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Join us for two can’t-miss guests as Moscow-born guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk takes the stage for a graceful rendering of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony, and powerhouse cellist Johannes Moser performs folkloric Lutosławski’s concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
  • Johannes Moser, cello

PROKOFIEV
Suite from Love for Three Oranges

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Cello Concerto

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7 

Fun Facts:

  • Commissioned in 1954 for the nascent Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lutosławski’s concerto draws on Oskar Kolberg's five-volume Mazowsze collection of Polish folk music from the Mazovian region for inspiration.
  • La Opinion applauds Slobodeniouk’s “exceptional sensitivity,” while BBC Music Magazine gives him “full marks…for putting across all this music with such power, intelligence, and refinement.”
  • Prokofiev died at the age of 61, on March 5, 1953, the same day Stalin's death was made public. For three days, hordes of Stalin’s mourners made it impossible to transfer Prokofiev for burial.
  • Johannes Moser is “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” according to Gramophone magazine, and Mercury News cheers his “rare technical clarity and directness of expression.”

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About This Concert:

This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA School Music Auditions winner Emma Taggart and her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists.

Fun Facts:

  • Students will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be selections from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and other favorite works related to animals.

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.

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About This Concert:

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Award-winning vocalist from the original Broadway cast of Hamilton, as she performs original songs based on the poetry of Maya Angelou as well as a selection of Broadway standards.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry, vocalist

Fun Facts:

  • Goldsberry played the role of Angelica Schuyler Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton. The original production won 11 Tony Awards.
  • Bringing a new dimension to the words of the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Goldsberry added melody and orchestration to some of Angelou’s most memorable poems including Alone, Caged Bird, Still I Rise, Human Family, Phenomenal Woman, My Guilt, Equality, Life Doesn't Frighten Me and America.
  • Called “luminous” by The Boston Globe, Goldsberry is a noted singer and actress who has appeared on CBS' The Good Wife and ABC's One Life to Live. She starred in the Broadway productions of Rent, The Lion King and the original production of The Color Purple.
  • Goldsberry received two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on One Life to Live. Her most recent film roles include Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks. She is currently starring in the Netflix series Altered Carbon.
  • International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating the drive to gender parity. The first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed in the U.S. on February 28, 1909, and first IWD was observed in 1975.

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About This Concert:

Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA School Music Auditions winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials (available four weeks prior to the concert)!

 

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Join us for the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s homage to composer Steve Martland, performed hypnotically by Colin Currie, and Missy Mazzoli’s darkly evocative work inspired by James Tate’s poem The Lost Pilot.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Colin Currie, percussion

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us 

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere]

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Missy Mazzoli, called “Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart” by Timeout New York, won the Best Opera of 2016 award from the Music Critics Association of North America for her work Breaking the Waves.
  • Given its U.S. premiere at these concerts, Martland Memorial is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s concerto-style musical tribute to his friend and fellow composer Steve Martland, and was composed especially to showcase the percussion genius of Colin Currie.
  • A dynamic performer, Colin Currie has been named “The world’s finest and most daring percussionist” by The Spectator.
  • Written at the end of World War I, Copland’s No. 3 combined European symphonic tradition with the iconic folksong-infused style he developed in his ballets to craft one of the most exuberantly majestic American symphonies ever written.
  • Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man was originally written as a stand-alone piece, but he later incorporated as the main theme of the fourth movement of his Third Symphony.

