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Friday Evening Encore Series

6 Concerts
 

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Season Opening: Vänskä and Thibaudet

Program

MONTGOMERY
Strum / 7 min

ROSSINI
Overture to William Tell  / 12 min

MACMILLAN
Piano Concerto No. 3, The Mysteries of Light / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BERLIOZ
Symphonie fantastique  / 49 min

At a Glance

We begin the season with an inventive and celebratory work by Jessie Montgomery. Then we welcome the world’s most vibrant piano soloist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who plays a showpiece by Scotland’s James MacMillan that he says holds “true spiritual power.” To close, Osmo Vänskä conducts the bold musical painting of Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Did You Know?

  • Berlioz’s early Romantic masterpiece, Symphonie fantastique, tells the tale of a love-sick artist whose unrequited love for another drove him to an opium-fueled fever dream. This led Leonard Bernstein to describe the work as the “first psychedelic symphony.”
  • Legendary pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has a strong personal relationship with composer James MacMillan. Thibaudet says, “When you listen to his music, you can immediately know it’s MacMillan's music. Not because it all sounds the same, far from it. It’s a very unique language.”
  • This concert marks the penultimate season opening celebration of Osmo Vänskä’s tenure as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Rossini’s Overture to William Tell was catapulted into mainstream success as the opening theme for the television show The Lone Ranger during its run from 1949-1957.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri Sep 25 8pm

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Valčuha Conducts Beethoven’s Ninth

Program

SCHRECKER
Chamber Symphony  / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9, Choral  / 68 min

At a Glance

Beethoven’s cry for universal community in his Ninth Symphony is so needed today. It’s a special joy then, in his 250th anniversary year, to present this masterpiece. We’ll set the table for it with Schreker’s shimmeringly beautiful Chamber Symphony.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juraj Valčuha, conductor
  • Melody Moore, soprano
  • Kelley O'Connor, mezzo
  • Siyabonga Maqungo, tenor
  • Mark S. Doss, bass-baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Did You Know?

  • Beethoven was almost completely deaf while he composed his Ninth Symphony which went on to become one of the most performed symphonies in the entire world.
  • Austrian composer Franz Schrecker spent the first quarter of the 20th century as one of Europe’s most famous composers. World War I and an intense wave of antisemitism unfortunately all but extinguished his influence in the musical world.
  • Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha is quickly becoming a fan favorite here in Minnesota. Terry Blain of the Star Tribune described Valčuha’s November 2019 performance with the Minnesota Orchestra as “one of the most musically rewarding concerts of the past few seasons.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri Nov 6 8pm

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Russian Masters: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Program

CLYNE
Within Her Arms  / 14 min

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3  / 44 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Sleeping Beauty Suite  / 24 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Francesca da Rimini  / 20 min

At a Glance

Xian Zhang is widely recognized for her visionary programming and conducting. True to form, she begins her Orchestra Hall program with Anna Clyne’s tender memorial to her mother, Within Her Arms, and concludes with music of heroines from fairy tale and history. The centerpiece: Kirill Gerstein completes our 2020 Rachmaninoff piano-and-orchestra cycle with the most sumptuous and daunting of Rachmaninoff’s concertos.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Anna Clyne’s music has become a favorite for Minnesota Orchestra programs, and the Grammy-nominated English composer is a 2006 alumna of the Orchestra’s Composer Institute.
  • Rachmaninoff and his family fled Russia after the Russian Revolution in 1918 and he spent the last 25 years of his life living and composing in the United States.
  • One of Tchaikovsky’s most important relationships was with a Russian business woman and arts patron, Nadezhda von Meck. Her well-known 13-year support came with the strict stipulation that they never meet.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri Dec 11 8pm

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Sounds of Spring: Delius, Debussy and Mendelssohn

Program

MENDELSSOHN
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

L. BOULANGER
D’un matin de printemps  (On a Spring Morning) / 5 min

DELIUS
Idylle de printemps (Spring Idyll) / 8 min

DEBUSSY
Printemps (Spring) / 15 min

At a Glance

The spirit of springtime bursts from nearly every bar of this program, from the quicksilver glint in Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto, to Lili Boulanger’s buoyant depiction of a morning in May and Debussy’s seductive Spring. These are all specialties of one of the esteemed Orchestra Hall guest conductors of recent seasons, Juanjo Mena.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Child prodigy: Lili Boulanger accompanied her older sister, Nadia, to classes at the Paris Conservatory before she was even 5 years old.
  • What could have been: The first version of Debussy’s Printemps was actually lost in a fire. The version we know today was rewritten in 1908.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri Feb 5 8pm

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MusicMakers

At a Glance

Innovation center stage! We’ve asked the most exciting emerging orchestral composers in America today to send us their most imaginative work. From that inspiring collection we proudly share with you this concert, the culmination of the Orchestra’s 18th annual Composer Institute.

Bold, colorful, tender and always surprising, the music proclaims with confidence that tomorrow’s orchestra is in superb hands. Come hear the future!

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Experience a perfect night out with $5 happy hour, decadent local eats and a chance to meet and chat with Minnesota Orchestra musicians and tonight’s featured composers.
  • If you’ve ever been curious about the composition creative process, you do not want to miss this. You get a front row seat to experience how these up-and-comers in the classical world are forging classical music’s future.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri May 14 8pm

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Season Finale: Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Program

FRANK 
Pachamama Meets an Ode  / 10 min

BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis  / 81 min

At a Glance

Though Beethoven called this his Solemn Mass, it bursts with moments of ecstatic joy. It comes from the same time as his Ninth Symphony when his powers were visionary. As a prelude and pairing to it, one of today’s most acclaimed contemporary composers Gabriela Lena Frank has created Pachamama Meets an Ode, co-commissioned by Classical Movements as part of a consortium that includes the Minnesota Orchestra.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Carolyn Sampson, soprano
  • Carolyn Sproule, mezzo
  • Barry Banks, tenor
  • James Rutherford, bass-baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale

Did You Know?

  • While Beethoven isn’t typically known for large-scale liturgical works, the mass Missa Solemnis is considered one of the greats for the genre, up there with the likes of Bach.
  • Join the Minnesota Orchestra for an on stage reception immediately following the concert.
  • Gabriela Lena Frank composes for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and contributed a work for their 2009 Grammy-nominated record, Off the Map.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Fri Jun 18 8pm