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Karina Canellakis, conductor | © Mathias Bothor

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances

Fri Feb 25 — Sat Feb 26, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

After conductor Karina Canellakis’ recent performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Star Tribune raved about her “infectious enthusiasm” and “fiery energy.” Now, she returns to the podium to conduct music by Julia Perry and Sergei Rachmaninoff. At the center of the concerts, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut as soloist in Richard Strauss’ musical depiction of Don Quixote, in which the cello plays the leading role of Don Quixote de la Mancha and a solo violist from the ensemble is featured as his squire, Sancho Panza.

The performance on Feb 25, 2022 will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and livestreamed on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience

A Few Things to Know

  • These concerts mark the Minnesota Orchestra’s first performances of music by 20th century American composer Julia Perry.
  • Symphonic Dances would be Rachmaninoff’s last composition, and he seemed to know it as he wrote the piece, adding a note of gratitude for his musical life after the final measure in the score: “I thank thee, Lord!”
  • Jean-Guihen Queyras was voted “Artist of the Year” by readers of the Diapason and “Best Instrumental Soloist” for the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2008.



    Short Piece for Orchestra


    Don Quixote


    Symphonic Dances


Minnesota Orchestra

Karina Canellakis


Jean-Guihen Queyras


Video: Roderick Cox conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

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