*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:

There’s no better way to celebrate the start of spring than with rush of beautiful music, including Libby Larsen’s poetically lush Symphony: Water Music, Schubert’s lyrical Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ ode to Vienna’s majestic Danube River.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor
  • Alina Ibragimova, violin

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music  

SCHUMANN
Violin Concerto 

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Fun Facts:

  • In 1983, Larsen was one of the Minnesota Orchestra’s two composers-in-residence, making her the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major American orchestra. She composed her first symphony, Water Music, for the Minnesota Orchestra, which premiered in 1985 under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.
  • A chain of five interlinked waltz themes, Blue Danube is Austria’s unofficial national anthem and is played every New Year’s Day in Vienna.
  • Johann Strauss, Jr., made his U.S. debut at the World Peace Jubilee in Boston, where he conducted a 2,000-member orchestra in a performance of Blue Danube.
  • When Schubert died at age 31, he had composed more than 1,000 pieces of music. Like many young artists, he had to make the choice between music and a “serious” profession; fortunately for fans, he dropped out of law school.

*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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With star-crossed lovers, villains, Monty Python-esque comedy, and a beautiful score, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is opera for the people.

Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of “the best of all possible worlds” on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. Imagined by Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein, the all-star cast will perform a theatrical concert version, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s music.

  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Shinah Brashears
  • Phinehas Bynum
  • Michael Fairbairn
  • Bradley Greenwald
  • Rodolfo Nieto
  • Liv Redpath
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Philip Brunelle, music director
  • Peter Rothstein, stage director

Concert Conversation at 6:30pm.

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For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

This production is in partnership with Theater Latté Da.

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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About This Concert:

Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music  

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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).
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A prolific composer during his short life, Schubert composed more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music, and a large body of chamber and piano music.
  • Also a prolific composer, Libby Larsen has a catalogue of over 500 works, and has been hailed as “the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively” by USA Today.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.
  • Strauss wrote more than 400 waltzes, and the Blue Danube, written to celebrate Vienna’s famous river, remains one of the most popular and well-known. It even appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, in the space station docking scene and in the film’s closing credits.

*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 Event

Join us for a yoga flow with live music curated and played by Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel. Instructor Nancy Boler from Common Ground Meditation Center 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.
  • Nancy Boler first experienced yoga in Nepal while serving in the Peace Corps in 1994 and earned her teaching certification at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts in 2000. She has been teaching yoga ever since and loves blending the worlds of yoga and meditation in her classes and her practice.
  • Nancy Boler co-leads the Children's Program at Common Ground Meditation Center, which won "Best Place to do Yoga" in the City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities ® 2018 issue.
  • 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

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About This Concert:

The five-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group takes the stage with its captivating blend of classical, pop and pure voice performing a musical retrospective that includes J.S. Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and more.

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

Fun Facts:

  • The group won five Grammy® awards, has made more than 50 albums and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee.
  • The Swingles’ newest album, Folklore, explores folk music from around the world and features collaborations with traditional artists.
  • In addition to touring, The Swingles host their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January.
  • Their recent performances include concerts at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

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About This Concert:

Go boldly where few films have gone before as the Enterprise crew confronts one of the greatest threats Starfleet has ever faced (Benedict Cumberbatch) in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi blockbuster, while the Orchestra plays Michael Giacchino’s spectacular score – live!

Fun Facts:

  • Director J.J. Abrams praises Giacchino’s music as “the secret weapon of the Star Trek series.”
  • Michael Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two Grammy® Awards.
  • This was Leonard Nimoy's final turn as Spock, and his final role before his death at age 83.
  • Giacchino holds the distinction of being the only composer to score both a Star Trek movie and a Star Wars movie, the latter being 2016's Rogue One.
  • J.J. Abrams pitched the villain to Benedict Cumberbatch as a combination of The Joker from The Dark Knight (2008), Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Jack Torrance from The Shining (1980).
  • This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

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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.

©2013 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.

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Let’s create together! In this musical story time, your little ones can roll up their sleeves and make a craft, sing along to nursery rhymes with our singers, and hear acclaimed local author Nancy Carlson read some of her most-loved books.

Listen to brand new songs written by teen moms through our Lullaby Project, and create a song with us that you can take home.

Tickets: $15 Adults, FREE Children (Age 0-17); All seating general admission.

  • Members of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • Nancy Carlson, author

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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