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Events for September 28, 2020–March 28, 2021

Program

MOZART
Serenade No. 12 in C minor / 22 min

MONTGOMERY
Strum  / 7 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Serenade for Strings  / 29 min

At a Glance

Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra’s season premiere broadcast and livestream concert, featuring Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Serenade No. 12.

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Sponsored by:

TCF 

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

What is American music? Learn more about many unique voices and experiences as you explore a diverse array of styles of American music. 

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor

Premiere date to be announced.

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Get to know the families and instruments of the orchestra and how they work together.

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Stephen Mulligan, conductor

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Program

DVOŘÁK
Serenade in E major for String Orchestra / 27 min

DVOŘÁK
Violin Concerto / 31 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 7 / 38 min

At a Glance

A string-lover’s paradise. We open with Dvořak’s lush, song-filled Serenade for Strings, then welcome phenom James Ehnes for Dvořak’s Violin Concerto. And though his Seventh Symphony is not as famous as his Ninth, it is arguably the greatest of Dvořak’s symphonies—full of fiery Czech dance rhythms and bold harmonies, and holding one of the most exciting finales of all.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • James Ehnes, violin

Did You Know?

  • Canadian violinist (and two-time Grammy-winner) James Ehnes has remarkably logged almost 50 different recordings since 1995, including being featured on a 2005 recording.
  • Hyperspeed engaged: In addition to the Serenade in E major, 1875 also saw the creation of Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony, his Second String Quintet, First Piano Trio, the Moravian Duets and the opera Vanda.
  • While Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony is a celebration of all things Czech, it’s also deeply personal. Initial sketches of the slow movement contained the footnote, “From the sad years,” likely referring to the recent death of his mother and previous death of his oldest child.

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At a Glance

Learn about Czech composer Antonín Dvořák through the eyes of a young boy who discovers the magic behind his music with the help of one of Dvořák’s most famous students, Harry Burleigh, in this Relaxed Family Concert for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Our Relaxed Family Concerts take place in an inclusive environment where all audience members are welcome to be who they are.
  • Discovering Dvořák will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Please review our preparatory materials (coming soon) to learn more about the options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Actors to be announced

Program

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dance #8-Opus 46
Legends No. 1
Serenade for Winds
Legends No. 2
Serenade for Strings
Humoreske
String Quintet No. 3
Symphony No. 8
Sonatina for Violin & Piano
String Quartet No. 12, American
Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Carnival Overture

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognesOpen Captioning availableBraille Programs availableASL Interpretation availableThis is a Sensory Friendly Concert

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsor:

PNC

Additional support provided by OneNet Global

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At a Glance

This is a private event available for schools and homeschooling groups and not open to the public.

You've attended Minnesota Orchestra concerts before, but have you ever wondered what it's like when the musicians are rehearsing together to prepare for the concert? Here's your chance to attend a real working rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra! From 10:00 to 11:30, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will rehearse Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 From The New World with the orchestra for that weekend's performances. After the rehearsal, we'll have a Q & A session in the Target Atrium with some orchestra musicians. There is limited seating for the Q & A, so sign up early if you want to stay for the session!

Post-Rehearsal Q & A Session in the Target Atrium

Limited seating for Q & A Session: sign up early if you want to attend the post-concert Q & A.

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Assisted listening devices availableWheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

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Program

DVOŘÁK
Serenade in D minor for Wind Instruments  / 23 min

DVOŘÁK
Piano Concerto  / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World  / 43 min

At a Glance

We guarantee you’ll go home humming the African American spiritual-inspired melody, one of the most beloved in the world of classical music, found in the slow movement of Dvořak’s dramatic Ninth. Discoveries are here as well in his wonderfully captivating Wind Serenade and the magnificent Piano Concerto, performed by Sunwook Kim.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Sunwook Kim, piano

Did You Know?

  • Sunwook Kim was just 25 years old when he made his debut at the BBC Proms, one of the largest classical music festivals in the world. Of his performance, Bachtrack said: “Kim placed pianissimos always on the edge of disappearance so that the audience almost had to strain to hear; the effect was spellbinding.”
  • Out of this world: Astronaut Neil Armstrong brought a tape recording of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 along with him during the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969.
  • While not the first noteworthy Czech composer, Dvořák’s was the first to reach international acclaim and did it with a style drenched in Czech folk and dance themes.

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About Symphony in 60

Symphony in 60 concerts feature classical music's most beloved composers and pieces. Our musicians have curated the list and can't wait to share this program with you. This bite-sized concert featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 begins at 6pm–plus, there are happy hour specials and a post-concert onstage reception with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Come as you are and enjoy the best of orchestral music!

