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American, French and Russian fireworks open the season, including Stravinsky’s incandescent Suite from his ballet The Firebird, and a performance with the Canadian violin phenom James Ehnes.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Pavane for a Dead Princess

Violin Concerto No. 2 [U.S. Premiere]

Roman Carnival Overture

Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

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Fun Facts:

  • John Adams has said of his Short Ride in a Fast Machine that you can imagine you’re in a convertible, top down, driving way too fast—and loving it.
  • Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess is one of the most elegant of this 20th-century Frenchman’s creations, inspired not so much by an actual princess, but the composer’s wish to conjure a courtly dance that a princess, say, of the 16th century would’ve loved.
  • Performers in Ravel’s day loved his Pavane so much that the tempo got slower and slower—prompting the composer to say, “this is a pavane for a dead princess, not a dead pavane for a princess.”
  • James Ehnes has a global reputation for his approachability as well as his virtuosity, and The Times (London) last fall praised “the Canadian’s polite, unassuming manner [which] belies his brilliant artistry.”
  • If you want to hear more from phenom James Ehnes, he’ll be back in January for our Tchaikovsky Marathon.
  • Ehnes has one of the most active solo careers today, but also formed the Ehnes String Quartet to collaborate with friends in chamber music.
  • Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture is the Act II curtain-raiser to his 1844 opera Benvenuto Cellini—which bombed on opening night and has hardly seen the light of day since—and these nine minutes of break-neck, beautiful music remain one of his most popular concert pieces.
  • The end of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is bar-for-bar some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.

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Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

Hosted by Violist Sam Bergman, this program introduces students to Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite, 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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Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Marilyn Carlson Nelson, along with President and CEO Kevin Smith, invite you to a spectacular Season Opening Celebration dinner.

DINNER 6:00 pm

$200/person ($75 tax-deductible per person)
Includes three-course dinner, drinks, Champagne, and complimentary parking

To make dinner reservations, please call Chris at 612-371-7173 or click the "BUY" buttons above. Please RSVP by September 8, 2017.

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