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Vänskä Conducts the Reformation Symphony

About This Concert:

Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

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Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Classical

Vänskä Conducts the Reformation Symphony

Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation through Music

Tickets

29502646482

1509757200

29534787282

Fri Nov 3 2017 8pm

Other Performances

Thu Nov 2 2017 11am

Sat Nov 4 2017 8pm

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Stephanie Berger

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Stephanie Berger

About This Concert:

Martin Luther’s hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and we mark the anniversary of this occasion with music inspired by Luther’s revolution.

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 5, Reformation

CURRIER
RE-FORMATION [World Premiere]

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • Theologian Martin Luther lit the spark of the Reformation, but he was also a passionate music-lover who wrote dozens of hymns. He said: “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
  • Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) is the best-known hymn by Luther, who also liked a good drinking song and asked, “why should the devil get all the best tunes?” You’ll hear this hymn late in the symphony, performed by a flute solo.
  • Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach went to the same school and sang in the same church choir—though Bach a century after Luther.
  • Sebastian Currier’s Re-formation reimagines the Reformation for today, with quotes from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Luther’s sturdy old hymn forming a cry to save the planet.
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Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 7:15-7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine.
Join host Phillip Gainsley, composer Sebastian Currier and Minnesota Chorale Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey for an informative and entertaining look at the concert repertoire and themes. This 30-minute concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Crisantemi Quartet

Crisantemi Quartet

When: 7:15-7:35pm
Where: Target Atrium
The young Cuban musicians taking part in the inaugural Cuban American Youth Orchestra Fall Academy are the four founding members of the Crisantemi Quartet, three of whom collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra in Havana in 2015. The Quartet will be celebrated in an Atrium performance at Orchestra Hall, playing Cuban music.

Mendelssohn Octet

Mendelssohn Octet

When: Post-concert
Where: Target Atrium
Minnesota Orchestra musicians Erin Keefe, Peter McGuire, Anthony Ross, and Sam Bergman join the Crisantemi Quartet for Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet.