INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MUSIC - Orchestra Concert
Sat Jul 16, 2022
Celebrate music, summer and the outdoors as the Minnesota Orchestra performs a free one-hour concert outside Orchestra Hall on Peavey Plaza—part of the Orchestra’s free International Day of Music celebration on July 16. Led by conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, the performance features classical favorites by Beethoven and Dvořák, patriotic fare, movie music and more, and culminates in the Great Gate of Kiev movement from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with a resounding finish: at the dramatic conclusion of the piece, church bells across downtown Minneapolis will peal in coordination.
- This concert will be free of charge and seating will be on Peavey Plaza, first-come, first-served. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Orchestra Hall auditorium.
- In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre characters will interact with audience members near the Peavey Plaza stage before the concert begins.
- At the dramatic conclusion of the Mussorgsky piece, church bells across downtown Minneapolis will peal in coordination. Organized in partnership with City of Bells, the Minneapolis nonprofit dedicated to coordinating, restoring and celebrating bells throughout the community, the concert will feature bells ringing from five downtown churches: St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Mary, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Central Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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Suite from Star Trek Into Darkness
America, the Beautiful
Armed Forces Medley
Subway Journey, from Harlem Symphony
Allegro (mvmt. IV), from Symphony No. 5
The Great Gate of Kiev, from Pictures at an Exhibition
Stars and Stripes Forever March
Jon Kimura Parker
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Chia-Hsuan Lin, who was appointed associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2016, began her sixth season with the Richmond Symphony in 2021 and was recently named the interim music director of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland. She enjoys frequent guest appearances around the world and made her Minnesota Orchestra debut in February 2020, conducting a week of student and family concerts, and returned this past April for another family concert program. In July 2022 she is leading five Minnesota Orchestra outdoor concerts, including an International Day of Music concert as part of the opening weekend of Summer at Orchestra Hall.
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed regularly at the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, London’s South Bank, the Sydney Opera House and the Beijing Concert Hall. In 2019, he was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s first-ever Creative Partner for Summer at Orchestra Hall, a new role in which he is serving as a creative force behind the Orchestra’s summer festival and appearing each summer as a host, performer and personality. He is also artistic director of the Honens International Piano Competition and artistic advisor for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Parker’s 2022-23 seasons encompasses a full slate of performances across the United States and Canada, including presentations of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Colorado Symphony, Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Toledo Symphony, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with both the Reno Chamber Orchestra and San Antonio Philharmonic. In November 2022 he will tour across Italy with the Montrose Trio, which he founded with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith. Following their first tour in 2015, The Washington Post described them as “poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.”
Your Concert Experience
Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!
Sounds + Bites
Come early and stay late for Sounds + Bites: special food experiences and free entertainment by outstanding local performers on the magnificent Peavey Plaza. Enjoy a cocktail beside the reflecting pool during our $5 Happy Hour while you listen. Learn more.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask TheatreExhibit
Where: Balcony A Lobby
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre uses water, flour, newspaper, paint, and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Come see themed displays of puppets created by HOBT artists; from large dragon masks to a collection of winged creatures!