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Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor | © Marco Borggreve

Slobodeniouk Conducts Brahms

Fri Nov 12 - Sat Nov 13, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~1.5 hrs including a 20 min intermission

If you have followed the Minnesota Orchestra recently, you are sure to have heard a few symphonies by Gustav Mahler. What came before Mahler penned his Titan Symphony? Sung in these concerts by mezzo Sasha Cooke, Songs of a Wayfarer is filled with grief and heartache and packed with ideas that found their way into many of Mahler’s other major works. Dima Slobodeniouk returns to Orchestra Hall to conduct these songs, plus Ulysses Kay’s Suite from The Quiet One and Johannes Brahms’ passionate and tragic Symphony No. 4.

A Few Things to Know

  • The Quiet One was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1948 and best original screenplay in 1949; American composer Ulysses Kay composed his orchestral suite at the same time as the original score.
  • “Tears ran down his cheeks as he stood there," said Brahms' biographer Florence May, describing a performance of the Fourth Symphony in 1897 with the composer in attendance. "And through the audience there was a feeling as of a stifled sob, for each knew that he was saying farewell." It was the last time Brahms heard his own music performed before passing away.
  • Mezzo Sasha Cooke can be heard as a featured artist on the Minnesota Orchestra’s recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony, recorded in June 2017.

Date & Time




  • KAY

    Suite from The Quiet One

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    This suite of Ulysses Kay’s music from the 1948 documentary drama The Quiet One, which follows a troubled young boy and his experience at a New York reform school, distills the film’s themes of joy, fear, crisis and hope with inward-looking, gently melodic music that is inherently soloistic, using only one of each wind and brass instrument except tuba.


    Songs of a Wayfarer

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer evoke the deep despair and emotional journey of the composer’s own experience with unrequited love, traveling through the highs of happiness and the lows of intense, unimaginable pain.


    Symphony No. 4

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Johannes Brahms’ Fourth is a passionate work filled with high drama. From a first movement both warm and tragic, the symphony proceeds through a moody intermezzo and a rambunctious scherzo to a most unusual conclusion: a beautifully abstract set of variations on a Bach cantata.


Minnesota Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk


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Pre-Concert Panel with Patty Ryan

When: Fri Nov 12 & Sat Nov 13 | 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine

Cellist and podcast host Patty Ryan moderates a discussion on emotion in music and its interpretation by composers, performers, and audiences. On the panel are MPR local host Gabrielle Glass, percussionist and co-founder of 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective Eri Isomura, and music therapist Leanne Barck.

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