Jon Kimura Parker Plays Beethoven
Fri Jul 15, 2022
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Second Symphony and Third Piano Concerto, both bold and masterful works, around the same time—a period in which he was coming to grips with his advancing hearing loss. In his Minnesota Orchestra debut, British conductor Nicholas Collon explores both works, with Summer at Orchestra Hall Creative Partner and pianist Jon Kimura Parker interpreting the fiery concerto. The concert opens with contemporary American composer Carlos Simon’s energetic and colorful Fate Now Conquers, which was inspired by a journal entry from Beethoven.
- This is the beginning of Summer at Orchestra Hall! After a two-year postponement, we're thrilled to share the vision that Jon Kimura Parker, Minnesota Orchestra musicians and artistic team have created.
- Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and his Piano Concerto No. 3 were written around the same time and were premiered on the same concert April 5, 1803.
- The title of Carlos Simon's Fate Now Conquers was taken from a personal diary entry of Beethoven's from 1815; he copied a line from Homer's Illiad: "But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share in my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit. And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit."
- Free pre-concert entertainment: 6:45–7:45PM Malamanya / PEAVEY PLAZA
Free post-concert entertainment: 9:30–10:30PM Spoonbridge / TARGET ATRIUM
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Date & Time
Fate now conquers
Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 2
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.
British conductor Nicholas Collon is Founder and Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony (the first non-Finnish conductor ever to hold this post), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Guerzenich Orchester in Cologne.
He is recognized as a born communicator, innovative programmer, and high-caliber interpreter of a wide repertoire. Under his direction Aurora Orchestra has become known for their eclectic programming and for performing complete symphonies from memory, becoming Associate Orchestra (and from the 2022-23 season Resident Orchestra) at the Southbank Centre and appearing every year at the BBC Proms.
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed regularly at the Berlin Philharmonie, 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.
Your Concert Experience
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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!
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Large Print Programs
- Service Animals
- Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
Additional services are available upon request.
This concert is sponsored by Julie and Doug Baker, Jr.
The Creative Partner position is supported by Marilyn and Glen Nelson.