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Lisa Batiashvili, violin | © André Josselin

Vänskä and Batiashvili

Thu Oct 21 - Fri Oct 22, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 minute intermission

What happens when the roles are swapped, and wild animals attend their hunter’s funeral? Find out in the first-ever Minnesota Orchestra performance of music by composer Donghoon Shin. Georgian-born German violinist Lisa Batiashvili brings Karol Szymanowki’s brilliant Violin Concerto to life and the Minnesota Orchestra revisits the Fourth Symphony by Carl Nielsen, a work that captures the essence of the human spirit. 

A Few Things to Know

  1. The Hunter’s Funeral was inspired by an 1890 woodcut of animals carrying the coffin of a hunter, crafted by Moritz von Schwind. 
  2. Lisa Batiashvili’s newest recording, City Lights, takes audiences around the world on an autobiographical tour to 11 cities, with musical inspiration ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Charlie Chaplin. 
  3. When Vänskä joined the Minnesota Orchestra, he led the ensemble through a series of performances featuring works by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, including the Fourth Symphony. This will be the symphony’s first performance at Orchestra Hall since those concerts 17 years ago.  

Program

  • SHIN

    The Hunter's Funeral

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    This contemporary work by Donghoon Shin was inspired by an 1890 woodcut of animals carrying the coffin of a hunter. The music gradually changes color from bright to dark, with the dance-like opening full of energy before the emergence of a slower funeral march in which, by the end, melodies become obsolete amid undulating, vanishing strings.

  • SZYMANOWSKI

    Violin Concerto No. 1

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    The First Violin Concerto of Karol Szymanowski is a work of passion and lyricism. Its single movement opens with brilliant flashes of sound, then continues with hints of humor and extended passages of joyful, carefree song.

  • INTERMISSION
  • NIELSEN

    Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony captures the essence of the human spirit and its capacity for endurance and resilience in a single movement that moves through plaintive melodies, turbulent storms and brilliant light.

Artists

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä

conductor

Lisa Batiashvili

violin

Your Concert Experience

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

Artist & Printmaker Emily Gray Koehler

When: Thu Oct 21 | 10:00am - 10:45am
Where: Target Atrium

This concert features music inspired by woodcuts. Minneapolis-based artist and printmaker Emily Gray Koehler will demonstrate and discuss aspects of her artistic process for creating woodcuts and prints.

Concert Preview

with Michael Adams

When: Thu Oct 21 | 10:15am - 10:35am
Where: Auditorium

Join former Minnesota Orchestra violist Michael Adams for a discussion of the music on today's program.

Artist & Printmaker Emily Gray Koehler

When: Fri Oct 22 | 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Where: Target Atrium

This concert features music inspired by woodcuts. Minneapolis-based artist and printmaker Emily Gray Koehler will demonstrate and discuss aspects of her artistic process for creating woodcuts and prints.

Concert Preview

with Michael Adams

When: Fri Oct 22 | 7:05pm - 7:25pm
Where: Auditorium

Join former Minnesota Orchestra violist Michael Adams for a discussion of the music on today's program.

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

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

Additional services are available upon request.

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