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Kari Kriikku, clarinet
Kari Kriikku, clarinet | © Marco Borggreve

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7

Fri Mar 3 — Sat Mar 4, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony is at once deeply emotional and profoundly glorious, created as a reflection of the composer’s own personal moments of grief and joy. Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk returns to Orchestra Hall to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in this stunning symphony. Clarinetist Kari Kriikku makes his much-anticipated debut in Kaija Saariaho’s symbolic D’OM LE VRAI SENS, but first the concert takes flight with George Walker’s Icarus in Orbit, a brief musical re-telling of the famous Greek myth.

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. Kaija Saariaho’s latest opera, Innocence, premiered in France in July 2021. The work earned Saariaho France’s Victoires de la Musique Classique Award for composition.
  2. Five of the six movements of D’OM LE VRAI SENS are named after the five senses: sound, sight, smell, touch and taste.
  3. In 1996, George Walker became the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. In 2009, he published an autobiography titled Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist.
  4. Dvořák included a footnote in the score of the Seventh Symphony that simply said: “from the sad years.” After the death of his mother and eldest child in the years prior, his music turned inward, especially in this symphony.

Date & Time





    Icarus in Orbit


    D’OM LE VRAI SENS, Clarinet Concerto


    Symphony No. 7


Minnesota Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk


Kari Kriikku


Listen Ahead

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.

This concert is co-sponsored by Vicki and Chip Emery

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