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Thursday September 1, 2022

Fabien Gabel Returns to Orchestra Hall for Program Featuring Brahms’ Second Symphony

The concerts demonstrate Orchestra musicians’ virtuosity, with Principal Cello Anthony Ross set to perform Michael Daugherty’s four-movement Tales of Hemingway; the program opens with music from Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot.

In his fourth Orchestra Hall appearance since April 2021, Fabien Gabel makes an anticipated return to the podium for a slate of repertoire reflective of the French conductor’s eclectic style. The program begins with Richard Strauss’ Love Scene from Feuersnot, the German composer’s second opera and one of his lesser-performed works.

Principal Cello Anthony Ross—who has regularly been featured as a soloist since he joined the ensemble in 1988—will take center stage for the Orchestra’s first-ever performance of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, a concerto with each of its movements inspired by one of American author Ernest Hemingway’s famed stories; Daugherty—originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa—won three Grammy Awards in 2017 for the adventurous composition.

The concerts will conclude with Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony. Austrian musicologist Richard Specht described Brahms’ Second as being “suffused with the sunshine and the warm winds playing on the water.” The joyful, idyllic symphony pulls on all sections of the Orchestra, and includes a powerful final movement that emphasizes the ensemble’s low brass section.

The programs will be performed for two evenings on Friday, September 30, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $99. The concerts are free to attend through the Hall Pass program for young listeners ages 6 to 18; visit minnesotaorchestra.org/hallpass for details.


About Fabien Gabel

Fabien Gabel has established an international career of the highest caliber, appearing with orchestras from London and Paris to San Francisco, Seoul and Melbourne. Praised for his dynamic style and sensitive approach to the score, he is known for his eclectic choice of repertoire ranging from core symphonic works to new music to championing lesser-known composers of the 19th and the 20th centuries.

His 2022-23 season includes a number of debuts, beginning at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, followed by the Vienna Symphony and Opéra de Paris, leading Calixto Beito’s production of Carmen, while in the U.S. he debuts with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Baltimore. In addition, he makes return appearances with numerous orchestras in Europe, Canada and Australia. In the current season he also embarks upon a large-scale project to record the music for Abel Gance’s 1927 epic silent film Napoléon with the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, in a production which will appear in cinemas, for online streaming and in live performances.


About Anthony Ross

Anthony Ross, the leader of the Minnesota Orchestra’s cello section since 1991, has been a soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing all the standard cello concertos as well as modern works such as James MacMillan’s Cello Concerto, Paul Moravec’s Montserrat and David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos, which he and his wife, Minnesota Orchestra cellist Beth Rapier, have long championed. He also played as a concerto soloist with the Moscow State Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, South Dakota Symphony and many other Midwest regional orchestras.

An avid chamber musician, he is a member of Accordo and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and has appeared on many festival stages. At the 2022 Summer at Orchestra Hall festival, he performed Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano alongside Osmo Vänskä and Jon Kimura Parker. Winner of the prestigious bronze medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ross went on to gain the Stulberg Award, the G.B. Dealy Award and a prize in the Parisot International Cello Competition.




Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts


Friday, September 30, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Anthony Ross, cello


STRAUSS Love Scene from Feuersnot
DAUGHERTY  Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2


Tickets: $30 to $99 [Free tickets available for young listeners from ages 6 to 18, thanks to the Hall Pass program.]





Individual tickets and Minnesota Orchestra subscription packages can be purchased now at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

The Hall Pass program makes free tickets available for young listeners ages 6 to 18 for select Classical and Symphony in 60 concerts, and all kids under 18 for Family concerts.

Details around COVID safety protocols can be found at minnesotaorchestra.org/safety

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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