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Summer at Orchestra Hall

Summer at Orchestra Hall, The Beethoven Influence

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth and we’re celebrating with a brand new summer season called Summer at Orchestra Hall.

Led by Creative Partner Jon Kimura Parker, The Beethoven Influence explores the composer's musical universe, focusing on his inspiration then and his influence today.

Nature, Rebellion, Destiny, Unity

Each week will be based on a different theme and focus on unexpected pairings, old traditions with a new twist, and thrilling juxtapositions, all while forging new community partnerships and collaborating with exceptional artistic partners from Minneapolis and beyond.

Sounds+Bites

Come early and stay late for Sounds+Bites, featuring free entertainment by outstanding local performers on the magnificent Peavey Plaza and pre-concert experiences inside Orchestra Hall. Complete schedule will be announced in May.

Summer Performances

Program

BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonata No. 14, Moonlight

THORVALDSDOTTIR
Metacosmos

SMETANA
The Moldau, No. 2 from Má vlast (My Homeland)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kerem Hasan, conductor
  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Free Black Dirt, video design

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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At a Glance

12 hours of free performances on multiple stages inside and outside Orchestra Hall and on Peavey Plaza. Spend a moment, or an entire 12 hours, as community artists join the Orchestra to fill every corner of Orchestra Hall with the magic of color and dance—in short, magic. And we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime treat at the end of the day: come outside as the Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s thrilling 1812 Overture on the gorgeously revitalized Peavey Plaza as the bells of four downtown churches peal in joy.

Program

Complete program and artists to be announced in late May.

Programming Partner

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At a Glance

Come outside as the Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s thrilling 1812 Overture on the gorgeously revitalized Peavey Plaza as the bells of four downtown churches peal in joy.

Program to Include

TCHAIKOVSKY
1812 Overture

Artists

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Program

BEACH
Allegro con fuoco, from Gaelic Symphony / 11 min

CHIN
Mannequin / 24 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Ken-David Masur, conductor
  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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At a Glance

When not performing as a concert pianist, Jon Kimura Parker gigs in a band he put together with drummer Stewart Copeland, formerly of The Police. Their group, Off the Score, includes friends on violin, bass and EVI (electronic valve instrument). With Beethoven as rebellious inspiration, and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring as their starting point, Parker and friends take improvisatory flight.

Program

STRAVINSKY/arr. Parker 
The Rite of Spring

Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.  

Artists

  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Stewart Copeland, drums
  • Yoon Kwon, violin
  • Marlon Martinez, double bass
  • Judd Miller, electronic valve instrument

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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Program

Program and performers to be announced.

At a Glance

This is a one-hour chamber concert.

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At a Glance

Brave. Unique. There was no one quite like Beethoven—and there’s no one quite like you! Discover how Beethoven stayed true to himself and how that influenced his music in this concert, which also features the work of several other innovative composers and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. This relaxed concert experience is for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities. Be brave, be bold, be you!

Program

WAGNER  
Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin / 3 min

BEETHOVEN 
Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5 / 6 min

STILL
Moderato assai, from Symphony No. 1, Afro-American / 7 min

BEETHOVEN  
Allegro, from Symphony No. 6, Pastoral / 5 min

CLYNE 
Masquerade / 5 min

BEETHOVEN  
Rondo: Allegro, from Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor / 10 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Capriccio espagnol / 8 min

Artists

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Program

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino / 8 min

R. STRAUSS
Four Last Songs / 25 min

BEETHOVEN
Grosse fuge / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 / 36 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kristiina Poska, conductor
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • BRKFST Dance Company

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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Program

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino / 8 min

R. STRAUSS
Four Last Songs / 25 min

BEETHOVEN
Grosse fuge / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 / 36 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kristiina Poska, conductor
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • BRKFST Dance Company

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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At a Glance

In this play with music, Beethoven comes to life in a whole new way. The phenomenal actors of The Moving Company portray fictional and historical characters who have a few questions for Beethoven: What’s the work of the artist today? Does that change across history? And throughout the program, the Orchestra performs excerpts of Beethoven's greatest music to demonstrate its powerful and far-reaching impact.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Dominique Serrand, stage director
  • Nathan Keepers, writer and ensemble
  • Steven Epp, actor
  • Sam Bergman, music and creative partner

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Program to include:

BEETHOVEN
Sextet for Horns and Strings

At a Glance

This is a one-hour chamber concert.

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At a Glance

Let one master pianist loose on the 88 keys and—voila! Magic. Now, multiply that by four and unite them all on one stage, and the effect is spectacular. Jon Kimura Parker has tapped three favorite pianists with deep Minnesota roots to join him for this special Beethoven concert. Four piano virtuosos making a glorious sound—we imagine Beethoven’s spirit is smiling!

Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Artists

  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Scott Cuellar, piano
  • William Eddins, piano
  • Andrew Staupe, piano

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Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Egmont

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 3

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

Artists

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At a Glance

Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation with a live orchestra accompanying scenes from Walt Disney's original FANTASIA (1940) and Disney FANTASIA 2000, highlighting a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite.

Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, will also be shown in high definition on the big screen.

Artists

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