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Vänskä Conducts The Planets

About This Concert:

Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst.

*ROUSTOM
Ramal

*ADAMS
Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Small Orchestra

HOLST
The Planets

Fun Facts:

  • Roustom’s Ramal, commissioned by Daniel Barenboim for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, was described by The New York Times as “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”
  • The Guardian praises Ramal as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality” and the Chicago Tribune has described Roustom as “a gifted and accomplished artist…one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers.”
  • Composer John Adams says the title of his work refers both to the “gnarly buttons” on trees, and the keys on a clarinet.
  • A fan of astrology, Holst based the narrative of The Planets in astrology, not astronomy, with each movement evoking the mythological characteristics of various planets.
  • Award-winning composer John Williams used rhythms and harmonies from the Mars movement as an inspiration for the soundtrack of Star Wars.

*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.

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Thu Sep 27 11am

Fri Sep 28 8pm

Sat Sep 29 8pm

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Celebrating Northrop's Restored Pipe Organ

About This Concert:

Celebrate the restoration of Northrop’s prized organ with music of contemporary composer John Harbison and Saint-Saëns that showcases its rich sound and tremendous resonance.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Paul Jacobs, organ

BACH/Hubay
Chaconne from Partita No. 2

*HARBISON
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ [World Premiere]

SAINT SAËNS
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony

Please note: This concert will be performed at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts:

  • This concert is presented in collaboration with Northrop, University of Minnesota.
  • With 7068 pipes that vary from straw-sized to 32 feet, the organ takes up a space roughly equal to the width of Northrop's stage.
  • In 1999, the Organ Historical Society named Northrop’s organ an “exceptional historic merit worth of preservation.”
  • Harbison, the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer, is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018.
  • In 1998, John Harbison won the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities. He has also received a Kennedy Center Friedheim First Prize for his Piano Concerto as well as a MacArthur Fellowship.
  • A rockstar of the organ world, Paul Jacobs played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.
  • Saint-Saëns’ beloved Organ Symphony was the third and final of his symphonies.
  • Historians speculate that Bach composed the Chaconne between 1718 and 1720, after returning from a trip to find his wife Maria Barbara had died.

*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.

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Fri Oct 12 8pm

Sat Oct 13 8pm

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Rouvali and Shaham

About This Concert:

Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham meets up with guest conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali of the Gothenburg Symphony for a virtuoso take on Prokofiev’s dazzling First Concerto, followed by Brahms’ grandly imposing First Symphony.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
  • Gil Shaham, violin

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1

Fun Facts:

  • According to The Los Angeles Times, “Rouvali’s imaginative, often spectacular musicality is exceptional,” while the Times (U.K.) anoints him “the real thing.”
  • Gil Shaham received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 2008, and was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2012, which cited the “special kind of humanism” with which he performs.
  • A child prodigy, Prokofiev composed his first piano piece when he was 5 and his first opera at age 9. His friend and fellow composer Igor Stravinsky described Prokofiev as the greatest Russian composer of his day. (After himself, of course.)
  • The winner of multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice award, Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.
  • With its dissonance, double and triple stops and fast pizzicato, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto is the perfect piece for virtuoso violinists to showcase their talents.
  • The Guardian says Shaham’s playing evokes “eloquence and powerful expressivity,” and the Sydney Morning Herald praises his “ability to shape phrases with smiling warmth.”

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Thu Oct 18 11am

Fri Oct 19 8pm

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Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Seventh

About This Concert:

Under-appreciated in its own time, Mahler’s sumptuously structured Symphony No. 7 receives the brilliant interpretation it deserves from our own esteemed Osmo Vänskä.

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7

Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein viewed the Seventh as a comment on the breakdown of bourgeois society, praising it as “ironic and exciting and ultimately heartbreaking.”
  • Mahler conducted the premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague in 1908.
  • In 1910, Mahler consulted just one time with renowned Viennese psychologist Sigmund Freud, who diagnosed him with a “mother fixation.”
  • In the third movement, the composer gives the cellos and double basses a dynamic marking of fffff, instructing them to ‘pluck the string so hard that it hits the wood’.
  • While the Minnesota Orchestra's Mahler recordings under the direction of Osmo Vänskä are currently enjoying great acclaim, the Orchestra also won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label.

