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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Friday Evening Ovation Series


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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.”

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 Oct 11 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.

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 17 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.

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 21 8pm

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Cameron Carpenter at Northrop

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.

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 27 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.”

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 15 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

Fri Jun 12 8pm