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Violinist Gil Shaham Performs With the Minnesota Orchestra


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Brahms’ First Symphony, Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

In Minnesota Orchestra concerts on October 18 and 19 at Orchestra Hall, Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali returns after a successful Minnesota debut in 2017 to lead performances of music by Richard Strauss, Prokofiev and Brahms. The program opens with Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and concludes with Brahms’ bold and commanding First Symphony. At the center of the concerts is a performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, whose extensive history with the Orchestra dates back to 1992.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, October 18, at 11 a.m., and Friday, October 19, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $31 to $102. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali is currently chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he will tour Germany and Austria in February 2019. This season he returns to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and makes his debut with the Munich Philharmonic. In spring 2018, he led the world premiere of Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’ My Brother’s Keeper with the Tampere Opera. He regularly works the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin. He recently debuted with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid. Rouvali’s newest recording features the Nielsen and Sibelius violin concertos with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Baiba Skride, released in summer 2015 on ORFEO. More:

Gil Shaham, violin
A Grammy Award-winner and Musical America’s 2008 Instrumentalist of the Year, Gil Shaham is sought after worldwide for concerto performances with leading orchestras and conductors, in addition to recitals and festival appearances. Recent highlights include acclaimed recording and performances of Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin, as well as recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi. He appears regularly with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and San Francisco Symphony, and has served in multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore. He has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, which have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. More:

Strauss, Prokofiev and Brahms
The popular suite from Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier abounds with exquisite textures, beautifully balancing the story’s romance, rowdy farce and sentimentality. Highlights include a youthful lovers’ song and a courtly Viennese waltz.

The lyrical melodies and romantic style of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto stand in stark contrast to the revolutionary chaos that enveloped Russia when it was being composed. Shortly after completing the work, Prokofiev fled to California, and eventually to France, where the concerto received its premiere.

Brahms’ First Symphony—sometimes called “Beethoven’s Tenth” for its kinship with that composer’s nine symphonies—has an anguished opening. But at its buoyant close, a brilliant horn call clears the way for a melody in which we recognize the influence of the “Ode to Joy.”

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, October 19, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

R. STRAUSS                        Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
PROKOFIEV                        Violin Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS                             Symphony No. 1 

Tickets: $31 to $102


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible 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 For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 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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