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From the classical genius of Mozart to the flawless romanticism of Bizet, this concert features lush, intimate and sparkling works for small orchestra, perfectly calibrated by conductor Jane Glover in her Orchestra Hall debut.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish / 31 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Karen Gomyo, violin
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Though performed here by our own Roma Duncan on piccolo, the Vivaldi concerto can be played on a recorder or flute. The flautino, the instrument originally specified by Vivaldi, was a Baroque instrument similar to a recorder.
  • While given the nickname Turkish for its Eastern-sounding influences, Mozart used Hungarian music as well as a ballet tune from one of his own operas for inspiration while composing this concerto.

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Whether it’s Elsa, Anna, Olaf, or even Sven, dress up as your favorite character and join us at a Frozen movie sing-along led by members of our new youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.

Walk over to the “castle” (Turnblad Mansion) to take a photo with your prince or princess, and create a snowflake in honor of your favorite snowman. ASI Museum admission included.

  • Members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 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 Concertmaster Erin Keefe, first violinist Sarah Grimes, Principal Viola Rebecca Albers, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman. Also on the program—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 (available four weeks before the concert). 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.

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About This Concert

Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

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About This Concert

Beginning with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and culminating with the heroic brass fanfare of Strauss’ tone poem, the Minnesota Orchestra illuminates the symphonic wizardry of these legendary composers.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4 / 34 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) / 46 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Fun Facts

  • Beethoven’s prodigious rate of composition somewhat eclipsed this concerto, and he has Felix Mendelssohn to thank for popularizing it through performances at multiple concert halls across Europe.
  • Ein Heldenleben was initially viewed by critics as proof of Strauss’s artistic egotism, with its hero standing for the composer himself. Later critics believed the work to be a response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies and their focus on the struggle between the inner and outer lives of the individual.

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Jeremy Walker presents two sets of original music for piano, bass and drums and mezzo, Clara Osowski, drawing from influences as wide as Ellington and Schubert to create melodic, lush and deeply personal music.  

  • Jeremy Walker, piano and artistic director
  • Clara Osowski, vocals
  • Anthony Cox, bass
  • Kevin Washington, drums

Fun Facts:

  • In December 2017, Clara Osowksi and bass-baritone Eric Owens were featured in the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series.

  • Clara Osowski was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London.
  • Terry Blain from the Star Tribune wrote of the latest Walker/Oswoski performance with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu: “Hang the classifications, and bring on more jazz art songs.”
  • Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox debuted The Rage of Achilles, a jazz oratorio based on The Iliad, as part of the 2015 Jazz in the Target Atrium series.
  • 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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Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by violinist David Brubaker. Instructor Tory Schaefer from LifeTime will facilitate this experience in the Orchestra Hall lobby for beginners and experienced yogis alike!

Fun Facts:

  • Sun salutations meet live music in our new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.
  • Tory Schaefer is the National Director for LifePower Yoga and leads teacher trainings around North America. Dedicated to the pursuit of education and helping people to develop a better quality of life for themselves, Tory discovered that his love for expression and theatrics could be utilized to create experiences that support the awakening of self-connection and empowerment for any individual open to it.
  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.

Accessibility

Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

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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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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a Sunday afternoon chamber concert. A rare performance of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet shines in between Mendelssohn’s romantic Piano Trio and Beethoven’s sparkling Septet.

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Trio in D minor

BACEWICZ
Piano Quintet No. 1

BEETHOVEN
Septet in E-flat major

Fun Facts:

  • Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio at the White House after receiving an invitation from President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz was one of the first female Polish composers to achieve international recognition.
  • Bacewicz was also a virtuoso violinist; she won numerous competitions and was the principal violinist of the Polish Radio Orchestra.
  • “A lot happens in my music,” said Bacewicz. “It’s aggressive and at the same time lyrical.”
  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians performed Beethoven’s Septet to a capacity crowd in a NightCap performance during the 2016 Beethoven Marathon at Orchestra Hall.
  • Haydn greatly approved of Beethoven’s new Septet, telling him it was “beautiful, nay, splendid.”

Accessibility

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About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Experience the power and majesty of Gustav Holst’s famous work The Planets.

The Orchestra performs excerpts of each movement exploring unique characteristics, moods and musical elements. More information to be announced.

Fun Facts:

  • British composer Gustav Holst was fascinated by astrology, rather than astronomy, and the seven-part work this inspired, The Planets, has amazed listeners ever since its premiere more than a century ago.
  • Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune: each is represented by a separate movement, and the excerpts the Orchestra performs will show students the musical elements with which Holst conveyed each planet’s specific astrological character.
  • Students will also discover references to Earth imbedded in this program’s bonus work, Earth (Holst Trope) by Minnesota-based composer Libby Larsen.

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

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available 

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About This Concert

Grammy Award®-winning folk pop duo Indigo Girls take the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for a breathtaking fusion of song and rhapsodic symphonic sound.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Indigo Girls, vocals

Fun Facts

  • Amy and Emily met in grade school in Decatur, Georgia and began singing together during high school.
  • “Gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for 30 years,” says The New York Times.

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Dive deeper into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as host-violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explore Stravinsky’s music through conversation and orchestral excerpts that illuminate the composer’s genius as a musical animator and puppet master of 20th-century music; after intermission, enjoy a full performance of Petrushka.

Program

Excerpts and conversation

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka / 34 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Petrushka is known for its “Petrushka chord” made of two simple major chords that few composers before Stravinsky had ever tried putting together at once, due to their unusual clashing sound (C and F-sharp major). They represent the character of Petrushka, especially at the end of the piece, when two trumpets play the chords together to represent Petrushka’s ghost harassing the Charlatan.
  • Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with the role of Petrushka played by the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

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Acclaimed British clarinetist Julian Bliss pays tribute to Tin Pan Alley legend George Gershwin and his contemporaries with a performance of musical stories and beloved melodies.

Artists

  • The Julian Bliss Septet

Fun Facts

  • As soloist, Julian Bliss has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the São Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris and Auckland Philharmonia to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • He formed the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012, creating programs inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba.

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

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Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and host/violist Sam Bergman introduce secondary students to the Third Symphony of Florence Price, who became the first African American woman to have her music played by a major symphony orchestra in 1933.

Minnesota Orchestra Symphonic Adventures performances are dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

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

Program

PRICE
Symphony No. 3

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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Renowned twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton sparkle in Mozart’s lyrical conversation between two pianos while former Minnesota Orchestra director Edo de Waart returns to the stage with a triumphant Respighi reprise.

Program

*BATES
Garages of the Valley  / 11 min

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra  / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

RESPIGHI
Church Windows / 25 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Christina Naughton, piano
  • Michelle Naughton, piano

Fun Facts

  • This performance is a homecoming of sorts for Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. He was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1986 to 1995.
  • Born in Princeton, NJ, Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They are Steinway Artists who currently reside in New York City.

*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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Stand up and cheer as VocalEssence honors past, present, and future trailblazing African and African American women who persist against all odds to change their communities and the world.

Atlanta’s Spelman College Glee Club will join the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers Of This Age in this electrifying program, which celebrates entrepreneurship, highlights the importance of education, and advocates for the equality of all.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Spelman College Glee Club
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Ilhan Omar
  • Sharon Sayles Belton

Concert Conversation at 3pm

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2018-19 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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