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Exciting music from our time, a Nordic surprise or two and the audience-favorite Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar kick off the 2019-20 season.

Program

RAUTAVAARA
Requiem in Our Time, for Brass and Percussion / 10 min

GRIEG
Piano Concerto / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

CARTER
Three Illusions for Orchestra / 15 min

ELGAR
Enigma Variations / 29 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • André Watts, piano

Fun Facts

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara, who passed away in 2016, remains one of Finland’s most well-known composers. After hearing Rautavaara’s A Requiem in Our Time (which had just won a composition contest), Jean Sibelius recommended him for a scholarship to study at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School.
  • Edvard Grieg took inspiration from Norwegian folk songs in his Piano Concerto, and he imitates the sounds of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle in the final movement.
  • André Watts first impressed the music world at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic.
  • Edward Elgar was playing the piano by age eight. According to Elgar biographer Michael Kennedy, Elgar’s father William worked as a piano tuner in some of the grand houses in Worcestershire and would often bring Elgar along to play for some of the important people who lived there.
  • Elliot Carter’s brilliant Three Illusions for Orchestra features three movements, each based on a great literary work: Thomas More’s Utopia, a tale from a Roman myth and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

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When you hear Benjamin Beilman in Saint-Saëns’ glittering Violin Concerto No. 3, you’ll know why The Philadelphia Inquirer called this 29-year-old “monstrously talented.”

Program

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / 15 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Violin Concerto No. 3 / 20 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 15 / 42 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Benjamin Beilman, violin

Fun Facts

  • The first time the Orchestra performed Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 was back in January 1903, three years before Dimitri Shostakovich was even born.
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 was premiered in 1972 by Moscow’s All-Union Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under the direction of his son, Maxim Shostakovich.
  • For four years in a row, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis took third place in UK classical radio station Classic FM’s annual Hall of Fame listener poll.Fun facts coming soon!

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Experience the thrills of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy as it is shown in full on the big screen, accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra led by Sarah Hicks.

Feel the power of the Force as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO return for more intergalactic excitement in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. A full-length movie screening accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ Oscar®-nominated score brings this epic battle for the galaxy to life.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Oscar®-winning composer John Williams recorded the original soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra in 18 sessions over six days in 1979 and 1980.
  • Creator of some of the most memorable movie scores of all time, Williams also wrote the music for Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List and the first three Harry Potter films, among many more.
  • Muppets creator Jim Henson, a friend of Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, was initially offered the opportunity to design the character Yoda.
  • The Empire Strikes Back was the highest-grossing film of 1980 and earned John Williams two Grammys® for Best Original Movie Score and Best Instrumental Composition.

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Inon Barnatan, hailed as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” by The New York Times, joins us for a virtuoso performance of great works by Brahms and Shostakovich.

Program

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 44 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 9 / 27 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jader Bignamini, conductor
  • Inon Barnatan, piano

Fun Facts

  • Barnatan describes performing as transformative: “I don’t want an audience to listen to me playing a piece—I would love for them to feel like the piece is being created at that very moment.”
  • Barnatan has performed worldwide with the Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras as well as the Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle symphonies.
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 was banned by the Soviet regime shortly after its premiere for its “ideological weakness” and its failure to “reflect the true spirit of the people of the Soviet Union.”

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
All through his life, Mozart was a musical adventurer, always wanting to play with new ideas. This concert explores his experiments and music from composers who were his greatest influences.

Fun Facts:

  • Mozart was one of the most prolific composers to have ever lived, composing over 600 different works in his relatively short 35-year life.
  • Two of Mozart’s most influential musical mentors were Joseph Haydn, considered the “Father of the Symphony,” and Mozart’s own father, Leopold, who was also a well-known composer and violin teacher.
  • While Mozart was seemingly born with a prodigious talent to hear, play and compose music, he was also an incredibly hard-working and ambitious person, determined to find success in music.

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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Head back to Hogwarts™ and bring on the dragons, as Harry Potter™ is picked by the Goblet of Fire™ to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. The Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s inspiring full score while Harry, his friends and He Who Must Not Be Named™ soar across the big screen in a truly magical immersive experience.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Elaborating on John Williams’ memorable scores to the first three Harry Potter™ films, composer Patrick Doyle (Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park) took the reins to create Goblet of Fire's™ music.
  • Nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, Doyle won an ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for “outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.”
  • Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) was the first Brit to direct a Harry Potter™ film.

