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Runnicles
Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor | © Simon Pauly
GUARANTORS’ WEEK

Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia

Thu Oct 13 — Sat Oct 15, 2022

Orchestra Hall

It has been more than two decades since Sir Donald Runnicles last conducted the Minnesota Orchestra. His return features a program woven together with great lyrical strength, opening with Carlos Simon’s emotional Elegy, a work in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut, singing the romantic melodies of Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs. The second half of the concert features shimmering and sonorous music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar.

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A Few Things To Know

  1. “[An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave] is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been killed wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown," says composer Carlos Simon.
  2. Employing an unusual orchestration, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia calls for two separate string orchestras and a string quartet.
  3. In the 16th century, Thomas Tallis became the chief composer for the Church of England. A theme from one of his many liturgical compositions forms the foundation of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy.

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Program

  • SIMON

    An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave

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    Carlos Simon states that his Elegy, composed in 2015 and characterized by strong lyricism and lush harmonies, “is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.”

  • BERG

    Seven Early Songs

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    Late in his career, Alban Berg orchestrated seven piano-and-voice songs from his teenage years—pleasant music that looks back to the Romanticism of Richard Strauss rather than the experimentalist style founded by Berg’s teacher Arnold Schoenberg.

  • INTERMISSION
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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    Derived from a psalm setting created by Henry VIII’s organist, Thomas Tallis, this work of both grandeur and intimacy calls for an unusual three-part ensemble—two string orchestras playing antiphonally, in addition to a solo quartet formed by the leaders of the string section.

  • ELGAR

    In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture

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    One Minute Note

    On his first trip to Italy, Edward Elgar also enjoyed a blissful stroll in the tiny republic of Andorra. A pastoral scene on the old Roman Way—a shepherd near the ancient ruins of a chapel—inspired this concert overture, whose images contrast the shimmering beauty of the hilly countryside with vast battles once waged by Roman armies.

Artists

Minnesota Orchestra

Sir Donald Runnicles

conductor

Jacquelyn Stucker

soprano

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