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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Friday Evening Full Series (24)


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La Pasión según San Marcos

About This Concert

Energized by the spirit of Afro-Cuban music, bossa nova, tango, rumba and flamenco, Osvaldo Golijov brings the rich tradition of Latin American music to his interpretation of the final days in the life of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible’s Gospel of Mark.

Program

GOLIJOV
La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark) / 87 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • María Guinand, conductor
  • Marcela Lorca, stage director
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • Luciana Souza, mezzo
  • Reynaldo González-Fernández, vocalist and dancer
  • Gonzalo Grau, piano
  • Mikael Ringquist, percussion
  • Marcus Santos, percussion
  • Michael Ward-Bergeman, accordion
  • Aquiles Báez, guitar
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Guerreiro, capoeira and berimbau
  • Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, choir
  • Border CrosSing, choir
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Ahmed Anzaldúa, chorus master

Fun Facts

  • Commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, La Pasión según San Marcos had its premiere in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle in 2000.
  • María Guinand conducted the world premiere of La Pasión, and composer Osvaldo Golijov dedicated the piece to her and the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela.
  • Audiences at La Pasión’s premiere were stunned by its originality, particularly its unprecedented incorporation of capoeira and santeria in a religious piece of classical music, and responded with a 30-minute standing ovation.
  • Critics have hailed it as “a work of genius” and “the first indisputably great composition of the 21st century,” and The New Yorker's Alex Ross wrote that it “drops like a bomb on the belief that classical music is an exclusively European art.”
  • Founded in 1967 by Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela has performed with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Krzysztof Penderecki and John Adams, among many others.
  • According to The New York Times, Golijov “…is no less than a major energizing force in a classical world desperately in need of a new vision.”
  • Twin Cities choral ensembles Border CrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale join the Orchestra and Schola Cantorum de Venezuela for a dramatic collaboration of music and theater.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

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Fri Aug 2 8pm

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Season Opening: Osmo Vänskä and André Watts

About This Concert

Exciting music from our time, a Nordic surprise or two and the audience-favorite Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar kick off the 2019-20 season.

Program

RAUTAVAARA
Requiem in Our Time, for Brass and Percussion / 10 min

GRIEG
Piano Concerto / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

CARTER
Three Illusions for Orchestra / 15 min

ELGAR
Enigma Variations / 29 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • André Watts, piano

Fun Facts

  • Join the musicians on stage following the concert for complimentary Champagne toast to the new season.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara, who passed away in 2016, remains one of Finland’s most well-known composers. After hearing Rautavaara’s A Requiem in Our Time (which had just won a composition contest), Jean Sibelius recommended him for a scholarship to study at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School.
  • Edvard Grieg took inspiration from Norwegian folk songs in his Piano Concerto, and he imitates the sounds of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle in the final movement.
  • André Watts first impressed the music world at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic.
  • Edward Elgar was playing the piano by age eight. According to Elgar biographer Michael Kennedy, Elgar’s father William worked as a piano tuner in some of the grand houses in Worcestershire and would often bring Elgar along to play for some of the important people who lived there.
  • Elliot Carter’s brilliant Three Illusions for Orchestra features three movements, each based on a great literary work: Thomas More’s Utopia, a tale from a Roman myth and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

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Fri Sep 20 8pm

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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!

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Fri Sep 27 8pm

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Inon Barnatan Plays Brahms

About This Concert

Inon Barnatan, hailed as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” by The New York Times, joins us for a virtuoso performance of great works by Brahms and Shostakovich.

Program

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 44 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 9 / 27 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jader Bignamini, conductor
  • Inon Barnatan, piano

Fun Facts

  • Barnatan describes performing as transformative: “I don’t want an audience to listen to me playing a piece—I would love for them to feel like the piece is being created at that very moment.”
  • Barnatan has performed worldwide with the Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras as well as the Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle symphonies.
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 was banned by the Soviet regime shortly after its premiere for its “ideological weakness” and its failure to “reflect the true spirit of the people of the Soviet Union.”

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Fri Oct 11 8pm

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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.

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Fri Nov 1 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.

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Fri Nov 8 8pm

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Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

About This Concert

South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joins the Minnesota Chorale for a moving program that includes Sibelius’ atmospheric tone poem and Vaughan Williams’ lush cantata.

