Don Juan1 min note
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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.
Passacaglia1 min note
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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. 41 min note
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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.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903 and led since its centennial by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout Minnesota and nationally, and has toured abroad in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Africa. Recording has been an important part of the organization’s mission since the 1920s. During Vänskä’s tenure, the Orchestra has undertaken acclaimed recordings, including complete cycles of symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius and—now underway—Mahler.
David Afkham has just been announced as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España from September 2019. This position will build on the success of his tenure as Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2014, which has featured critically acclaimed performances of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Bruckner Symphony No. 9, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, as well as several world premieres and semi-staged projects with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss’ Elektra, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1983, David Afkham is in high demand as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses, and has established a reputation as one of the most sought-after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years.
Future highlights as a guest conductor include returns with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Swedish Radio Symphony, Orchestra of Accademia Santa Cecilia and NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.
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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!
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Afkham was a model of physical grace and musical purpose on the podium.”