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Fabien Gabel I © Stéphane Bourgeois

Gabel, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky

Thu Nov 16 — Sat Nov 18, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Fabien Gabel returns to Orchestra Hall to lead an evocative, water-themed program. The concert features the picturesque Enchanted Lake that conjures gentle waters under a starry sky; the strife and adventure of wartime at sea in Korngold’s suite from the 1940 film The Sea Hawk, and a classic Shakespearean love story set on a beautiful island surrounded by seascape, Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture. Plus, pianist Bertrand Chamayou—one of today’s leading interpreters of French music—performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ glittering and dramatic Fifth Piano Concerto.

A Few Things to Know

  • In 2019 Bertrand Chamayou won the Gramophone Award for Recording of the Year for his album which included Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata No. 1, Cello Sonata No. 1 and Piano Trio No. 2.
  • Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold moved to the United States in 1934 to write music for Hollywood films. In total, he composed 16 film scores, two of which received Academy Awards.
  • A regular Minnesota Orchestra guest, conductor Fabien Gabel is also the newly appointed music director designate of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Austria.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    The Enchanted Lake

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Anatol Lyadov loved writing about “the realm of the non-existing”—here, a magical lake, misty, moonlit and shimmering.


    Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    In his final piano concerto, Camille Saint-Saëns holds back on dazzling the audience until the closing movement. Its wide-ranging sounds include an opening in the tradition of Mozart, a theme the composer heard sung by boatmen on the Nile River, and a glittering finale in which the soloist’s virtuosity finally comes to the fore.


    The Sea Hawk Suite

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score to a 1940 adventure film set in the era of Queen Elizabeth I is distilled into an 18-minute suite that summons visions of heroism, romance, battles and other daring feats.


    The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest, composed on a suggestion from the Russian critic Vladimir Stasov, brings Shakespeare’s story and characters to vivid life. Especially notable is the passionate music depicting the lovers Ferdinand and Miranda, as well as themes illustrating the ship on still waters and the monstrous Caliban.


Minnesota Orchestra

Fabien Gabel


Bertrand Chamayou


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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.

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The 2023-2024 Classical Season is presented by Ameriprise Financial.