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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.  


  • SHIN

    The Hunter's Funeral

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    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.


    Violin Concerto No. 1

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    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.


    Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable

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    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.


Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä


Lisa Batiashvili


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