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Edo de Waart, conductor | © Jesse Willems

Edo de Waart’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Thu Oct 14 — Fri Oct 15, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours including a 20 min intermission

We are celebrating conductor Edo de Waart’s 80th birthday in a big way! The former Minnesota Orchestra music director returns to the Orchestra Hall stage to conduct music by John Adams, Joseph Haydn and Antonín Dvořák. Principal Cello Anthony Ross is the featured soloist in Haydn’s leisurely Cello Concerto in D major, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony is exuberant and euphoric. It’s the perfect musical conclusion to a grand party.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Edo de Waart was the music director who hired cellist Anthony Ross when he first joined the Orchestra in 1988 and when he was selected for the principal cello position in 1991. 
  2. Ross selected two cadenzas written by American composer Jessie Montgomery for use in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major, along with one he composed himself revising material from an earlier version by cellist Leonard Rose. 
  3. John Adams’ Tromba Lontana (Fanfare for Houston)—meaning “a distant trumpet”—is subdued and contemplative, exactly the opposite of what you might expect from a fanfare.



    Tromba Lontana


    Cello Concerto in D major


    Symphony No. 8


Minnesota Orchestra

Edo de Waart


Anthony Ross

Principal Cello, John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles Chair

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