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

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

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

The Season Opening Dinner is sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please call Chris Cunnington at 612-371-7173.

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About This Concert

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

Program

*TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

*COPLAND
Appalachian Spring / 24 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 50 min

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A Moment with Emanuel Ax
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Fun Facts

  • Tower's Fanfare, a tribute to risk-taking, adventurous women everywhere, has been performed worldwide by over 500 ensembles.
  • 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).

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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About This Concert

Presented by Green Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra offers a free one-hour concert at The Commons, the vibrant green space located across from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will lead the performance of powerful symphonic works—from John Williams' Jurassic Park to the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5—marking the Orchestra's return to Minneapolis' newest park.

Program

BERNSTEIN
Overture to Candide / 5 min

WILLIAMS
Theme from Jurassic Park / 6 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol, mvts. III-V / 10 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird (1919) / 4 min

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man / 3 min

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 / 3 min

STRAUSS
Thunder and Lightning Polka / 3 min

ANDERSON
Bugler's Holiday / 3 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5, mvt. IV / 10 min

Presented by:
Green Minneapolis

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Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance, updates will be posted here.

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About This Concert

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.

Program

*ROUSTOM
Ramal / 13 min

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

HOLST
The Planets / 48 min

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Fun Facts

  • 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.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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About This Concert

Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads this program for secondary students which focuses on a beloved work in the American repertoire, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Symphonic Adventures performances bring the Minnesota Orchestra to metro-area high schools for dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students that are hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman.

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

Program

RIMSKEY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1

COPLAND
Appalachian Spring

Artists


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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