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Join us at Lakefront Park in Hudson for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

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Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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At a Glance

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years. Please join us at Lake Harriet for an evening of magnificent music-making! The performance lasts approximately one hour.

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Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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Join us at Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth for a free one-hour concert.

Symphony for the Cities has been a Minnesota Orchestra tradition for more than 40 years, with the Orchestra devoting a week each summer to performing free outdoor concerts for the community. Please join us for this magnificent summertime music-making! Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

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Please note: Decisions to cancel outdoor concerts due to inclement weather can be made up until moments before the concert start time. In the rare event that weather circumstances should deteriorate and impact this performance — updates will be posted here.

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Program

SMITH/Skrowaczewski
The Star-Spangled Banner / 2 min

SIBELIUS
Finlandia / 8 min

MOZART
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min

SAARIAHO
Ciel d'hiver / 10 min

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4 / 40 min

At a Glance

Mozart’s only bassoon concerto highlights the instrument’s rich versatility in a concert that showcases the talent of the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Fei Xie.

Planning Ahead

We know you have questions about what your concert-going experience will be like when the Minnesota Orchestra resumes performances. Our teams are working now to synthesize expert guidance from public health authorities into new health and safety protocols for the concert hall that will exceed your expectations. We will share these plans with all concertgoers at least one month before concerts resume. In the meantime, please explore Minnesota Orchestra At Home, our growing digital performance collection featuring Orchestra musicians from their homes (and lots more!). Stay safe and be well.

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Did You Know?

  • Fei Xie began playing the bassoon at the age of twelve. Both of his parents are Peking Opera musicians and his uncle is a composer who introduced him to classical music at the age of three.
  • Originally created to reinforce an orchestra’s bass line, the bassoon has developed into an instrument with a distinctive, warm tone that allows it to create unique textures when paired with other instruments as well as sing out as a soloist.
  • Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho received the 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for her contributions in “breaking down the divisions between acoustic and electronic music.”

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At a Glance

Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of resilience with Minnesota Orchestra violinist David Brubaker and University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson.

Planning Ahead

We know you have questions about what your concert-going experience will be like when the Minnesota Orchestra resumes performances. Our teams are working now to synthesize expert guidance from public health authorities into new health and safety protocols for the concert hall that will exceed your expectations. We will share these plans with all concertgoers at least one month before concerts resume. In the meantime, please explore Minnesota Orchestra At Home, our growing digital performance collection featuring Orchestra musicians from their homes (and lots more!). Stay safe and be well.

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.
  • This session will provide an opportunity to explore several mindfulness and regulation practices that can help build resilience and strengthen your ability to adapt in the face of challenges.
  • 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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Program

MONTGOMERY
Starburst / 3 min

DAUGHERTY
Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra / 28 min

NAZAYKINSKAYA
Winter Bells / 15 min

MUSSORGSKY/Ravel
Pictures at an Exhibition / 30 min

At a Glance

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cello Anthony Ross stars in a colorful program of music inspired by literature, artwork and scenic landscapes. Michael Daugherty’s Grammy-winning Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra evokes the turbulent life, adventures and writings of Ernest Hemingway, while Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst and Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Winter Bells showcase two emerging composers with bright futures. To close: the brilliant Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s musical journey through a friend’s art gallery, dazzlingly orchestrated by Ravel.

Planning Ahead

We know you have questions about what your concert-going experience will be like when the Minnesota Orchestra resumes performances. Our teams are working now to synthesize expert guidance from public health authorities into new health and safety protocols for the concert hall that will exceed your expectations. We will share these plans with all concertgoers at least one month before concerts resume. In the meantime, please explore Minnesota Orchestra At Home, our growing digital performance collection featuring Orchestra musicians from their homes (and lots more!). Stay safe and be well.

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Did You Know?

  • Anthony Ross has been the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal cello since 1991 and is the co-host of Sound Check, the Orchestra’s weekly online series of interactive conversation with Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora.
  • The four movements of Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway are each titled after a Hemingway short story or novel—Big Two-Hearted River, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises. Tales of Hemingway was premiered in April 2015 by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and cello soloist Zuill Bailey.
  • Polina Nazaykinskaya was a participant in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and her First Symphony was premiered in 2017 by another Twin Cities-based ensemble, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, whose music director is Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass William Schrickel.
  • Pictures at an Exhibition began its life in 1874 as a solo piano composition by Modest Mussorgsky, and has since been arranged or orchestrated by numerous composers, most famously Maurice Ravel in 1922.

