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James Ehnes, violin
James Ehnes, violin | © Benjamin Ealovega
Season Finale

James Ehnes and Beethoven’s Seventh

Fri Jun 16 — Sat Jun 17, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

A season of grand orchestral endeavors comes to a close with the remarkable Sir Andrew Davis on the podium and one of Minnesota Orchestra’s dearest friends, violinist James Ehnes, playing the heartbreakingly beautiful Violin Concerto by Alban Berg. Also at the heart of the program is an imaginative work by Chen Yi that shares musical traditions from the Guangxi Zhuang region of China. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is the perfect piece to bring this fantastic season to its final notes with abounding energy and showstopping orchestral force.

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. James Ehnes was recognized as Gramophone’s Classical Artist of the Year in 2021 and is the recipient of two Grammy Awards.
  2. Alban Berg's Violin Concerto was premiered by violinist Louis Krasner in 1936—Krasner served as the then-Minneapolis Symphony's concertmaster from 1944-1949. MNOrch staffer Michael Divino has a personal story about this, which you can read in the latest installment of "Our Picks."
  3. Sir Andrew Davis recently celebrated 50 years of partnership with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having served as both conductor laureate and chief conductor; he is now the music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
  4. Beethoven, who was notoriously self-critical, admitted that the Seventh Symphony was one of his own personal favorites, calling it “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”
  5. Duo Ye is a form of age-old traditional song and dance of the Dong minority in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, in which people stand in a circle with a bonfire in the center, and dance with slow steps towards one direction, while singing a short phrase,” explained Chen Yi, in a program note about her composition, Duo Ye.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Egmont Overture

  • BERG

    Violin Concerto

  • CHEN

    Duo Ye for Chamber Orchestra


    Symphony No. 7


Minnesota Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis


James Ehnes


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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.

With this concert we honor the memory of C. Curtis Dunnavan

Sponsored by

Co-sponsored by
Dr. Stanley M. and Luella G. Goldberg
Cynthia and Jay Ihlenfeld