Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra1 min note
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Late in life, Johannes Brahms wrote a concerto as a way of reconciling with one of his most valued friends—the violinist Joseph Joachim—and added a cello to the mix, unlocking new sonic possibilities. Its rhapsodic melodies and grand sweeping phrases show the composer’s affection for its dedicatee Joachim, who reunited with Brahms and premiered the work.
Tower1 min note
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Eleanor Alberga pays tribute to a late friend, violinist David E. Angel, in a musical portrait full of passion that brings to life aspects of Angel’s personality including humor, generosity, kindness, and shyness and a tendency to have the last word.
Symphony No. 11 min note
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The young Shostakovich, not yet 20 years old, announced his presence to the world with a First Symphony notable for its maturity and surprising flourishes, from the opening’s muted trumpet to the final movement’s slow close. Already present is the sardonic wit that would later get the composer in trouble with Stalin’s regime.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, broadcasts and educational engagement programs; and a commitment to intentionally build concert programs to feature more works by composers of color, exploring music both contemporary and historic. This fall, Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård begins his tenure as music director.
Australian-born Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster since 2015, will be featured as soloist with the ensemble in June 2023 in Brahms’ Double Concerto with Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe. She has performed solos with numerous major orchestras in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, as well as Korea’s KBS Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand. She was the violinist of the Eroica Trio from 2006 to 2012, with which she recorded the ensemble’s Grammy-nominated CD of all-American repertoire, and toured internationally. Her interest in music of all genres has also led to collaborations with artists such as jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
Silver Ainomäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia. At the age of six he began to play the cello and piano. In 1990 Silver's family migrated from Estonia to Finland and at the age of twelve, he was accepted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where his teachers were Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras. After receiving a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy, he attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Razumovsky Academy under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. He has been awarded multiple prizes and awards at competitions worldwide including the Isang Yun, Lutoslawski and Paulo competitions.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
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- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
When: Thurs, June 1 | 10:15am
Join Assistant Principal Librarian Valerie Little and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe in a conversation about today's concert and more.
When: Fri, June 2 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join host Phillip Gainsley and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe in a conversation about today's concert and more.
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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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