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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. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

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Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Brian Jensen, horn
  • Charles Scarborough, piano
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences 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 in the Target Atrium.
  • 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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Praised by critics and audiences alike for her memorable and exhilarating performances, Leila Josefowicz returns to Orchestra Hall to perform Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

Program

WEBERN
Im Sommerwind / 13 min

STRAVINSKY
Violin Concerto / 22 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

STRAUSS
An Alpine Symphony / 51 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juraj Valčuha, conductor
  • Leila Josefowicz, violin

Fun Facts

  • The New York Times calls Josefowicz “one of classical music’s great champions of the new.”
  • Josefowicz’s powerful talents inspired contemporary composer John Adams to write Scheherazade.2, a dramatic symphonic portrait of a woman confronting oppression, which Josefowicz played in her most recent appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016.
  • Juraj Valčuha is the conductor of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy, and the principal guest conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
  • Valčuha returns to conduct the Orchestra in a performance of Strauss’ evocative Alpine Symphony, which takes listeners on a day trip through the majestic Bavarian Alps.

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Erin Keefe, Susie Park and Rebecca Albers perform Kodály’s Hungarian folk-inspired Serenade, while four of the Orchestra’s newest musicians share one of Beethoven’s finest quartets in a program that spotlights the dynamic string section.

HANDEL/HALVORSEN
Passacaglia for Violin and Cello

VILLA-LOBOS
The Jet Whistle

CLARKE
Trio for Piano and Strings

INTERMISSION / 20 min

KODÁLY
Serenade for Two Violins and Viola

BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 1

Fun Facts:

  • The title of The Jet Whistle was inspired by a technique used by flute players during fast glissandi, which reminded the composer of the sounds of a jet plane.
  • Rebecca Clarke was a skilled violist and one of the first women to join the Queen’s Hall Orchestra in London in 1912.
  • Haydn was still alive at the time Beethoven wrote the six Opus 18 string quartets, and Beethoven felt the pressure while writing string quartets that he knew would be compared against those of Haydn.
  • In the second movement of his string quartet Opus 18, No. 1, Beethoven sought to musically recreate the tomb scene from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Kodály’s biographer, László Eösze, developed a folk tale to go along with Kodály’s Serenade, assigning a variety of characters to each of the instruments—such as a lover, a mistress, and musicians serenading beneath a particular window.

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The power of love weaves through all these works, and Nathalie Stutzmann sews them together with her radiant podium presence.

These concerts are dedicated to the generous donors, also called Guarantors, who have been at the heart of this Orchestra since its inception in 1903. During Guarantors' Week, we offer our deepest gratitude to the growing number of donors who ensure that the Orchestra can continue to achieve its mission to Enrich, Inspire and Serve the community. Thank you, donors!

Program

BRAHMS
Hungarian Dance Nos. 1, 4 and 5 / 10 min

DVOŘÁK
Romance for Violin and Orchestra / 12 min

WAGNER
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 / 39 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

Fun Facts

  • Violinist Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra’s concertmaster since 2011, earned degrees from the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music and has been featured on Live from Lincoln Center.
  • Of guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, London Symphony Orchestra Music Director Sir Simon Rattle says: “So much love, intensity and sheer technique. We need more conductors like her.”
  • Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 was featured in Charlie Chaplin’s movie classic The Great Dictator.

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Sun salutations meet live music in our Yoga at Orchestra Hall series! Practice yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while Minnesota Orchestra Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle plays musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.

Fun Facts:

  • 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.
  • Purchase the 3-session Yoga Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.

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Enjoy the sizzle and swing of the Big Band era in this concert starring the Minnesota Orchestra's own trumpeter Charles Lazarus, on the eve of Veterans Day.

The romance of the 1940s comes alive in this concert featuring much-loved American standards by “Fats” Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and many more. Trumpet player Charles Lazarus fronts the Minnesota Orchestra and a swinging rhythm section through imaginative arrangements of classic tunes including “Embraceable You,” “Honeysuckle Rose” and, of course, “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Program

Artists

Fun Facts

  • A member of the Minnesota Orchestra’s trumpet section since 2000, Charles Lazarus has also performed with such renowned ensembles as Canadian Brass and the Dallas Brass.
  • The Big Band era began in the early 1900s with the rise of jazz and continued through the 1940s as swing music became increasingly popular.
  • 25% discount for Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans

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South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joins the Minnesota Chorale for a moving program that includes Sibelius’ atmospheric tone poem and Vaughan Williams’ lush cantata.

Program

SIBELIUS
The Swan of Tuonela / 10 min

DEAN
Cello Concerto [U.S. Premiere] / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Dona Nobis Pacem / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alban Gerhardt, cello
  • Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano
  • Dashon Burton, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Singers from 29:11

Fun Facts

  • Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joined the Minnesota Orchestra for Sommerfest and a groundbreaking tour to South Africa in 2018, performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and in the world premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu. She is featured again as a soloist in the Orchestra’s Música Juntos Sommerfest series in 2019.
  • The Chicago Tribune hails composer Brett Dean as “...a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety.”
  • Dean’s Cello Concerto, which will receive its U.S. premiere at these concerts, was co-commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • The late-Romantic and early modernist composer Sibelius was so beloved by his native Finland that his face appeared on the 100-mark banknote until Finland adopted the Euro in 2002.

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—ever wonder how? This concert will look at the ways in which Williams uses techniques found in classical music to tell his own musical stories.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.

