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About This Concert

From gorgeously costumed and choreographed Folklórico dances to Gershwin’s iconic American in Paris, this concert is a kaleidoscope of sound and movement that unites cultures through the power of music. Plus, a joyful piece by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez will have you dancing in the aisles.

Artists

Program

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture

ORBÓN
Conga (Xylofono), from Tres Versiones Sinfónicas

A. SHAW
Clarinet Concerto

PONCE
Estrellita (Little Star)

LECUONA
Malagueña

MÀRQUEZ
Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Conga of New Fire)

PIAZZOLLA/Maturet
Oblivion, from Henry IV

MONCAYO
Huapango

GERSHWIN
An American in Paris

Fun Facts

  • Featured soloist Gabriel Campos Zamora, a native of San José, Costa Rica, was appointed principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra in June 2016.
  • Julián Orbón was a Cuban composer whose music incorporated Spanish, Cuban and African musical influences and styles, as well as elements of Gregorian chant. Aaron Copland called him “Cuba’s most gifted composer of the new generation.”
  • 29-year-old José Pablo Moncayo composed Huapango in 1941, after a visit to Veracruz where he encountered the huapango folk dance. The Nahuatl word cuauhpanco means “on top of the wooden plank,” or “on the dance floor.”
  • Artie Shaw, the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, was a Big Band-era clarinet player who collaborated with jazz greats including Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich and Lena Horne.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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

Energized by the spirit of Afro-Cuban music, bossa nova, tango, rumba and flamenco, Osvaldo Golijov brings the rich tradition of Latin American music to his interpretation of the final days in the life of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible’s Gospel of Mark.

Program

GOLIJOV
La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark) / 87 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • María Guinand, conductor
  • Marcela Lorca, stage director
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • Luciana Souza, mezzo
  • Reynaldo González-Fernández, vocalist and dancer
  • Gonzalo Grau, piano
  • Mikael Ringquist, percussion
  • Marcus Santos, percussion
  • Michael Ward-Bergeman, accordion
  • Aquiles Báez, guitar
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Guerreiro, capoeira and berimbau
  • Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, choir
  • Border CrosSing, choir
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Ahmed Anzaldúa, chorus master

Fun Facts

  • Commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, La Pasión según San Marcos had its premiere in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle in 2000.
  • María Guinand conducted the world premiere of La Pasión, and composer Osvaldo Golijov dedicated the piece to her and the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela.
  • Audiences at La Pasión’s premiere were stunned by its originality, particularly its unprecedented incorporation of capoeira and santeria in a religious piece of classical music, and responded with a 30-minute standing ovation.
  • Critics have hailed it as “a work of genius” and “the first indisputably great composition of the 21st century,” and The New Yorker's Alex Ross wrote that it “drops like a bomb on the belief that classical music is an exclusively European art.”
  • Founded in 1967 by Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela has performed with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Krzysztof Penderecki and John Adams, among many others.
  • According to The New York Times, Golijov “…is no less than a major energizing force in a classical world desperately in need of a new vision.”
  • Twin Cities choral ensembles Border CrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale join the Orchestra and Schola Cantorum de Venezuela for a dramatic collaboration of music and theater.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details »