Park and Ainomäe Play Brahms
Thu Jun 1 — Fri Jun 2, 2023
The Minnesota Orchestra is made up of extraordinarily talented musicians, and this week we feature two of them together when First Associate Concertmaster Susie Park and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe team up for a long-awaited (three years in the making!) performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. Eleanor Alberga’s Tower opens the second half of this thrilling concert, led by visiting conductor Andrew Manze. Shostakovich’s First Symphony, a fiery symphony written as the young composer’s graduation project, concludes the program.
A Few Things To Know
- In Fall 2019, the Minnesota Orchestra created the first professional recording of Eleanor Alberga’s Tower in partnership with the African Diaspora Music Project and YourClassical MPR. Hear the recording here.
- Shostakovich composed his First Symphony at just 18 years old as a graduation assignment. Within a year of its premiere, the work was programmed and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, officially launching Shostakovich’s symphonic career.
- In addition to his many conducting engagements, Andrew Manze can be heard regularly as a radio and television broadcaster.
Date & Time
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra1 min note
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Late in life, Johannes Brahms wrote a concerto as a way of reconciling with one of his most valued friends—the violinist Joseph Joachim—and added a cello to the mix, unlocking new sonic possibilities. Its rhapsodic melodies and grand sweeping phrases show the composer’s affection for its dedicatee Joachim, who reunited with Brahms and premiered the work.
Tower1 min note
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Eleanor Alberga pays tribute to a late friend, violinist David E. Angel, in a musical portrait full of passion that brings to life aspects of Angel’s personality including humor, generosity, kindness, and shyness and a tendency to have the last word.
Symphony No. 11 min note
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The young Shostakovich, not yet 20 years old, announced his presence to the world with a First Symphony notable for its maturity and surprising flourishes, from the opening’s muted trumpet to the final movement’s slow close. Already present is the sardonic wit that would later get the composer in trouble with Stalin’s regime.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Australian-born Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster since 2015, will be featured as soloist with the ensemble in June 2023 in Brahms’ Double Concerto with Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe. She has performed solos with numerous major orchestras in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, as well as Korea’s KBS Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand. She was the violinist of the Eroica Trio from 2006 to 2012, with which she recorded the ensemble’s Grammy-nominated CD of all-American repertoire, and toured internationally. Her interest in music of all genres has also led to collaborations with artists such as jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
Silver Ainomäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia. At the age of six he began to play the cello and piano. In 1990 Silver's family migrated from Estonia to Finland and at the age of twelve, he was accepted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where his teachers were Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras. After receiving a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy, he attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Razumovsky Academy under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. He has been awarded multiple prizes and awards at competitions worldwide including the Isang Yun, Lutoslawski and Paulo competitions.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
- Valet Parking
- Pre-order Beverages
- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
When: Thurs, June 1 | 10:15am
Join Assistant Principal Librarian Valerie Little and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe in a conversation about today's concert and more.
When: Fri, June 2 | 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join host Phillip Gainsley and Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe in a conversation about today's concert and more.
Know Before You Go
An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.
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