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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

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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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A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by a small ensemble of our world-class musicians at Minneapolis Cider Company. Hear a sampling of music and have a drink with the musicians after! Just show up: no ticket needed.

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About Minneapolis Cider Company

The founders of Minneapolis Cider Company used their college capstone project to start the cidery. The mission was to share craft cider and cider culture with the community. Now, they have a brand new taproom and production facility.

Location:

Minneapolis Cider Company is located in Northeast Minneapolis. Free parking is available at the Cidery.

701 Southeast 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55414

Fun Facts:

  • Minneapolis Cider Company also creates their own cocktails, making their own high-proof brandy from locally grown apples. Try a Royale when you visit.
  • They partner with Brasa Rotisserie on days they do not have a food truck on site.
  • Pint of Music micro-concerts are designed to be just a sampling of music. If you want the full Minnesota Orchestra experience, join us for a concert at Orchestra Hall.
  • Meet the musicians after the performance! Musicians will stick around to have a drink with you until around 9pm.

Please note: This is not a ticketed event.  As this event is not at Orchestra Hall, space and parking is limited. Please see off-site address above. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. The Minnesota Orchestra encourages you to drink responsibly.

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Sing out proudly while watching this new Disney classic

Whether it is Moana, Maui, or even Hei Hei, “make way” for your favorite character on screen at a Moana movie sing-along led by members of our youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age. Create a craft to take home and voyage into the castle for Moana treasures to win a prize. ASI Museum admission included. “You’re welcome!” 

Performers:

  • Members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

Three things to know:

  • All ages are welcome, and it is best experienced by children up to age 4 to 10.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who voices Maui, comes from a long line of Samoan wrestlers. In fact, the appearance of Maui in the film was based on his grandfather.
  • When Moana wears red feathers, it symbolizes royalty. In Pacific Island cultures, red is a color of royalty, so it’s fitting that the daughter of a chief wears that bold, vibrant, and royal hue—especially for ceremonial occasions.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2019-20 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Join us in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall where Brian Newhouse of Classical Minnesota Public Radio will share exciting details of the upcoming Classical Danube river cruise.

Travel through five countries on a privately chartered ship customized for classical music lovers, including on-board recitals with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Amy Hyatt from MPR Custom Travel will be available to answer questions. Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with us this fall in Europe on this truly one-of-a-kind classical music adventure!

Upon conclusion of the session, all attending guests will be given complimentary tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony in 60 concert featuring Beethoven’s 4th Symphony (performed immediately following the session at 6pm in the Orchestra Hall auditorium).

To register for the information session, please fill out the RSVP Form.


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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.

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Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. Dedicated to conservatory-level training for students, MYS enriches and inspires talented K-12 orchestral musicians by providing professional, comprehensive educational experiences, and thrills audiences with outstanding performances of orchestral repertoire.

Our students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of the students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, and St. Cloud. Every week these students spend Saturdays at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

For more information about MYS, please go to www.mnyouthsymphonies.org

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $3 facility fee. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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Seven unique pieces, each highlighting a different family of instruments, come together in one program to showcase many of the individual voices that make up the Minnesota Orchestra.

GAUBERT
Médailles antiques

AL-ZAND
Canticle and Caprice

BEETHOVEN
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

JULIANI
Campane

INTERMISSION / 20 min

ÁLVAREZ
La Luna en los Andes

G. SMITH
Carrot Revolution

MOZART
Serenade for Winds in C minor

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Fun Facts:

  • In addition to composing, Philippe Gaubert conducted the Paris Opera and taught at the Paris Conservatory.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra performed The Prisoner by Karim Al-Zand in July 2018 at an Inside the Classics Concert. Violinist Catherine Schubilske was so moved by the music in that performance that she sought out other pieces by the composer and found the string trio performed on this chamber concert.
  • Gabriella Smith’s bio shares that “When not composing, she can be found backpacking (playing trail songs on her ukulele along the way), birding, playing capoeira, and recording underwater soundscapes with her hydrophone.”
  • This performance of Steven Juliani’s Campane will be the world premiere, with the composer himself in attendance. In late 2018, the quintet of Minnesota Orchestra brass musicians who will premiere Campane made a studio recording of the work that is available on YouTube.

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Students will discover the difference between Mussorgsky’s original piano version of Pictures and the creative approaches Ravel took when preparing the orchestral version we’re familiar with today.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor

Fun Facts:

  • Modest Mussorgsky was a member of “The Mighty Handful,” a group of five Russian composers who worked together from 1856 to 1870 to establish a unified Russian style of classical music.
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was originally a solo piano composition and was composed in a lightning-fast three weeks.
  • Contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery is a New York City native who started her journey in music as a child, playing piano with her parents’ band. Now she’s an accomplished violinist and composer.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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Beethoven "heard" music with his mind after his ears gave out. Messiaen "saw" sounds in literal vibrant color. But the music of a listener plays an equal role in shaping the music we hear and the way we respond to it. In this concert, we explore the cutting edge of how the rhythms and melodies we love engage our brains and prod us to seek out more. 

