brewing Taproom. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

Fun Facts:

  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall!
  • Piccolo quartet? You heard right. We might as well call this event Pint of Piccolos! This is our first-ever piccolo performance at a brewery.
  • Meet the musicians after the music! Musicians will stick around to share a beer with you until around 9pm.
  • Fulton Brewing will give away FREE beer samples at Orchestra Hall for a future Minnesota Orchestra in fall of 2018.

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.

Fulton Brewing Taproom
1214, 414 N 6th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Vänskä Conducts Beethoven's Fifth

Osmo Vänskä conductor / James Ehnes, violin

Music you may hear rehearsed:
SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

9am Doors open
10am - 12:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:00pm 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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About This Concert:

The emotional power of Beethoven's Fifth is reignited in the Minnesota Orchestra's vibrant interpretation of this instantly recognizable, rightfully beloved symphony. Also spotlighted in this performance is the Orchestra's 2017-18 featured artist James Ehnes, who ends his visit on a note of brilliance.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • The Guardian raves about Osmo Vänskä's Beethoven recordings and declares them “the best kind of…playing–light, lithe, with sharply pointed rhythms and perfectly floated melodies.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed En Saga on the road in January 2018 as part of its Midwest tour. The concert earned such rave reviews that the Sibelius work was also chosen to complete the program for the South Africa tour.
  • Chicago Tribune proclaimed that “Vänskä has few living equals” in the Sibelius repertory.
  • Beethoven’s Fifth will also be performed by the Orchestra on its South Africa tour to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. (Hear it here, first!)
  • Beethoven’s Fifth has permeated pop culture, gracing soundtracks of such movies as Howards End, The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Peanuts Movie.
  • The London Times compares James Ehnes’ artistry favorably to Paganini, and praises his playing for its “phenomenal control.”

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Stay late for a NightCap performance by an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra all-stars joined by violinist James Ehnes, the 2017-18 season’s featured artist, with Music Director Osmo Vänskä playing clarinet.

JACOB
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Fun Facts:

  • During the 2017-18 season, featured artist James Ehnes is visiting the Orchestra three times, having already performed the U.S. premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Second Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and this July playing James Newton Howard’s Violin Concerto.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä was co-principal clarinet of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1977 to 1982 and principal clarinet of the Turku Philharmonic from 1971 to 1976; he then decided to pursue a career in conducting.
  • Erin Keefe, Rebecca Albers and Anthony Ross are all members of Accordo, a Minnesota chamber music ensemble that is made up of principal members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • The first performance of Gordon Jacob’s Quintet was given during World War II in London’s Wigmore Hall. The piece was dedicated to Frederick “Jack” Thurston, a clarinetist and fellow classmate of Jacob’s at the Royal College of Music.
  • This is the first time that Gordon Jacob’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings has been performed on a Minnesota Orchestra program.

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Osmo Vänskä leads an evening of pageantry celebrating the life journey of Nelson Mandela on his centenary—through words, video tributes and music. Tickets: choose your own price starting at $5.

SONTONGA/VILLIERS
National Anthem of South Africa

SMITH/arr. Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner

MOERANE/arr. Cock
Ruri

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The Firebird

KHUMALO/arr. Van Dijk
Akhala Amaqhude Amabili

MATYILA/arr. Khumalo
Bawo Thixo Somandla

DVOŘÁK
Largo, from Symphony No. 9, From the New World

BROOKS
More Abundantly

MAVI/arr. Mxadana/orch. Kuusisto
Usilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela)

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Fun Facts:

  • The South African song collections in this program will be performed here as well as in South Africa with members of the Minnesota Chorale.
  • The centenary of Mandela, who was born on July 18, 1918, will be celebrated across South Africa and around the globe in 2018, to commemorate his legacy and to continue his work for equality and freedom.
  • A member of the African National Congress party in the 1940s, Mandela led peaceful protests and armed resistance against the apartheid regime in a racially divided South Africa. Imprisoned for 27 years, he helped negotiate apartheid’s end and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa.

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A free, 12-hour music marathon featuring performances of many musical genres on multiple stages at Orchestra Hall for audiences of all ages.

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  • Insingizi
  • Heart and Soul Drum Academy
  • MacPhail Center for Music Bucket Drummers
  • Ernest Bisong
  • Somali Museum Dance Troupe
  • Duniya Drum and Dance
  • Marimba Africa
  • Riverside Wada Jir
  • drumHeart
  • 29:11
  • Papa Shalita and the Global Music Alliance
  • TU Dance
  • Luke Turner
  • Justice Choir
  • Bruce A. Henry
  • Kevin Washington Trio
  • DJ Ander Other
  • Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet
  • Minnesota Orchestra

This year's Sommerfest vendors include: Sammy's Avenue Eatery, Chelles' Kitchen, Wha' Jamaican, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Cooks of Hope.

