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Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor | © Benjamin Ealovega

Prieto Conducts La Mer

Fri Apr 14 — Sat Apr 15, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

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.

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. This performance of Outi Tarkianien’s Ring of Fire and Love will be the United States premiere of the work.
  2. 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.
  3. Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra play La Mer in this clip from a performance in 2018.

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Date & Time





    The Ring of Fire and Love

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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.

  • WAGNER/Mottl

    Wesendonck Lieder

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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 Fantásticas

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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 Mer

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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.


Minnesota Orchestra

Carlos Miguel Prieto


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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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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.

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  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

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