Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads Minnesota Orchestra in concerts October 14 and 15
On October 14 and 15, the Minnesota Orchestra welcomes Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski back to the podium for performances of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, in concerts that celebrate Skrowaczewski’s remarkable relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra—a tenure that spans more than 55 years. One of the world’s leading Bruckner interpreters, Skrowaczewski has held the Eighth Symphony as a personal favorite for many years, and conducted it on the historic occasion of his final subscription concert as Minnesota Orchestra music director in 1979. This 83-minute symphony represents the summit of the composer’s work—it begins in near silence, layering in lyrical and passionate themes that rise gradually to a monumental climax.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, October 14, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 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.
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski commands an extraordinary level of respect in the international musical community as both a major conductor and a highly-regarded composer. He held the post of music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 to 1979, during which time he helped lead the effort to build Orchestra Hall, and since concluding his tenure has continued his affiliation with the Orchestra as conductor laureate, thereby serving on the Orchestra's artistic team for an extraordinary 56 years. He last led the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of works by Schumann and Bruckner in October 2015.
Skrowaczewski has conducted all the world’s top orchestras and continues to conduct major orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is the honorary conductor laureate of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken, and he conducts both ensembles each year. His 2016-17 season also features concerts with the Dallas Symphony, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic. Celebrating his 93rd birthday in October, Skrowaczewski is the oldest working major conductor. He has received distinctions including the Bruckner Society of America’s Kilenyi Medal of Honor and the Gold Medal of the Mahler-Bruckner Society. In 2014, he received the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta, one of Poland’s highest decorations, and in 2004 he received the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, recognizing his decades of contributions to Minnesota arts and culture. His programming of contemporary music during his Minnesota Orchestra tenure was acknowledged with five ASCAP Awards.
Skrowaczewski is the subject of Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, a biography by Frederick Harris, Jr., as well as a documentary film of the same name. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
CELEBRATING SKROWACZEWSKI: BRUCKNER SYMPHONY NO. 8
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8
These concerts are performed without an intermission.
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. Please note that phone services and in-person sales locations will have limited summer hours between August 8 and September 4.
Published prices include a non-discountable facility fee of $5 per ticket. For single ticket purchases, there are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $6 service charge per transaction for all phone, fax or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. (This charge is waived for subscribers and group purchasers ordering by phone, mail or in person.) Subscription packages are subject to a one-time $8 processing fee. No refunds. Some fees and restrictions may apply to ticket exchanges. All sales are final.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.
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.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator