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Ingrid Fliter, piano
Ingrid Fliter, piano | © Gary Houlder

Ingrid Fliter Plays Mozart

Fri Dec 3 - Sat Dec 4, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs with a 20 min intermission

Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) tells of thrilling adventures, romance, adversaries, and ultimate fulfillment. We welcome Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård to the podium for his Minnesota Orchestra debut and Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter for her return in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Up first, though, is Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade for Orchestra, his very first commissioned work and the piece that set him on track to be one of the finest composers at the turn of the 20th century.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Ingrid Fliter recently opened an Etsy shop to sell her original paintings that are created from a place of improvisation and intuition; she says that through painting, “a magical world unleashed in front of my eyes.”
  2. Mozart often scored his concertos and symphonies without clarinets, but in the Piano Concerto No. 23, he swapped the oboes for clarinets to darken the overall tone.

Date & Time





    Ballade for Orchestra

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    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. 23

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    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

    One Minute Note

    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.


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Andrew Seymour Exhibit

by 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 Panel

with 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. 

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

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

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored By


With these concerts we honor the memory of Elizabeth J. Indihar in appreciation of her generous estate gift to the Minnesota Orchestra.