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Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor | © Benjamin Ealovega

Rapsodie Espagnole

Fri Feb 3 — Sat Feb 4, 2023

Orchestra Hall

Gabriela Montero, pianist, composer and activist, makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut as both composer and performer, playing her own Latin Piano Concerto, which Montero says “shows the complexities of South American life.” On the podium is conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, who recorded the work with Montero in 2019. Exquisite colors and textures are braided throughout the entire program which also features Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, explores the music of indigenous Mexican cultures in Carlos Chávez’s Sinfonía India, and will have you dancing your way home after the brilliant Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and streamed live on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things To Know

  1. Gabriela Montero was a featured performer at Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration and was awarded the 2012 Rockefeller Award for her contribution to the arts.
  2. Keep an eye and ear on the percussion section in this concert. Sinfonía India uses many special percussion instruments including a jicara de agua (a water gourd), guiro, cascabeles (a Yaqui metal rattle), and several Mexican drums that are not typically found in Western orchestral music.
  3. Carlos Miguel Prieto last appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2017, stepping in at the last minute to conduct a program of Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, Bloch’s Schelomo and Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser.

Date & Time



    Rapsodie espagnole


    Piano Concerto No. 1, Latin


    Symphony No. 2, Sinfonía India


    Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat


Minnesota Orchestra

Carlos Miguel Prieto


Gabriela Montero


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.

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