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Campus Nights

Campus Nights are select performances throughout the Minnesota Orchestra season that include activities devoted to students. These activities range from backstage tours to photo booths! These nights allow opportunities to meet musicians and get to know Orchestra Hall. Students are able to attend concerts for just $12 with a valid student ID. Our current Campus Night performances are listed below.

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Campus Night Concerts of the 2019-2020 Season

About This Concert

Strings take center stage as noted cellist and conductor Paul Watkins joins us for a luminous cello concerto and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. These bite-sized concerts are shorter and begin at 6pm. Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

Program

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

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 4 / 32 min

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Artists

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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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. Special guests for this concert are the Sphinx Virtuosi—one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber ensembles, comprising 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists—who will open the concert with two South American showpieces and join the Orchestra for an unforgettable Scheherazade.

Program

ROMERO
Fuga con Pajarillo, from Suite No. 1 for Strings / 7 min

PIAZZOLLA
Fuga y misterio / 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
  • Sphinx Virtuosi, chamber orchestra

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.
  • The Sphinx Organization is a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
  • The Sphinx Virtuosi’s national tour this season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Miami’s New World Center and St Paul’s Ordway Center.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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About This Concert

Mozart’s Jupiter, his 41st and final symphony, builds to one of the most spectacular finales in all of classical music. It's inspired many composers who followed, including Robert Schumann, who compared it to the works of Shakespeare.
 
Symphony in 60 features classical music’s most beloved composers and “gotta-hear-it-live” masterworks. Our musicians have curated the list and can’t wait to share a few of those pieces with you this season.

Program

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter / 37 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Michael Francis, conductor

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • These bite-sized concerts are shorter and begin at 6pm. Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details

 

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Student Ambassadors are highly motivated, self-sufficient high school, undergraduate or graduate students of any major who help spread the word about student discounts on their campuses and schools.

Participating students help promote Campus Night concerts in exchange for complimentary Minnesota Orchestra tickets and other extras. Campus Night concerts are concerts featuring free pre- and post-concert activities just for students.

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