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Program

FAGERLUND
Water Atlas / 18 min

BRAHMS
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra / 31 min

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter / 37 min

At a Glance

Smooth and sonorous, Brahms’ concerto lyrically unites the voices of the cello and violin in a program that showcases two of the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians.

Planning Ahead

We know you have questions about what your concert-going experience will be like when the Minnesota Orchestra resumes performances. Our teams are working now to synthesize expert guidance from public health authorities into new health and safety protocols for the concert hall that will exceed your expectations. We will share these plans with all concertgoers at least one month before concerts resume. In the meantime, please explore Minnesota Orchestra At Home, our growing digital performance collection featuring Orchestra musicians from their homes (and lots more!). Stay safe and be well.

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Did You Know?

  • Brahms wrote this concerto inspired and encouraged by his friend and fellow collaborator, violinist Joseph Joachim.
  • Susie Park started playing the violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. Silver Ainomäe began cello at six and debuted in his first international competition at age eight.

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Program

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1 / 27 min

BEETHOVEN/arr. Schulhoff 
Rondo a capriccio / 7 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Scheherazade / 47 min

At a Glance

Prepare to be enchanted by the ornamental wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s universally-revered Scheherazade. 

Planning Ahead

We know you have questions about what your concert-going experience will be like when the Minnesota Orchestra resumes performances. Our teams are working now to synthesize expert guidance from public health authorities into new health and safety protocols for the concert hall that will exceed your expectations. We will share these plans with all concertgoers at least one month before concerts resume. In the meantime, please explore Minnesota Orchestra At Home, our growing digital performance collection featuring Orchestra musicians from their homes (and lots more!). Stay safe and be well.

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Did You Know?

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece Scheherazade is an orchestral suite based on the Middle Eastern folk tale collection One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights.

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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.

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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 Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 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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Program

AUERBACH
Icarus / 12 min

RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 4 / 24 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 1 / 28 min

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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.

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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.

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About This Concert:

Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience!

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Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room. 

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PNC

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“I am a Jedi, like my father before me...” In the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. A full-length movie screening accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ Oscar®-nominated score brings this epic battle for the galaxy to life.

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Did You Know?

  • Return of the Jedi, the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, premiered on May 25, 1983, six years to the day after the first installment, Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, including the scores for all nine Star Wars saga films.
  • The look of the Ewoks, the short Endorian creatures introduced in Return of the Jedi, was inspired by a breed of dog known as the Brussels Griffon, one of which Star Wars creator George Lucas owned at the time.

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Program

LEE
Sukkot Through Orion's Nebula

SHOSTAKOVICH
Violin Concerto No. 1  / 36 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

PAULUS
To Be Certain of the Dawn  / 60 min

At a Glance

In 2005 the Orchestra premiered Stephen Paulus’ Holocaust memorial oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, with libretto by Michael Dennis Browne. Now, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, we sing its urgent messages. The Orchestra also performs music by composer James Lee III that celebrates the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, and violinist Leonidas Kavakos plays the heart-wrenching First Concerto of Shostakovich.

Guarantor's Week

These concerts are dedicated to the generous donors, also called Guarantors, who have been at the heart of this Orchestra since its inception in 1903. During Guarantors' Week, we offer our deepest gratitude to the growing number of donors who ensure that the Orchestra can continue to achieve its mission to Enrich, Inspire and Serve the community. Thank you, donors!

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Leonidas Kavakos, violin
  • Barry Abelson, cantor
  • Leah Brzyski, soprano
  • Christina Baldwin, mezzo
  • Joseph Leppek, tenor
  • Aaron Keeney, baritone
  • Minnesota Chorale
  • Minnesota Boychoir
  • Basilica Cathedral Choir
  • Basilica Cathedral Choristers

Did You Know?

  • To Be Certain of the Dawn is a massive work in both scale and subject matter. It was written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Jewish prisoners being liberated from the Nazi death camps during World War II.
  • To Be Certain of the Dawn is an oratorio, which is typically a large-scale sacred work featuring both an orchestra and voices. In this case, four different choirs (including the Minnesota Boychoir) along with four soloists from the Minnesota Opera will all be present on stage.
  • Leonidas Kavakos has become a preeminent authority on Jean Sibelius, becoming the first to ever record the original version of the Finnish composer’s Violin Concerto.