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Fri Nov 2 8pm

Sat Nov 3 8pm

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Guarantors' Week: Anthony Ross Plays Shostakovich

About This Concert:

Kinetically joyful, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony represents the composer at the height of his powers, while Kevin Puts' contemporary work Imagining Beethoven brings new depth to Beethoven's creative process.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Brett Mitchell, conductor
  • Anthony Ross, cello

*PUTS
Inspiring Beethoven

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 2

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

Fun Facts:

  • The second movement of the Shostakovich concerto is built on a popular 1920s street song from Odessa that he loved, "Bubliki, kupite bubliki" loosely translated as “Pretzels, buy my pretzels.”
  • Shostakovich composed his Second Cello Concerto in the spring of 1966. It was first performed September 25, 1966 of that year, at a 60th birthday party for the composer.
  • The Allegretto from Symphony No. 7 is heard as George VI delivers his first wartime speech in the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech.
  • Symphony No. 7 premiered in Vienna on December 8, 1813, at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau between Austro-Bavarian troops and Napoleon’s army.
  • Principal Cello Anthony Ross joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988 and became principal cello in 1991. He was an award-winner in the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, and a recipient of two McKnight Fellowships.

*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.

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Thu Nov 15 11am

Fri Nov 16 8pm

Sat Nov 17 8pm

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Home for the Holidays 

About This Concert:

Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written and narrated by Kevin Kling
  • Original music by Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko

Fun Facts:

  • The show features singing actors from some of the Twin Cities’ most beloved theaters and venues.
  • After last year’s debut and two sold-out performances, the Home for the Holidays  team returns with the program audiences loved, plus a few new elements that will surprise audience members of all ages.
  • In 1993, Kling won the prestigious Whiting Award for drama. He’s appeared regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and won the 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Our multitalented conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • A born-and-bred Minnesotan, Kling has lived in Osseo, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota, and he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Director Peter Rothstein is no stranger to the Twin Cities arts scene. The 2015 Star Tribune “Artist of the Year” is also Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da.
  • Audiences shared their enthusiasm for this new program with us saying, "Kevin Kling is a genius. What a funny and heartwarming look into Minnesota culture and nostalgia," and "I loved every minute! Will be back next year with more family and friends!"

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Fri Dec 14 8pm

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Merry and Bright

About This Concert:

Jazz up your holiday season with a genre-spanning brass spectacular led by the Minnesota Orchestra’s acclaimed trumpeter Charles Lazarus.

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • The Lazarus Brass

Fun Facts:

  • At age 9, Lazarus met Dizzy Gillespie backstage at a concert. Dizzy even let him try out his trumpet.
  • At age 19, he performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra on Christmas Eve.
  • Miles Davis, Herb Albert and Maurice Andre are just a few of his musical inspirations.
  • The Pioneer Press praised Merry and Bright for its “seamlessly combined elements of cool.”
  • The concert features keyboardist extraordinaire Tommy Barbarella, a member of Prince’s New Power Generation who also performs with Nick Jonas & the Administration.
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Sat Dec 15 8pm

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Home for the Holidays 

About This Concert:

Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written and narrated by Kevin Kling
  • Original music by Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko

Fun Facts:

  • The show features singing actors from some of the Twin Cities’ most beloved theaters and venues.
  • After last year’s debut and two sold-out performances, the Home for the Holidays  team returns with the program audiences loved, plus a few new elements that will surprise audience members of all ages.
  • In 1993, Kling won the prestigious Whiting Award for drama. He’s appeared regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and won the 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Our multitalented conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • A born-and-bred Minnesotan, Kling has lived in Osseo, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota, and he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Director Peter Rothstein is no stranger to the Twin Cities arts scene. The 2015 Star Tribune “Artist of the Year” is also Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da.
  • Audiences shared their enthusiasm for this new program with us saying, "Kevin Kling is a genius. What a funny and heartwarming look into Minnesota culture and nostalgia," and "I loved every minute! Will be back next year with more family and friends!"

