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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]

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

1507713563

1509843600

1539854363

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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]

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 and Adam Kuenzel 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.

Post-concert Reception

Post-concert Reception

When: Post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Join us after the concert for a reception with complimentary coffee, sponsored by Driven Coffee Roasters, and cookies.