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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Get your tickets for balloon-powered fun, and fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for a live movie and music performance.

Stylish, vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny, Up is the story of widower Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) as he makes new friends and gains new wisdom when he uses balloons to fly his house to South America. Performing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®-winning score in full, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks, brings this perfectly-crafted buddy movie to life.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Upon release, Variety praised “Michael Giacchino’s full-bodied, traditional score” as “superlative.”
  • Up won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 2010 Academy Awards as well as Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
  • Up introduces two scene-stealing non-human characters: a colorful flightless bird named Kevin and Dug, a Golden Retriever with a collar that translates his thoughts to speech.
  • Juilliard-educated composer Michael Giacchino has scored many award-winning films, including box office smash hits such as: Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Coco.

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The Minnesota Orchestra's brass and percussion sections showcase their musical power and beauty in this new holiday offering. These concerts, performed at local churches, will offer a festive mix of seasonal and classical favorites that are sure to lift your spirits!

 

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra Brass and Percussion sections

Fun Facts

  • Fun facts, coming soon!

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Celebrate the season with the enduring power of Handel’s Messiah in a performance that features the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and a lineup of acclaimed vocalists.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Daniel Moody, countertenor
  • Richard Croft, tenor
  • Benjamin Bevan, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."

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Led by the legendary trumpet player and composer Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall for an evening of jazz standards and new works perfect for aficionados and the jazz-curious.

Expressive, snappy and always stylish, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is an acclaimed ensemble of musicians led by multiple Grammy®-winning composer, trumpeter and cultural ambassador Wynton Marsalis. Featuring swing, big band, jazz and blues, this concert brings the jazz club experience to the Orchestra Hall stage.

Fun Facts

  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra features 15 incredible soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.
  • Marsalis took up the trumpet at age 6 and performed as a soloist the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14.
  • In 2001 Marsalis was made an International Ambassador of Goodwill as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • In 2010 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra established its first residency in Cuba with Cuban musicians including Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuondo.

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

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Now in its third year, this merry mix of storytelling, carols and comedy speaks to the meaning of family, Christmas and home, with a uniquely Minnesotan twist.

Celebrate the season with a hilariously heartwarming event featuring Minnesota’s favorite storyteller, Kevin Kling. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra, Kling and special local guest performers illuminate the joy of the season through music, only-in-Minnesota traditions, the power of family and the story of a lost mitten.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Kevin Kling, narrator

Fun Facts

  • We’re delighted to welcome a talented cast of Twin Cities-based actors and vocalists for this performance.
  • Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks and acclaimed director Peter Rothstein collaborated with Kevin Kling and composers Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko to create this original holiday show.
  • Kevin Kling is a Minnesota treasure who has won the prestigious Whiting Award for Drama as well as the 2012 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Start your own holiday family tradition! Buy one adult ticket at full price, and additional youth tickets (age 6-17) are just $12.

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Give your holidays a boost of big, brassy joy in a performance by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his dazzling ensemble, including the fabulous Lazarus Brass.

A holiday tradition created by our own trumpeter extraordinaire Charles Lazarus, this concert brings the exuberance of brass to swing arrangements of carols, soulful gospel tunes and boppy pop favorites. Joined by powerhouse vocalists and his high-energy ensemble, Lazarus brings renewed brilliance to beloved classics. (Note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.)

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, jazz bass
  • Tonia Hughes and Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • The Lazarus Brass

Fun Facts

  • At age 19, Charles Lazarus made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra while he was a student at Juilliard.
  • New York Newsday praises Lazarus’ “bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship.”
  • Keyboard player Tommy Barbarella was a member of Prince’s New Power Generation.
  • This program features sparkling versions of traditional songs including a big band reimagining of “We Three Kings,” and a New Orleans riff on “Frosty the Snowman.”

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

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Just in time for Christmas, join us as we screen the Oscar®-winning classic film It’s a Wonderful Life accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale.

Everyone’s must-watch holiday movie becomes a heartwarming live concert event as the Minnesota Orchestra performs Dimitri Tiomkin’s entire score alongside the movie. James Stewart plays down-on-his-luck George Bailey who is rescued on Christmas Eve by his guardian angel Clarence, who shows George what his town would be like if he had never existed.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • A box office flop in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life was revived in the 1970s through annual broadcasts on network television during the Christmas season, and was ranked number one by the American Film Institute in its 2006 list of the most inspiring films ever made.
  • The soundtrack features lush classic Hollywood string arrangements, festive brass tunes, a jazzy riff on “Buffalo Gals” and much more.
  • Four-time Oscar®-winner Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian émigré to Hollywood, best known for his scores for High Noon, Dial M for Murder and The Guns of Navarone.
  • Director Frank Capra was joined by writing legends Dorothy Parker, Dalton Trumbo and Clifford Odets in creating the movie script.

