This Week at Orchestra Hall: Grieg and Rachmaninoff

This Week at Orchestra Hall: Grieg and Rachmaninoff

Norwegian genius takes the stage as Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts Romantic masterpieces by Grieg and Rachmaninoff, a colorful trumpet concerto featuring Tine Thing Helseth, and a new work by Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumnus Anna Clyne.

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The Program

This week’s performances will run approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission.

Clyne: This Midnight Hour

This energetic, poignant and turbulent portrait of the night draws inspiration from Spanish and French poetry.

Grieg: Selections from Lyric Suite and Two Nordic Melodies

Two movements from Grieg’s Lyric Suite for orchestra are interspersed with two excerpts from his Two Nordic Melodies, newly adapted for trumpet and strings by Jarle G. Storløkken. March of the Trolls paints a musical picture of hundreds of little troll feet stomping through the Norwegian mountains, while Kulokk (Cow Call) is a leisurely, graceful folk melody in 6/8 meter. Nocturne summons a tranquil starry night; in the rapid, rousing Stabbelåten (Peasant Dance), solo trumpet soars above an accompaniment of strings that switch from plucked to bowed.

Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto

Although the basic three-movement structure of this concerto is traditional, its content is anything but predictable, with an extraordinary amount of musical material packed into 15 minutes. Rollercoaster passages and clever hijinks meld with bluesy patterns and beautiful melodies, and all with crystalline clarity from beginning to end.

Intermission

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff’s longest, grandest and most expansive symphony is built on the opening motif, a somber figure for low strings. The lyrical third movement is a standout, containing several gorgeous melodies and an extended clarinet solo of ardent longing. The finale is soaring and magnificent, culminating in a blaze of orchestral sound.

Arrive Early, Stay Late

We’ve curated engaging pre- and post-concert experiences to help you get the most out of your visit at Orchestra Hall. Join us an hour before each performance to take part!

Pre-Concert Interview

Join Phillip Gainsley for an interview focusing on the life and career of one or two of this concert’s featured artists.

Cuban American Youth Orchestra Film Premiere (Friday Only)

Join the Cuban American Youth Orchestra for a pre-concert film screening of "Beyond Words, Beyond Borders," with comments and music from special guests!

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Minnesota Orchestra Staff