Prieto Conducts La Mer
Fri Apr 14 — Sat Apr 15, 2023
Four pieces of orchestral artwork are showcased in this intensely expressionistic program led by acclaimed conductor and regular Minnesota Orchestra guest Carlos Miguel Prieto. The Ring of Fire and Love evokes an “earth-shattering, creative and cataclysmic moment,” as described by composer Outi Tarkiainen. Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder is a set of five musical love letters, sung here by soprano Emily Magee, followed by Joaquin Turina’s colorful and passionate Danzas Fantásticas. The Orchestra then creates a kaleidoscope of swirling sound in Claude Debussy’s classic portrait of the sea.
A Few Things To Know
- This performance of Outi Tarkianien’s Ring of Fire and Love will be the United States premiere of the work.
- American soprano Emily Magee has earned critical acclaim for her interpretations of leading roles in Wagner operas, including Elsa in Lohengrin and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. She last performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 as a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand.
- Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra play La Mer in this clip from a performance in 2018.
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The Ring of Fire and Love1 min note
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Outi Tarkiainen’s The Ring of Fire and Love, premiered in 2021, is music that speaks to the moment of birth—“this earth-shattering, creative, cataclysmic moment [the mother and child] travel through together,” says the composer.
Wesendonck Lieder1 min note
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Richard Wagner composed five songs for voice and piano to poems by Mathilde Wesendonck. The two had a mutual infatuation that may have extended to a love affair, and the songs remain a memento of their relationship. They are heard here in a soprano-and-orchestra version, with the last of the set orchestrated by Wagner himself and the other four by composer-conductor Felix Mottl.
Danzas Fantásticas1 min note
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Written as a gift to the composer’s wife, Joaquín Turina’s colorful and passionate Danzas fantásticas distills the Spanish composer’s various influences: his home country’s traditional folk melodies and dance rhythms and the progressive musical aesthetics of French Impressionists Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, both of whom Turina met while living in Paris.
La Mer1 min note
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Claude Debussy’s classic oceanic portrait recreates the feeling of a visit to the sea. Two slower movements surround a scherzo as a kaleidoscopic stream of musical fragments eventually builds to a thrilling, bombastic close.
Carlos Miguel Prieto
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.
Carlos Miguel Prieto was born into a musical family of Spanish and French descent in Mexico City. His charismatic conducting is characterised by its dynamism and the expressivity of his interpretations. Prieto is recognised as a highly influential cultural leader and is the foremost Mexican conductor of his generation. He has been the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the country’s most important orchestra, since 2007. Prieto has also been music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006, where he has led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, a hand-picked orchestra which performs a two-month long series of summer programs in Mexico City. In 2022, Prieto was announced as music director designate of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra from 2022-23, and will begin his tenure in 2023-24.
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Ballet Co.Laboratory Dance Performance
When: Fri Apr 15 & Sat Apr 16 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory (BCL) as they highlight the music of renowned French composer Claude Debussy. See how the music inspired the movement. Solo piano compositions become a story of friendship in Artistic Director Zoé Henrot’s Et Moi, and the symphonic poem Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune comes to life in BCL’s version of Afternoon of a Faun.
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