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David Afkham, conductor
David Afkham, conductor | © Gisela Schenker
Symphony in 60


Tue Mar 29, 2022 | 7pm CT

Orchestra Hall

60 min, no intermission

David Afkham returns to Orchestra Hall to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ imaginative Don Juan, Anton Webern’s expressive Passacaglia and Robert Schumann’s romantic Fourth Symphony. 

Symphony in 60 features beloved classical composers and pieces in about an hour. We can’t wait to share this symphonic masterwork with you.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Drink a beer, fund the music! Join us before the concert during our happy hour to sample brews from MetroNOME brewery. Proceeds go to funding musical instruments, lessons, and education for students in the Twin Cities Metro Area. 

Date & Time





    Don Juan

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    Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem tells of a man’s romantic exploits, disillusionment with life and ultimate death in a swordfight; notable are the work’s mighty horn calls, sweeping violin music and gorgeous cantilena for solo oboe.



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    Anton Webern’s Passacaglia blends lush Romantic orchestration with the expanded harmonic language of the 20th century. Pizzicato strings announce the theme in the opening measures, and 23 imaginative variations follow.


    Symphony No. 4

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    The four movements of Robert Schumann’s Fourth Symphony are played without pause, with nearly the entire symphony growing out of one theme-shape from the opening measures. Of special note are a delicate Romance movement and an energetic finale in which the pace quickens again and again.


Minnesota Orchestra

David Afkham


Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

First Timer Primer

When: Tue Mar 29 | 6:15pm-6:45pm
Where: Balcony A

New to the world of the orchestra? Minnesota Orchestra principal flutist Adam Kuenzel and second violinist Emily Switzer will provide tips on concert protocol and an overview of tonight's program. Any and all questions are welcome!

Pre- and Post-Concert Activities Sponsored By

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Symphony in 60 concert enhancements include:

Pre-concert activity

One-hour performance

Early start time

$5 Happy Hour

Afkham was a model of physical grace and musical purpose on the podium.”


Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.