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David Afkham, conductor
David Afkham, conductor | © Gisela Schenker

Afkham Conducts La Mer

Fri Apr 14 — Sat Apr 15, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

Four pieces of orchestral artwork are showcased in this intensely expressionistic program led by acclaimed conductor and regular Minnesota Orchestra guest David Afkham. Ring of Fire and Love evokes an “earth-shattering, creative and cataclysmic moment,” as described by composer Outi Tarkianien. Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder is a set of five musical love letters, sung here by soprano Emily Magee, followed by Lili Boulanger’s introspective and melancholic Of a Sad Evening. The Minnesota Orchestra musicians then create a kaleidoscope of swirling sound in Claude Debussy’s classic portrait of the sea.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio. Find your station or listen online.

A Few Things To Know

  1. This performance of Outi Tarkianien’s Ring of Fire and Love will be the United States premiere of the work.
  2. Of a Spring Morning, the companion piece to Lili Boulanger’s Of a Sad Evening, was performed earlier this season in concerts conducted by Thomas Søndergård.
  3. American soprano Emily Magee has earned critical acclaim for her interpretations of leading roles in Wagner operas, including Elsa in Lohengrin and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. She last performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 as a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand.
  4. Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra play La Mer in this clip from a performance in 2018.

Date & Time





    The Ring of Fire and Love

  • WAGNER/Mottl

    Wesendonck Lieder


    Of a Sad Evening


    La Mer


Minnesota Orchestra

David Afkham


Emily Magee


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Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

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