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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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Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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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Season Opening with Osmo Vänskä

Tickets

1572946986

1568908800

1605174186

Thu Sep 19 2019 11am

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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 9am

Complimentary coffee and donuts

Concert Preview

Brocha Ballet Presentation


Post-Concert

Mahler 1 CD Signing

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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

  • 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 Thursday September 19 / SEE ALL UPCOMING EXPERIENCES

Coffee Concert

Coffee Concert

When: Pre-concert
Where: All lobby bars
Enjoy complimentary coffee from Driven Coffee Roasters and donuts from A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop!

Concert Preview

Concert Preview

When: 10:15-10:35am
Where: Auditorium
Join Phillip Gainsley for an entertaining roundtable discussion with Minnesota Orchestra musicians Felicity James and Hanna Landrum. This concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Brocha Ballet Presentation

Brocha Ballet Presentation

When: 10-10:45am
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.

Mahler 1 CD Release

Mahler 1 CD Signing

When: Post-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Stick around after the performance to have your copy of the Minnesota Orchestra's brand new recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 signed by Music Director Osmo Vänskä.