Program

SIBELIUS
The Swan of Tuonela / 10 min

DEAN
Cello Concerto [U.S. Premiere] / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Dona Nobis Pacem / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Alban Gerhardt, cello
  • Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano
  • Dashon Burton, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Singers from 29:11

Fun Facts

  • Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye joined the Minnesota Orchestra for Sommerfest and a groundbreaking tour to South Africa in 2018, performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and in the world premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu. She is featured again as a soloist in the Orchestra’s Música Juntos Sommerfest series in 2019.
  • The Chicago Tribune hails composer Brett Dean as “...a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety.”
  • Dean’s Cello Concerto, which will receive its U.S. premiere at these concerts, was co-commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • The late-Romantic and early modernist composer Sibelius was so beloved by his native Finland that his face appeared on the 100-mark banknote until Finland adopted the Euro in 2002.

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Fri Nov 15 8pm

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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."

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Fri Dec 6 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.

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Tue Dec 31 8:30pm

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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.

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Fri Jan 10 8pm

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Mahler and Ravel

About This Concert

Romantic, artful and expressive, these selections by three giants of early 20th-century music bring meditative warmth to late winter evenings.

Program

MAHLER
Blumine, from Symphony No. 1 / 10 min
Rückert Lieder / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RAVEL
Pavane for a Dead Princess / 6 min
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe / 16 min

DEBUSSY
Jeux, Poème dansé / 17 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Simone Young, conductor
  • Tara Erraught, mezzo

Fun Facts

  • Despite its somewhat deceptive title, Ravel’s Pavane was not intended to be sad, but rather to convey the image of a young Spanish princess dancing a traditional courtly dance.
  • Guest conductor Simone Young was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and has received a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Brahms Prize of Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein and the Goethe Medal.
  • Debussy, known for his “impressionistic” style, created the intuitively beautiful Jeux in about three weeks.

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Fri Jan 17 8pm

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Beethoven, Bach and Britten

About This Concert

Strings take center stage as noted cellist and conductor Paul Watkins joins us for a luminous cello concerto, Britten’s idyllic musical portrait and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

Program

BRITTEN
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / 25 min

C.P.E. BACH
Cello Concerto in A major / 20 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4 / 32 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Paul Watkins, conductor and cello

Fun Facts

  • The Fourth Symphony represents a lighter, more relaxed version of Beethoven’s music, as it falls in between his bold Third (Eroica) and Fifth Symphonies. Robert Schumann described the Fourth as “a slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants.”
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was Johann’s son and held a 30-year job as harpsichord accompanist to King Frederick the Great.
  • Britten’s Variations pay tribute to his teacher Frank Bridge, with each variation representing one facet of Bridge’s character.

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Fri Jan 31 8pm

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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.”

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Fri Feb 14 8pm

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Grieg and Rachmaninoff

About This Concert

Norwegian genius takes the stage as Eivind Gullberg conducts Romantic masterpieces by Grieg and Rachmaninoff, a colorful trumpet concerto featuring Tine Thing Helseth, and a new work by Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Anna Clyne.

Program

CLYNE
This Midnight Hour / 12 min

GRIEG
Selections from Lyric Suite and Three Songs / 13 min

TOMASI
Trumpet Concerto / 15 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 2 / 60 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Eivind Gullberg Jensen, conductor
  • Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet

Fun Facts

  • Tine Thing Helseth was named “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards. In addition to her classical performances, she leads an all-woman brass ensemble that plays Piazzolla, Brubeck, Bach, Joni Mitchell and Irish-inspired Balkan folk music.
  • Edvard Greig had a “lucky frog” figurine that he kept with him during performances. The frog is on display in Greig’s former home and now-museum at Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway.
  • Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony was panned by critics when it premiered in 1897. Stung by its failure, he composed the Second in secret in 1906-07.
  • Anna Clyne is one of four Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumni to have earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Composition, in 2014 for her Prince Of Clouds.

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Fri Feb 21 8pm

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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.

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Fri Mar 6 8pm

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Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

About This Concert

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein brings rigor and wit to Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto in a program that also features Shostakovich’s heroic Leningrad Symphony.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2 / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 7, Leningrad / 70 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juanjo Mena, conductor
  • Kirill Gerstein, piano

Fun Facts

  • Gerstein will join the Orchestra throughout the calendar year 2020 to perform all of Rachmaninoff's major works for piano and orchestra.
  • Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony premiered in its namesake city in 1942 while it was under siege by Nazi Germany. Loudspeakers broadcast the symphony throughout the city to erode German military morale.
  • The Boston Classical Review praises Gerstein, stating he has the “poetic sensitivity to match the technical fireworks.”

