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Benjamin Beilman | © Stefan Ruiz

Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Chin

Thu May 9 — Fri May 10, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

During Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lifetime, many restrictions were in place that banned Ukrainian language and terminology within parts of the Russian empire. Tchaikovsky still chose to compose a symphony built from traditional songs of his neighboring country, a place dear to his heart. We welcome Elim Chan for her Orchestra Hall debut as the Minnesota Orchestra shares this imaginative symphony alongside Unsuk Chin’s swirling subito con forza and the return of soloist Benjamin Beilman in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s cinematic Violin Concerto.

A Few Things to Know

  1. To mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Unsuk Chin composed subito con forza, inspired by the conversation books that helped Beethoven communicate in person as his hearing diminished.
  2. Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony is filled with Ukrainian folk tunes.
  3. “She’s one of her generation’s really bright lights,” said Chad Smith, the president and chief executive of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who in a previous role at the Los Angeles Philharmonic helped to hire Elim Chan as a conducting fellow there." Read The New York Times article (March 2024) about conductor Chan.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time




  • CHIN

    subito con forza

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    To mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, Unsuk Chin composed subito con forza (“Suddenly, with force”), inspired by the conversation books that helped Beethoven communicate in person as his hearing diminished. Brief, visceral and powerful, it includes hidden and overt references to Beethoven’s music.


    Violin Concerto

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of great film composers early in the history of cinema, also created rich drama in the concert hall—and one shining example is this glorious, eloquent violin concerto, written for virtuoso Jascha Heifetz.


    Symphony No. 2

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    A solo horn sings the opening melody of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, which—in typical Tchaikovsky fashion—quotes a variety of Eastern European folk tunes. Traditional melodies from Ukraine, or “Little Russia,” as it was then called, inspired both the musical ideas and the nickname for this work. Sadly, the music and title take on a new context due to the present Russia-Ukraine war.


Minnesota Orchestra

Elim Chan


Benjamin Beilman


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