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Saturday Evening Presto Series

6 Concerts
 

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Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4

Program

AUERBACH
Icarus / 12 min

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 4 / 24 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 1 / 28 min

At a Glance

Kirill Gerstein brings his monster talent back to our stage to continue the Rachmaninoff cycle of all of the Russian master’s gorgeous piano-and-orchestra pieces during 2020. This all-Russian program begins with an exciting evocation of Icarus, the mythological character who flew too close to the sun. And we close with a stunning symphony by 19-year-old Shostakovich.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • In the spirit of giving the people what they want, Sergei Rachmaninoff rewrote his Fourth Piano Concerto twice. The third version (published about 15 years after the first) is what’s generally performed today.
  • Lera Auerbach was born in Soviet Russia in 1973 and began composing when she was just four years old, and has worked to develop a very powerful, visceral and captivating composition style.
  • Talk about an over-achiever: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 was a music conservatory graduation project when the composer was just 19 years old.
  • Kirill Gerstein and the Minnesota Orchestra continue our mini-Rachmaninoff project, performing all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos. Gerstein will visit in December to perform the Piano Concerto No. 3.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Sat Oct 3 8pm

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Brahms, Mozart and Stravinsky’s Firebird

Program

BRAHMS
Variations on a Theme by Haydn  / 19 min

MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 4 / 24 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

STRAVINSKY
The Firebird   / 44 min

At a Glance

If you’ve ever enjoyed one of the brilliant concert suites lifted from Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, you’ve heard a synopsis. Here’s a rare chance to hear the whole ballet unfold in all its glory. This is big bold music, and we balance that with Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto—which is porcelain perfection. And there is no finer Mozartian today than guest violinist Baiba Skride.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
  • Baiba Skride, violin

Did You Know?

  • One man’s finale is another man’s opener. Prog-rock staples Yes used the ending section of Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet as their walk-on music at live performances.
  • Growing up in the Soviet Union, violinist Baiba Skride simply dreamed of visiting somewhere outside of Latvia even just once in her life. Now she shares her refreshing interpretations and delightful style with audiences all over the world.
  • Russian-Finnish conductor Dima Slobodeniouk currently holds the position of principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland, the same position our own Osmo Vänskä held from 1988 until 2008.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Sat Nov 21 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

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Sat Feb 6 8pm

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Valčuha Conducts Bluebeard's Castle

Program

JANÁČEK
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra  / 23 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BARTÓK
Bluebeard's Castle  / 59 min

At a Glance

As soon as Prince Bluebeard brings his new bride home to his castle, she demands to know what lies behind seven mysterious locked doors. Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle unfolds from there, in a two-character, one-act operatic masterpiece. To sing it, we’ve invited Gábor Bretz, one of the most supple and soaring baritone voices of our day, and mezzo Michelle DeYoung, whose artistry The New York Times praises as “powerful, warm, and seductive.”

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Juraj Valčuha, conductor
  • Michelle DeYoung, mezzo
  • Gábor Bretz, baritone

Did You Know?

  • Bluebeard’s Castle, an intensely dramatic operatic work, offers a stirring interpretation of the French folktale Bluebeard, where Bluebeard’s new wife, Judith, explores the dark and unsettling stories of the castle (including those of Bluebeard’s previous wives) for the first time.
  • In terms of vocal range, Bluebeard’s Castle is particularly taxing for the mezzo. Three-time Grammy winner Michelle DeYoung is certainly up for the challenge and has previously performed this role.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Sat Mar 6 8pm

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Mozart, Prokofiev and Strauss

Program

MOZART
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro  / 4 min

PROKOFIEV
Piano Concerto No. 3  / 28 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

R. STRAUSS
Sinfonia domestica / 44 min

At a Glance

Simon Trpčeski’s concerts routinely leave audiences searching for words to describe the dazzling experience. Though London’s Telegraph did it nicely recently: “A performance that was extraordinary in its capacity to expose the music’s very heart.” For you, he’ll perform Prokofiev’s fireworks-as-music Third Concerto. We bookend this with the grace of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, and the full-orchestra virtuosity of Strauss’ Sinfonia domestica, which the composer described as a “partly lyrical, partly humorous” day-in-the-life depiction of his household.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Marc Albrecht, conductor
  • Simon Trpčeski, piano

Did You Know?

  • The Viennese premiere of Strauss’ Sinfonia domestica was conducted by Gustav Mahler.
  • In addition to touring as a concert pianist, Simon Trpčeski launched a project celebrating the folk music of his home country of Macedonia.
  • Sergei Prokofiev himself played the piano at the premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1921.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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Sat Apr 17 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

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Sat Jun 19 8pm