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About This Concert:

Experience the interconnectedness of humanity, as the Minnesota Orchestra prepares for its South Africa tour with the glorious Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s Ninth and the premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu.

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NDODANA-BREEN
Harmonia Ubuntu [World Premiere]

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Fun Facts:

  • This performance marks the world premiere of Harmonia Ubuntu by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, commissioned for the Minnesota Orchestra tour by Classical Movements as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
  • Ndodana-Breen speaks about how Mandela inspired this work’s creation, writing that he “was the exemplar of the African values of ubuntu—the knowledge that one's humanity is tied to the humanity of others or humanity towards others. Harmony has the obvious musical connotations. Ubuntu is a form of harmony.”
  • The four soloists at this performance are South African; and will travel and perform with the Orchestra on their South Africa tour.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä’s remarkable experience conducting the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) in 2014 was a driving force behind planning this trip to South Africa.
  • Inspired by the activism and leadership of the Mandela family, Ndodana-Breen is also the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie.
  • During World War I, German POWs introduced Beethoven’s Ninth to Japan, where it became so well loved that it is now a Japanese tradition to perform the symphony during New Year’s celebration.
  • In 1972, the Council of Europe made the glorious Ode to Joy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony its official anthem. Years later, the European Union did the same.

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Enjoy one hour (no intermission) of gorgeous music featuring selections by Beethoven, Salonen and Pärt led by trailblazing conductor Roderick Cox, the 2018 winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

SALONEN
Helix

PÄRT
Fratres

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • Helix was commissioned by the BBC and premiered by Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace on a Proms concert in August 2005.
  • Mandela and his friend, Welsh pianist Harold Rubens, led meetings in the 1950s at which they planned apartheid resistance while Rubens played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 very loudly to thwart government bugs.
  • Arvo Pärt is from Estonia, which is also celebrating its centenary in 2018. His composition Fratres literally means brotherhood, and demonstrates his minimalist tintinnabuli style of composition.
  • Called "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear has collaborated previously with Roderick Cox, who in turn introduced Goodyear to the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • These Symphony in 60 concerts are part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series, which includes a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians after the performance.
  • This performance also marks Roderick Cox's final concert as Minnesota Orchestra associate conductor, although we hope to bring you future concerts with him guest conducting.
  • In May 2018 Roderick Cox won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. The award, conferred by The Solti Foundation U.S., is the largest grant given to young American conductors in the United States.

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About this Concert:

Protest music has played an important role in history for centuries, sparking dialogue and inspiring change—and our recent history is no exception. Violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks highlight the music of composers who used their craft as commentary on historical and current events.

This program includes adult-oriented topics, including references to violence and oppression, and may not be appropriate for young children. Read an essay by Sam Bergman about how this program was created »

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BRITTEN
Lacrymosa, mvt. I from Sinfonia da Requiem

CORIGLIANO
Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance, mvt. I from Symphony No. 1

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

PENDERECKI
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

STILL
In Memoriam of the Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

SMYTH
Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio

SHOSTAKOVICH/Barshai
Allegro molto, mvt. II from Chamber Symphony

Al-ZAND
The Prisoner

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Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • Casual Concerts include: $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brew, and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Karim Al-Zand's The Prisoner is a masterful and moving piece for bass baritone and orchestra that is inspired by the writings of Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Latif, who was held without cause for a decade and died while incarcerated.
  • This wide-ranging program also explores music that commemorates the women’s suffrage movement, acknowledges the service and sacrifice of African-American Civil War soldiers, reflects on the bombing of Hiroshima and pays tribute to friends lost during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

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Join us for an uplifting Sommerfest performance by global a cappella phenomenon Ladysmith Black Mambazo, whose inspiring songs of social justice, hope and joy radiate the vital spirit of the South African people.

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Fun Facts:

  • The a cappella ensemble’s performance with Paul Simon on Graceland (1986) catapulted the ensemble on the world stage; this group has remained in the spotlight ever since.
  • In addition to their working with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge, among others.
  • An inspiration to Nelson Mandela while he was a political prisoner in South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed at his 1994 inauguration as the country’s first post-apartheid president.
  • The group’s sound traces its roots to the tradition of isicathamiya (pronounced is-cot-a-ME-ya), a singing style created by South African mine workers.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo is named for its hometown and the Zulu word for “axe.”
  • According to the Huffington Post “Ladysmith Black Mambazo may be an institution, but it’s a vibrant, high-stepping institution that shows no signs of slowing down.”
  • The Los Angeles Times credits the group’s “creative discipline and good spirits” as an inspiration in “helping South Africa complete its transition from racist tyranny to equal-rights democracy with joy.”
  • “It isn’t merely …the power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention,” praises Paul Simon, “but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.”

