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Violinist Karen Gomyo Plays Piazzolla in July 19 Minnesota Orchestra Concert; Roderick Cox Returns to Conduct on July 20

The Minnesota Orchestra’s summer festival, Música Juntos (Music Together), runs from July 6 to August 3

American conductor Andrew Grams conducts a tango-inspired concert on July 19, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo in Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires

On July 20, Roderick Cox returns to Minneapolis to lead the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony; Violinist Elena Urioste makes her solo debut

On July 19 and 20, Minnesota Orchestra’s Música Juntos (Music Together) Sommerfest season continues with two concerts inspired by the music of Latin America. On Friday, July 19, American conductor Andrew Grams makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in a program of music by Dominick Argento, Astor Piazzolla, Esteban Benzecry, Alberto Ginastera and Osvaldo Golijov, each work showcasing or drawing inspiration from the tradition of Argentine tango. Violinist Karen Gomyo, who performed Mozart’s Turkish Violin Concerto with the Orchestra in February, returns to the solo spotlight for Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.

On Saturday, July 20, former Minnesota Orchestra associate conductor Roderick Cox makes his return to the Orchestra Hall podium to conduct Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica. The program also features the Minnesota Orchestra debut of Mexican-American violinist Elena Urioste, who performs José White’s Violin Concerto, a work composed in 1864 which receives its first Minnesota Orchestra performance in this concert.

The concerts are performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall. Karen Gomyo Plays Piazzolla’s Four Seasons takes place on Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m., and Roderick Cox Conducts Beethoven is held on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices for each concert ranging from $25 to $80. 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.

Biographies of the conductors and soloists in these concerts can be found at

At all summer concerts from July 6 to August 3, audiences are invited to enjoy an array of food and beverage options—including a $5 happy hour—in the lobby, outside of Orchestra Hall and on the City of Minneapolis’ newly-revitalized Peavey Plaza, while listening to free live music by local artists. All Sommerfest outdoor and lobby entertainment pre- and post-concert is open to the public. A ticket is only required for entry to the full-Orchestra performances in the auditorium.

Sommerfest: Música Juntos

Friday, July 19, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Andrew Grams, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
William Schimmel, accordion 

ARGENTO                   Valentino Dances
PIAZZOLLA                 The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires
BENZECRY                  Obertura Tanguera
GOLIJOV                     Last Round for String Orchestra
GINASTERA                Ballet Suite from Estancia   

American conductor Andrew Grams leads a tango-inspired concert that features Osvaldo Golijov’s homage to “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla called Last Round, and Piazzolla’s tango take on the Vivaldi classic The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, performed by violinist Karen Gomyo.

Tickets: $25 to $80

Sommerfest: Música Juntos

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Roderick Cox, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

FALLA                         Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat
WHITE                        Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN               Symphony No. 3, Eroica 

Former Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Roderick Cox, who is fresh from debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Grand Opera this season, returns to Minneapolis to lead Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. The program also features Elena Urioste, a first prize laureate at the Sphinx Competition who served as a BBC New Generation Artist in 2012-14. She joins the Minnesota Orchestra for its first performances of Afro-Cuban composer José White’s Violin Concerto, a work composed in 1864.

Tickets: $25 to $80


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.

Música Juntos is sponsored by Target and TCF.

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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