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Baiba Skride, violin
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.

Date & Time




  • CHIN


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    Contemporary composer Unsuk Chin describes Frontispiece as “a time lapse…of the history of music” comprising countless tiny musical fragments and gestures that are sometimes jarring, sometimes calm and never predictable. Among the composers alluded to—but not quoted—are Bruckner, Ives, Webern and Boulez.


    Violin Concerto No. 4

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    Mozart’s penultimate violin concerto is virtuosic music packed with surprises. In the opening movement, the orchestra recedes and the soloist takes command, gracefully elaborating on the themes; the Andante cantabile is pure song with the second of the work’s two cadenzas; and the Rondeau finale is music fit for a French court, incorporating a tune Mozart encountered in Strasbourg.


    The Firebird (complete ballet)

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    One Minute Note

    The heroic Prince Ivan and a magical Firebird are revealed with brilliant orchestral colors. The gentle dance of captive princesses, the prince’s effort to free them, and the evil sorcerer’s defeat by the Firebird—all is painted in the most vivid musical imagery.


Minnesota Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk


Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Ballet Co.Laboratory

When: Fri Feb 11 & Sat Feb 12 | 7:15pm-7:45pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Join Ballet Co.Laboratory before the concert to learn the story behind Igor Stravinsky and Michel Fokine’s ballet, The Firebird. Enjoy excerpts of the ballet adapted from Fokine’s original choreography and performed by the dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory’s professional company.

Concert Preview

with Nicholas Landrum

When: Fri Feb 11 & Sat Feb 12 | 7:05pm -7:25pm
Where: Auditorium

Join composer Nicholas Landrum for a conversation about the idea of “revolutionary composers” and the interplay of drawing on the past to push into the future.

Indulge at the Elixir Haus

When: Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Cargill Commons

Beverage service is available before and during each winter concert at Elixir Haus (located outside Orchestra Hall). Grab your coat and head outside for a sip of spirits or a cup of hot cocoa.

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

Accessibility Services

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

Additional services are available upon request.

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