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Season Opening with Osmo Vänskä

About This Concert

Exciting music from our time, a Nordic surprise or two and the audience-favorite Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar kick off the 2019-20 season.

Program

RAUTAVAARA
Requiem in Our Time, for Brass and Percussion / 10 min

GRIEG
Piano Concerto / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

CARTER
Three Illusions for Orchestra / 15 min

ELGAR
Enigma Variations / 29 min

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Program Notes PDF

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Join the musicians on stage following the concert for complimentary Champagne toast to the new season.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara, who passed away in 2016, remains one of Finland’s most well-known composers. After hearing Rautavaara’s A Requiem in Our Time (which had just won a composition contest), Jean Sibelius recommended him for a scholarship to study at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School.
  • Edvard Grieg took inspiration from Norwegian folk songs in his Piano Concerto, and he imitates the sounds of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle in the final movement.
  • Edward Elgar was playing the piano by age eight. According to Elgar biographer Michael Kennedy, Elgar’s father William worked as a piano tuner in some of the grand houses in Worcestershire and would often bring Elgar along to play for some of the important people who lived there.
  • Elliot Carter’s brilliant Three Illusions for Orchestra features three movements, each based on a great literary work: Thomas More’s Utopia, a tale from a Roman myth and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403

This concert is featured as part of the following subscription packages:
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Classical

Season Opening with Osmo Vänskä

Tickets

1585718994

1569114000

1617859794

Sat Sep 21 2019 8pm

Other Performances

Thu Sep 19 201911am

Fri Sep 20 20198pm

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Osmo Vänskä, conductor | Photo © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

This concert is featured as part of the following subscription packages:
Create Your Own Series (minimum of 3 concerts)

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Concert Duration

Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute intermission.


Pre-Concert

Doors open 6pm


Edwards Dessert Kitchen - Dessert Pop-Up

Concert Preview

Brocha Ballet Presentation

Osmoments Wall

All upcoming Pre- and Post-Activities

About This Concert

Exciting music from our time, a Nordic surprise or two and the audience-favorite Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar kick off the 2019-20 season.

Program

RAUTAVAARA
Requiem in Our Time, for Brass and Percussion / 10 min

GRIEG
Piano Concerto / 29 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

CARTER
Three Illusions for Orchestra / 15 min

ELGAR
Enigma Variations / 29 min

Read more

Program Notes PDF

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Join the musicians on stage following the concert for complimentary Champagne toast to the new season.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara, who passed away in 2016, remains one of Finland’s most well-known composers. After hearing Rautavaara’s A Requiem in Our Time (which had just won a composition contest), Jean Sibelius recommended him for a scholarship to study at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School.
  • Edvard Grieg took inspiration from Norwegian folk songs in his Piano Concerto, and he imitates the sounds of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle in the final movement.
  • Edward Elgar was playing the piano by age eight. According to Elgar biographer Michael Kennedy, Elgar’s father William worked as a piano tuner in some of the grand houses in Worcestershire and would often bring Elgar along to play for some of the important people who lived there.
  • Elliot Carter’s brilliant Three Illusions for Orchestra features three movements, each based on a great literary work: Thomas More’s Utopia, a tale from a Roman myth and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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Pre- and Post-Concert Experiences on Saturday September 21 / SEE ALL UPCOMING EXPERIENCES

Edwards Dessert Kitchen - Dessert Pop-Up

Dessert Pop-Up

When: 6-11:30pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Edwards Dessert Kitchen is the ultimate dessert destination in Minneapolis’ North Loop. Join us for a dessert pop-up, featuring some of their decadent desserts made in house daily. For more, visit their website.

Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 7-7:25pm
Where: Auditorium
Join Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto for an entertaining roundtable discussion with Minnesota Orchestra musicians Erich Rieppel and Minji Choi. This concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Brocha Ballet Presentation

Brocha Ballet Presentation

When: 7-7:45pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join Composer Reinaldo Moya and Music Director Ahmed Anzaldua as they discuss the exciting new ballet score, Brocha: The Chicano Ballet. Playing excerpts will be flutist Catherine Ramirez, pianist Casey Rafn and percussionist Jack Donovan.

Osmoments Wall

Osmoments Wall

When: Pre- and Post-concert
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine
Join us in celebrating Music Director Osmo Vänskä! Add your favorite memories with Osmo to the wall, and enjoy reading other audience members' Osmoments.