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Roderick Cox Conducts Rachmaninoff

About This Concert:

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox wowed audiences and critics last season in his subscription debut, and he builds on that success with one of the piano world’s most dazzling talents, Alessio Bax.

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GRIEG
Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

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Fun Facts:

  • The Star Tribune called Cox’s performance last season “a highly auspicious subscription concert debut. Cox will be in the vanguard.”
  • Dominick Argento’s Valentino Dances comes from his acclaimed 1993 opera, The Dream of Valentino, about the silent-film heartthrob Rudolf Valentino.
  • Argento, who remembers his boyhood music classes as “50-minute sessions of excruciating boredom,” is Minnesota’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
  • Shhh: don’t tell the Norwegians! Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer, wrote his Piano Concerto in Denmark (where he went for the sun) after studying in Germany.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was his final work, written in 1940 and summing up a long career with brief quotes from earlier pieces, but it also holds a beautiful alto saxophone solo that surprised everyone at its premiere.
  • Alessio Bax has won several of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, and he also loves to write; his online journal “Have Piano Will Travel” began as a way for him to write about the music world, but he often included favorite recipes as well, so now many think of it as his food blog.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts a concert that features a collaboration with African American artists and church choirs, entitled “Send Me Hope” on Sat Oct 7.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Classical

Roderick Cox Conducts Rachmaninoff

Tickets

-46991236732

1507219200

-46959095932

Thu Oct 5 2017 11am

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Fri Oct 6 2017 8pm

Roderick Cox | Photo © Travis Anderson

Roderick Cox | Photo © Travis Anderson

About This Concert:

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox wowed audiences and critics last season in his subscription debut, and he builds on that success with one of the piano world’s most dazzling talents, Alessio Bax.

ARGENTO
Valentino Dances

GRIEG
Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF
Symphonic Dances

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • The Star Tribune called Cox’s performance last season “a highly auspicious subscription concert debut. Cox will be in the vanguard.”
  • Dominick Argento’s Valentino Dances comes from his acclaimed 1993 opera, The Dream of Valentino, about the silent-film heartthrob Rudolf Valentino.
  • Argento, who remembers his boyhood music classes as “50-minute sessions of excruciating boredom,” is Minnesota’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
  • Shhh: don’t tell the Norwegians! Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer, wrote his Piano Concerto in Denmark (where he went for the sun) after studying in Germany.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances was his final work, written in 1940 and summing up a long career with brief quotes from earlier pieces, but it also holds a beautiful alto saxophone solo that surprised everyone at its premiere.
  • Alessio Bax has won several of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, and he also loves to write; his online journal “Have Piano Will Travel” began as a way for him to write about the music world, but he often included favorite recipes as well, so now many think of it as his food blog.
  • Roderick Cox also conducts a concert that features a collaboration with African American artists and church choirs, entitled “Send Me Hope” on Sat Oct 7.
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Coffee Concert

Coffee Concert

When: Pre-concert
Where: All lobby bars
Enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts featuring A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop!

Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 10:15-10:35am
Where: Auditorium
Join Minnesota Orchestra President & CEO Kevin Smith in a conversation with Roderick Cox for an informative and entertaining look at the concert repertoire and themes. This concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.