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About This Concert:

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.

Accessibility

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About This Concert:

Celebrate the restoration of Northrop’s prized organ with music of contemporary composer John Harbison and Saint-Saëns that showcases its rich sound and tremendous resonance.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Paul Jacobs, organ

BACH/Hubay
Chaconne from Partita No. 2

*HARBISON
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ [World Premiere]

SAINT SAËNS
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony

Please note: This concert will be performed at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts:

  • This concert is presented in collaboration with Northrop, University of Minnesota.
  • With 7068 pipes that vary from straw-sized to 32 feet, the organ takes up a space roughly equal to the width of Northrop's stage.
  • In 1999, the Organ Historical Society named Northrop’s organ an “exceptional historic merit worth of preservation.”
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • In 1998, John Harbison won the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities. He has also received a Kennedy Center Friedheim First Prize for his Piano Concerto as well as a MacArthur Fellowship.
  • A rockstar of the organ world, Paul Jacobs played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.
  • Saint-Saëns’ beloved Organ Symphony was the third and final of his symphonies.
  • Historians speculate that Bach composed the Chaconne between 1718 and 1720, after returning from a trip to find his wife Maria Barbara had died.

*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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About This Concert:

Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham meets up with guest conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali of the Gothenburg Symphony for a virtuoso take on Prokofiev’s dazzling First Concerto, followed by Brahms’ grandly imposing First Symphony.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
  • Gil Shaham, violin

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

Fun Facts:

  • According to The Los Angeles Times, “Rouvali’s imaginative, often spectacular musicality is exceptional,” while the Times (U.K.) anoints him “the real thing.”
  • Gil Shaham received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 2008, and was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2012, which cited the “special kind of humanism” with which he performs.
  • A child prodigy, Prokofiev composed his first piano piece when he was 5 and his first opera at age 9. His friend and fellow composer Igor Stravinsky described Prokofiev as the greatest Russian composer of his day. (After himself, of course.)
  • The winner of multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice award, Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.
  • With its dissonance, double and triple stops and fast pizzicato, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto is the perfect piece for virtuoso violinists to showcase their talents.
  • The Guardian says Shaham’s playing evokes “eloquence and powerful expressivity,” and the Sydney Morning Herald praises his “ability to shape phrases with smiling warmth.”

Accessibility

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About This Concert:

Peter Bernstein, a longtime stalwart of the New York jazz scene, brings the full beauty and intimacy of the jazz guitar to the Target Atrium in an evening of exploration and expression—romantic and steely, swinging and melodic.

  • Peter Bernstein, guitar

Fun Facts:

  • In this intimate evening, Peter Bernstein will perform standards, originals and pieces from greats such as Thelonious Monk.
  • Bernstein got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Peter “has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”
  • In 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. He has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), was a member of Joshua Redman’s band, played with Dr. Lonnie Smith and performed with Diana Krall’s quartet.
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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

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About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Just how did it happen that early music ensembles—starting with only a handful of string players—grew into today’s grand and mighty body of symphonic musicians?

Fun Facts:

  • This concert lets students both see and hear this amazing development, as one or two musicians at a time come onstage to reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole.
  • Discover the important changes that came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the symphonic mix in unique ways.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

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About This Concert:

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™  in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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

Accessibility

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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.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

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