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6:30PM Sound Check: A Virtual Pre-Concert Experience

Join Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora online at 6:30 p.m. on the night of this re-broadcast performance for Sound Check, a fun and informal opportunity to virtually connect with Orchestra musicians and learn about that night’s program. Special guests for the May 22 event will be Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Principal Bass Kristen Bruya. Please join us (registration required).

7PM MPR Re-Broadcast of Vänskä Conducts Barber, Copland and Shaw

On May 22, 2020, Classical Minnesota Public Radio re-broadcasts this Minnesota Orchestra performance from January 11, 2019, when Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora made his first featured solo performances with the Orchestra in the clarinet concertos by both Aaron Copland and Artie Shaw.

To listen to this concert, tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio on 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities or stream online at classicalmpr.org on May 22 at 7 p.m.

Program

BARBER
Symphony No. 1 / 20 min

COPLAND
Clarinet Concerto / 16 min

A. SHAW
Clarinet Concerto / 10 min

HANSON
Symphony No. 2, Romantic / 28 min

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Did You Know?

  • Barber’s First Symphony was written when the composer was just shy of 26 years of age. Rich orchestral color is provided by every instrument family as tunes change from soaring to jagged, from quiet to intensely powerful.
  • Copland’s virtuosic clarinet concerto, written for the great Benny Goodman, begins lyrically and concludes with a jazzy movement notable for its range of sounds: the clarinet in the high register, basses played “slap style” and a lively piano part.
  • Written by and for the “King of the Clarinet” himself, Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto is a joyful demonstration of schmaltz and bravado, with impressive improvisation and engaging dialogues between the soloist and the orchestra.
  • Horns are the central force in Howard Hanson’s Second Symphony, which the composer called “young in spirit” and “warm-blooded.” A slow, haunting opening leads to an Allegro moderato full of urgent, lyric melodies. The gorgeous slow movement evokes church music, while the finale builds to a blaze of jubilant fanfares.

 

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6:30PM Sound Check: A Virtual Pre-Concert Experience

Join Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora online at 6:30 p.m. on the night of this re-broadcast performance for Sound Check, a fun and informal opportunity to virtually connect with Orchestra musicians and learn about that night’s program. Special guests for this week's conversation are violinist Benjamin Beilman, who was the soloist in the original broadcast performance, and Minnesota Orchestra's Principal Viola, Rebecca Albers. Please join us (registration required).

7PM MPR Re-Broadcast of Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto

On May 29, 2020, Classical Minnesota Public Radio re-broadcasts this Minnesota Orchestra performance from September 27, 2019. Violinist Benjamin Beilman made his Minnesota Orchestra debut, playing Saint-Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto, in concerts led by Osmo Vänskä. The program also featured Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Shostakovich’s playful and provocative 15th Symphony.

To listen to this concert, tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio on 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities or stream online at classicalmpr.org on May 29 at 7 p.m.

Program

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / 15 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Violin Concerto No. 3 / 20 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 15 / 42 min

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Did You Know?

  • Derived from a psalm setting created by Henry VIII’s organist, Thomas Tallis, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia calls for an unusual three-part ensemble—two string orchestras playing antiphonally, in addition to a solo quartet formed by the leaders of the string section.
  • Saint-Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto features a tranquil Andantino centered between two emotional, turbulent movements which were composed to highlight the incredible technique of the work’s dedicatee, Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate.
  • Some remarkable qualities of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 are its sparse texture, numerous solo opportunities and chamber music-like writing. The full orchestra is used for only 31 measures of the entire four-movement symphony.

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See the future of choral music at this inspirational concert

Cheer on our young stars of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age as they prepare to head off on their first Midwest tour showcasing favorites from the past season. These talented and charismatic high school singers will delight you with a blend of music that includes everything from classical to hip-hop, and they invite you into a world where music breaks down the walls that divide us. 

Performers:

  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

Three things to know:

  • All ages are welcome, and it is best experienced by children ages eight and up.
  • This is the third year of the radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age that brings together high school students from across the Twin Cities metro area.
  • VocalEssence Singers Of This Age members not only work with VocalEssence artistic staff, but also with diverse, groundbreaking artists in our community including Emmy award-winning actor T. Mychael Rambo, Verve-winning spoken-word artist/arts educator Niles (Chadwick Phillips), Karen Charles and Threads Dance Company, and NBC’s The Voice contestant, Ashley DuBose.

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2019-20 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at Orchestra Hall or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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