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This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Music has an amazing way of affecting our mood. And here, the Orchestra reveals many “tricks” composers use to make music sound spooky. In Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, variations in tempo and dynamics create the feeling of being chased by trolls; in Danse macabre, Saint-Saëns makes a xylophone sound like a skeleton rattling. This lively program, which features In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, also includes mysterious or scary music by composers as varied as J.S. Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Gabriela Lena Frank and John Williams—who is represented by a segment from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Program

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King / 3 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre / 7 min

LENA FRANK
Danza del Pueblo, from Requiem for a Magical America / 3 min

MUSSORGSKY (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Night on Bald Mountain / 7 min

WILLIAMS
Hedwig’s Flight, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / 3 min

CLYNE
Auguries, from Abstractions / 3 min

BACH (arr. Stokowski)
Toccata, from Toccata and Fugue in D minor / 4 min

BERLIOZ
Witches' Sabbath, from Symphonie fantastique / 7 min

Artists

  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

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Spread the joy (and terror) with filmmaker Tim Burton’s macabre mashup of Halloween and Christmas, a movie favorite since 1993. This spooky spectacular returns, with the Minnesota Orchestra playing Danny Elfman’s frightfully original score live, while the scary story plays on the big screen. Scare up some friends and come to Orchestra Hall!

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Did You Know?

  • In addition to writing the songs and score, legendary Hollywood composer Danny Elfman also provide the singing voice for the movie’s main character, Jack Skellington.
  • The story for The Nightmare Before Christmas began as a poem producer Tim Burton wrote while working for Disney as an animator.
  • To provide the full range of emotion (and to make for efficient filming), around 400 different heads were used to animate Jack Skellington alone.

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

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Join the Minnesota Orchestra and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for an exploration of "spooky sounds" from bone-rattling brass to spine-tingling strings 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 audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Like all of our Relaxed Family Concerts, Symphony Spooktacular 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 quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and other 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
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Program

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King / 3 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse Macabre / 7 min

FRANK
Danza del Pueblo from Requiem for a Magical America / 3 min

MUSSORGSKY
Night on Bald Mountain / 6 min

WILLIAMS
Hedwig’s Flight, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / 3 min

CLYNE
Auguries, from Abstractions / 3 min

BACH (arr. Stokowski)
Toccata, from Toccata and Fugue in D minor / 3 min

BERLIOZ
Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie fantastique / 7 min

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Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsor:

PNC

Additional support provided by OneNet Global

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Program

HAYDN
Cello Concerto in C major / 25 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 7 / 64 min

At a Glance

Honed over decades by our beloved former music director, the late Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Minnesota Orchestra has a unique affinity for Bruckner, truly letting the brass and strings sing from within his music. And Donald Runnicles is laying exciting new claims to Bruckner’s epic symphonies today. We set this stage with the sunniest of Haydn’s concertos, performed by one of the world’s finest cellists, Johannes Moser.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Donald Runnicles, conductor
  • Johannes Moser, cello

Did You Know?

  • Like many of us, Anton Bruckner was a constant over-thinker. Now he’s considered a genius who helped usher in a new artistic period of orchestral music. But he was famously self-critical of his own music and would often tirelessly rework his own compositions.
  • Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles is no stranger to this side of the Atlantic. He has served as the principal guest conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years.
  • After making a stunning debut with the Minnesota Orchestra last season, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser returns to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1.
  • Franz Joseph Haydn’s First Cello Concerto was composed around 1761 but was thought to have been lost completely until almost 200 years later.

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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.”

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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.

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a treasure trove of vivid orchestration and imagery, is a brilliant example of how composers use music to tell stories. Students will enjoy seeing how the music’s undulating rhythms, dramatic cymbal crashes and soulful instrumental solos inspire dancers from Black Label Movement to create thrilling new stories onstage. Also programmed are Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling Flight of the Bumblebee and new works that will prompt students to reach into their imaginations and create their own stories, based on music they’re hearing for the first time.

