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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Friday Evening Encore Series


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Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto

About This Concert

When you hear Benjamin Beilman in Saint-Saëns’ glittering Violin Concerto No. 3, you’ll know why The Philadelphia Inquirer called this 29-year-old “monstrously talented.”

Program

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / 15 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Violin Concerto No. 3 / 20 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 15 / 42 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Benjamin Beilman, violin

Fun Facts

  • The first time the Orchestra performed Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 was back in January 1903, three years before Dimitri Shostakovich was even born.
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 was premiered in 1972 by Moscow’s All-Union Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under the direction of his son, Maxim Shostakovich.
  • For four years in a row, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis took third place in UK classical radio station Classic FM’s annual Hall of Fame listener poll.Fun facts coming soon!

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Fri Sep 27 8pm

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Guarantors' Week: Keefe, Wagner and Brahms

About This Concert

The power of love weaves through all these works, and Nathalie Stutzmann sews them together with her radiant podium presence.

These concerts are dedicated to the generous donors, also called Guarantors, who have been at the heart of this Orchestra since its inception in 1903. During Guarantors' Week, we offer our deepest gratitude to the growing number of donors who ensure that the Orchestra can continue to achieve its mission to Enrich, Inspire and Serve the community. Thank you, donors!

Program

BRAHMS
Hungarian Dance Nos. 1, 4 and 5 / 10 min

DVOŘÁK
Romance for Violin and Orchestra / 12 min

WAGNER
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 / 39 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
  • Erin Keefe, violin

Fun Facts

  • Violinist Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra’s concertmaster since 2011, earned degrees from the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music and has been featured on Live from Lincoln Center.
  • Of guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, London Symphony Orchestra Music Director Sir Simon Rattle says: “So much love, intensity and sheer technique. We need more conductors like her.”
  • Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 was featured in Charlie Chaplin’s movie classic The Great Dictator.

Donors: please see your email or postcard for directions on how to access your complimentary tickets. Not yet a Guaranty Fund donor? Become a donor and support the music you love »

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Fri Nov 8 8pm

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A New Year Celebration: Auld Lang Syne!

About This Concert

Bagpipes, bow-ties and brilliant music: You’re invited to a gala New Year’s celebration that pops as Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a sparkling countdown to 2020.

Program

ELGAR
Military March No. 1 from Pomp and Circumstance / 6 min

DAVIES
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise / 13 min

WILLIAMS
Closing In, from Catch Me If You Can / 3 min

MILHAUD
Scaramouche / 9 min

RAUTAVAARA
A Tale of Love, from Book of Visions / 10 min

KENDALL
The Spark Catchers / 10 min

BRITTEN
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Jess Gillam, alto saxophone

Fun Facts

  • Don’t miss the fabulous party after the New Year’s Eve concert in Orchestra Hall’s lobby, featuring local jazz band Belle Amour and much more countdown fun!
  • At 20 years of age, saxophonist Jess Gillam is committed to bringing new audiences to classical music and, in an interview with The Telegraph, lobbied for “…more dancing, cheering and clapping between movements.”
  • A prolific composer, Vaughan Williams wrote symphonies, songs, choral works and chamber music, as well as music for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
  • British composer Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers is a tribute to the grace and strength of London’s Match Girls, who went on strike in 1888 to protest deplorable working conditions.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Tue Dec 31 8:30pm

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Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

About This Concert

Acclaimed American conductor Karina Canellakis leads the Orchestra in a vivacious performance that includes Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto and Lineage by Zosha Di Castri.

Program

DI CASTRI
Lineage / 11 min

RAVEL
Piano Concerto in G major / 21 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra / 38 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Karina Canellakis, conductor
  • Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Fun Facts

  • Winner of the 2016 Georg Solti Conducting Award, Canellakis is the first female chief conductor of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer-pianist whose work includes non-traditional projects with electronics, installations, video and dance collaborations.
  • The Spectator praises Piemontesi’s “…stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Fri Feb 14 8pm

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Park and Ainomäe Play Brahms

About This Concert

Smooth and sonorous, Brahms’ concerto lyrically unites the voices of the cello and violin in a program that showcases two of the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians.

Program

BRAHMS
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra / 31 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 9

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Brahms wrote this concerto inspired and encouraged by his friend and fellow collaborator, violinist Joseph Joachim.
  • Susie Park started playing the violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. Silver Ainomäe began cello at six and debuted in his first international competition at age eight.
  • Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was his last. When he died, the symphony’s last movement was left unfinished.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Fri May 1 8pm

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Fei Xie Plays Mozart

About This Concert

Mozart’s only bassoon concerto highlights the instrument’s rich versatility in a concert that showcases the talent of the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Fei Xie.

Program

FAGERLUND
Water Atlas / 18 min

MOZART
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SAARIAHO
Ciel d’hiver / 10 min

ENESCU
Symphony No. 1 / 32 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Fei Xie began playing the bassoon at the age of twelve. Both of his parents are Peking Opera musicians and his uncle is a composer who introduced him to classical music at the age of three.
  • Originally created to reinforce an orchestra’s bass line, the bassoon has developed into an instrument with a distinctive, warm tone that allows it to create unique textures when paired with other instruments as well as sing out as a soloist.
  • In April 2018, the Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Water Atlas.
  • Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho received the 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for her contributions in “breaking down the divisions between acoustic and electronic music.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Fri Jun 5 8pm