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Minnesota Orchestra Plays Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, March 21-23


David Danzmayr conducts the Minnesota Orchestra; Violinist Alina Ibragimova plays Schumann’s Violin Concerto 

Symphony in 60 program on March 23 features a 60-minute concert of music by Libby Larsen, Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss, Jr.

Austrian-born conductor David Danzmayr makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in concerts on March 21, 22 and 23, leading the ensemble in performances of Schubert’s romantic Unfinished Symphony. The Thursday and Friday concerts feature violinist Alina Ibragimova—also making her Minnesota Orchestra debut—in performances of Schumann’s rarely-heard Violin Concerto, performed only once before at Orchestra Hall, by Joshua Bell in 1996. The program opens with music by Minnesota’s own Libby Larsen, whose Symphony: Water Music was written for the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985, and closes with Strauss’ beloved On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz.

The concert on Saturday, March 23, is a Minnesota Orchestra Symphony in 60 performance, also conducted by David Danzmayr. This one-hour-long concert begins at 6 p.m., is performed without intermission, and includes Larsen’s Symphony: Water Music, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Strauss’ On the Beautiful Blue Danube (please note: Alina Ibragimova does not perform on the March 23 program). Symphony in 60 concerts include a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

The full-length Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11 a.m., and Friday, March 22, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $97. The Symphony in 60 concert is performed at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 6 p.m., with tickets priced at $32. 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

David Danzmayr, conductor
Austrian-born conductor David Danzmayr is currently chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and he has served as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago. He has won prizes at the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition and the International Malko Conducting Competition, and he has been awarded the Bernhard Paumgartner Medal by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum. He has worked with the symphonies of Oregon, Indianapolis, Detroit, North Carolina, San Diego, Colorado, Milwaukee and New Jersey, as well as the Pacific Symphony and Chicago Civic Orchestra, along with many major orchestras throughout Europe. In addition to numerous return engagements, highlights of the 2018-19 season include concerts with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and at the Grant Park Festival. More:

Alina Ibragimova, violin
Alina Ibragimova, who performs music ranging from Baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of her generation. She is currently focusing on Shostakovich’s Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, which she will record with Vladimir Jurowski for Hyperion Records. This season she debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. She also makes returns to the London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Swedish Radio Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Born in Russia in 1985, she studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the U.K., where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. She was also a member of the Kronberg Academy Master’s program. More:

Larsen, Schumann, Schubert and Strauss
Premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985, Larsen’s Symphony: Water Music conveys the composer’s feelings about nature, lakes and water, from the pulsing opening of Fresh Breeze—in which we hear echoes of Handel’s Water Music—to the fury of the final Gale.

Originally excluded from Schumann’s public catalog of works, the composer’s Violin Concerto was unearthed decades after the composer’s death. The work’s overarching melancholy provides a glimpse into the mental and physical health issues Schumann experienced in his final years.

Lyrical melodies and a passionate emotion highlight Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which opens softly and glides effortlessly between unexpected harmonies, achieving a haunting, somber beauty. 

On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Strauss’ most beloved waltz, never fails to sweep listeners into its magical flow, sending them home radiantly happy after a musical trip to Vienna.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 22, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
David Danzmayr, conductor
Alina Ibragimova, violin

LARSEN                            Symphony: Water Music
SCHUMANN                     Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT                       Symphony in B minor, Unfinished
STRAUSS, Jr.               On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz

Tickets: $26 to $97

Minnesota Orchestra Casual Concerts

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 6 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
David Danzmayr, conductor 

LARSEN                            Symphony: Water Music
SCHUBERT                       Symphony in B minor, Unfinished
STRAUSS, Jr.                On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz

Tickets: $32

Editor’s note: Previous calendars listed 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of this program. The 8 p.m. concert has been cancelled. Ticketholders for that performance will be contacted by the Minnesota Orchestra.


Tickets can be purchased online at, 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 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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