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Erin Keefe | © Zoe Prinds-Flash

Søndergård, Keefe and Brahms

Thu Apr 11 — Sat Apr 13, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Robert Schumann composed his Spring Symphony during the wintertime, dreaming of warmer days to come and the signs of life that would soon abound in nature. This sounds like the kind of activity many of us in Minnesota would understand! Thomas Søndergård conducts this bright, joyful symphony and collaborates with Concertmaster Erin Keefe for a performance of Max Bruch’s elegant First Violin Concerto. The Minnesota Chorale will lend their voices to two works on this program, performing Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied and delivering the U.S. premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s Rise Up, O Sun!

A Few Things to Know

  1. Erin Keefe shows Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Thomas Søndergård the Mill District from the Stone Arch Bridge, overlooking the Mississippi River.
  2. Eleanor Alberga asked her mother if she could begin piano lessons when she was five years old; at age 10, she penned her first composition, Andy, inspired by her family’s dog.
  3. Thomas Søndergård names Robert Schumann on his list of favorite composers. This will be the first time he conducts Schumann’s music with the Minnesota Orchestra.
  4. For the Saturday 2pm concert, join Music Director Thomas Søndergård for a post-concert conversation.

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    Rise Up, O Sun!

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    Eleanor Alberga’s recent choral-orchestral work sets text by William Blake, musically painting images of clear waters, tender grass and the sun at dawn, with piano coming to the fore in key moments.


    Violin Concerto No. 1

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    Dark, throaty sounds open this concerto and color the remainder of the work. The virtuosic Prelude leads to a lyrical Adagio based on three great melodies, and the energetic Finale is full of suspense and musical pyrotechnics.



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    Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) presents a powerful contrast between the bliss of the gods and the bleak conditions of humanity. A turbulent Allegro follows the luminous opening, and serenity returns at the close.


    Symphony No. 1, Spring

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    Robert Schumann’s Spring Symphony reflects the composer’s contentment—a happy period early in his marriage to Clara—and his love of nature, with programmatic elements inspired by poetry. The music embodies spring’s awakening, lyricism and youthful exuberance.


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård


Erin Keefe


Minnesota Chorale

Plan your visit

  • Pre-concert activities
  • Valet Parking
  • Pre-order Beverages
  • Directions & Parking
  • Helpful Tips

Concert Preview

With Phil Gainsley

When: Thur Apr 11 | 10:15 - 10:35am
Where: On Stage

Join Phillip Gainsley a conversation about this program with Erin Keefe and more.

Pre-concert performance

YPSCA Competition Finalists

When: Fri Apr 12, Sat Apr 13 | 45 mins prior to concert
Where: Target Atrium

Join us for the pre-concert performance of the YPSCA Concerto Competition Finalists in the Target Atrium. Joshua Moon, cello and Clara Wrolstad, piano on April 12th and William Feng and Alex Rodriguez, both on the piano April 13. YPSCA was formed in 1911, the same year as Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Concerts were launched. 

Post-Concert Interview

When: Sat Apr 13 | Immediately following the concert
Where: On Stage

Minnesota Public Radio's Melissa Ousley interviews music director Thomas Søndergård on stage immediately following the concert.  Ousley has been the host of Minnesota Orchestra's live broadcasts since 2019.

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.

Pre-order beverages

Skip the lines at the bar! Pre-order your intermission beverage via the Minnesota Orchestra App when you arrive at Orchestra Hall.

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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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