Program

KOUYOUMDJIAN
With Heart / 4 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Flight of the Bumblebee / 1 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship and The Kalandar Prince, from Scheherazade / 23 min

BACEWICZ
Overture for Orchestra / 6 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

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The talented young Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs join forces with the Minnesota Orchestra to celebrate Veterans Day weekend in spectacular fashion. Together, they’ll perform patriotic favorites, Broadway hits, choral and operatic classics, and collaborate with the Minnesota Orchestra’s own Charles Lazarus on some very special arrangements.

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Did You Know?

  • The United States Naval Academy Glee Club is composed of the USNA Men’s Glee Club and the USNA Women’s Glee Club. Both perform separately all around the world but often collaborate on tours.
  • The United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club, founded in 1976 when the Academy first allowed women to enter, is the only all-female military choral ensemble in the world.
  • The Naval Academy Chapel, where the Glee Club often performs, is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and construction on the stunning building began in 1904, a year after the Minnesota Orchestra was founded.

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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.

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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?

  • Composers often write their best music while traveling abroad, influenced by new surroundings, as was the case for both Dvořák and Hindemith. Listen and be inspired as a new Chamber Music season begins.
  • Mozart and Dvořák’s quintets are both written for a “viola quintet,” or a standard string quartet with the addition of one viola. Mozart was the first composer to establish this instrumentation; he himself was a violist!
  • Dvořák wrote his String Quintet in E-flat major while living in Spillville, Iowa, in 1893. It is often referred to as his American Quintet and was composed around the same time as his very popular American String Quartet.
  • Throughout his career, Hindemith composed a sonata for nearly every instrument in the orchestra. The Double Bass Sonata was one of the final ones in his collection, composed while he was on vacation in New Mexico. It was followed only by one other—his Sonata for Tuba and Piano.

Program and Artists

HINDEMITH
Sonata for Bass and Piano / 13 min

MOZART
String Quintet in C major / 30 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SCHUBERT
String Trio in B-flat major  / 9 min

DVOŘÁK
String Quintet in E minor / 34 min

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Ever wonder what toys do when people aren’t around? Toy Story answers that question with a fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys—Woody, the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Did You Know?

  • Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995, Toy Story was the first feature film to be entirely computer animated.
  • Destined for greatness: The concept of Toy Story was based on a Pixar short film, Tin Toy, which was released in 1988 and won that year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
  • In the mark of a true cultural touchstone, Buzz Lightyear’s famous phrase, “To infinity, and beyond” was also used as a lyric in the bridge of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”
  • In addition to writing the full orchestra score for Toy Story, Randy Newman also wrote three original songs. The film's signature tune, "You've Got a Friend in Me," was written in one day.

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Program

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral / 40 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

DUTILLEUX
L’Arbre des songes (The Tree of Dreams) / 25 min

DEBUSSY
La mer / 23 min

At a Glance

Spectacular recent debuts in Chicago, Philadelphia and European capitals are spreading the word fast: David Afkham is one of Germany’s most gifted young conductors. In his first Minnesota appearance, he leads a program born outdoors. Come along and take the most famous symphonic walk-in-the-woods ever written, Beethoven’s Sixth, get lost in the reverie of Dutilleux’s violin concerto, Tree of Dreams, and prepare to sail in Debussy’s sumptuous evocation of the sea.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Afkham, conductor
  • Ning Feng, violin

Did You Know?

  • Referred to as the Pastoral Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 is featured prominently (if not controversially) in Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia.
  • French composer Henri Dutilleux’s violin concerto L’Arbre des songes (The Tree of Dreams), paints a vivid picture of the growth of a tree and the continual renewal and rebirth of nature.
  • Destined for the big screen, several motifs from Debussy’s La mer (The Sea) made their way into the score of the 1975 film Jaws, for which John Williams won the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score.

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Give your holiday season a big, brassy boost as Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and some very special guests swing their way through your favorite holiday tunes. Lazarus’ all-star band features Grammy-winners, former Prince collaborators and many world-renowned performers, all lending a bright, fresh take on the most beloved classics.

Artists

  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, piano and keyboards
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Bruce A. Henry, vocals
  • Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
  • David Schmalenberger, drums
  • The Lazarus Brass

Did You Know?

