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Inside the Classics: The Puppet Master - Stravinsky's Petrushka

About This Concert:

Dive deeper into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as host-violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explore Stravinsky’s music through conversation and orchestral excerpts that illuminate the composer’s genius as a musical animator and puppet master of 20th-century music; after intermission, enjoy a full performance of Petrushka.

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka

Fun Facts:

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Petrushka is known for its “Petrushka chord” made of two simple major chords that few composers before Stravinsky had ever tried putting together at once, due to their unusual clashing sound (C and F-sharp major). They represent the character of Petrushka, especially at the end of the piece, when two trumpets play the chords together to represent Petrushka’s ghost harassing the Charlatan.
  • Petrushka is a stock character in Russian folk puppetry, similar to England’s Punch (of Punch and Judy). Petrushkas can be either marionettes or hand puppets; they resemble a jester distinguished by his red dress and a red kolpak—a big furry hat.
  • Petrushka was a collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky, scenery and costume designer Alexandre Benois, choreographer Mikhail Fokine and Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev.
  • Stravinsky said of his inspiration: “In composing the music, I had in my mind a distinct picture of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios. The orchestra in turn retaliates with menacing trumpet blasts.”
  • Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with the role of Petrushka played by the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org

Returning and new subscribers get early access to all 2018-19 concerts. Subscription information » Tickets go on sale to the general public August 3.

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Inside the Classics: The Puppet Master - Stravinsky's Petrushka

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Sat Feb 16 8pm

Stravinsky

Stravinsky's Petrushka

Returning and new subscribers get early access to all 2018-19 concerts. Subscription information » Tickets go on sale to the general public August 3.

About This Concert:

Dive deeper into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as host-violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks explore Stravinsky’s music through conversation and orchestral excerpts that illuminate the composer’s genius as a musical animator and puppet master of 20th-century music; after intermission, enjoy a full performance of Petrushka.

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka

Fun Facts:

  • Inside the Classics features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews, and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.
  • Petrushka is known for its “Petrushka chord” made of two simple major chords that few composers before Stravinsky had ever tried putting together at once, due to their unusual clashing sound (C and F-sharp major). They represent the character of Petrushka, especially at the end of the piece, when two trumpets play the chords together to represent Petrushka’s ghost harassing the Charlatan.
  • Petrushka is a stock character in Russian folk puppetry, similar to England’s Punch (of Punch and Judy). Petrushkas can be either marionettes or hand puppets; they resemble a jester distinguished by his red dress and a red kolpak—a big furry hat.
  • Petrushka was a collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky, scenery and costume designer Alexandre Benois, choreographer Mikhail Fokine and Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev.
  • Stravinsky said of his inspiration: “In composing the music, I had in my mind a distinct picture of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios. The orchestra in turn retaliates with menacing trumpet blasts.”
  • Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with the role of Petrushka played by the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.