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Guarantors' Celebration

During the first two weeks in November, we perform concerts in dedication to the Orchestra’s outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra’s annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us—thank you for investing in its future. Become a donor and support the music you love »

About this Concert:

Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

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Campus Night

Buy tickets early – this concert is expected to sell out!

Our Student Ambassadors have chosen this concert as the season’s first Campus Night. You’re invited to join your Ambassador hosts and fellow students for a world-class Minnesota Orchestra performance plus exclusive pre- and post-concert activities, created especially for students and held in the Target Atrium, including a chance to meet Orchestra musicians!

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

About this Concert:

Dvořák's Ninth and Copland’s moving Lincoln Portrait inspire a love of home and a call to our deepest American ideals.

COPLAND
Lincoln Portrait

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Read program notes

More Details:

  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth while visiting America; his influences were the wide expanse of the Midwest prairie, and the songs of Native and African Americans.
  • Dvořák visited Minnehaha Falls on his American travels, jotting down a tune that came to him on his shirt cuff because he had no paper.
  • Neil Armstrong took a recording of Dvořák’s Ninth on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission.
  • Copland’s Lincoln Portrait contains moving excerpts of our 16th president’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Walter Cronkite, Julius Erving (“Dr. J.”), Tom Hanks, and James Taylor have all done the honors as narrator in Lincoln Portrait.

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About this Concert:

A lovely 20th-century surprise and a favorite 19th-century Romantic classic comprise this NightCap.

PERSICHETTI
Serenade No. 10 for Flute and Harp

DVOŘÁK
Dumky for Piano, Violin and Cello

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  • $25 tickets, plus one complimentary beverage ($10 for patrons attending the 8pm performance).
  • The prolific composer Vincent Persichetti often made his daily commute through Philadelphia traffic with blank score paper taped to the steering wheel so he could sketch ideas at red lights.
  • Persichetti loved putting surprising combinations of instruments together, and one of his 15 Serenades is for cello, viola and trombone.
  • Persichetti’s Serenade No. 10 is a collection of eight tuneful little movements for harp and flute.
  • Dvořák’s Dumky Trio is shadow and light, inspired by the Ukrainian word “dumka,” a kind of lament. Six pieces make up this suite, each starting in a melancholy mood, then breaking into a lively contrasting dance.

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Guarantors' Celebration

During the first two weeks in November, we perform concerts in dedication to the Orchestra’s outstanding community of donors. We are deeply grateful to all who give in extraordinary ways to ensure the Minnesota Orchestra’s artistic and financial well-being. Ticket sales only cover one-quarter of the Orchestra’s annual budget. Your generosity supports our exceptional musicians and this outstanding season of music. The Minnesota Orchestra belongs to all of us—thank you for investing in its future. Become a donor and support the music you love »

About this Concert:

Mahler’s Sixth is his unsung masterpiece, thrilling in its sweep and drama, and Osmo Vänskä’s interpretation is riveting.

PUNTIN
AROMA: Imaginative Spaces for Solo Clarinet and Orchestra

MAHLER
Symphony No. 6

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  • Growing up in Switzerland, Claudio Puntin initially played the harmonica in a folk band with his brother and father.
  • He’s part of Berlin’s thriving arts scene today and plays all the clarinets in all kinds of music, including klezmer, jazz, classical and his own compositions.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä asked Puntin to create this Clarinet Concerto.
  • The Orchestra will record Mahler’s Sixth this season.

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Featuring all four orchestras and including repertoire by Borodin, Shostakovich, Brahms, Shubert, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, 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:

Trumpeter and bandleader Chris Botti is the complete package—a great musician and showman who promises an unforgettable evening at Orchestra Hall.

  • Chris Botti, trumpet

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  • This dazzling trumpeter is at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock.
  • He’s a brilliant bandleader and a born showman; his joy onstage is infectious.
  • Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra.
  • His 2013 album Impressions won the Grammy® for best pop instrumental album.

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

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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Video music by SidewalkCafe.com

About this Concert:

You’ll eat up this tasty treat about an ambitious French rat (Remy) who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef in this Disney-Pixar animated film with live music from the Minnesota Orchestra!

"Ratatouille is a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film." –The New York Times

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  • In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down, Remy lands at Gusteau's restaurant, where the spirit of the late chef guides him through a bizarre partnership with clumsy clean-up boy Linguini.
  • Ratatouille has captivated movie (and food) lovers since it was released in 2007—it’s family entertainment at its best.
  • Prolific composer Michael Giacchino has also written scores for the animated favorites Up!, The Incredibles and Zootopia.
  • The filmmakers created over 270 types of food in the computer. Every item was first prepared and styled in a real kitchen, then photographed for reference and eaten.
  • For once, the rats prove to be the good guys!

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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Recommended for all grade levels
Prokofiev gave the world a gift when he wrote the musical story Peter and the Wolf, here brought vividly to life by the Orchestra and actors who are alumni of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Students will delight in recognizing the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous boy Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the fluttering Bird, the waddling Duck, the creeping Cat, the Hunters and the strong, stealthy Wolf. Rarely does a single work offer so many exciting teaching opportunities!

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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