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Vänskä Conducts Beethoven's Fifth

About This Concert:

The emotional power of Beethoven's Fifth is reignited in the Minnesota Orchestra's vibrant interpretation of this instantly recognizable, rightfully beloved symphony. Also spotlighted in this performance is the Orchestra's 2017-18 featured artist James Ehnes, who ends his visit on a note of brilliance.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

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Fun Facts:

  • The Guardian raves about Osmo Vänskä's Beethoven recordings and declares them “the best kind of…playing–light, lithe, with sharply pointed rhythms and perfectly floated melodies.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed En Saga on the road in January 2018 as part of its Midwest tour. The concert earned such rave reviews that the Sibelius work was also chosen to complete the program for the South Africa tour.
  • Chicago Tribune proclaimed that “Vänskä has few living equals” in the Sibelius repertory.
  • Beethoven’s Fifth will also be performed by the Orchestra on its South Africa tour to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. (Hear it here, first!)
  • Beethoven’s Fifth has permeated pop culture, gracing soundtracks of such movies as Howards End, The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Peanuts Movie.
  • The London Times compares James Ehnes’ artistry favorably to Paganini, and praises his playing for its “phenomenal control.”

Accessibility

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

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Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
Sommerfest

Vänskä Conducts Beethoven's Fifth

Tickets

1537349918

1532046600

1569490718

Thu Jul 19 2018 7:30pm

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Greg Helgeson

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Greg Helgeson

About This Concert:

The emotional power of Beethoven's Fifth is reignited in the Minnesota Orchestra's vibrant interpretation of this instantly recognizable, rightfully beloved symphony. Also spotlighted in this performance is the Orchestra's 2017-18 featured artist James Ehnes, who ends his visit on a note of brilliance.

SIBELIUS
En Saga

HOWARD
Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

Download program notes (PDF)

Fun Facts:

  • The Guardian raves about Osmo Vänskä's Beethoven recordings and declares them “the best kind of…playing–light, lithe, with sharply pointed rhythms and perfectly floated melodies.”
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed En Saga on the road in January 2018 as part of its Midwest tour. The concert earned such rave reviews that the Sibelius work was also chosen to complete the program for the South Africa tour.
  • Chicago Tribune proclaimed that “Vänskä has few living equals” in the Sibelius repertory.
  • Beethoven’s Fifth will also be performed by the Orchestra on its South Africa tour to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. (Hear it here, first!)
  • Beethoven’s Fifth has permeated pop culture, gracing soundtracks of such movies as Howards End, The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Peanuts Movie.
  • The London Times compares James Ehnes’ artistry favorably to Paganini, and praises his playing for its “phenomenal control.”

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa! Book donation guidelines and information »

Books for Africa

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Orchestra Hall Plus

Orchestra Hall Plus (OH+)

Choose your own Sommerfest adventure with OH+! Enjoy a variety of FREE extras, including performances, exhibits, interactive activities and more, curated with community partners and inspired by our Music for Mandela initiative. Complete the experience with happy hour and themed food from a variety of vendors! Details »

Food & Drink Specials

Food & Drink Specials

$5 Happy Hour
When: 5:30-6:30pm
Where: All lobby bars
Hope you're hungry! Local food vendors and food trucks will be available outside Orchestra Hall pre- and post-concert. Details »

Nightcap: Clarinet Quintet

Nightcap: Clarinet Quintet

When: 10pm performance
Where: Target Atrium
Stay late for a NightCap performance by an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra all-stars joined by violinist James Ehnes, the 2017-18 season’s featured artist, with Music Director Osmo Vänskä playing clarinet. $25 tickets includes one complimentary drink voucher! Purchase »

Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 6:45-7:15pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Join host Phillip Gainsley and James Ehnes for an informative and entertaining look at the concert repertoire and themes.