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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Friday Evening Forte Series


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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

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Star Wars: A New Hope

About This Concert:

Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment of the Oscar®-winning score.

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

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Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

© 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music.

Fri Jan 4 7:30pm

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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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Fri Feb 1 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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Fri Mar 15 8pm

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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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Fri Apr 5 8pm

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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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Fri May 31 8pm