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Olga Kern, piano
Olga Kern, piano

König, Grieg and Schumann

Thu Mar 23 — Fri Mar 24, 2023

Orchestra Hall

Kinetic and frenetic, Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers paints a vivid picture of the activity inside match-making factories in the 1800s, complete with soaring melodies and harmonic power. Then, virtuoso pianist Olga Kern makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut in Edvard Grieg’s distinctly Norwegian Piano Concerto. Conductor Christoph König also debuts in these concerts, leading the Orchestra in Robert Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, a work that was sparked by Schumann’s move to the Rhine River and his visits to the spectacular Cologne Cathedral.

A Few Things To Know

  1. German-born conductor Christoph König is the chief conductor designate for the Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  2. Kern is a recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honor that has been awarded to individuals such as Rosa Parks, Buzz Aldrin, Coretta Scott King and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
  3. Kendall’s The Spark Catchers was inspired by a poem of the same name by Lemn Sissay, which repeats the word “strike” at the end of several stanzas. The first section of Kendall’s piece is titled “Sparks and Strikes.”
  4. Schumann’s Third Symphony was a roaring success in his new post as music director in Dusseldörf, but his career there didn’t ultimately flourish; he struggled with his health and attempted suicide by jumping into the Rhine River three years after the work’s premiere.

Date & Time

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Program

  • KENDALL

    The Spark Catchers

  • GRIEG

    Piano Concerto

  • SCHUMANN

    Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

Artists

Minnesota Orchestra

Christoph König

conductor

Olga Kern

piano

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.

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