  • In addition to being a renowned trumpet player, Charles Lazarus is a composer and educator, serving as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s School of Music and educator, and has taught master classes in every U.S. stage, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.
  • Minnesota Royalty: From 1991 to 1996, keyboard player Tommy Barbarella performed as a member of Prince’s band, New Power Generation.
  • In addition to being a powerhouse gospel and R&B singer (and the recipient of a 2017-2018 McKnight Fellowship for Musicians), Tonia Hughes is also an accomplished actor with theater performances at the Guthrie Theater and Ordway under her belt.

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

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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.

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A masterful blend of music, humor and heart (with a heaping spoonful of nostalgia), Home for the Holidays explores some of Minnesota’s most time-honored and quirky holiday customs. Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra, some of the Twin Cities’ favorite performers, and Minnesota theater and storytelling icon Kevin Kling present the perfect addition to your holiday tradition.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Peter Rothstein, stage director
  • Kevin Kling, writer and storyteller
  • Robert Elhai and Peter Ostroushko, composers
  • Eric McEnaney, musical preparation
  • Christina Baldwin, ensemble
  • Robert Berdahl, ensemble
  • Greta Oglesby, ensemble
  • Huxley Westemeier, ensemble

Did You Know?

  • Born a storyteller: A theater producer in the early 1980s convinced Kevin Kling to pursue storytelling after being so captivated with Kling simply telling a story at a party.
  • Huxley Westemeier, now in his second year as young Kevin Kling, made his Broadway National Tour debut when he was 10 years old in Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock.
  • Twin Cities mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko composed the song "Heart of the Heartland," which Robert Elhai uses as a musical theme throughout Home for the Holidays. Ostroushko first rose to fame as a member of the band in Bob Dylan's seminal Blood on the Tracks album.

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With his Midwestern roots, a Montana upbringing and influences from jazz to Hawaiian slack key guitar, George Winston has carved out a style all his own and composed some of the most beloved piano and guitar music of the last four decades. His expressive and improvisational playing style and mesmerizing presence find a winter home at Orchestra Hall. Settle in for a very special evening.

Artists

  • George Winston, piano

Did You Know?

  • In the early 1980s, George Winston had three consecutive records reach Platinum status, including 1982’s December, which reached Triple Platinum in the United States.
  • Over the last four decades, Winston has lent his unique musical stylings to audio versions of books and short stories, including a beloved children’s favorite, The Velveteen Rabbit, narrated by Meryl Streep.
  • Winston is a practitioner, fan and preservationist of Hawaiian music. In 1983, he founded a record label called Dancing Cats Records with a mission to publish Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and the music of Hawaiian artists.

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

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Audra McDonald is an American treasure. Her captivating presence and stunning voice has made her a bona fide Broadway icon (with six Tony Awards to her name) and a trailblazer of both stage and screen. She returns to Orchestra Hall with holiday music alongside her signature mix of art songs, pop tunes and Broadway classics.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Audra McDonald, soprano
  • Andy Einhorn, conductor

Did You Know?

  • McDonald is one of the most decorated performers of the last 30 years, with one Emmy, two Grammys and six Tony awards to her name.
  • Talk about range: In addition to her stage credits, McDonald has appeared as a prominent character in ABC’s primetime show Private Practice and had a voice role on the highly-acclaimed animated Netflix show BoJack Horseman.
  • In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded McDonald with the National Medal of Arts, which she received alongside Mel Brooks, Wynton Marsalis, Terry Gross and Morgan Freeman.

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Program

DVOŘÁK
Carnival Overture  / 9 min

DVOŘÁK
Cello Concerto / 40 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 8  / 36 min

At a Glance

A Dvořak festival to launch 2021 on just the right note! Osmo Vänskä is a master of Dvořak’s Czech colors and mood, and in this concert he pairs the exciting Carnival Overture with the beloved Eighth Symphony. Our Principal Cello Anthony Ross solos in the centerpiece of this New Year’s concert: Dvořak’s emotional Cello Concerto, one of the greatest concertos for any instrument by any composer.

After the concert, help us count down to midnight! Enjoy vintage jazz by Belle Amour and a complimentary champagne toast.

Artists

Did You Know?

  • As a newcomer to the United States in 1892, Antonin Dvořák supported the notion that African American and Native American music was the path to the future of American music.
  • Dvořák’s Cello Concerto was his last solo concerto and was written for his friend (and fellow Czech), Hanuš Wihan.
  • Dvořák’s Eight Symphony was originally published as Symphony No. 4.

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