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Stephen Hough Plays Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto, April 3 and 4

Han-Na Chang makes her Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut with music by Sean Shepherd, Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven

Han-Na Chang makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut on the podium in Minnesota Orchestra concerts on April 3 and 4 at Orchestra Hall. Chang, who performed as a cello soloist in Minnesota Orchestra concerts in 1997 and 2001, is now earning renown as a conductor. The concerts feature Silvery Rills, by contemporary American composer Sean Shepherd, and Beethoven’s groundbreaking and powerful Eroica Symphony. At the center of the program, pianist Stephen Hough returns to Minnesota to perform Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto. Hough has been a frequent guest soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra both in Minneapolis and on tour since his first performances here in 1996.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 11 a.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.

Han-Na Chang, conductor
Han-Na Chang is the artistic leader and chief conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway. Her guest engagements this season include concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Naples Philharmonic. She has recently worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberg Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, and the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle, Gothenburg, Singapore and Tokyo, among other ensembles. She made an acclaimed conducting debut at the BBC Proms in 2014 and held the post of principal guest conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2017. She began her music career as a cellist, soloing with many orchestras worldwide and winning awards including the Rostropovich International Cello Competition at age 11. More:

Stephen Hough, piano
Stephen Hough has appeared with the BBC, Czech, London, Los Angeles, Netherlands, New York and Royal philharmonics; the Atlanta, Baltimore, BBC, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Montreal, National, NHK, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis and Toronto symphonies; and the Budapest Festival, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Russian National, and Tonhalle Zürich orchestras. This season, he performs individual Beethoven concertos with the Naples Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cape Town Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as all five Beethoven concertos over two days with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in addition to many other solo engagements. His 60-plus recordings on the Hyperion label—including Tchaikovsky’s piano concertos and Concert Fantasia with the Minnesota Orchestra—have garnered international prizes, including several Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Magazine Awards. More:

Shepherd, Mendelssohn and Beethoven
Silvery Rills, by 2006 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Sean Shepherd, is a quick concert opener that gets its name from the words of “Home Means Nevada,” the song of the composer’s home state.

Urgent gestures and bravura solos fill the opening movement of Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, while the touching Andante is a dreamy song led by piano, cellos and violas. A fanfare launches the dancing finale, which dashes to a show-stopping coda.

The Eroica Symphony, which Beethoven originally intended to evoke thoughts of Napoleon, opens majestically and turns next to a somber funeral march that speaks of triumph and tragedy. The dazzling variations of the finale build to a powerful Presto coda.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall [CONCERT ADDED TO CALENDAR]
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Han-Na Chang, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

SHEPHERD                       Silvery Rills
MENDELSSOHN              Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN                    Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Tickets: $31 to $102

Editors Note: The originally-scheduled dates for these concerts have been affected by the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament. Concerts on April 5 and 6 have been cancelled, and the concert on April 3 has been added to the calendar.


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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