Moscow-born conductor Dima Slobodeniouk makes his first Minnesota Orchestra appearance
Cellist Johannes Moser performs Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto
Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Dima Slobodeniouk makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in concerts on March 1 and 2 at Orchestra Hall. He leads the Orchestra in two works by Sergei Prokofiev: his Seventh Symphony—one of the composer’s final compositions—and the witty and lively Suite from The Love for Three Oranges. At the center of the program is Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, another debuting artist, as soloist.
The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $97. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Dima Slobodeniouk has been music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in Spain since 2013. He also currently holds the positions of principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival. Linking his native Russian roots with the cultural influence of his current homeland Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these two countries. He regularly works with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago, Houston and Baltimore symphony orchestras. He recently made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violinist Joshua Bell at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Additional highlights of his current season include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein, Bayerisches Staatsorchester Munich, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. More: kdschmid.de.
Johannes Moser, cello
German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, and the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has a multi-award-winning discography with his exclusive label PENTATONE, and late 2018 saw the release of his most recent disc featuring the Lutosławski and Dutilleux cello concertos. During the 2018-19 season he is artist in residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Symphony. His other current season highlights include debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras; the world and European premieres of Andrew Norman’s Cello Concerto; a tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; and appearances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as a recital at the Sydney Opera House. More: opus3artists.com.
Prokofiev and Lutosławski
Prokofiev’s comic opera The Love for Three Oranges bewildered its first audiences, but its music found new life in this witty suite, which is characterized by acerbic harmonies, droll tunes, rhythmic angularity and satirical twists.
In Lutosławski’s highly dramatic Cello Concerto, the soloist is pitted against the orchestra from start to finish, asked to navigate a series of confrontations and interruptions from individual instrument groups as well as the full orchestra. Though the journey is rocky, the soloist is triumphant in the end.
Prokofiev’s Seventh and final symphony evokes a sense of simplicity, highlighted by optimistic melodies and brimming with energy.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
PROKOFIEV’S SYMPHONY NO. 7
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
PROKOFIEV Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
LUTOSŁAWSKI Cello Concerto
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 7
Tickets: $30 to $97
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 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.