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Enjoy a peaceful interlude in the holiday season with gorgeously-arranged carols and impressionistic compositions by pianist George Winston.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

Fun Facts

  • George Winston’s wide-ranging musical influences include “Fats” Waller, Jimmy Smith, The Doors, Sam Cooke and John Hartford.
  • The Intelligencer raves: “Pianist George Winston’s music cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.”
  • Winston is a practitioner, fan and preservationist of guitar music played in the Hawaiian slack-key finger style tradition.
  • At each of his concerts, George Winston partners with a local charity organization, requesting audience donations to local food banks and other services and donating proceeds from concert CD sales. Stay tuned for more information about this performance’s partner organization.
  • Commencing on March 21, George Winston embarks on a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of Restless Wind throughout the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. The new album is available for pre-order now.
  • A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

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

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Bagpipes, bow-ties and brilliant music: You’re invited to a gala New Year’s celebration that pops as Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a sparkling countdown to 2020.

Program

ELGAR
Military March No. 1 from Pomp and Circumstance / 6 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

WILLIAMS
Closing In, from Catch Me If You Can / 3 min

MILHAUD
Scaramouche / 9 min

RAUTAVAARA
A Tale of Love, from Book of Visions / 10 min

KENDALL
The Spark Catchers / 10 min

BRITTEN
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Jess Gillam, alto saxophone

Fun Facts

  • Don’t miss the fabulous party after the New Year’s Eve concert in Orchestra Hall’s lobby, featuring local jazz band Belle Amour and much more countdown fun!
  • At 20 years of age, saxophonist Jess Gillam is committed to bringing new audiences to classical music and, in an interview with The Telegraph, lobbied for “…more dancing, cheering and clapping between movements.”
  • A prolific composer, Vaughan Williams wrote symphonies, songs, choral works and chamber music, as well as music for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
  • British composer Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers is a tribute to the grace and strength of London’s Match Girls, who went on strike in 1888 to protest deplorable working conditions.

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This concert is recommended for grades 9-12
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making in this concert that features the work of emerging composers.

Fun Facts:

  • This event is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Forum.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts directs the program, which provides young composers from across the nation with the opportunity to participate in a week-long immersive experience with a major symphony orchestra.
  • You’ll get a chance to hear first-hand from each of the composers about their pieces during this concert.

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.

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The culmination of the Orchestra's 17th annual Composer Institute, this performance features the music of some of the country's most gifted young composers, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making through onstage interviews with each composer.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • The Composer Institute is co-presented with the American Composers Forum.
  • Ticket price includes a pre-concert and intermission beverage. Plus, meet the composers at a post-concert reception.

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Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Pamela Arnstein, violin
  • Kathryn Nettleman, bass
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences 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 in the Target Atrium
  • 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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Romantic, artful and expressive, these selections by three giants of early 20th-century music bring meditative warmth to late winter evenings.

Program

MAHLER
Blumine, from Symphony No. 1 / 10 min
Rückert Lieder / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess / 6 min
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe / 16 min

DEBUSSY
Jeux, Poème dansé / 17 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Simone Young, conductor
  • Tara Erraught, mezzo

Fun Facts

  • Despite its somewhat deceptive title, Ravel’s Pavane was not intended to be sad, but rather to convey the image of a young Spanish princess dancing a traditional courtly dance.
  • Guest conductor Simone Young was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and has received a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Brahms Prize of Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein and the Goethe Medal.
  • Debussy, known for his “impressionistic” style, created the intuitively beautiful Jeux in about three weeks.

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Strings take center stage as noted cellist and conductor Paul Watkins joins us for a luminous cello concerto, Britten’s idyllic musical portrait and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

Program

BRITTEN
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / 25 min

C.P.E. BACH
Cello Concerto in A major / 20 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4 / 32 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Paul Watkins, conductor and cello

Fun Facts

  • The Fourth Symphony represents a lighter, more relaxed version of Beethoven’s music, as it falls in between his bold Third (Eroica) and Fifth Symphonies. Robert Schumann described the Fourth as “a slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants.”
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was Johann’s son and held a 30-year job as harpsichord accompanist to King Frederick the Great.
  • Britten’s Variations pay tribute to his teacher Frank Bridge, with each variation representing one facet of Bridge’s character.

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Strings take center stage as noted cellist and conductor Paul Watkins joins us for a luminous cello concerto, Britten’s idyllic musical portrait and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

Program

C.P.E. BACH
Cello Concerto in A major / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4 / 32 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Paul Watkins, conductor and cello

Fun Facts

  • The Fourth Symphony represents a lighter, more relaxed version of Beethoven’s music, as it falls in between his bold Third (Eroica) and Fifth Symphonies. Robert Schumann described the Fourth as “a slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants.”
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was Johann’s son and held a 30-year job as harpsichord accompanist to King Frederick the Great.
  • These bite-sized concerts are shorter and begin at 6pm. Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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Seven unique pieces, each highlighting a different family of instruments, come together in one program to showcase many of the individual voices that make up the Minnesota Orchestra.

