Your presale validation code has been accepted.
Click the
BUY
button to order your tickets.

Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Friday Evening Forte Series


/

Star Wars Live in Concert: The Empire Strikes Back

About This Concert

Experience the thrills of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy as it is shown in full on the big screen, accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra led by Sarah Hicks.

Feel the power of the Force as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO return for more intergalactic excitement in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. A full-length movie screening accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ Oscar®-nominated score brings this epic battle for the galaxy to life.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Oscar®-winning composer John Williams recorded the original soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra in 18 sessions over six days in 1979 and 1980.
  • Creator of some of the most memorable movie scores of all time, Williams also wrote the music for Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List and the first three Harry Potter films, among many more.
  • Muppets creator Jim Henson, a friend of Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, was initially offered the opportunity to design the character Yoda.
  • The Empire Strikes Back was the highest-grossing film of 1980 and earned John Williams two Grammys® for Best Original Movie Score and Best Instrumental Composition.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

Fri Oct 4 7:30pm

/

Leila Josefowicz Plays Stravinsky

About This Concert

Praised by critics and audiences alike for her memorable and exhilarating performances, Leila Josefowicz returns to Orchestra Hall to perform Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

Program

WEBERN
Im Sommerwind / 13 min

STRAVINSKY
Violin Concerto / 22 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

STRAUSS
An Alpine Symphony / 51 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juraj Valčuha, conductor
  • Leila Josefowicz, violin

Fun Facts

  • The New York Times calls Josefowicz “one of classical music’s great champions of the new.”
  • Josefowicz’s powerful talents inspired contemporary composer John Adams to write Scheherazade.2, a dramatic symphonic portrait of a woman confronting oppression, which Josefowicz played in her most recent appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016.
  • Juraj Valčuha is the conductor of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy, and the principal guest conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
  • Valčuha returns to conduct the Orchestra in a performance of Strauss’ evocative Alpine Symphony, which takes listeners on a day trip through the majestic Bavarian Alps.

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 1 8pm

/

Handel’s Messiah

About This Concert

Celebrate the season with the enduring power of Handel’s Messiah in a performance that features the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and a lineup of acclaimed vocalists.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Daniel Moody, countertenor
  • Richard Croft, tenor
  • Benjamin Bevan, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."

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 Dec 6 8pm

/

MusicMakers with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra

About This Concert

The culmination of the Orchestra's 17th annual Composer Institute, this performance features the music of some of the country's most gifted young composers, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making through onstage interviews with each composer.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • The Composer Institute is co-presented with the American Composers Forum.
  • Ticket price includes a pre-concert and intermission beverage. Plus, meet the composers at a post-concert reception.

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 Jan 10 8pm

/

Tetzlaff Plays Shostakovich

About This Concert

Don’t miss this chance to experience a revelatory performance of Shostakovich’s brilliant Second Concerto from acclaimed German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Program

ALI-ZADEH
Fairy Tales / 14 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Violin Concerto No. 2 / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5 / 46 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kirill Karabits, conductor
  • Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Fun Facts

  • When Shostakovich worked as a pianist for silent movies, he would improvise specific tunes for each character.
  • Tetzlaff is known for his cerebral yet spiritual style, which focuses on fully inhabiting the music and honoring the composer’s original intentions.
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh is a composer and pianist known for works exploring the musical tradition of Azerbaijani mugham and 20th-century Western composition techniques. Her works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet.

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 Mar 6 8pm

/

Hadelich and Heras-Casado

About This Concert

Augustin Hadelich has dazzled Orchestra Hall audiences across several seasons with technical wizardry and heart-and-soul poetic playing. His concerts here are becoming the stuff of legend, so do not miss this! This concert is led by a fast-rising conductor, the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado, famous in European halls for his fiery podium style.

Program

Program to be announced.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Pablo-Heras-Casado, conductor
  • Augustin Hadelich, violin

Fun Facts

  • According to the Los Angeles Times, “Hadelich…is an intimate performer whose self-effacing quality allows the music to soar.”
  • When Hadelich was a boy, he suffered severe burns and couldn’t play violin for a year. He said, “Because I had this moment where I wasn’t sure if I would ever play the violin again, I appreciate my life more. It made me realize how important music was to me.”
  • Hadelich was named Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year and is often heralded for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach and insightful interpretations in solo appearances around the world.
  • The New York Times describes Heras-Casado as "the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor."
  • Named Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado has a varied and broad-ranging career, which includes appearances with both opera companies and symphony orchestras around the globe.

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 Apr 10 8pm