As a member organization of MERSC (Minnesota Employee Recreation & Services Council), the Minnesota Orchestra is pleased to offer 50% off select concerts to other MERSC members and their employees. Promo codes are emailed on a monthly basis to MERSC representatives. Check with your organization to receive the discount code.
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Simply choose a concert listed below and enter the MERSC promo code to have the discount automatically applied to your order. Choose your seats using the 50% off price type.
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.
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier / 21 min
Violin Concerto No. 1 / 22 min
—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—
Symphony No. 1 / 45 min
- 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.
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.
Symphony No. 7 / 90 min
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Osmo Vänskä, conductor
- 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’.
Note: All seating subject to availability and may vary by performance. Normal service charges apply. Available while supplies last and may not be combined with any other offer. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Top-priced seating sections not eligible.