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Orion Weiss Performs Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with the Minnesota Orchestra

Andrey Boreyko makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut conducting music by Borisova-Ollas, Debussy, Gershwin and Lutosławski 

In concerts on May 30 and 31, pianist Orion Weiss makes a long-awaited return to the Minnesota Orchestra to perform Gershwin’s New York-inspired Piano Concerto in F. Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut leading the ensemble in The Kingdom of Silence, a new work by composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas. The program also includes Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, May 30, at 11 p.m., and Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $35 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.

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Now in his fifth season as music director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko is known for his inspiring leadership and for raising artistic standards, bringing a new intensity to the Naples Philharmonic, and leading the ensemble to commission new works by Fazil Say, Giya Kancheli, Gabriel Prokofiev and other composers. Beginning in the 2019-20 season, he will become the music and artistic director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. His 2018-19 season started with a tour with the Filarmonica della Scala, and includes notable engagements with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Radio at the Musikverein, Frankfurt Museumsgesellschaft, Hamburg Philharmonic at the Elbphilharmonie, Salzburg Mozarteum at the Grossesfestspielhaus, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Sydney Symphony. In North America, he has conducted major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. More:

Orion Weiss, piano
Orion Weiss has performed with numerous American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. These are his first concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra since his solo debut in a Mozart-themed Casual Classics program in 2005. His 2018-19 season includes performances at the Lucerne Festival, Denver Friends of Chamber Music, University of Iowa, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center’s Fortas Series, the 92nd Street Y and the Broad Stage, as well as an engagement with the Albany Symphony. In 2017-18 he performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, toured with James Ehnes and soloed with 12 orchestras around the United States. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010, he made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 2011 as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. More:

Borisova-Ollas, Gershwin, Debussy and Lutosławski:

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ The Kingdom of Silence is a dreamlike perspective of the afterlife, a kind of lullaby in memory of another composer, Borisova-Ollas’ mentor Nikolai Korndorf.

Gershwin initially called the Piano Concerto in F his New York Concerto, and indeed it captures the spirit of Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties. The outer movements employ dance rhythms, particularly the Charleston, while the Adagio is poetic and nocturnal.

Like the poem it is based on, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is impressionistic—offering a series of sensations without formal structure. A sleeping faun, represented by a languid, sensual flute solo, dreams of a romantic tryst with forest nymphs.

Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, a bold musical statement and a virtuoso vehicle for the entire ensemble, contains drama ranging from an almost inaudible percussion duet to screaming brass and a 14-part texture spanning five full octaves.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, May 31, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

BORISOVA-OLLAS     The Kingdom of Silence
GERSHWIN                 Piano Concerto in F
DEBUSSY                    Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
LUTOSŁAWSKI          Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets: $35 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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