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Ilyich Rivas Makes Minnesota Orchestra Debut with Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony

Violinist Stefan Jackiw debuts with the Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Minnesota Orchestra concerts on April 12 and 14 feature two young artists each making his Minnesota Orchestra debut. 25-year-old Venezuelan-American conductor Ilyich Rivas leads the ensemble in performances of Ginastera’s Ballet Suite from Estancia and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. The Guardian has described Rivas as a “phenomenon” who is “strikingly, almost disconcertingly good.” At the center of these concerts, American violinist Stefan Jackiw performs Mendelssohn’s graceful and impassioned Violin Concerto.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $26 to $102. [Note: a separate Minnesota Orchestra program spotlighting the music of American composer Amy Beach is performed on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m., and will be detailed in its own press release.] 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.

Ilyich Rivas, conductor
Venezuelan-American conductor Ilyich Rivas made his professional debut at the age of 16 in front of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and he has subsequently led many major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia. In addition, he has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, London’s Royal College of Music Orchestra, the Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil. Highlights of his recent schedule include conducting debuts with the Tonkuenstler Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Auckland Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, as well as performances at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and return visits to the Swedish Radio Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. More:

Stefan Jackiw, violin
Violinist Stefan Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among numerous other ensembles. Highlights of the current season include debut performances with the Dallas Symphony and returns to the Utah Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and KBS Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma and Gil Shaham, and he performs in a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao. This season he completes a performance series of Ives’ violin sonatas with Jeremy Denk at the Tanglewood Festival, ahead of their upcoming recording of the works for Nonesuch Records. The recipient of an Avery Fischer Career Grant, he also recorded all of Brahms’ violin sonatas at the Aspen Festival for Sony Records, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. More:

Ginastera, Mendelssohn and Dvořák
Ginastera’s colorful Ballet Suite from Estancia brings to life four scenes on an Argentine cattle ranch. Pungent harmonies, jagged rhythms and dancelike impulses prevail, with percussion adding vigor to an exhilarating final dance.

Mendelssohn’s exquisite Violin Concerto maintains the transparent textures of a Mozart-Haydn orchestra, but it rings out with a splendor the earlier composers never dreamed possible. The solo violinist’s soaring lines conclude in an exultant three-octave leap.

Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony is full of luminous melodies and unexpected harmonic shifts. The second movement alludes to the funeral march of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, but lighter elements prevail in a whirlwind finale that is delightfully Czech.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, April 12, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2 p.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Ilyich Rivas, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

GINASTERA                     Ballet Suite from Estancia
MENDELSSOHN              Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK                          Symphony No. 8 

Tickets: $26 to $102


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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