Program

BEETHOVEN
Adagio molto e cantabile, from Symphony No. 9 / 15 min

MOZART
Allegro, from Symphony No. 39 / 6 min

SCHOENBERG
Excerpt from Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene / 5 min

MESSIAEN
Serene hallelujahs of a soul that longs for heaven, from L’Ascension, Four Meditations for Orchestra / 6 min

BRUCKNER
Scherzo: Moving – Trio: Comfortable, from Symphony No. 4, Romantic / 9 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SCHUMANN
Allegro molto vivace, from Symphony No. 2 / 8 min

REVUELTAS
Sensemaya / 7 min

LEVIN
Blur / 6 min

SIBELIUS
Finale: Allegro moderato, from Symphony No. 2 / 15 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Minnesota Orchestra Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks and violist Sam Bergman host this fascinating exploration of the way our minds engage with music on a neuropsychological level.
  • The mythologizing of composers and their mental health has a long history, but what of our own minds as we take in the work they created? What happens to our brains as we listen to music we love, or music we hate?
  • This program offers an intimate perspective on featured composers and themes through lively discussion and wide-ranging musical selections.
  • Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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The artistry of 20th-century legends Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra takes center stage for an evening celebrating the talent and tenacity of two great American singers.

Driven by passion, grit and captivating musical talent, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald’s live collaborations revealed real warmth, wit and sophistication. Award-winning vocalists Tony DeSare and Capathia Jenkins beautifully recreate Frank and Ella’s friendship, onstage rapport and sparkling harmonies in a performance that truly shines.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Tony DeSare, piano and vocals
  • Capathia Jenkins, vocals

Fun Facts

  • Sinatra and Fitzgerald appeared together on stage and on television, but they never made an album together because of contractual obligations to their respective record labels.
  • Frank Sinatra is one of the best-selling artists ever and sold more than 150 million albums worldwide.
  • This performance includes favorites such as “Get Happy,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Body and Soul,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and many more.
  • Fitzgerald’s career took off in 1934, after she won Amateur Night honors at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

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It's fascinating to see how music and visual art complement each other—especially when it happens right before your eyes! In addition to hearing the Orchestra perform several colorful, "visual" works, you'll get to see new artwork by Juxtaposition Arts’ Patricio DeLara created just for this relaxed concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, host
  • Patricio DeLara, Juxtaposition Arts

RESPIGHI
Trittico Botticelliano,, La primavera / 6 min

MONTGOMERY
Starburst / 3 min

MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel / 30 min

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Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Mussorgsky's delightful Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by the art of his friend, Viktor Hartmann.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet (English | Spanish), playlist and other preparatory materials!
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.

 

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In his Concerto for Orchestra, Bartók upends the concerto form by treating each section of instruments in a soloistic and virtuosic manner. The mood progresses from stern to spooky to life-affirming, with two witty scherzos scattered into the mix. 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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The MMEA All-State Choirs - Mixed, Soprano Alto, and Tenor Bass - feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Jo Ann Miller, Therees Hibbard and Michael Culloton lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

Please note:  The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00-$4.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors William LaRue Jones, Nicholas Williams and Emily Threinen lead the ensembles.

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

Please note:  The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticket services for the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.00-$4.00 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of awareness with Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman and University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson.

Fun Facts:

  • Purchase a 3-session Mindfulness Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.
  • This series is presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, which has offered mindfulness classes for individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities for more than two decades.
  • Sessions take place onstage at Orchestra Hall.
  • This session will provide an opportunity to explore the differences between focused awareness, open awareness, and natural awareness. Greater familiarity with these forms of awareness can help you to navigate challenges with more ease and savor the small, pleasant moments that you encounter daily.
  • The Center is actively involved in mindfulness research, including multi-year studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the Center's website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, to explore how mindfulness can be helpful for managing stress and improving overall health.
  • No prior experience with mindfulness or special attire is needed. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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Norwegian genius takes the stage as Eivind Gullberg Jensen 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

  • After French composer Henri Tomasi wrote his Trumpet Concerto, it was originally deemed too difficult to perform. As more trumpet players took on the challenge, it became Tomasi’s best-known work, popular among soloists and audiences alike.
  • 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.
  • Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen is comfortable conducting masterworks of classical music as well as opera, and was recently appointed the Artistic and General Director of Bergen National Opera for the 2020-2021 Season. 

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Sun salutations meet live music in our Yoga at Orchestra Hall series! Practice yoga with instructor Zoé Henrot in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while Minnesota Orchestra violinist Hanna Landrum plays musical selections that inspire and center body and soul. Henrot, from CorePower Yoga, will facilitate this experience for beginners and experienced yogis alike.

