Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff
Thu Jan 5 — Fri Jan 6, 2023
In the 2019-20 season, pianist Kirill Gerstein was scheduled to perform all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos with the Orchestra and he left all of us breathless after a stunning performance in a March 2020 concert broadcast to a live, radio-only audience just after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. After a long wait, he finally returns to continue the cycle with Rachmaninoff’s expansive Third Concerto under the direction of conductor Ryan Bancroft. The concerts open with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prelude and close with the magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
A Few Things to Know
- Solemn Prelude premiered in 1899 but was never published and the orchestral parts were lost. The original manuscript was uncovered in the British Library in 2021, and the work is now receiving major orchestral performances worldwide.
- American conductor Ryan Bancroft was recently appointed to become the next chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Sweden, beginning in 2023. He is now making his Minnesota Orchestra debut in these performances.
Date & Time
Solemn Prelude1 min note
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This music by a young Samuel Coleridge-Taylor premiered at Britain’s Three Choirs Festival in 1899, then was not performed again until its revival at the same still-active festival in 2021. It made its way to the U.S. for the first time just this past September. Slow and anthem-like, the overture journeys from minor to major across a 10-minute span.
Piano Concerto No. 31 min note
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The third of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s four virtuosic piano concertos balances moments of song-like simplicity and thunderous virtuosity. The opening Allegro is subtle and soulful, while the latter movements offer catchy themes, ingenious variations and a feather-light waltz.
Pictures at an Exhibition1 min note
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Modest Mussorgsky took as inspiration for this brilliant work—a memorial to his friend, the Russian painter Viktor Hartmann—ten colorful images in a posthumous exhibition of Hartmann’s work. Pictures was originally a virtusoso showpiece for solo piano, but now it is most widely known in this lush, magical orchestration by Maurice Ravel.
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.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
- Valet Parking
- Pre-order Beverages
- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
When: Thurs Jan 5, 10:15am | Fri Jan 6, 7:15pm
Where: Follow Signage
Join Valerie Little, Minnesota Orchestra's Assistant Principal Librarian, in a conversation with guest conductor Ryan Bancroft about this concert and more.
Exhibit by The Museum of Russian Art
When: Pre-concert and Intermission
The Museum of Russian Art presents an exhibition of rare cultural artifacts and objects of folk art from its unique collections. One of the artworks on display is directly connected to Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by the composer’s visit to an exhibition of Viktor Hartmann’s artworks. Mussorgsky composed the Baba Yaga music after seeing Hartmann’s design of the clock in the shape of Baba Yaga’s House on Chicken legs. TMORA owns a clock based on the picture!
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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