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Anthony Ross, cello | © Nate Ryan

Gabel, Ross and Brahms’ Second

Fri Sep 30 — Sat Oct 1, 2022

Orchestra Hall

Fabien Gabel returns to our stage to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in an idyllic program that begins with Richard Strauss’ passionate and colorful Love Scene from Feuersnot. Principal Cello Anthony Ross steps out into the solo spotlight for a performance of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, each of its four movements inspired by one of American author Ernest Hemingway’s stories. Finally, Brahms’ Second Symphony journeys from gentle to joyful as it closes this creative concert.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Anthony Ross has been featured as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra frequently since he joined the ensemble in 1988. He likes to tell a joke or a story to the cello section right before going onstage for a concert.
  2. If you love Brahms’ symphonies, make plans now to come back to Orchestra Hall in May for performances of his First Symphony, led by violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos.
  3. “Suffused with the sunshine and the warm winds playing on the water”—these are the words Austrian musicologist Richard Specht used to describe Brahms’ Second Symphony.

Explore the concert extras

Hear Anthony Ross play his favorite passages from Tales of Hemingway

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    Love Scene from Feuersnot

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    Richard Strauss’ rarely-staged Feuersnot concludes with passionate music that comes at a culminating moment in the plot—involving magic, fire and coercion—and the young Strauss hints at motifs of his idol Richard Wagner.


    Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra

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    Four stories by the novelist Ernest Hemingway come to life in Michael Daugherty’s recent work Tales of Hemingway, which won three 2017 Grammy Awards. The solo cello at the center of the sweeping drama that explores the healing power of the outdoors, the running of the bulls in Spain, the struggle between man and nature—and chimes ringing out in For Whom the Bell Tolls.


    Symphony No. 2

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    Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony, which the composer described as “cheerful and delightful,” has an expansive feel, yet it is a tightly integrated, concentrated work. A three-note motif leads the way from the work’s opening measures, through a buoyant first movement, a stirring Adagio, a leisurely trio movement and a blazing finale.


Minnesota Orchestra

Fabien Gabel


Anthony Ross


Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, pre and post-show drinks with musicians and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Pre-Concert Interview

When: Fri Sep 30 & Sat Oct 1 | 7:15pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine

Join host Phillip Gainsley, composer Michael Daugherty, and Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cellist Tony Ross for a conversation about Daugherty's composition Tales of Hemingway which the orchestra will perform - and on which Ross will solo - tonight!

Trivia with Know Factory

When: Fri Sep 30 & Sat Oct 1 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium

Join Brian Ward from Know Factory to play live trivia inspired by Hemingway and many more literary giants.


Video: Musician's Favorite Passage: Michael Daugherty's Tales of Hemingway

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