GAUBERT
Médailles antiques

AL-ZAND
Canticle and Caprice

BEETHOVEN
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

JULIANI
Campane

INTERMISSION / 20 min

ÁLVAREZ
La Luna en los Andes

G. SMITH
Carrot Revolution

MOZART
Serenade for Winds in C minor

Fun Facts:

  • In addition to composing, Philippe Gaubert conducted the Paris Opera and taught at the Paris Conservatory.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed The Prisoner by Karim Al-Zand in July 2018 at an Inside the Classics Concert. Violinist Catherine Schubilske was so moved by the music in that performance that she sought out other pieces by the composer and found the string trio performed on this chamber concert.
  • Gabriella Smith’s bio shares that “When not composing, she can be found backpacking (playing trail songs on her ukulele along the way), birding, playing capoeira, and recording underwater soundscapes with her hydrophone.”

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Students will discover the difference between Mussorgsky’s original piano version of Pictures and the creative approaches Ravel took when preparing the orchestral version we’re familiar with today.

Fun Facts:

  • Modest Mussorgsky was a member of “The Mighty Handful,” a group of five Russian composers who worked together from 1856 to 1870 to establish a unified Russian style of classical music.
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was originally a solo piano composition and was composed in a lightning-fast three weeks.
  • Contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery is a New York City native who started her journey in music as a child, playing piano with her parents’ band. Now she’s an accomplished violinist and composer.

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.

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We don’t always understand why our brains enjoy music and art, but the way we process music—and the mental gymnastics great composers go through to create it—can tell us a lot about our own humanity.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Minnesota Orchestra Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks and violist Sam Bergman host this fascinating exploration of the way our minds engage with music on a neuropsychological level.
  • The mythologizing of composers and their mental health has a long history, but what of our own minds as we take in the work they created? What happens to our brains as we listen to music we love, or music we hate?
  • This program offers an intimate perspective on featured composers and themes through lively discussion and wide-ranging musical selections.
  • Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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The artistry of 20th-century legends Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra takes center stage for an evening celebrating the talent and tenacity of two great American singers.

Driven by passion, grit and captivating musical talent, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald’s live collaborations revealed real warmth, wit and sophistication. Award-winning vocalists Tony DeSare and Capathia Jenkins beautifully recreate Frank and Ella’s friendship, onstage rapport and sparkling harmonies in a performance that truly shines.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Tony DeSare, piano and vocals
  • Capathia Jenkins, vocals

Fun Facts

  • Sinatra and Fitzgerald appeared together on stage and on television, but they never made an album together because of contractual obligations to their respective record labels.
  • Frank Sinatra is one of the best-selling artists ever and sold more than 150 million albums worldwide.
  • This performance includes favorites such as “Get Happy,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Body and Soul,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and many more.
  • Fitzgerald’s career took off in 1934, after she won Amateur Night honors at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

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It's fascinating to see how music and visual art complement each other—especially when it happens right before your eyes! In addition to hearing the Orchestra perform several colorful, "visual" works, you'll get to watch as the Pictures music sparks the creation of new work by an artist during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities.

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Mussorgsky's delightful Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by the art of his friend, Viktor Hartmann.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist, and other preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert)!

 

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Acclaimed American conductor Karina Canellakis leads the Orchestra in a vivacious performance that includes Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto and Lineage by Zosha Di Castri.

Program

DI CASTRI
Lineage / 11 min

RAVEL
Piano Concerto in G major / 21 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra / 38 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Karina Canellakis, conductor
  • Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Fun Facts

  • Winner of the 2016 Georg Solti Conducting Award, Canellakis is the first female chief conductor of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer-pianist whose work includes non-traditional projects with electronics, installations, video and dance collaborations.
  • The Spectator praises Piemontesi’s “…stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match.”

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Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of awareness with a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and a mindfulness faculty member from the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts:

  • Purchase a 3-session Mindfulness Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.
  • This series is presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, which has offered mindfulness classes for individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities for more than two decades.
  • Sessions take place onstage at Orchestra Hall.
  • This session will provide an opportunity to explore the differences between focused awareness, open awareness, and natural awareness. Greater familiarity with these forms of awareness can help you to navigate challenges with more ease and savor the small, pleasant moments that you encounter daily.
  • The Center is actively involved in mindfulness research, including multi-year studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the Center's website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, to explore how mindfulness can be helpful for managing stress and improving overall health.
  • No prior experience with mindfulness or special attire is needed. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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Norwegian genius takes the stage as Eivind Gullberg conducts Romantic masterpieces by Grieg and Rachmaninoff, a colorful trumpet concerto featuring Tine Thing Helseth, and a new work by Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Anna Clyne.

