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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’ grand and imposing First Symphony.

Program

STRAUSS
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier / 21 min

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 1 / 22 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1 / 45 min

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Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.

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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.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7 / 90 min

Artists

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.”
  • 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’.

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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.

During the second week of November, the Minnesota Orchestra will celebrate its 7,000 + Guaranty Fund donors. This week's concert performances will be dedicated to all whose generous contributions ensure that the Minnesota Orchestra can continue to bring incredible music experiences to our community. In fact 80% of our overall budget – including generous gifts from the community - goes directly to support the Orchestra and its gorgeous music. With ticket sales only covering one quarter of the budget, donor support remains absolutely critical. To all of our donors – THANK YOU! You make this exciting season of music possible.

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Program

*PUTS
Inspiring Beethoven / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 2 / 33 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 / 42 min

Artists

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.”
  • 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.

*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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About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra cellist Katja Linfield and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert). Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

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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.

Artists

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert). Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

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About This Concert

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

Artists

  • 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.
  • The concert features keyboardist extraordinaire Tommy Barbarella, a member of Prince’s New Power Generation who also performs with Nick Jonas & the Administration.

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

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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.

Artists

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

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

*BARBER
Symphony No. 1 / 20 min

*COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto / 16 min

*SHAW
Clarinet Concerto / 10 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*HANSON
Symphony No. 2, Romantic / 28 min

Artists

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.
  • Composer Artie Shaw and his orchestra performed his concerto for clarinet in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus, a biopic of Shaw’s life.

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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.

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

*SCHUMAN
New England Triptych / 15 min

*HEITZEG
American Nomad, for Trumpet and Orchestra / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*PRICE
Symphony No. 3 / 30 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish / 31 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • 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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About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Erin Keefe, first violinist Sarah Grimes, Principal Viola Rebecca Albers, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman. Also on the program—talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert). Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

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Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jane Glover, conductor
  • Roma Duncan, piccolo

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

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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.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4 / 34 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAUSS
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) / 46 min

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • 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.

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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.

Program

Excerpts and conversation

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

STRAVINSKY
Petrushka / 34 min

Artists

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 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.

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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.

Program

*BATES
Garages of the Valley  / 11 min

MOZART
Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra  / 26 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

RESPIGHI
Church Windows / 25 min

Artists

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

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.
  • 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.

*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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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.

Program

PROKOFIEV
Suite from Love for Three Oranges / 15 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Cello Concerto / 23 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7  / 31 min

Artists

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

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.
  • 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.

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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.

Program

*MAZZOLI
These Worlds in Us / 9 min

TURNAGE
Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere] / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*COPLAND
Symphony No. 3 / 38 min

Artists

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

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.

*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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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, Schubert’s lyrical Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ ode to Vienna’s majestic Danube River.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUMANN
Violin Concerto / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

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

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.
  • 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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Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance (9:15pm).
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*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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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.

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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.

Program

*SHEPHERD 
Silvery Rills / 4 min

MENDELSSOHN
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 3, Eroica / 51 min

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • 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."

*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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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.

Program

GINASTERA 
Ballet Suite from Estancia / 12 min

MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto / 27 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8 / 36 min

Artists

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

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.”
  • 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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Discover the genius of Amy Beach as conductor Sarah Hicks and host-violist Sam Bergman compare notes about the first American woman ever to compose a symphony, with the concert culminating in a complete performance of her Gaelic Symphony.

Program

Excerpts and conversation

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BEACH
Gaelic Symphony / 40 min

Artists

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.
  • Amy Beach, performing under the name “Mrs. H. H. A. Beach,” appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, then known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, on December 14, 1917. She was the featured soloist in her own Piano Concerto, and the Orchestra also performed her Gaelic Symphony.
  • A child prodigy, Amy Beach was born in New Hampshire to a prominent family. By age four, she was composing waltzes; at seven, she began giving public recitals; and at 17, she performed as a piano soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

*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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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.

Program

GINASTERA 
Ballet Suite from Estancia / 12 min

MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto / 27 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8 / 36 min

Artists

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

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.”
  • 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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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.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus / 5 min

*GORDON
Prometheus [U.S. Premiere] / 20 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TÓMASSON
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 16 min

SIBELIUS
Tapiola / 19 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Program

HAYDN
Symphony No. 44, Mourning Symphony / 22 min

*BERNSTEIN
Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium" / 30 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

*BERNSTEIN
Divertimento / 15 min

MOZART
Symphony No 40 / 22 min

Artists

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

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.
  • 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.

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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.

Program

VERDI
Requiem / 83 min

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • 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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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.

Program

BORISOVA-OLLAS 
The Kingdom of Silence  / 15 min

*GERSHWIN
Piano Concerto in F / 29 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

DEBUSSY
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun / 10 min

LUTOSŁAWSKI
Concerto for Orchestra / 26 min

Artists

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

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).

*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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For much of musical history, LGBT musicians and composers were marginalized and censored, even as they permanently transformed the landscape of classical music. In this concert, we celebrate the talent and legacy of composers who ignored convention to create lasting masterpieces.

Program

*BARBER
Overture to The School for Scandal / 8 min

*COPLAND
Saturday Night Waltz, from Rodeo / 4 min

POULENC
Allegro con fuoco, mvt. I from Sinfonietta / 5 min

*STRAYHORN
Lush Life / 3 min

*OLIVEROS
Dissolving Your Earplugs / 6 min

*HIGDON
Blue Cathedral / 11 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

TCHAIKOVSKY
Andante non troppo, mvt. I from Serenade for Strings / 9 min

MORLEY
Suite from Watership Down

DIAMOND
Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, II: Balcony Scene / 4 min

*BERNSTEIN
Lonely Town (Pas de Deux), from On the Town Suite / 3 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Sam Bergman, host and viola
  • Debbie Duncan, vocalist
  • Mary Louise Knutson, jazz piano

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.
  • Inside the Classics, now in its ninth season, features Minnesota Orchestra violist and host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. The duo explore classical music through conversation and orchestral excerpts. This Inside the Classics concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Casual Concerts series.

*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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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.

Program

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20 

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 6

Artists

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

Fun Facts

  • A late bloomer, Anton Bruckner only began composing music at age 37.
  • The Chicago Classical Review praises Fellner’s “easy fluency,” “pearly tone” and “singing way with a phrase.”

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From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this program is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil

REICH
Hand Clapping Music for Claves

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker

SIBELIUS
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring

MENKEN
Under the Sea, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Steve Reich was a pioneer of minimalist music composition, and was among the first to use tape loops, human breath and hand clapping to create styles known as “pulse” and “phase” music.
  • Under the Sea was written by Alan Menken for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was Menken’s first score for Disney, and it won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1989.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities (12:45-1:45pm), including opportunities to try ‭orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials (available four weeks prior to the concert)!

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