Accessibility

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Sun Dec 16 2pm

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Home for the Holidays 

About This Concert:

Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein
  • Written and narrated by Kevin Kling
  • Original music by Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko

Fun Facts:

  • The show features singing actors from some of the Twin Cities’ most beloved theaters and venues.
  • After last year’s debut and two sold-out performances, the Home for the Holidays  team returns with the program audiences loved, plus a few new elements that will surprise audience members of all ages.
  • In 1993, Kling won the prestigious Whiting Award for drama. He’s appeared regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and won the 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award.
  • Our multitalented conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • A born-and-bred Minnesotan, Kling has lived in Osseo, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota, and he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Director Peter Rothstein is no stranger to the Twin Cities arts scene. The 2015 Star Tribune “Artist of the Year” is also Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da.
  • Audiences shared their enthusiasm for this new program with us saying, "Kevin Kling is a genius. What a funny and heartwarming look into Minnesota culture and nostalgia," and "I loved every minute! Will be back next year with more family and friends!"

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Thu Dec 20 11am

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Vänskä Conducts Barber, Copland and Shaw

About This Concert:

Experience the lyric beauty of Copland, Hanson, Shaw and Barber as the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora explore the wild spirit and individualism of composers at the forefront of 20th century American music.

*BARBER
Symphony No. 1

*COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto

*SHAW
Clarinet Concerto

*HANSON
Symphony No. 2, Romantic

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

Fun Facts:

  • Copland first knew he wanted to be a composer at age 15, so he began studying harmony, theory and composition with Rubin Goldmark, a teacher and composer who had briefly taught George Gershwin.
  • Copland influenced successive generations of composers, teaching and inspiring students such as Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Ginastera, Alvin Lucier, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • President Lyndon Johnson awarded Copland the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In 1986, he earned the National Medal of Arts; in 1987 the United States Congress presented him with a special Congressional Gold Medal.
  • Composer Artie Shaw and his orchestra performed his concerto for clarinet in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus, a biopic of Shaw’s life.
  • Samuel Barber’s last opera was Antony and Cleopatra (1966), a collaboration with filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli. It was a critical flop that had lasting staying power, thanks in part to Leontyne Price’s fabulous arias.

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Thu Jan 10 11am

Fri Jan 11 8pm

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Vänskä Conducts American Nomad

About This Concert:

Join the Minnesota Orchestra and our virtuoso trumpeter Charles Lazarus for a performance showcasing the multifaceted beauty, scope and originality of talented trailblazers in the landscape of contemporary American sound.

*SCHUMAN
New England Triptych

*HEITZEG
American Nomad, for Trumpet and Orchestra

*PRICE
Symphony No. 3

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Steve Heitzeg features the trumpet in his work as "a messenger or troubador." He says "it's a call and response. It's an alarm. It brings us together."
  • Steve Heitzeg grew up on his family’s dairy farm in south central Minnesota, and much of his work reflects his connection to the natural world. His compositions have been performed by the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, VocalEssence, Chanticleer and the Dale Warland Singers, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • As the title suggests, American Nomad is a road trip through the U.S., starting with the first movement Avenue of the Americas, New York City, wandering South, then through the Great Plains, the deserts of the Southwest and ending on the California coast.
  • Using a popular jazz technique, Lazarus taps into the emotion of Nomad with a plunger mute.
  • Florence Beatrice Price was an award-winning pianist and composer who became the first African-American woman to have her work performed by a major orchestra.
  • Marian Anderson sang Price's arrangement of the spiritual My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, and also perform Price’s musical arrangement of the Langston Hughes's poem, "Song to the Dark Virgin." Later, vocalists like Leontyne Price and William Warfield worked to champion Price’s work.

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

Sat Jan 12 8pm

Sun Jan 13 2pm

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Bizet, Mozart and Vivaldi

About This Concert:

From the classical genius of Mozart to the flawless romanticism of Bizet, this concert features lush, intimate and sparkling works for small orchestra, perfectly calibrated by conductor Jane Glover in her Orchestra Hall debut.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Karen Gomyo, violin
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major

BIZET
Symphony No. 1 

Fun Facts:

  • The Chicago Tribune has praised guest conductor Jane Glover’s “crisp and hearty authority” as well as her “wit and warmth.”
  • Jane Glover studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, holds a professorship at the University of London, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. She was a Commander of the British Empire in 2003.
  • Ravel served as a WWI truck driver stationed at the Verdun front, after which he completed Le Tombeau de Couperin, with each movement dedicated to a friend who died in the war.
  • Though performed here by our own Roma Duncan on piccolo, the Vivaldi concerto can be played on a recorder or flute. The flautino, the instrument originally specified by Vivaldi, was a Baroque instrument similar to a recorder.
  • While given the nickname Turkish for its Eastern-sounding influences, Mozart used Hungarian music as well as a ballet tune from one of his own operas for inspiration while composing this concerto.

