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Fabian Gabel
Fabien Gabel, conductor | © Stéphane Bourgeois

Fabien Gabel Returns

Fri Dec 10 - Sat Dec 11, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Two stunning new church bells were recently donated to the Minnesota Orchestra, and they are the perfect pitches for the most resounding moments of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Conductor Fabien Gabel returns to the podium for this remarkable work that breaks all the rules and blurs all the boundaries. Before the bells toll though, American violinist Tai Murray—whose sound is all at once striking, elegant, and virtuosic—stands in the solo spotlight for Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.   

A Few Things to Know

  • The Orchestra’s new bells—a gift from Gary B. Cohen, a season subscriber since 2001—are tuned to play the pitches C and G, custom-cast for the Orchestra by the world-renowned Royal Eijsbouts foundry in the Netherlands.
  • Now based in Europe, Tai Murray made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony at age nine.
  • French conductor Fabien Gabel has been the Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec since 2012 and Music Director of the innovative Orchestre Français des Jeunes since 2017.

Date & Time





    Königskinder, Concert Overture

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Like Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Königskinder is a fairy-tale opera involving a witch—but in this case with a central romance between a king’s son and a goose girl. Although they meet a tragic end, this is not foreshadowed in the energetic overture, set in triple meter with regal undertones.


    Violin Concerto

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Felix Mendelssohn’s exquisite Violin Concerto maintains the transparent textures of a Mozart-Haydn orchestra, but it rings out with a splendor the earlier composers never dreamed possible. The solo violinist’s soaring lines, both graceful and impassioned, conclude in an exultant three-octave leap.


    Symphonie fantastique

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    In what musicologist Michael Steinberg called “the most remarkable First Symphony ever written,” Hector Berlioz breaks the rules and oversteps the boundaries, creating an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind journey: the story of an artist and his obsession with a woman.


Minnesota Orchestra

Fabien Gabel


Your Concert Experience

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Concert Preview

with Phillip Gainsley

When: Fri Dec 10 & Sat Dec 11 | 7:05pm -7:25pm
Where: Auditorium

Join Phillip Gainsley and special guests for a conversation about this program and more.

Twin Cities Bronze Handbell Ensemble

When: Fri Dec 10 | 7:15pm -7:45pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Twin Cities Bronze is an auditioned community handbell ensemble of advanced ringers from the Twin Cities Metro area in Minnesota.  Distinctive among handbell groups for performing without a conductor, the ensemble is also known for its energetic and visually appealing performance style. 

MacPhail Suzuki Vivace Violin Group

When: Sat Dec 11 | 7:15pm -7:45pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

The MacPhail Suzuki Vivace Violin Group is a performance group for advanced violin students from 8–16 years old, with emphasis is on improving musicianship, performance practice, leadership skills, and artistry with the violin.  

Simpson Housing Services Blanket Drive

When: Pre and Post-Concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Donate new twin, full, and queen size blankets to support Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of personal crisis. Look for collection bins near the Christmas tree in the lobby. 

The fantastique sounds and behaves like nothing ever heard before.

-Michael Steinberg, musicologist

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  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

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