Program

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9, From the New World 

At a Glance

One of the most famous symphonies in the all the world was finished not far from here, in the cornfields of northeast Iowa. Czech composer Antonín Dvořák spent a summer there letting the songs of Native Americans and African Americans play in his imagination. In this quick 60-minute concert, you’ll hear the whole glorious piece complete, and most likely leave Orchestra Hall humming the unforgettable melody at its heart.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Symphony in 60 gives you even more ways to enjoy your night out. $5 happy hours, tasty treats and a chance to meet the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 is one of the most well-known symphonies in classical music. With Music Director Osmo Vänskä at the podium, this is sure to be a very special performance.
  • If you’re interested in seeing where Dvořák composed this masterwork, you don’t need to drive more than a few hours south of the Twin Cities to Spillville, Iowa. Dvořák wrote this symphony (and two other pieces) during a summer stay in the small Iowa town.

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At a Glance

Cloud Cult returns to Orchestra Hall for another brilliant performance with the Minnesota Orchestra.

A group of true artistic collaborators, Cloud Cult joins the Minnesota Orchestra to perform music and create art on canvases live during the concert. Working alongside the Orchestra, Sarah Hicks and arranger Andy Thompson, Cloud Cult will re-imagine songs from their extensive catalog to deliver an inspiring and immersive evening of art and sound.  

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Rolling Stone praises Cloud Cult’s “instrumental arsenal” while the L.A. Times raves they are “deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”
  • Their eco-friendly record company Earthology runs on geothermal renewable energy, and the band tours in a solar-powered van.
  • Cloud Cult’s 2016 album The Seeker was accompanied by an award-winning feature-length film of the same name.
  • The band auctioned off the paintings from the 2018 concerts at Orchestra Hall, and graciously donated half the proceeds to the Minnesota Orchestra’s education and engagement programs.

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At a Glance

Thestrals and prophecies and Umbridge, oh my! CineConcerts presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ like it’s never been seen before. Let the wizarding world enchant you all over again as the film is projected onto a giant screen and a live symphonic orchestra performs the score. Laugh, cry, and cheer at your favorite scenes in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Kids pricing available for matinee performance, ages 6-17 save 25%.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)

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The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

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At a Glance

In collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music. Each session with feature a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and will be led by University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson.

Did you know?

  • This series is presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, which has offered mindfulness classes for individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities for more than two decades.
  • Sessions take place onstage at Orchestra Hall.
  • The Center is actively involved in mindfulness research, including multi-year studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the Center's website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, to explore how mindfulness can be helpful for managing stress and improving overall health.
  • No prior experience with mindfulness or special attire is needed. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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Additional services are available upon request.

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Program

SØRENSEN
Evening Land / 13 min

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 23  / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Symphony No. 1 / 41 min

At a Glance

Sorensen’s Evening Land, a shimmering and emotional work, sets in motion this concert full of melody, including one of the most touching passages that Mozart ever created. You’ll hear it in the middle of his Piano Concerto No. 23, played by Ingrid Fliter, famous for her crystalline tone. And a Rachmaninoff rarity to close: his First Symphony, written when he was only in his early 20s, yet one of his most powerful scores.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Thomas Søndergård, conductor
  • Ingrid Fliter, piano

Did You Know?

  • Evening Land was premiered by its commissioning ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart.
  • In addition to being an outstanding concert pianist, Argentina native Ingrid Fliter is also a painter. According to Fliter, painting has “unleashed a magical new world to me.”
  • A creative burst: Within two months of completing his Piano Concerto No. 23, Mozart completed the next one (Piano Concerto No. 24) and saw the premiere of his opera, The Marriage of Figaro.

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At a Glance

From Roxie, Velma and Eva Peron to Elphaba, Glinda and Tracy Turnblad, Broadway is full of strong women whose voices have delighted and inspired us. Join us for an afternoon of incredible Broadway tunes and a celebration of Girl Power! Featuring selections from Wonderful Town, Chicago, Evita, Rent, Wicked, Hairspray and Mean Girls, among other popular shows.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Soloists to be announced

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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.

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At a Glance

Minnesota Orchestra musicians come together in small ensembles to perform cherished classics and innovative new music on Sunday afternoons in the Target Atrium.

Did You Know?

  • A sparkling and exuberant string quintet by Mendelssohn, an emotional string quartet by Benjamin Britten and Brahms’ rhapsodic Sextet make up this winter concert highlighting brilliant musical architecture.
  • Mendelssohn composed his First String Quintet at the age of 17. A few years later, he returned to this piece and rewrote the third movement, replacing the original Minuetto with an Intermezzo dedicated to the memory of his first violin teacher, Eduard Rietz.
  • Benjamin Britten’s First String Quartet received great acclaim soon after it was completed. Musicologists and critics commented on his unmatched ability to create character and emotion through complex harmonies, and found moments in this quartet comparable to music by the likes of Beethoven, Bartók, Haydn and Stravinsky.
  • One theme featured in Brahms’ Sextet was crafted using the letters of a young woman’s first name, Agathe (a soprano with whom he was briefly engaged), which could be recognized within the musical notes A, G, A, H (in German musical terms: B-flat) and E.