Program

CLYNE
This Midnight Hour / 12 min

GRIEG
Selections from Lyric Suite and Three Songs / 13 min

TOMASI
Trumpet Concerto / 15 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2 / 60 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Eivind Gullberg Jensen, conductor
  • Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet

Fun Facts

  • Tine Thing Helseth was named “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards. In addition to her classical performances, she leads an all-woman brass ensemble that plays Piazzolla, Brubeck, Bach, Joni Mitchell and Irish-inspired Balkan folk music.
  • Edvard Greig had a “lucky frog” figurine that he kept with him during performances. The frog is on display in Greig’s former home and now-museum at Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway.
  • Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony was panned by critics when it premiered in 1897. Stung by its failure, he composed the Second in secret in 1906-07.
  • Anna Clyne is one of four Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumni to have earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Composition, in 2014 for her Prince Of Clouds.

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Don’t miss this chance to experience a revelatory performance of Shostakovich’s brilliant Second Concerto from acclaimed German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Program

ALI-ZADEH
Fairy Tales / 14 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Violin Concerto No. 2 / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5 / 46 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kirill Karabits, conductor
  • Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Fun Facts

  • When Shostakovich worked as a pianist for silent movies, he would improvise specific tunes for each character.
  • Tetzlaff is known for his cerebral yet spiritual style, which focuses on fully inhabiting the music and honoring the composer’s original intentions.
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh is a composer and pianist known for works exploring the musical tradition of Azerbaijani mugham and 20th-century Western composition techniques. Her works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet.

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Stormy, stylized, exquisite: explore the genius of 20th- and 21st-century Russian composers with host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks.

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Fun Facts

  • Led by Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, The Russian Century concert offers a musical and historical look at the cultural forces that influenced and sometimes battered these composers.
  • Americans often imagine that Russia went straight from the Soviet era to the troublesome meddler role it often plays on the international scene today. But in truth, the era following the collapse of the USSR was chaotic and culturally fragmented, and the music that grew from that chaos paints a picture of a country unlike any other on Earth.
  • This program offers an intimate perspective on featured composers and themes through lively discussion and wide-ranging musical selections.
  • Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein brings rigor and wit to Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto in a program that also features Shostakovich’s heroic Leningrad Symphony.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 7, Leningrad / 70 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Kirill Gerstein, piano

Fun Facts

  • Gerstein will join the Orchestra throughout the calendar year 2020 to perform all of Rachmaninoff's major works for piano and orchestra.
  • Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony premiered in its namesake city in 1942 while it was under siege by Nazi Germany. Loudspeakers broadcast the symphony throughout the city to erode German military morale.
  • The Boston Classical Review praises Gerstein, stating he has the “poetic sensitivity to match the technical fireworks.”

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This concert is recommended for grades 1-3
This buoyant program will build a bridge for students from familiar tunes to music that highlights one rich musical culture after another, such as Norwegian composer Grieg’s Morning Mood, Aleppo Songs by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, Romanian dances by Bartók, Chinese and Mexican folksongs and more.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor TBD

Fun Facts:

  • Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom says an open mind is always the best way to confront a new piece of music, like walking through a museum with lots of different kinds of art from many different artists.
  • For many classical music giants—like Antonín Dvořák, Frédéric Chopin and Aaron Copland—folk music from their childhood is at the very heart of their work as composers.

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.

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Cloud Cult returns to Orchestra Hall for another brilliant performance with the Minnesota Orchestra.

A group of true artistic collaborators, Cloud Cult joins the Minnesota Orchestra to perform music and create art on canvases live during the concert. Working alongside the Orchestra, Sarah Hicks and arranger Andy Thompson, Cloud Cult will re-imagine songs from their extensive catalog to deliver an inspiring and immersive evening of art and sound. Cloud Cult’s debut performances with the Minnesota Orchestra in April 2018 sold out fast, so get your tickets early!

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Rolling Stone praises Cloud Cult’s “instrumental arsenal” while the L.A. Times raves they are “deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”
  • Their eco-friendly record company Earthology runs on geothermal renewable energy, and the band tours in a solar-powered van.
  • Cloud Cult’s 2016 album The Seeker was accompanied by an award-winning feature-length film of the same name.
  • The band auctioned off the paintings from the 2018 concerts at Orchestra Hall, and graciously donated half the proceeds to the Minnesota Orchestra’s education and engagement programs.

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John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—as do other great works, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Holst’s The Planets.

Discover how Williams was inspired by classical composers during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities!

Note: This performance will not feature any footage from the movie Star Wars.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist, and other preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert)!

