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Events for April 08, 2020–May 20, 2020

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Augustin Hadelich has dazzled Orchestra Hall audiences across several seasons with technical wizardry and heart-and-soul poetic playing. His concerts here are becoming the stuff of legend, so do not miss this! This concert is led by a fast-rising conductor, the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado, famous in European halls for his fiery podium style.

Program

WEBERN
Passacaglia / 11 min

BRITTEN
Violin Concerto / 32 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4 / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
  • Augustin Hadelich, violin

Fun Facts

  • Hadelich was named Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year and is often heralded for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach and insightful interpretations in solo appearances around the world.
  • Named Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado has a varied and broad-ranging career, which includes appearances with both opera companies and symphony orchestras around the globe.
  • Hadelich, who will be playing his own cadenza for the Britten Violin Concerto at these performances, offers the following thoughts on the concerto: “Benjamin Britten was a passionate pacifist and poured his anguish about the suffering of the Spanish civil war (which raged from 1936 until 1939) into this piece. I think Britten’s concerto can be heard almost programmatically. The first movement is the idyllic Spain before the conflict, the second movement depicts the war and its cadenza the human pain and suffering. Then the moving and deeply personal third movement is about Britten himself trying to come to terms with what happened, with moments of mourning, moments of denial, and finally a glimmer of hope.”

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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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Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of connection with Minnesota Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Felicity James, Assistant Principal Viola Jenni Seo, cellist Minji Choi, and University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson.

Fun Facts:

  • 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 several contemplative practices that can help strengthen your capacity to connect with yourself and others.
  • 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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Smooth and sonorous, Brahms’ concerto lyrically unites the voices of the cello and violin in a program that showcases two of the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians.

Program

BRAHMS
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra / 31 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 9

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Brahms wrote this concerto inspired and encouraged by his friend and fellow collaborator, violinist Joseph Joachim.
  • Susie Park started playing the violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. Silver Ainomäe began cello at six and debuted in his first international competition at age eight.
  • Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was his last. When he died, the symphony’s last movement was left unfinished.

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Multi-talented Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus introduces young listeners to jazz, one of America’s great musical traditions, and shows the many connections between classical music and jazz.

Fun Facts:

  • After growing up and beginning his career in Washington D.C., Duke Ellington moved to New York City, became an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance and went on to pen some of the most well-known jazz standards ever written.
  • George Gershwin was as dynamic an American composer as you can find, seeing success as a composer of jazz music, orchestral scores, Broadways productions and even film music.

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.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

Accessibility

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Imagination soars when the Minnesota Orchestra is joined by Troupe Vertigo, a circus-dance-theater ensemble, for a performance of aerial artistry and symphonic excitement.

Program to include

MUSSORGSKY
Night on Bald Mountain

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dances

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird

Artists

Fun Facts

  • “Our works,” says Troupe Vertigo co-founder Aloysia Gavre, “are very much about putting a theatrical sensibility on top of circus to make the extraordinary somehow touchable.”
  • Beloved works including Mussorgsky’s galloping Night on Bald Mountain and Stravinsky’s rapturous Firebird pair perfectly with Troupe Vertigo’s phenomenal prowess.
  • The Los Angeles Times raves that Troupe Vertigo’s “…dizzying acts defy gravity and leave its lucky audiences in awe.”

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Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

 

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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.”

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