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Thu Jan 31 11am

Fri Feb 1 8pm

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Beethoven and Strauss

About This Concert:

Beginning with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and culminating with the heroic brass fanfare of Strauss’ tone poem, the Minnesota Orchestra illuminates the symphonic wizardry of these legendary composers.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Vasily Petrenko, conductor
  • Nikolai Lugansky, piano

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven finished his Fourth Piano Concerto in 1806, but had trouble finding anyone willing to perform it until two years later on December 22, 1808.
  • Beethoven’s prodigious rate of composition somewhat eclipsed this concerto, and he has Felix Mendelssohn to thank for popularizing it through performances at multiple concert halls across Europe.
  • Ein Heldenleben was initially viewed by critics as proof of Strauss’s artistic egotism, with its hero standing for the composer himself. Later critics believed the work to be a response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies and their focus on the struggle between the inner and outer lives of the individual.
  • The Daily Telegraph praises pianist Nikolai Lugansky’s performances for “the way they dig so deeply into the substance beneath the surface.”
  • According to The Guardian, Lugansky is “assertive in articulation” and “forthright yet darkly poetic in his approach.”

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Thu Feb 7 11am

Fri Feb 8 8pm

Sat Feb 9 8pm

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Julian Bliss Septet: Gershwin and Tin Pan Alley

About This Concert:

Acclaimed British clarinetist Julian Bliss pays tribute to Tin Pan Alley legend George Gershwin and his contemporaries with a performance of musical stories and beloved melodies.

  • The Julian Bliss Septet

Fun Facts:

  • As soloist, Julian Bliss has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the São Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris and Auckland Philharmonia to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • He formed the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012, creating programs inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba.
  • According to Fanfare magazine, “Bliss must no longer be regarded merely as a great talent, but rather as a consummate master of his instrument.”
  • This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music. 

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Sun Feb 17 8pm

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Mozart's Double Piano Concerto

About This Concert:

Renowned twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton sparkle in Mozart’s lyrical conversation between two pianos while former Minnesota Orchestra director Edo de Waart returns to the stage with a triumphant Respighi reprise.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Christina Naughton, piano
  • Michelle Naughton, piano

*BATES
Garages of the Valley 

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra 

RESPIGHI
Church Windows

Fun Facts:

  • This performance is a homecoming of sorts for Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. He was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1986 to 1995.
  • 30-year old composer Mason Bates was inspired by the garages of Silicon Valley that served as incubators for some of the most successful tech businesses of the Digital Age.
  • According to Revue, “The Naughton twins bring esoteric unity to their art form in a way only identical twins can.”
  • The San Francisco Examiner celebrates the Naughtons for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry.”
  • Born in Princeton, NJ, Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They are Steinway Artists who currently reside in New York City.
  • Mozart’s concerto was originally scored for the two pianos together with two oboes, two bassoons; two horns; and strings; he later expanded the score with pairs of clarinets, trumpets and timpani in E flat and B flat.

*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.

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Fri Feb 22 8pm

Sat Feb 23 8pm

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Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7

About This Concert:

Join us for two can’t-miss guests as Moscow-born guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk takes the stage for a graceful rendering of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony, and powerhouse cellist Johannes Moser performs folkloric Lutosławski’s concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
  • Johannes Moser, cello

PROKOFIEV
Suite from Love for Three Oranges

LUTOSŁAWSKI
The Cello Concerto

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7 

Fun Facts:

  • Commissioned in 1954 for the nascent Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lutosławski’s concerto draws on Oskar Kolberg's five-volume Mazowsze collection of Polish folk music from the Mazovian region for inspiration.
  • La Opinion applauds Slobodeniouk’s “exceptional sensitivity,” while BBC Music Magazine gives him “full marks…for putting across all this music with such power, intelligence, and refinement.”
  • Prokofiev died at the age of 61, on March 5, 1953, the same day Stalin's death was made public. For three days, hordes of Stalin’s mourners made it impossible to transfer Prokofiev for burial.
  • Johannes Moser is “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” according to Gramophone magazine, and Mercury News cheers his “rare technical clarity and directness of expression.”

