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Thomas Wilkins, conductor | Photo Courtesy of Omaha Symphony

Wilkins Conducts Tchaikovsky

Thu May 19 — Sat May 21, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~1.5 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Thomas Wilkins makes his Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut in a soul-stirring performance that centers around Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a multi-movement choral work that presents the final spoken words of seven African American men who were each killed by the police or authority figures. The Minnesota Chorale and Twin Cities Choral Partners join the Orchestra onstage in this concert that also features Franz Liszt’s poetic Les Préludes and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Fifth Symphony.

A Few Things to Know

  • Seven Last Words of the Unarmed remembers the lives of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo and John Crawford.
  • Liszt indicated that Les Préludes was his depiction of a poem by Alphonse de Lamartine that begins: “What is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is tolled by death?”



    Les Préludes


    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed


    Symphony No. 5


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins


Minnesota Chorale

Principal Chorus

Twin Cities Choral Partners

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  • Service Animals
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