Program and Artists

MENDELSSOHN
String Quintet in A major / 30 min

BRITTEN
String Quartet No. 1 / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRAHMS
String Sextet in G major / 34 min

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats!

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra

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At a Glance

NEW THIS SEASON!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Minnesota Orchestra and welcome the Year of the Ox! This vibrant event will draw upon cultural traditions past and present.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor and guest artists to be announced

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Bop down to Orchestra Hall and settle in for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day weekend celebration. Charles Lazarus and his sublime jazz combo offer fresh takes on classic love songs and feel-good originals on the Orchestra Hall stage. It’s cool. It’s funky. It’s the perfect time to find your groove and celebrate love and romance.

Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums

Did You Know?

  • Charles Lazarus’s album Lovejoy was recorded at Hideaway Studios, a studio tucked in one of the old Grain Belt Brewery buildings in Northeast Minneapolis.
  • Lazarus’ keyboard player, Tommy Barbarella, played alongside Prince for five years as a member of the New Power Generation.
  • Lazarus made his Carnegie Hall debut when he was just 19 years old as a member of the New York String Orchestra.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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At a Glance

Sun salutations meet live music in our Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series! Join a local instructor to practice yoga in the Orchestra Hall lobby while a musician or duo from the Minnesota Orchestra plays musical selections that inspire and center body and soul.

Did You Know?

  • Each hour-long class in the series is open to ages 15 and up. We encourage you to join us whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice!
  • You will need to bring your own mat and water bottle, as well as any props (towels, blocks, etc.) you would like to use for the class.
  • Enjoy free samples from local vendors in the Orchestra Hall lobby.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcome

Additional services are available upon request.

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At a Glance

Beethoven’s cry for universal community in his Ninth Symphony has echoed throughout history. One hundred years after his death, a remarkable silent film was created in the former Soviet Union, filled with sacrifice, rebellion for a greater cause, and the responsibilities of citizenship. We'll screen the film as the Orchestra performs an extravaganza of famous moments from some of the most popular orchestral works of all time, seamlessly arranged to form a new score produced by Nathan Farrington and Sebastian Chang.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Nathan Farrington and Sebastian Chang, score producers

Did You Know?

  • While this groundbreaking film initially had its own newly-composed score—written by film composer Edmund Meisel—it has no definitive score. Sergei Eisenstein, the film’s director, envisioned music for the film to be rewritten every 20 years to retain relevance to future generations.
  • This new version of Battleship Potemkin features a score that incorporates elements from such beloved pieces as Beethoven's Third Symphony, Mahler's First, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, and Holst's The Planets.
  • In his quest to manipulate our emotions, and promote Soviet Russia, Eisenstein invented some of the most important techniques in film that still used every day in our TV shows and movies, including the concept of montage.
  • The film’s impact was monumental both inside and outside the Soviet Union, and due to its subject matter it was banned in several countries—including the United Kingdom until 1954.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

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NEW THIS SEASON!

Up-and-coming classical musicians from across the Twin Cities metro area join the Minnesota Orchestra onstage for a special concert. The program begins with Philharmonia Fantastique, an animated short film that uses new and old technology to explore the instruments of an orchestra—going inside the instruments to see how they work—with the music of Mason Bates as an accompaniment. We celebrate our community’s young musicians on the program’s second half as students from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Youth Symphonies take the stage in a side-by-side performance with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
  • Minnesota Youth Symphonies

Did You Know?

  • The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies are celebrating their 49th season this year, and the organization is made up of more than ten different performing ensembles from all around the metro.
  • American composer Mason Bates won a 2019 Grammy for The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, an opera he composed with libretto by Mark Campbell about the complex legacy of the Silicon Valley giant.

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Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats in this Relaxed Family Concert for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Our Relaxed Family Concerts take place in an inclusive environment where all audience members are welcome to be who they are.
  • Musical Menagerie will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Please review our preparatory materials (coming soon) to learn more about the options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.

Program TBD

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognesOpen Captioning availableBraille Programs availableASL Interpretation availableThis is a Sensory Friendly Concert

Sponsor:

PNC
Additional support provided by OneNet Global

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Program

MAZZOLI
Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)  / 12 min

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 2  / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique  / 45 min

At a Glance

Audiences and musicians are captivated by conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, and for good reason. One of the world’s leading contraltos, she often sings her direction to the musicians in rehearsal, with inspiring results. “Pure connection,” they say. Song—here in the winds, there in the brass, now in the strings—is in nearly every bar of Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • A champion for the new: Though most of Missy Mazzoli’s influences are past composers, she says, “I want to reflect the era that I’m living in now and make music that can only be written now.”
  • Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his Sixth Symphony just nine days before his death.
  • A true collaborator, Nathalie Stutzmann understands the value of a good audience to deliver a powerful performance. “If you come in open, relaxed and abandon yourself to what the performers have to give, then we can connect.”