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Fri Mar 1 8pm

Sat Mar 2 8pm

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Vänskä, Currie and Copland

About This Concert:

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s homage to composer Steve Martland, performed hypnotically by Colin Currie, and Missy Mazzoli’s darkly evocative work inspired by James Tate’s poem The Lost Pilot.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Colin Currie, percussion

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us 

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere]

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3

Fun Facts:

  • Composer Missy Mazzoli, called “Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart” by Timeout New York, won the Best Opera of 2016 award from the Music Critics Association of North America for her work Breaking the Waves.
  • Given its U.S. premiere at these concerts, Martland Memorial is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s concerto-style musical tribute to his friend and fellow composer Steve Martland, and was composed especially to showcase the percussion genius of Colin Currie.
  • A dynamic performer, Colin Currie has been named “The world’s finest and most daring percussionist” by The Spectator.
  • Written at the end of World War I, Copland’s No. 3 combined European symphonic tradition with the iconic folksong-infused style he developed in his ballets to craft one of the most exuberantly majestic American symphonies ever written.
  • Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man was originally written as a stand-alone piece, but he later incorporated as the main theme of the fourth movement of his Third Symphony.

*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.

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Thu Mar 14 11am

Fri Mar 15 8pm

Sat Mar 16 8pm

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Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

About This Concert:

There’s no better way to celebrate the start of spring than with rush of beautiful music, including Libby Larsen’s poetically lush Symphony: Water Music, Strauss’ lyrical Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ ode to Vienna’s majestic Danube River.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor
  • Alina Ibragimova, violin

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music  

SCHUMANN
Violin Concerto 

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Fun Facts:

  • In 1983, Larsen was one of the Minnesota Orchestra’s two composers-in-residence, making her the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major American orchestra. She composed her first symphony, Water Music, for the Minnesota Orchestra, which premiered in 1985 under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.
  • A chain of five interlinked waltz themes, Blue Danube is Austria’s unofficial national anthem and is played every New Year’s Day in Vienna.
  • Johann Strauss, Jr., made his U.S. debut at the World Peace Jubilee in Boston, where he conducted a 2,000-member orchestra in a performance of Blue Danube.
  • When Schubert died at age 31, he had composed more than 1,000 pieces of music. Like many young artists, he had to make the choice between music and a “serious” profession; fortunately for fans, he dropped out of law school.

*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.

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Thu Mar 21 11am

Fri Mar 22 8pm

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The Swingles

About This Concert:

The five-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group takes the stage with its captivating blend of classical, pop and pure voice performing a musical retrospective that includes J.S. Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and more.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

Fun Facts:

  • The group won five Grammy® awards, has made more than 50 albums and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee.
  • The Swingles’ newest album, Folklore, explores folk music from around the world and features collaborations with traditional artists.
  • In addition to touring, The Swingles host their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January.
  • Their recent performances include concerts at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

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Sun Mar 24 2pm

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Stephen Hough Plays Mendelssohn

About This Concert:

Join the Minnesota Orchestra for world-renowned British pianist Stephen Hough’s precisely attuned and poetic translation of Mendelssohn’s opulent concerto as well as guest conductor Han-Na Chang’s dynamic handling of Beethoven’s towering Eroica symphony.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Han-Na Chang, conductor
  • Stephen Hough, piano

*SHEPHERD 
Silvery Rills

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Concerto No. 1 

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Fun Facts:

  • The symphony was originally written in honor of Napoleon, who Beethoven believed to a champion of freedom. When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, Beethoven was disgusted and changed the name from "The Bonaparte Symphony" to "Eroica."
  • The Eroica premiered in Vienna on April 7, 1805, and was grander in scale than most symphonies at the time. It was Beethoven’s largest solely instrumental work.
  • Ambitious in both its scope and its emotional impact, Eroica shattered conventional audience expectations that music was mere entertainment, containing no larger message or mission.
  • The St. Louis Post Dispatch calls Han-Na Chang “one of the most exciting conductors to take the podium” and praised her “inspired control.”
  • Hough discovered his affinity for piano when he selected more than one hundred nursery rhymes on his aunt’s piano. He went on to become one of the youngest students at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to The Juilliard School.
  • Hough rocks: When he was a guest on BBC Radio 4's cult hit Desert Island Discs program, he chose Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven as one of his musical selections.