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Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Before embarking on its South Africa tour, the Orchestra has been invited to perform this all-American program with pianist Inon Barnatan at the world's largest classical music festival, London's prestigious BBC Proms. Join us for a post-concert toast as we say thank you and farewell to retiring Minnesota Orchestra president and CEO Kevin Smith.

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

IVES
Symphony No. 2

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra will also perform this program on August 6 at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, one of the world's most prestigious classical music festivals. The Proms concert will be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
  • “One of the most admired pianists of his generation," according to The New York Times, Inon Barnatan recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on the January 2018 Midwest Tour and Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • This is the send-off performance for the Orchestra as they leave for a multi-city tour of South Africa.
  • Charles Ives was a modernist composer and among the first to use experimental techniques such as polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters and quarter tones. His tonal inspirations come from myriad sources including traditional hymns, parlor ballads and Stephen Foster melodies.
  • Candide is an operetta based on the Voltaire novella; American poet Richard Wilbur was the primary lyricist. Although it premiered to an unenthusiastic audience in 1956, it has become a well-beloved modern day favorite.
  • A lifelong activist and unafraid of controversy, Leonard Bernstein and his then-wife Felicia hosted parties for the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam war efforts. He was monitored by Hoover’s FBI as a “potential communist.”
  • Gershwin is world-famous for music that has become part of the national consciousness, including the incomparable Rhapsody in Blue and his revolutionary opera Porgy and Bess.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have been invited to perform at one of the world’s most famous classical music festivals, London’s BBC Proms. Vänskä leads the Orchestra in an all-American program comprising Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with Inon Barnatan as soloist, and Charles Ives’ visionary Second Symphony.

Following the performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Orchestra embarks on a five-city tour to South Africa from August 7 to 19.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will share a live broadcast of the Proms concert on August 6 at 1 p.m. Central on its statewide network, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities, as well as online at classicalmpr.org.

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide

GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

IVES
Symphony No. 2

Tickets: Available beginning May 12 at bbc.co.uk/proms

Fun Facts:

  • The BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, is a 123-year tradition in London that encompasses eight weeks of programming and more than 90 concerts, with an aim to bring the best classical music to the widest audience. The 2018 Proms season runs from July 13 to September 8.
  • Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have appeared together at the BBC Proms twice before: first in 2006 and again in 2010 when they offered a pair of concerts, including a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of Charles Ives’ five-movement Symphony No. 2, will mark only the second time that the work has ever been performed at the Proms.
  • This concert will also be broadcast live throughout the U.K. on the BBC.

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Cape Town, 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 Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform in Durban, 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 KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

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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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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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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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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

*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.

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Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst.

*ROUSTOM
Ramal

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra

HOLST
The Planets

Fun Facts:

  • Roustom’s Ramal, commissioned by Daniel Barenboim for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, was described by The New York Times as “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”
  • The Guardian praises Ramal as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality” and the Chicago Tribune has described Roustom as “a gifted and accomplished artist…one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers.”
  • Composer John Adams says the title of his work refers both to the “gnarly buttons” on trees, and the keys on a clarinet.
  • A fan of astrology, Holst based the narrative of The Planets in astrology, not astronomy, with each movement evoking the mythological characteristics of various planets.
  • Award-winning composer John Williams used rhythms and harmonies from the Mars movement as an inspiration for the soundtrack of Star Wars.

*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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After debuting last year with the Minnesota Orchestra to rave reviews and sold-out shows, acclaimed Minneapolis singer, rapper and writer Dessa rejoins the Minnesota Orchestra for two dazzling, genre-crossing performances.

Fun Facts:

  • Dessa's track "Congratulations," featured on The Hamilton Mixtape, notched over 5 million streams.
  • Her music video “Sound The Bells” was filmed among the sunken statues off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula—she practiced staying underwater at the Minneapolis YWCA.
  • A Minneapolis native and University of Minnesota graduate, she’s a member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective.
  • She has her own Izzy’s Ice Cream flavor: Dessa’s Existential Crunch (whiskey, amaretto, brown sugar and praline.)
  • Dessa’s memoir in essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love (Dutton Books) will be published on September 18, 2018
  • She made Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist for “Congratulations,” Parts of Speech and as a Doomtree member for All Hands.
  • In support of her new album, Chime, Dessa will embark on a world tour (with sold out dates in NYC, London and Minneapolis).
  • As a writer, Dessa has contributed two essays to The New York Times Magazine.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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