Winter WonderlandGrades 1-6
Wed Jan 25 — Thu Jan 26, 2023
Music with a winter theme offers a beautiful way for us to learn about each other’s traditions. It might suggest the jingling of sleigh bells (Morley’s Snow Ride), a horse-and-carriage ride (Prokofiev’s Troika) or soaring, ethereal moods (a lovely contemporary work, Nazaykinskaya’s Winter Bells). Maybe, like the tango-tinged music of Piazzolla, it hails from Argentina, where the summer sun shines while winter chills us in the North—or, by contrast, from very far north, as in Vincent Ho’s meditative Arctic Symphony. Here is music that teaches us about vastly different personal experiences!
Things to Know
- Prepare for the concert with our curriculum.
- Tickets can be reserved in advance with no payment due until a month before the concert.
- Does your school need financial assistance for an upcoming trip to a Young People’s Concert at Orchestra Hall? Request a bus subsidy.
Date & Time
Troika, from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Invierno Porteño (Winter in Buenos Aires) from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for Violin and Orchestra
Nightfall, from Arctic Symphony
March & Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Spring Festival Overture
Natalia Romero Arbeláez
American Sign Language interpreter
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.
A young and energetic talent with a quickly-expanding international career, maestro Thiago Tiberio is often praised for mature musicianship, clarity of expression, and accurate technique. His classical, operatic, and film music career includes work with the world’s most prestigious orchestras in countries such as the U.S., Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Bulgaria, South Korea, China and Brazil.
Originally from Colombia, Natalia Romero Arbeláez is an experienced performer, educator and musician. As an educator, she thrives in the intersection of academic and applied music making. She is passionate about access and student voice and ownership in her classroom and performing practices. She performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in December as a member of Border CrosSing in El Mesías, a bilingual Spanish-English holiday performance conducted by Ahmed Anzaldúa.
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.
Tehya Selmo is a high school senior at Performing Institute of Minnesota (PiM) Arts High School. She has been dancing for 11 years, with a particular interest in ballet, and also trains in modern and jazz dance. She has participated in many summer intensives including Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Utah’s summer dance intensive. Her future plans include furthering her education in dance, and she is currently applying and auditioning for college dance programs including the University of Utah and University of Cincinnati. Her teachers at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy are Jayson Douglas, Lee Borowski, Michaela Borowski, Renee Guittar and Michelle Ludwig. Her dance teacher at PiM, Danielle Ricci, choreographed her dance for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Winter Wonderland performances. Her interests outside of dance include spending time with friends, reading, and watching favorite shows and movies.
Maria Dively has been an American Sign Language interpreter for eight years in Minnesota and California. A NIC/Trilingual Interpreter, she is a graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has been involved personally and professionally in the Deaf community since college. From a young age, she has been involved with music as a woodwind player, percussionist and steel drums player, among other roles.
- ASL Interpretation
- Armless & Bariatric Chairs
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Large-Print Programs
- Open Captioning
- Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- Service Animals
- Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
Additional services are available upon request.
Mary Ann Feldman Music Education Fund
Angela S. Pennington and W. Anders Folk Student Ticket Fund