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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Thursday Morning Coffee Intermezzo Series


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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

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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

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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

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Season Finale: Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Tenth

About This Concert:

By turns turbulent, calm, and ecstatic, Mahler’s Tenth Symphony evokes both despair and hope and Osmo Vänskä skillfully teases out the extremes to revel in their emotional depth for the sweeping season finale.

MAHLER/Cooke
Symphony No. 10

Fun Facts:

  • In his lifetime, Mahler was better known as a conductor rather than a composer and is considered to be one of the most passionate and greatest conductors in music history.
  • Entranced by Austrian military and folk music he grew up hearing, Mahler started rearranging and composing music on the accordion and piano.
  • Born a Jew, Mahler experienced racial discrimination in his youth and converted to Catholicism in 1897 to land a job at the Vienna State Opera, which would not hire Jews.
  • During WWII Nazi Germany banned famous Jewish conductors Otto Klemperer and Bruno Walter, who were known for their interpretations of Mahler’s work.
  • A Post-Romantic period composer, Mahler’s work foreshadowed the progressive tonality of the 20th century.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra’s newest major recording project of Mahler symphonies began with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony—which was nominated for a 2018 Grammy® Award.

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Thu Jun 13 11am