 

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Sit back and enjoy a poignant, rhapsodic and wild musical ride through the music of Kodály, Brahms and more, in this program curated by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

KODÁLY
Duo for Violin and Cello

MOZART
Divertimento in D major, K. 251

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRITTEN
Divertimenti for String Quartet

STEINBERG
Subterranean Dance

BRAHMS
String Quartet No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Susie Park and Silver Ainomäe are featured together again in Minnesota Orchestra performances of Brahms’ Double Concerto in May 2020.
  • Russell Steinberg wrote Subterranean Dance for an unusual ensemble which is sometimes referred to as a Pierrot Ensemble, based on the orchestration of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. For additional character, Steinberg added a percussion part to his score.
  • Benjamin Britten decided he wasn’t pleased with the Divertimenti, but the music was later discovered and published, and has since become a favorite of many string musicians.
  • One musical motif in Brahms’ A-minor String Quartet is built around the notes F, A and E, quoting a motto of Brahms’ friend Joseph Joachim: “Frei aber einsam,” which means free but lonely. This phrase was a strong source of inspiration for the work.

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A resonant powerhouse, Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ is the jewel in the crown of a program that features the mighty talents of organist Cameron Carpenter.

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

Program

NAZAYKINSKAYA
Winter Bells / 15 min

JONGEN
Symphonie concertante for Organ and Orchestra / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Cinderella Suite / 38 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Cameron Carpenter, organ

Fun Facts

  • Organ phenom Cameron Carpenter returns to Minneapolis after thrilling audiences at his April 2018 performances with the Orchestra.
  • In 1926, the Wanamaker Department Store commissioned Belgian composer Joseph Jongen to create a piece for their own in-store organ, a 10,000-pipe instrument originally constructed for the 1904 St Louis World Fair.
  • Cinematically symphonic, Winter Bells by contemporary composer Polina Nazaykinskaya was inspired by a visit to the Volga region of Russia, her homeland.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra helped celebrate the return of the organ with a performance of John Harbison’s What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ as well as Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony for an inaugural concert in October 2018.

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Prepare to be stunned by the percussive journey of Aho’s concerto, then enchanted by the ornamental wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s universally-revered Scheherazade.

Program

PÄRT
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten / 6 min

AHO
Sieidi, Percussion Concerto / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Scheherazade / 47 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Martin Grubinger, percussion

Fun Facts

  • For Aho’s propulsive percussion concerto, the soloist moves from drums to marimba to vibraphone to tamtam.
  • The New York Times has praised soloist Martin Grubinger’s “monstrous fluency” and “ambidextrous talent.”
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece Scheherazade is an orchestral suite based on the Middle Eastern folk tale collection One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights.
  • Pärt composed his evocative and cinematic tribute to British composer Benjamin Britten in 1976.

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Augustin Hadelich has dazzled Orchestra Hall audiences across several seasons with technical wizardry and heart-and-soul poetic playing. His concerts here are becoming the stuff of legend, so do not miss this! This concert is led by a fast-rising conductor, the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado, famous in European halls for his fiery podium style.

Program

Program to be announced.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Pablo-Heras-Casado, conductor
  • Augustin Hadelich, violin

Fun Facts

  • According to the Los Angeles Times, “Hadelich…is an intimate performer whose self-effacing quality allows the music to soar.”
  • When Hadelich was a boy, he suffered severe burns and couldn’t play violin for a year. He said, “Because I had this moment where I wasn’t sure if I would ever play the violin again, I appreciate my life more. It made me realize how important music was to me.”
  • Hadelich was named Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year and is often heralded for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach and insightful interpretations in solo appearances around the world.
  • The New York Times describes Heras-Casado as "the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor."
  • Named Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado has a varied and broad-ranging career, which includes appearances with both opera companies and symphony orchestras around the globe.

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Smooth and sonorous, Brahms’ concerto lyrically unites the voices of the cello and violin in a program that showcases two of the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians.

Program

BRAHMS
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra / 31 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 9

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Brahms wrote this concerto inspired and encouraged by his friend and fellow collaborator, violinist Joseph Joachim.
  • Susie Park started playing the violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. Silver Ainomäe began cello at six and debuted in his first international competition at age eight.
  • Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was his last. When he died, the symphony’s last movement was left unfinished.

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Multi-talented Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus introduces young listeners to jazz, one of America’s great musical traditions, and shows the many connections between classical music and jazz.

Fun Facts:

  • After growing up and beginning his career in Washington D.C., Duke Ellington moved to New York City, became an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance and went on to pen some of the most well-known jazz standards ever written.
  • George Gershwin was as dynamic an American composer as you can find, seeing success as a composer of jazz music, orchestral scores, Broadways productions and even film music.

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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Imagination soars when the Minnesota Orchestra is joined by Troupe Vertigo, a circus-dance-theater ensemble, for a performance of aerial artistry and symphonic excitement.

Visually-stunning acrobatics and vivid music combine in a visual and musical extravaganza featuring the Minnesota Orchestra and Troupe Vertigo, a Los Angeles-based circus-dance-theater group that dazzles audiences across the country with its powerfully choreographed performances. The whole family will be entertained by this mind-blowing, magical event!