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Fri Mar 13 8pm

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Cameron Carpenter at Northrop Auditorium

About This Concert

A resonant powerhouse, Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ is the jewel in the crown of a program that features the mighty talents of organist Cameron Carpenter.

Please note: This concert will be performed at Northrop, University of Minnesota.

Program

NAZAYKINSKAYA
Winter Bells / 15 min

JONGEN
Symphonie concertante for Organ and Orchestra / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PROKOFIEV
Cinderella Suite / 38 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Cameron Carpenter, organ

Fun Facts

  • Organ phenom Cameron Carpenter returns to Minneapolis after thrilling audiences at his April 2018 performances with the Orchestra.
  • In 1926, the Wanamaker Department Store commissioned Belgian composer Joseph Jongen to create a piece for their own in-store organ, a 10,000-pipe instrument originally constructed for the 1904 St Louis World Fair.
  • Cinematically symphonic, Winter Bells by contemporary composer Polina Nazaykinskaya was inspired by a visit to the Volga region of Russia, her homeland.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra helped celebrate the return of the organ with a performance of John Harbison’s What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ as well as Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony for an inaugural concert in October 2018.

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Fri Mar 27 8pm

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Vänskä Conducts Scheherazade

About This Concert

Prepare to be stunned by the percussive journey of Aho’s concerto, then enchanted by the ornamental wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s universally-revered Scheherazade.

Program

PÄRT
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten / 6 min

AHO
Sieidi, Percussion Concerto / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Scheherazade / 47 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Martin Grubinger, percussion

Fun Facts

  • For Aho’s propulsive percussion concerto, the soloist moves from drums to marimba to vibraphone to tamtam.
  • The New York Times has praised soloist Martin Grubinger’s “monstrous fluency” and “ambidextrous talent.”
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece Scheherazade is an orchestral suite based on the Middle Eastern folk tale collection One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights.
  • Pärt composed his evocative and cinematic tribute to British composer Benjamin Britten in 1976.

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Fri Apr 3 8pm

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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.

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Fri Apr 10 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.

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Fri May 1 8pm

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Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody

About This Concert

Virtuosic both in technique and emotion, this performance features powerhouse pianist Kirill Gerstein’s Rachmaninoff homage and Stravinsky’s visceral and moving choral work.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Three Russian Songs / 14 min
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / 23 min

STRAVINSKY
Symphony of Psalms / 22 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In 1929, Stravinsky composed Symphony of Psalms as a commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • The New York Times cites Gerstein’s background in jazz as influencing his ability to perform classically with both “uncanny delicacy” and “gnashing power.”
  • Rachmaninoff’s friend Stravinsky once characterized him as a “six-and-a-half-foot-scowl.”

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Fri May 15 8pm

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Anthony Ross, Stravinsky and Mozart

About This Concert

Guest conductor Michael Francis brings generous depth to a Stravinsky charmer, Daugherty’s punchy and soulful work for cello and Mozart’s majestic Jupiter Symphony.

Program

STRAVINSKY
Suite from Pulcinella / 20 min

DAUGHERTY
Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra / 28 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter / 37 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Michael Francis, conductor
  • Anthony Ross, cello

Fun Facts

  • Ernest Hemingway’s writings Big Two-Hearted River, The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls are the inspirations for Daugherty’s work on this program.
  • Principal Cello Anthony Ross says of the Daugherty piece, “Hemingway’s love of nature, believing that nature can heal, is evident in this piece. It’s an amazingly flavorful work with Hemingway’s obvious love of life coming through.”
  • Jupiter is a true testament to Mozart’s genius and was written within weeks of Symphony No. 39 and Symphony No. 40 in 1778.
  • Mozart did not nickname his final symphony Jupiter—that was added later by a music promoter.

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 29 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

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Season Finale: Vänskä Conducts Mahler Symphony No. 3

About This Concert

Osmo Vänskä brings the season to a powerful finale with Mahler’s magnificent Third Symphony.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 3 / 92 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • After the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018 performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, the Star Tribune wrote “Osmo Vänskä is…a sifter and balancer of orchestral textures, a creator of tingling sonic subtleties.”
  • Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir has performed worldwide—at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the Sydney Opera House, and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, to celebrate its 55th anniversary in June 2017.
  • Mahler’s music helped define and refine new 20th-century techniques of composition and was a major influence on composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Wed Jun 10 8pm