Violin Concerto No. 11 min note
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Once hidden within the repressive climate of Stalin’s regime, Shostakovich’s concerto alternates somber movements with brighter, virtuosic passages. A spectacular cadenza links the ominous third movement with the work’s striking, fast-paced finale.
Nocturne1 min note
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In Moussa’s Nocturne, the center of gravity is pitched in the lower registers, with a few moments of brightness. The final minutes create a ghostly atmosphere through unusual modern techniques.
Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe1 min note
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The ancient lovers in Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite are shown in happy moments. Rippling woodwinds announce sunrise; solo flute represents Daphnis telling the tale of Pan and Syrinx; and the couple celebrates with a joyous dance.
Boléro1 min note
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Over a beguiling and insistent rhythm, Boléro repeats a single hypnotic melody on an ever-shifting combination of instruments. With each change in orchestral color, the tension builds—to a climax of shattering intensity.
Kevin John Edusei
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.
Kevin John Edusei is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture and attention to detail.
A suave and elegant figure on the podium, he has conducted widely across Europe, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. He is Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of Edusei’s 2020-21 season include his debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and his return to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw. Highlights of previous seasons include the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber orchestras as well as his BBC Proms and Royal Festival Hall debuts with the Chineke! Orchestra.
Ning Feng has toured Europe, Asia and Australia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ van Zweden, he has toured China with many orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra/ Iván Fischer, with whom he has also performed several times in Budapest, with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester/ Lawrence Foster, and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has also worked many times. Other career highlights to date include performances with the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony (Washington), Helsinki Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Russian National Symphony orchestras amongst others. He has worked with many eminent conductors including Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Yu Long, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov and Vassily Petrenko.
In China, Ning Feng is held in the highest regard, appearing with all the major Chinese orchestras, visiting international orchestras and in recital. In 20-21 he was Artist-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in the same season he performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony and China Philharmonic orchestras.
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bolerobolero Dance Performance
When: Thu Apr 7, 10:15-10:45am & Fri Apr 8, 7:15-7:45pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer, Balcony A, Balcony B
bolerobolero, set to Ravel's iconic orchestral work, is a contemporary interpretation choreographed by Berit Ahlgren (HoneyWorks) and Helen Hatch (Hatch Dance). The work is a response to our need to continue dancing and creating during upheavals in the social and political landscapes during the summer of 2020.