Program to include

MUSSORGSKY
Night on Bald Mountain

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dances

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird

Artists

Fun Facts

  • “Our works,” says Troupe Vertigo co-founder Aloysia Gavre, “are very much about putting a theatrical sensibility on top of circus to make the extraordinary somehow touchable.”
  • Beloved works including Mussorgsky’s galloping Night on Bald Mountain and Stravinsky’s rapturous Firebird pair perfectly with Troupe Vertigo’s phenomenal prowess.
  • The Los Angeles Times raves that Troupe Vertigo’s “…dizzying acts defy gravity and leave its lucky audiences in awe.”

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Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians, TBD
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences 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 in the Target Atrium.
  • 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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Virtuosic both in technique and emotion, this performance features powerhouse pianist Kirill Gerstein’s Rachmaninoff homage and Stravinsky’s visceral and moving choral work.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Three Russian Songs / 14 min
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / 23 min

STRAVINSKY
Symphony of Psalms / 22 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In 1929, Stravinsky composed Symphony of Psalms as a commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • The New York Times cites Gerstein’s background in jazz as influencing his ability to perform classically with both “uncanny delicacy” and “gnashing power.”
  • Rachmaninoff’s friend Stravinsky once characterized him as a “six-and-a-half-foot-scowl.”

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Guest conductor Michael Francis brings generous depth to a Stravinsky charmer, Daugherty’s punchy and soulful work for cello and Mozart’s majestic Jupiter Symphony.

Program

STRAVINSKY
Suite from Pulcinella / 20 min

DAUGHERTY
Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra / 28 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter / 37 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Michael Francis, conductor
  • Anthony Ross, cello

Fun Facts

  • Ernest Hemingway’s writings Big Two-Hearted River, The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls are the inspirations for Daugherty’s work on this program.
  • Principal Cello Anthony Ross says of the Daugherty piece, “Hemingway’s love of nature, believing that nature can heal, is evident in this piece. It’s an amazingly flavorful work with Hemingway’s obvious love of life coming through.”
  • Jupiter is a true testament to Mozart’s genius and was written within weeks of Symphony No. 39 and Symphony No. 40 in 1778.
  • Mozart did not nickname his final symphony Jupiter—that was added later by a music promoter.

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Symphony in 60 features classical music’s most beloved composers and “gotta-hear-it-live” masterworks. Our musicians have curated the list and can’t wait to share a few of those pieces with you this season.

Program

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter / 37 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Michael Francis, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Jupiter is a true testament to Mozart’s genius and was written within weeks of Symphony No. 39 and Symphony No. 40 in 1778.
  • Mozart did not nickname his final symphony Jupiter—that was added later by a music promoter.
  • These bite-sized concerts are shorter and begin at 6pm. Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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Experience music from around the world and join us as we conclude our 2019-20 Chamber Music season with Prokofiev’s Bass Quintet. Everything from Mozart to Minnesota-based composer Reinaldo Moya is covered in this exquisite program.

MOZART
Duo in G major for Violin and Viola

MOYA
Violin 3.0

REINECKE
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Horn

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SARASATE
Navarra

Pianist to be announced

PROKOFIEV
Quintet in G minor

Fun Facts:

  • Mozart wrote two violin duos, this one in G major included, for his friend Michael Haydn (also the younger brother of Franz Joseph Haydn) to use as his own in order to fulfill a commission while he was ill and could not work.
  • Violin 3.0 was written for Reinaldo Moya’s wife Francesca Anderegg, who is a substitute violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra, to perform with two of her violin students at St. Olaf College.
  • Of Pablo de Sarasate's unmatched talents as a performer and composer, George Bernard Shaw remarked that “he left criticism gasping miles behind him.”
  • Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor was commissioned by a traveling dance troupe whose musical ensemble only contained five members, which is what determined the piece’s unusual instrumentation.

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Mozart’s only bassoon concerto highlights the instrument’s rich versatility in a concert that showcases the talent of the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Fei Xie.

Program

FAGERLUND
Water Atlas / 18 min

MOZART
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SAARIAHO
Ciel d’hiver / 10 min

ENESCU
Symphony No. 1 / 32 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Fei Xie began playing the bassoon at the age of twelve. Both of his parents are Peking Opera musicians and his uncle is a composer who introduced him to classical music at the age of three.
  • Originally created to reinforce an orchestra’s bass line, the bassoon has developed into an instrument with a distinctive, warm tone that allows it to create unique textures when paired with other instruments as well as sing out as a soloist.
  • In April 2018, the Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Water Atlas.
  • Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho received the 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for her contributions in “breaking down the divisions between acoustic and electronic music.”

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Osmo Vänskä brings the season to a powerful finale with Mahler’s magnificent Third Symphony.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 3 / 92 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • After the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018 performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, the Star Tribune wrote “Osmo Vänskä is…a sifter and balancer of orchestral textures, a creator of tingling sonic subtleties.”
  • Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir has performed worldwide—at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the Sydney Opera House, and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, to celebrate its 55th anniversary in June 2017.
  • Mahler’s music helped define and refine new 20th-century techniques of composition and was a major influence on composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

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