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A New Year Celebration: Vänskä Conducts Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin

About This Concert

From Gershwin’s Tin Pan Alley and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age to Aaron Copland’s folk music- inflected ballet, this concert celebrates the dynamic voices, vision, and talents of iconic American composers. And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*COPLAND
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo / 17 min

*GERSHWIN
Rhapsody in Blue / 15 min

—INTERMISSION 30 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Three Dances from On the Town / 11 min

*HARBISON
Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra / 7 min

*PAULUS
Impassioned, from Symphony in Three Movements / 12 min

*GERSHWIN
An American in Paris / 17 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Copland’s Hoe-Down has made pop culture appearances in the 1980’s “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” commercials, a Simpsons episode, and in the blockbuster movie Titanic.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • Paulus wrote over 600 works for chorus, orchestra, opera, piano and organ, and his music has been performed by leading orchestras, at two presidential funerals, and by many musicians including Doc Severinsen and Leo Kottke.

*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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS

A New Year Celebration: Vänskä Conducts Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin

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Mon Dec 31 8:30pm Buy

Minnesota Orchestra | Photo © Courtney Perry

Minnesota Orchestra | Photo © Courtney Perry

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Concert Duration

Approximately 2 hours including a 30 minute intermission.


Pre-Concert

Doors open 6:30pm

Swing Dancing


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About This Concert

From Gershwin’s Tin Pan Alley and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age to Aaron Copland’s folk music- inflected ballet, this concert celebrates the dynamic voices, vision, and talents of iconic American composers. And it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a party: after the concert, we’ll have some fun in the lobby including local jazz band Belle Amour and you can help us count down to midnight!

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

*COPLAND
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo / 17 min

*GERSHWIN
Rhapsody in Blue / 15 min

—INTERMISSION 30 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Three Dances from On the Town / 11 min

*HARBISON
Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra / 7 min

*PAULUS
Impassioned, from Symphony in Three Movements / 12 min

*GERSHWIN
An American in Paris / 17 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Copland’s Hoe-Down has made pop culture appearances in the 1980’s “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” commercials, a Simpsons episode, and in the blockbuster movie Titanic.
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • Paulus wrote over 600 works for chorus, orchestra, opera, piano and organ, and his music has been performed by leading orchestras, at two presidential funerals, and by many musicians including Doc Severinsen and Leo Kottke.

*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.

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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Swing Dancing

Swing Dancing

When: 7:45-8:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
Terry & Cindy Gardner of TC Swing are prominent teachers and promoters of Swing Dance in the Twin Cities, specializing in Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing. Together as TC Swing, they teach, DJ and host social dances such as Late Night Swing and their 1st Saturday Swing Dance, featuring live swing bands.