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Brahms' Fourth Symphony

About This Concert:

Venezuela’s young conductor Rafael Payare makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut with Ravel’s gorgeous Shéhérazade and Brahms’ towering final symphony, the Fourth.

DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

RAVEL
Shéhérazade

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

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Fun Facts:

  • The Fourth is Brahms at his best: moments of tender melancholy woven through passionate, rhythmic, life-affirming music.
  • Unlike many composers, Brahms knew the Fourth would be his final symphony, and he poured everything into its yearlong creation.
  • Conductor Rafael Payare was born in 1980 and grew up as a horn player in the famed Venezuelan music education program called El Sistema (The System).
  • El Sistema began in the ʼ70s in a Venezuelan parking garage, and has since served hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world with rigorous and free after-school music education.
  • Composer Maurice Ravel had an obsession with the character Shéhérazade, who is both the narrator and the heroine of The Arabian Nights.
  • Ravel wrote an early orchestral piece called Shéhérazade, but it bombed; one critic called Ravel “a mediocrely gifted debutant who will perhaps become something in about ten years, if he works hard.”
  • Ravel’s second Shéhérazade came six years later and was a hit—the set of three lush and evocative songs showed just how hard the young man had been working.
  • The work on this program is not to be confused with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade based on the same tale, written a generation earlier.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403

Brahms' Fourth Symphony

Tickets

1539477630

1510970400

1571618430

Fri Nov 17 2017 8pm

Other Performances

Thu Nov 16 2017 11am

Rafael Payare | Photo © BGE

Rafael Payare | Photo © BGE

About This Concert:

Venezuela’s young conductor Rafael Payare makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut with Ravel’s gorgeous Shéhérazade and Brahms’ towering final symphony, the Fourth.

DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

RAVEL
Shéhérazade

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • The Fourth is Brahms at his best: moments of tender melancholy woven through passionate, rhythmic, life-affirming music.
  • Unlike many composers, Brahms knew the Fourth would be his final symphony, and he poured everything into its yearlong creation.
  • Conductor Rafael Payare was born in 1980 and grew up as a horn player in the famed Venezuelan music education program called El Sistema (The System).
  • El Sistema began in the ʼ70s in a Venezuelan parking garage, and has since served hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world with rigorous and free after-school music education.
  • Composer Maurice Ravel had an obsession with the character Shéhérazade, who is both the narrator and the heroine of The Arabian Nights.
  • Ravel wrote an early orchestral piece called Shéhérazade, but it bombed; one critic called Ravel “a mediocrely gifted debutant who will perhaps become something in about ten years, if he works hard.”
  • Ravel’s second Shéhérazade came six years later and was a hit—the set of three lush and evocative songs showed just how hard the young man had been working.
  • The work on this program is not to be confused with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade based on the same tale, written a generation earlier.
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Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 7:15-7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Join Phillip Gainsley, Virginie Verrez and Rafael Payare 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.

ComMUSICation

ComMUSICation

When: 7-7:30pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join the ComMUSICation Choir, along with Minnesota Orchestra musicians Kenneth Freed and David Williamson, for a performance featuring five new folk tune arrangements based on original material developed by students and musicians last spring!