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About Symphony in 60

Symphony in 60 concerts feature classical music's most beloved composers and pieces. This bite-sized concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 begins at 6pm–plus, there are happy hour specials and a post-concert onstage reception with Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Come as you are and enjoy the best of orchestral music!

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique  / 45 min

At a Glance

One of Tchaikovsky’s final pieces, and the last music he conducted in his all-too-short lifetime. Did he know it would be his swan song? Debate about that has raged since its 1893 premiere. Regardless, he poured himself into the Sixth Symphony like nothing else he’d ever created, and made it a 45-minute journey into the tenderest parts of the human heart.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • Excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony have appeared in almost a dozen different movies and were even featured in one episode of Nickelodeon’s animated show Ren & Stimpy.
  • Tchaikovsky was reticent to have his voice recorded. When asked to play something on the piano or say something for a recording, Tchaikovsky allegedly replied, “I am a bad pianist and my voice is raspy. Why should one eternalize it?”
  • Symphony in 60 gives you even more ways to enjoy your night out. $5 happy hours, tasty treats and a chance to meet the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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Program

MAZZOLI
Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)  / 12 min

PROKOFIEV
Violin Concerto No. 2  / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique  / 45 min

At a Glance

Audiences and musicians are captivated by conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, and for good reason. One of the world’s leading contraltos, she often sings her direction to the musicians in rehearsal, with inspiring results. “Pure connection,” they say. Song—here in the winds, there in the brass, now in the strings—is in nearly every bar of Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • A champion for the new: Though most of Missy Mazzoli’s influences are past composers, she says, “I want to reflect the era that I’m living in now and make music that can only be written now.”
  • Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his Sixth Symphony just nine days before his death.
  • A true collaborator, Nathalie Stutzmann understands the value of a good audience to deliver a powerful performance. “If you come in open, relaxed and abandon yourself to what the performers have to give, then we can connect.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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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.

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Far from staying in an ivory tower, classical composers often take a stand on the issues of their day and thus shape the thoughts and actions of others. Students will learn how Sibelius’ rousing Finlandia was written to protest press censorship, while other composers have reflected on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., stood up for women’s voting rights and memorialized African American soldiers who died fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

We hope that during the year, classes will be inspired to undertake service projects and provide photos of their work. Then, as this program concludes with Stravinsky’s triumphant Firebird, we’ll project images of how they’ve taken action in their communities, just like the composers heard here.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio / 6 min

SIBELIUS
Finlandia / 8 min

SMYTH
March of the Women, from Overture to The Boatswain's Mate / 5 min

STILL
In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy / 6 min

ABELS
Dance for Martin's Dream / 8 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird Suite (1919) / 4 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

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At a Glance

Travel writer and television host Rick Steves is coming to Orchestra Hall and is giving you a front-row seat to some of the most iconic sights and sounds in Europe. From Italy, England, Austria, Norway and beyond, Steves pairs personal photos and breathtaking video with beloved classical music selections by Wagner, Smetana, Verdi, Elgar, Grieg, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven on this historical and musical tour of Europe.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Rick Steves, host

Did You Know?

  • Read the fine print: Steves' first self-published his first book with a disclaimer stating: “Anyone caught reprinting any material herein for any purpose whatsoever will be thanked profusely.”
  • Born into music: Steves’ dad was a piano technician and high school band teacher.

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Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 3 / 92 min

At a Glance

Applause is coming from all over the world for the Orchestra’s Mahler symphony cycle. Here is Mahler’s Third, voted one of the 10 greatest symphonies of all time in BBC Music Magazine. Sasha Cooke was breathtaking in performances of the Second, and in the Third she sings one of Mahler’s most hauntingly beautiful moments: “Man, take heed. Deep is the world’s pain, but deeper still is joy.”

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Sasha Cooke, mezzo
  • Women of the Minnesota Chorale
  • Minnesota Boychoir

Did You Know?

  • You know you’ve made it when: A reference to Mahler’s Third Symphony appears in Prince’s song, Good Love.
  • The Minnesota Boychoir is celebrating its 59th season and has performed with ensembles from the Minnesota Orchestra to the Baltimore Symphony to the Prague Philharmonic.
  • Mahler’s epic Third is almost two symphonies in one. Six total movements in two different groups (plus a host of voices) makes this a monumental piece of music.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

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