*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.

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Thu Apr 4 11am

Fri Apr 5 8pm

Sat Apr 6 8pm

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Rivas Conducts Dvořák

About This Concert:

We introduce a bright new talent in these concerts. Illyich Rivas made his professional conducting debut at just 16. Now in his mid-20s, the dynamic Venezuelan-American conductor has been described by The Guardian as a “phenomenon” who is “strikingly, almost disconcertingly good.” Hear for yourself what the excitement is about as Rivas makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut leading Dvořák’s bucolic Eighth Symphony and Ginastera’s colorful Ballet Suite. Dazzling American violinist Stefan Jackiw completes the program performing a masterwork: Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Illyich Rivas, conductor
  • Stefan Jackiw, violin

GINASTERA 
Ballet Suite from Estancia

MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto

Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8

Fun Facts:

  • Born in 1985, Stefan Jackiw made his European debut at age 14, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the same work he’ll play on our program. That debut performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times and The Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.”
  • Ilyich Rivas comes from a distinguished musical family, studying conducting from an early age with his father Alejandro Rivas, who is also an orchestral conductor. Ilyich has been awarded the Bruno Walter Conducting Prize and the Prix Julius Baer in Switzerland, given by the Verbier Festival to a musician of exceptional talent.
  • Rivas has previously held positions with the London Philharmonic (Assistant Conductor) and Baltimore Symphony (BSO/Peabody Institute Conducting fellow). In 2011 he traveled to Australia at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

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Fri Apr 12 8pm

Sun Apr 14 2pm

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Vänskä Conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

About This Concert:

Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness with glittering Romanticism as Vänskä conducts Tómasson, Siblelius, Beethoven, and the U.S. premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus.

BEETHOVEN
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus

*GORDON
Prometheus [U.S. Premiere]

TÓMASSON
Piano Concerto No. 2

SIBELIUS
Tapiola

Fun Facts:

  • According to Greek mythology, Prometheus created man from clay, then defied the gods to give man the gift of fire.
  • In the Romantic era during which Beethoven composed, Prometheus was viewed as symbol of lone genius whose attempts to improve human existence could lead to tragedy, as reflected in the sub-title for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus.
  • Composed in 1801, The Creatures of Prometheus is a two-act ballet for which Beethoven wrote an overture, an introduction, fifteen numbers, and a finale.
  • Tapiola was Sibelius's last major work, a tone poem, inspired by the wanderings of a forest spirit in the The Kalevala, a nineteenth century epic poem based on Finnish folklore and mythology.
  • Pianist Vikingur Ólafsson gave the world premiere of fellow Icelander Haukur Tómasson’s Concerto No. 2 and is an avid fan of the composer. He’s praised Tómasson’s “bulletproof structures and “unique flair for orchestration.”
  • The young composer has earned serious acclaim for his work. “Gordon writes wonderfully idiomatic music, while earmarking his scores with an individual voice” writes the Salt Lake City Tribune. 
“Few musicians match Olafsson for creative flair,” says BBC Music Magazine and the New York Times anoints him “Iceland’s Glenn Gould.”

*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.

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Thu Apr 25 11am

Fri Apr 26 8pm

Sat Apr 27 8pm

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Erin Keefe Plays Bernstein's Serenade

About This Concert:

Immerse yourself in beauty of Leonard Bernstein’s mercurial Serenade, performed spectacularly by Concertmaster Erin Keefe, as well as stormily passionate minor-key symphonies from two towering classical composers who Bernstein cherished and championed.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44 Mourning Symphony

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium"
Divertimento

MOZART
Symphony No 40

Fun Facts:

  • Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's centenary, and also in honor of Boston itself, as he was graduate of Harvard University and The Boston Latin School. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
  • A frequent soloist with national and international symphonies, Erin Keefe earned degrees from The Curtis Institute for Music and Julliard. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin made in 1732.
  • Haydn wrote his Symphony No. 44 around 1770, during a musical era known as “Sturm und Drang” that was inspired by Rousseau’s Enlightenment philosophies emphasizing heightened emotional expressiveness.
  • While nicknamed the Trauer or Mourning Symphony, the piece is not intended to be especially sad. Hayden simply wanted it to be played at his funeral.
  • Plato's Symposium was inspired, according to Bernstein, by ancient dialogues about the nature of love, though scholars now speculate it was also a coded reference to Bernstein's own homosexuality.

