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Silver Ainomäe, cello, and Susie Park, violin | © Josh Kohanek

Park and Ainomäe Play Brahms

Thu Jun 1 — Fri Jun 2, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

The Minnesota Orchestra is made up of extraordinarily talented musicians, and this week we feature two of them together when First Associate Concertmaster Susie Park and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe team up for a long-awaited (three years in the making!) performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. Eleanor Alberga’s Tower opens the second half of this thrilling concert, led by visiting conductor Andrew Manze. Shostakovich’s First Symphony, a fiery symphony written as the young composer’s graduation project, concludes the program.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio. Find your station or listen online.

A Few Things To Know

  1. In Fall 2019, the Minnesota Orchestra created the first professional recording of Eleanor Alberga’s Tower in partnership with the African Diaspora Music Project and YourClassical MPR. Hear the recording here.
  2. Shostakovich composed his First Symphony at just 18 years old as a graduation assignment. Within a year of its premiere, the work was programmed and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, officially launching Shostakovich’s symphonic career.
  3. In addition to his many conducting engagements, Andrew Manze can be heard regularly as a radio and television broadcaster.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

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    One Minute Note

    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.



    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    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. 1

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    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.


Minnesota Orchestra

Susie Park


Silver Ainomäe


Plan your visit

  • Pre-concert activities
  • Valet Parking
  • Pre-order Beverages
  • Directions & Parking
  • Helpful Tips

Video: A Peek into Rehearsal with Susie and Silver

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored by

Co-sponsored by
Trudi Anderson and Joseph Green
Margee and Will Bracken