Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Fri Nov 4 — Sat Nov 5, 2022
Pianist Simon Trpčeski makes a highly anticipated return to the stage to play Tchaikovsky’s intensely challenging First Piano Concerto. Then, the Orchestra’s string and percussion sections embark on the quirky, contradictory adventure Bartók created in his one-of-a-kind Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, with conductor Scott Yoo at the podium. This composition involves a variety of percussion instruments and an unusual onstage orientation, as Bartók called for two string orchestras to be arranged on opposite sides of the stage, giving the one-of-a-kind work an energetic back-and-forth.
A Few Things to Know
- Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra’s recording of Ulysses Kay’s Concerto for Orchestra, recorded in 2021 to raise awareness and increase performances of the work, in partnership with the African Diaspora Music Project.
- Are you a fan of Tchaikovsky’s music? Return to Orchestra Hall in February to hear the composer’s Second Piano Concerto featuring soloist Alexandre Kantorow.
- Get to know the Minnesota Orchestra percussion section, featured prominently in Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.
Date & Time
Concerto for Orchestra1 min note
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Ulysses Kay’s Concerto for Orchestra—in which all of the ensemble’s instruments and sections engage in conversation, contrast and conflict—follows a fast-slow-fast form with some surprises thrown in, such as a ramping up in tempo and volume in the midst of a so-called Adagio movement and a surprising harmonic shift to the piece’s final chord.
Piano Concerto No. 11 min note
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Like Beethoven, who angrily removed Napoleon’s name from his Eroica Symphony, Tchaikovsky furiously scratched out the name of the intended dedicatee of this famous concerto—and it became an instant success in the hands of the man he then honored with the dedication, Hans von Bülow. It begins with high drama, retreats to a place of calm and rushes toward its close in a mood of white-hot energy.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta1 min note
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Bartók’s concept of positioning instrumentalists in exact locations across the stage means that where the sound comes from is an important part of this unusual music—with a singular instrumentation that spotlights the celesta, a small high-pitched keyboard instrument, while excluding winds and brass.
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.
Scott Yoo has served as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Mexico City Philharmonic since 2016. Since 2004 he has been music director of Festival Mozaic, an orchestral and chamber music festival in California. He is also the host and executive producer of the PBS series Now Hear This, which received an Emmy nomination in 2021. He has conducted many major orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and and his discography includes over 20 recordings. He first collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2021 for the first iteration of an annual series now called the Listening Project, conducting the first-ever professional recordings of five works.
Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years. Launched onto the international scene 20 years ago as a BBC New Generation Artist, he has collaborated with over 100 orchestras on four continents, from New York and Los Angeles to London, Amsterdam, Seoul and Sydney. His broad and award-winning discography includes repertoire such as Rachmaninoff’s complete works for piano and orchestra and the Prokofiev piano concertos as well as composers such as Poulenc, Debussy and Ravel. Variations, his latest solo album released in spring 2022, features works by Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
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- Pre-order Beverages
- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
When: Fri Nov 4, Sat Nov 5 | 7:15 pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join our host Phillip Gainsley as he talks to guest conductor Scott Yoo about this week's concert and more.
Exhibit by The Museum of Russian Art
When: Fri and Sat, Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Balcony A
This exhibit from the Museum of Russian Art is presented in conjunction with the performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, subtitled "Pictures from Pagan Russia in Two Parts." Prompted by this, the display includes objects of folk art, rich in ancient Slavic pagan symbolism, often evoking solar signs and mythic creatures.
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.
We also offer convenient valet parking as well as buses for our Thursday Coffee Concerts!
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