*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.

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Fri May 3 8pm

Sat May 4 8pm

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Verdi Requiem

About This Concert:

Fusing operatic drama, gorgeous solo moments and symphonic prowess, Verdi’s Requiem is a transcendent musical rollercoaster well suited to the gift of Edward Gardner, a wunderkind conductor of symphonies and operas worldwide.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Edward Gardner, conductor
  • Ailyn Pérez, soprano
  • Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo
  • René Barbera, tenor
  • Eric Owens, bass-baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

VERDI
Requiem

Fun Facts:

  • Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has already led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including acclaimed performances in London, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam.
  • Verdi's Requiem Mass was first performed in the Milan Cathedral on May 22, 1874. He composed it to honor a famous novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who died the previous year.
  • Perhaps best known for his operas, Verdi based La Traviata on the successful French novel The Lady of the Camellias, written by Alexandre Dumas, and Rigoletto on a novel by Victor Hugo.
  • Born months apart, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner are both considered among the greatest operatic composers of all time. Although they never met, they allegedly disliked each other, and Verdi denounced Wagner as a composer who “chooses, unnecessarily, the untrodden path, attempting to fly where a rational person would walk with better results.”
  • Gardner has recorded for EMI Classics, including collaborations with Alison Balsom and Kate Royal, as well as music by Witold Lutosławski and Benjamin Britten for Chandos Records.
  • A student at Eton, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Gardner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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Fri May 17 8pm

Sat May 18 8pm

Sun May 19 2pm

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Gershwin Piano Concerto in F 

About This Concert:

A pair of symphonic poems, an audacious piano concerto, and a folkloric work by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski combine to create the perfect musical menu for late spring: lush, impressionistic and shimmering.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Andrey Boreyko, conductor
  • Orion Weiss, piano

BORISOVA-OLLAS 
The Kingdom of Silence 

*GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Concerto for Orchestra

Fun Facts:

  • The Baltimore Sun proclaims “Borisova-Ollas’ The Kingdom of Silence is beautifully structured…it begins and ends with exquisite subtleties.”
  • A performance of the Gershwin Concerto’s third movement appears in a humorous fantasy sequence in the film An American in Paris (1951).
  • Gershwin’s piano concerto premiered in 1925 with the New York Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Damrosch, who described Gershwin as “the Prince who has taken Cinderella [jazz] by the hand and openly proclaimed her a princess to the astonished world.”
  • Debussy’s composition was inspired by the poem L’après-midi d’un faune by French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, and was later used as the foundation for the ballet Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky.
  • Guest pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation and has performed with many major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.
  • Our guest conductor Andrey Boreyko “brings a strong…presence and a clear and authentic musical vision to the podium” says The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

*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.

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Thu May 30 11am

Fri May 31 8pm

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Nagano Conducts Bruckner

About This Concert:

Layering expressive understanding with elegant technique, both Montreal Symphony music director Kent Nagano and Austrian pianist Till Fellner shine in this concert of Mozart and Bruckner that truly reveals the range of their luminous talents.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kent Nagano, conductor
  • Till Fellner, piano

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20 

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 6

Fun Facts:

  • The Chicago Classical Review praises Fellner’s “easy fluency,” “pearly tone” and “singing way with a phrase.”
  • The Los Angeles Times lauds Kent Nagano as “one of world's most imaginative and important conductors” and praises his ability to take an orchestra to “ethereal realms.”
  • A late bloomer, Anton Bruckner only began composing music at age 37.
  • During his lifetime, Anton Bruckner was well-known for his organ playing; when he died he was buried, according to his wishes, in the vault underneath his beloved organ at St Florian in Linz.
  • The Chicago Tribune applauds Fellner’s brilliant style, including his “sparkling runs, pearly tone and diamond-edged articulation.”
  • Frank Zappa personally chose Nagano to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra for his recording called London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1  that included "Sad Jane," "Pedro's Dowry," "Envelopes," and "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation.”

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Thu Jun 6 11am

Fri Jun 7 8pm