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Conductor Eun Sun Kim (Photo: Kim Tae-hwan)
Eun Sun Kim | © Kim Tae-hwan

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Fri Mar 8 — Sat Mar 9, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky had myriad emotions as he embarked on his fantastic Fifth Symphony, as did Arnold Schoenberg as he worked on Erwartung, writing that “It is impossible for a person to have only one sensation at a time...one has thousands simultaneously.” Join the Minnesota Orchestra and South Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim for an intimate journey of twists and turns, through anticipation, serendipity and, ultimately, fate—in a program that opens with a work by Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Texu Kim.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Conductor Eun Sun Kim was recently named the music director of San Francisco Opera and was appointed the principal guest conductor of the Houston Grand Opera. We recently spoke with her about how this program came together.
  2. Winner of the Mario Lanza Competition, soprano Heidi Melton is also an avid seamstress and makes or alters many of her concert gowns.
  3. One of the most performed symphonies in the Minnesota Orchestra’s history, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony received its first performance by the ensemble in November 1906, under the direction of Emil Oberhoffer at the Minneapolis Auditorium. At that time, the piece had existed for fewer than 20 years.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time




  • T. KIM


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    One Minute Note

    This work from the pen of 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Texu Kim draws on melodic patterns common in sanjo, a virtuosic Korean folk music tradition featuring a soloist with barrel drum accompaniment—bringing together varied sanjo traditions and the large-scale forces of a symphony orchestra.



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    Arnold Schoenberg charted a new course in Western classical music history with his groundbreaking monodrama Erwartung, a work which bears the influence of both the Expressionist art movement and the writings of Sigmund Freud.


    Symphony No. 5

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    One Minute Note

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s very popular Fifth Symphony—which journeys from minor to major and darkness to hope—is filled with wonderful mottos, orchestral color, balletic beauty and high drama. Watch for the finale’s false conclusion, a great climax that tricks many listeners into thinking the performance is complete.


Minnesota Orchestra

Eun Sun Kim


Heidi Melton


Listen Ahead


Video: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 - Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä

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