Ballade for Orchestra1 min note
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade—premiered two months before the cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast that made the composer famous—is music of drama and heart, beginning and ending in urgency. A slow central section is filled with passionate, lushly-scored melodies.
Piano Concerto No. 231 min note
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This concerto is filled with music of lovely and touching gallantry, highlighted by a poignant minor-key middle movement in which the piano sings with operatic grace. The spirited finale keeps the soloist in perpetual motion.
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)1 min note
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Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem contains all the vivid theatricality of an opera, telling the story of a hero, his companion, his struggles and his ultimate fulfillment. Of note are the sweeping hero’s theme, introduced by horns, and the virtuosic violin lines that represent the hero’s lover—an idealized version of Strauss’ wife.
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.
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is the current music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), a position he took after six seasons as principal guest conductor. Previously, he served as principal conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and as principal conductor and musical advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Recent highlights of his tenure with the RSNO have included tours to China and the U.S., premieres of new commissions and Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti. This season, he makes his first visits to the Montreal Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic and returns to many orchestras, among them the Malmö Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Danish Opera (with which he will lead Wagner’s Die Walküre and New Year concerts), London Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony.
Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter—winner of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists and the only woman to have received this honor—made her American orchestral debut with the Atlanta Symphony just days after the announcement of her Gilmore Award. Since then, she has appeared with most of the major North American orchestras including those of Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New Jersey, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Toronto, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. She has also performed at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Grant Park, Aspen, Ravinia, Blossom, Tippet Rise and Brevard summer festivals. She has recorded both Chopin concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Linn Records as well as the complete Chopin Preludes for the same label.
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Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!
Andrew Seymour Exhibitby Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Art
When: Fri Dec 3-Sat Dec 4 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Balcony A
Interact Center for Visual and Performing arts will present a solo display of work by visual artist Andrew Seymour. Seymour’s autobiographical work includes vibrantly patterned drawings, featuring large congregations of circular forms, which represent people in all aspects of Seymour's life.
Pre-Concert Panelwith Reinaldo Moya
When: Fri Dec 3 - Sat Dec 4 | 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Composer Reinaldo Moya will moderate a discussion that will explore the relationship between the artist and their art.
With these concerts we honor the memory of Elizabeth J. Indihar in appreciation of her generous estate gift to the Minnesota Orchestra.