Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7
Fri Mar 3 — Sat Mar 4, 2023
Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony is at once deeply emotional and profoundly glorious, created as a reflection of the composer’s own personal moments of grief and joy. Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk returns to Orchestra Hall to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in this stunning symphony. Clarinetist Kari Kriikku makes his much-anticipated debut in Kaija Saariaho’s symbolic D’OM LE VRAI SENS, but first the concert takes flight with George Walker’s Icarus in Orbit, a brief musical re-telling of the famous Greek myth.
A Few Things To Know
- Kaija Saariaho’s latest opera, Innocence, premiered in France in July 2021. The work earned Saariaho France’s Victoires de la Musique Classique Award for composition.
- Five of the six movements of D’OM LE VRAI SENS are named after the five senses: sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. The work requires the soloist to move about the hall—learn more about how movement plays off of the senses in our recent blog.
- In 1996, George Walker became the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. In 2009, he published an autobiography titled Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist.
- Dvořák included a footnote in the score of the Seventh Symphony that simply said: “from the sad years.” After the death of his mother and eldest child in the years prior, his music turned inward, especially in this symphony.
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Icarus in Orbit1 min note
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In vivid musical colors, George Walker illustrates the ancient Greek myth of Icarus—the mortal who famously flew too close to the sun, melting his suit of wings—in music that ends with a falling flute line representing the protagonist’s fatal plummet.
D’OM LE VRAI SENS, Clarinet Concerto1 min note
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Kaija Saariaho’s unique six-movement clarinet concerto, dedicated to this week’s soloist Kari Kriikku, explores the five well-known senses and a mysterious sixth sense—possibly emotion or love—as the soloist traverses the concert hall in a variety of locations on and offstage.
Symphony No. 71 min note
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In Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony—lesser-known than his Ninth, but equally masterful—dark sonorities dominate the opening melody, yielding in the second movement to gentle, then bolder, themes. The Scherzo abounds with rhythmic vitality, and the Finale alternately builds and releases tensions before concluding with drama and brilliant harmonies.
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.
Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership, Dima Slobodeniouk has held the position of Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since 2013, which he combines with his positions as Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival following his appointment in 2016. Linking his native Russian roots with the cultural influence of his later homeland Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these two countries.
He works with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago, Baltimore as well as Sydney and NHK Symphony Orchestras.
Plan your visit
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Pre-Concert Talk and Demonstration
When: Fri Mar 3 & Sat Mar 4 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join Minnesota Orchestra musicians Silver Ainomäe, Sam Bergman, and Emily Switzer for a discussion and demonstration of extended playing techniques, including an introduction of Kaija Saariaho's D'Om le Vrai Sens for Clarinet and Orchestra on tonight's program, and much more.
Know Before You Go
An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.
Skip the lines at the bar! Pre-order your intermission beverage via the MN Orch App when you arrive at Orchestra Hall.
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Additional services are available upon request.
This concert is co-sponsored by Vicki and Chip Emery