About This Concert
Mozart’s only bassoon concerto highlights the instrument’s rich versatility in a concert that showcases the talent of the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Fei Xie.
Water Atlas / 18 min
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min
INTERMISSION / 20 min
Ciel d’hiver / 10 min
Symphony No. 1 / 32 min
- Fei Xie began playing the bassoon at the age of twelve. Both of his parents are Peking Opera musicians and his uncle is a composer who introduced him to classical music at the age of three.
- Originally created to reinforce an orchestra’s bass line, the bassoon has developed into an instrument with a distinctive, warm tone that allows it to create unique textures when paired with other instruments as well as sing out as a soloist.
- In April 2018, the Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Water Atlas.
- Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho received the 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for her contributions in “breaking down the divisions between acoustic and electronic music.”
Symphony Ball supports the Minnesota Orchestra’s mission to enrich, inspire and serve the community as a symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.
Tickets for this event will be available in February.
Check back soon for more details or contact Chris Cunnington at 612-371-7173 for questions.
About This Concert
Osmo Vänskä brings the season to a powerful finale with Mahler’s magnificent Ninth Symphony.
Symphony No. 9
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Osmo Vänskä, conductor
- After the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018 performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, the Star Tribune wrote “Osmo Vänskä is…a sifter and balancer of orchestral textures, a creator of tingling sonic subtleties.”
- Mahler’s music helped define and refine new 20th-century techniques of composition and was a major influence on composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.