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Osmo Vänskä Conducts Beethoven and Sibelius, Plus Two New Works, Apr. 25-27

Orchestra musician Timothy Zavadil performs the U.S. premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson plays Haukur Tómasson’s Second Piano Concerto

In performances on April 25, 26 and 27, Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts featuring music by two of the Orchestra’s most familiar composers, Beethoven and Sibelius, paired with two works newly-composed within the last two years. The concerts begin with the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Beethoven’s first and only full-length ballet, which sets the stage for another work inspired by tales of the same figure from Greek mythology: American composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus for solo bass clarinet and orchestra. Minnesota Orchestra bass clarinetist Timothy Zavadil is the soloist for these concerts, which mark the U.S. premiere of the work as well as Zavadil’s first solo appearance with the Orchestra. A second soloist, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut after intermission in the Orchestra’s first performances of Icelandic composer Haukur Tómasson’s Second Piano Concerto. The concerts conclude with Sibelius’ final composition, Tapiola.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m.; Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 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.

Timothy Zavadil, bass clarinet
Timothy Zavadil joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2007 as clarinetist and bass clarinetist, and he has since also performed on E-flat clarinet, contrabass clarinet, basset horn and saxophones. Previously a member of the Louisville Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, National, Toronto and St. Louis symphony orchestras. His prior summer engagements have included appearances at the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra and American-Russian Youth Orchestra, as well as the 1994 Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. An active chamber musician, he regularly performs in Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts, and with a number of other ensembles based in the Twin Cities, Louisville and Toledo. More:

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major music prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards and the Icelandic Optimism Prize. In September 2018 he released his new album on Deutsche Grammophon, Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring an eclectic selection of the composer’s keyboard works. His 2018-19 season includes a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and performances with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as collaborations with composer Philip Glass for performances of his works at the Philharmonie de Paris in May 2019. He is the artistic director of Vinterfest in Sweden and the award-winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music, of which he is also the founder. More:

Beethoven, Gordon, Tómasson and Sibelius
Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus begins solemnly and expressively before it builds to a brisk and energetic main theme.

The complex character of Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus is perfectly designed to showcase the unexpected versatility of the bass clarinet, which represents the title character in a musical depiction of the story of Prometheus, the mythological character who stole fire and gave it to humanity.

Tómasson’s Second Piano Concerto weaves an imaginative tale through one single movement that traverses a glistening, unpredictable sound world.

Tapiola evokes the beauty, mystery and magic of the Scandinavian forest. It provided a magnificent capstone to Sibelius’ composing career—though he went on to live another three decades.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, April 26, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Timothy Zavadil, clarinet
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 

BEETHOVEN              Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
GORDON                     Prometheus [U.S. Premiere]
TÓMASSON                Piano Concerto No. 2
SIBELIUS                    Tapiola

Tickets: $30 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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