Fun Facts:

  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to all ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • Zoé Henrot began her yoga journey in 2008 as a way to rehab a reoccurring dance injury. She instantly fell in love with the strength and mindfulness behind the postures and breath work. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Training in 2010 and went on to also complete a 200-hour training in Hot Yoga and a 100-hour training in Yin Yoga.
  • Zoé likes to pay attention to physiology, anatomy, and alignment within yoga while making the practice accessible and fun!
  • In addition to being an instructor at CorePower Yoga, Zoé is a professional dancer and the Founder/Artistic Director of Ballet Co.Laboratory, a professional ballet company and school based in Saint Paul.
  • Please bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.
  • Purchase the 3-session Yoga Package and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the "Music and the Mind" concert on February 7.
  • Collect free samples from several local vendors tabling in the Orchestra Hall lobby. Samples will include herbal formulas from WishGarden Herbs, an independent, family-run business that has been providing natural herbal remedies to communities since 1979. Other vendors will be announced at a later date.

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30 Years of celebrating African American voices through music

Join us as we honor the deep musical roots from which VocalEssence WITNESS sprang 30 years ago. Guiding you on the journey through spirituals, jazz, gospel, and soul will be homegrown artists—singers, actors, dancers—including two-time Billboard Gospel chart-topper Jovonta Patton and a special 30th Anniversary Community Choir. Continuing our commitment to include new voices on stage, the concert will include a world premiere arrangement of the spiritual “Witness” by Joel Thompson.

Performers:

  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
  • 30th Anniversary Community Choir
  • Timothy Berry
  • Patricia Brown
  • Brandon Commodore
  • Ginger Commodore
  • Karla Nweje
  • Jovonta Patton
  • T. Mychael Rambo
  • Anita Ruth
  • Roxane Wallace
  • Philip Brunelle, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Three things to know:

  • In 1991, VocalEssence created WITNESS to celebrate the artistic contributions of African Americans to the fine arts and to our common cultural heritage.
  • Throughout the years, the VocalEssence WITNESS program has featured artists such as Bobby McFerrin, James Earl Jones, Rita Dove, Billy Taylor, the Morehouse College Glee Club, Spelman College Glee Club, and Moore by Four.
  • A 50-minute version of this concert will be performed for more than 5,000 students grades K-12 on Monday, February 24, 2020.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2019-20 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $4 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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Masterpieces by two Russian powerhouses of 20th-century music, along with an Azerbaijani pioneer, comprise a stunning and far-reaching program featuring acclaimed German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and electric Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits.

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

  • Tetzlaff is known for his cerebral yet spiritual style, which focuses on fully inhabiting the music and honoring the composer’s original intentions.
  • In addition to his rising fame as a conductor, Karabits has made great contributions to musical research and restoration, including work on the transcription of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Johannes Passion (thought to have ben permanently lost) and the discovery, premiere and recording of Telemann's previously unknown opera, Pastorelle en Musique.
  • 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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Stormy, stylized, exquisite. The Russian Century is a guided tour through 120 years of Russian music and history, from Shostakovich and Stalin to Glasnost, the end of the USSR, and the composers charting Russia's cultural path today. Explore the genius of 20th- and 21st-century Russian composers with host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks.

Program

MUSSORGSKY/Ravel
Baba-Yaga - The Hut on Fowl's Legs and The Great Gate of Kiev, from Pictures at an Exhibition / 6 min

KABALEVSKY
Overture to Colas Breugnon / 5 min

GLIÈRE
Introduction, from The Zaporozhy Cossacks / 3 min

USTVOLSKAYA
Symphonic Poem No. 2 / 12 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Allegro, from Symphony No. 10 / 5 min

—INTERMISSION 20 MINUTES—

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Scherzo, from Two Pieces for String Octet / 11 min

PROKOFIEV
Allegro giocoso, from Symphony No. 5 / 10 min

GUBAIDULINA
Movement VI from Stimmen... verstummen... (Voices... Silence) / 5 min

AUERBACH
Icarus / 12 min

NAZAYKINSKAYA
My Soul Craves for the Sky / 4 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Led by Principal Conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, The Russian Century concert offers a musical and historical look at the cultural forces that influenced and sometimes battered these composers.
  • Americans often imagine that Russia went straight from the Soviet era to the troublesome meddler role it often plays on the international scene today. But in truth, the era following the collapse of the USSR was chaotic and culturally fragmented, and the music that grew from that chaos paints a picture of a country unlike any other on Earth.
  • This program offers an intimate perspective on featured composers and themes through lively discussion and wide-ranging musical selections.
  • Join us for a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and a chance to mingle with musicians onstage after the performance.

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