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Baiba Skride, violin | © Marco Borggreve

Mozart, Chin and Stravinsky's Firebird

Fri Feb 11 — Sat Feb 12, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~1.5 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Unsuk Chin’s music has been described as a suspenseful, chilling and full of unexpected soundscapes. The Minnesota Orchestra opens this program, conducted by returning guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk, with Frontispiece, a brief composition that Chin describes as “a time lapse…of the history of music” comprising countless tiny musical fragments and gestures. Violinist Baiba Skride returns to Orchestra Hall to perform Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto, and the Orchestra sends audiences out into the evening with a performance of Stravinsky’s complete Firebird ballet, a 1910 work that revolutionized orchestral music and opened new worlds of sonic possibilities.

A Few Things to Know

  • Frontispiece is a term that describes either the front of a building or an illustration preceding the title page of a book or other printed publication.
  • "Skride creates such a gigantic volume that it almost sounds like she has a violoncello under her chin. Phenomenal." -Berliner Tagesspiegel
  • Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite was the first of three ballets he composed shortly before World War I. It is one of the most famous orchestral pieces performed today, but it’s not common to hear the complete ballet, which is what the Minnesota Orchestra performs in these concerts.


  • CHIN



    Violin Concerto No. 4


    The Firebird (complete ballet)


Minnesota Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk


Baiba Skride


Video: Roderick Cox conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in the finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite

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