Osmo Vänskä conducts the Orchestra in an all-Sibelius program that will be performed at Carnegie Hall in March; Hilary Hahn plays Sibelius’ Violin Concerto
Minnesota Orchestra presents its final program of the Sibelius 150-Year Jubilee Celebration
From February 18 to 20 at Orchestra Hall, Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in an all-Sibelius program that features Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn as soloist. This is the same program that will be performed by Vänskä, the Orchestra and Hahn at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 3, 2016. The concerts open with Sibelius’ good-natured Third Symphony. The centerpiece of the program is the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto, showcasing Hahn’s virtuosity; closing the concerts is Sibelius’ rich, intricate First Symphony.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, February 18, at 11 a.m., Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 20, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $96. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release. For details and ticket information on the March 3 Carnegie Hall concert, visit carnegiehall.org.
Sibelius: Celebrating 150 years
The 2015-16 season marks the 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius’ birth – a celebration Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have honored throughout the year with numerous performances of the composer’s tone poems, suites and symphonies. In this season’s final set of Sibelius concerts, three towering works are featured. Sibelius’ Third Symphony has many subtle beauties and ideas that are developed in imaginative ways. Notable for its lean orchestral textures, it culminates in a broad, majestic theme with a distinctive rhythmic pattern. Sibelius’ love for the violin is evident in his Violin Concerto, in which the solo violin speaks dreamily at first and then with bravura. The Adagio, with a melody of vast breadth, leads to a finale noted for its inventive rhythms and brilliant close. The First Symphony opens with a long, dark clarinet melody. After a second movement rich in Romantic sonorities, the Scherzo brings dramatic accents and vast dynamic contrasts.
Hilary Hahn, violin
Three time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences. She made her major orchestra debut at the age of 12 and has since performed as a recitalist and as a soloist with major orchestras in more than 40 countries. As a recognized champion of new music, she has premiered new works written for her by several composers, including Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto. Hahn has released 16 albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, and she is featured in the Academy Award-nominated soundtrack for the film The Village. Her most recent album, released in spring 2015, references her musical heritage, featuring works by Mozart and Vieuxtemps and recorded with longtime colleagues Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 2001, Hahn was named America’s Best Young Classical Musician by Time magazine. More: hilaryhahn.com.
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on four major European tours as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts/Sibelius 150-Year Jubilee Celebration
HILARY HAHN PLAYS SIBELIUS
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 1
Music Up Close: Free concert preview in the Target Atrium on Thursday, February 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Sibelius 150-Year Jubilee Celebration: Exhibits celebrating the life and music of composer Jean Sibelius will be on display in the lobby at these concerts.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations