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Anthony Ross Plays Shostakovich's Second Cello Concerto

American Conductor Brett Mitchell makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in concerts on November 15, 16 and 17

The Orchestra performs music by Kevin Puts, Dimitri Shostakovich and Ludwig van Beethoven

On November 15, 16 and 17, the Minnesota Orchestra performs a program featuring Principal Cello Anthony Ross, and conducted by Colorado Symphony music director Brett Mitchell in his Minnesota Orchestra debut. The program opens with Inspiring Beethoven—a work tied closely to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony—by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Then Anthony Ross plays Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto, a piece he has not yet performed and which has never been heard inside Orchestra Hall. Following intermission, the Orchestra performs an audience favorite: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, the same piece that inspired Kevin Puts.

The concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, November 15, at 11 a.m., Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $31 to $107. 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.

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Brett Mitchell was named the fourth music director of the Colorado Symphony in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Cleveland Orchestra’s first associate conductor in over three decades and only the fifth in its 98-year history. He also led more than 100 performances as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony, has held assistant conductor posts with the Orchestre National de France and the Castleton Festival, and was music director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. This season, he makes his subscription debuts with the Dallas and Vancouver symphonies, and returns to the Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony. He served as the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and is regularly invited to work with students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with orchestras such as the National Repertory Orchestra, and at the Texas Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival. More:

Anthony Ross, cello
Anthony Ross, now in his 31st year as a Minnesota Orchestra member, assumed the principal cello post in 1991. He has been a soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing works by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Walton, Brahms, Herbert, MacMillan, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Shostakovich, as well as many chamber works. In 2015, he performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto under the direction of the late Stanislaw Skrowaczewski—thereby becoming the final musician to perform a concerto under Skrowaczewski’s baton at Orchestra Hall. An avid chamber musician, Ross is a member of Accordo, an ensemble composed of principal string players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe and has been a faculty member at the Grand Teton, Aspen, Madeline Island and Indiana University festivals. More:

Puts, Shostakovich and Beethoven
Inspiring Beethoven imagines the mercurial process of Beethoven, as Kevin Puts interweaves his own original material with fragments from the first movement Vivace of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Pretzels, birthdays and the sound of a particular cello all inspired Shostakovich’s dark, introspective and intricate Second Cello Concerto.

Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony, famously called “the apotheosis of the dance” by Wagner, constructs a series of astonishing musical moments from short, simple figures.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, November 16, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello

PUTS                                 Inspiring Beethoven
SHOSTAKOVICH            Cello Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN                   Symphony No. 7

Tickets: $31 to $107

OH+ Events
Free Concert Preview with Phillip Gainsley and Principal Cello Anthony Ross in the Auditorium on Thursday, November 15, at 10:15 a.m., Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

Free art exhibit curated by Mary Pettis Galleries on the main floor and Balcony A of Orchestra Hall’s lobby. The exhibit is open pre- and post-concert and during intermission at all concerts November 15 through 17.


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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