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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. Featured guests for this conversation are Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle and Principal Second Violin Peter McGuire. Please join us (registration required).

7PM MPR Re-Broadcast of Vänskä Conducts Paulus Mass

On June 5, 2020, Classical Minnesota Public Radio re-broadcasts a Minnesota Orchestra performance from September 30, 2016. In this concert, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra were joined by the Minnesota Chorale to perform a poignant mass by the late Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus. Opening the program is Bach’s First Brandenburg Concerto, which features three Orchestra musicians: violinist Peter McGuire and horn players Michael Gast and Brian Jensen. The centerpiece is a performance of Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, played by Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle—who retires from the Orchestra in August 2020.

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 June 5 at 7 p.m.

Program

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

GINASTERA
Harp Concerto

PAULUS
Mass for a Sacred Place

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Did You Know?

  • After 27 years in the Minnesota Orchestra, Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle retires from her role in August 2020.
  • The First Brandenburg Concerto is one of Bach’s most complex and features the violino piccolo (a violin tuned up a major third) playing against the rest of the ensemble. Of special note are the different roles taken by the oboe throughout, as well as Bach’s unique challenges for each instrument group in the final menuetto.
  • Ginastera’s Harp Concerto explores simultaneously the folk rhythms of Argentina and the many—and often under-utilized—capabilities of the harp. With fiery energy, mysterious colors and dreamlike special effects, this concerto opens a new world of sonic possibilities for the harp.
  • The late, beloved Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus composed Mass for a Sacred Place to fill the incredibly vibrant space inside the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., offering blooming waves of sound as choral voices move together in a transparent, hymn-like texture.

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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 on June 12 are Concertmaster Erin Keefe and piccolo player Roma Duncan. Please join us (registration required).

7PM MPR Re-Broadcast of Sibelius and Mahler

On June 12, 2020, Classical Minnesota Public Radio re-broadcasts a Minnesota Orchestra performance from June 12, 2015. In this concert, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra performed three complete symphonies: Symphonies No. 6 and 7 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius followed by Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Titan.

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 June 12 at 7 p.m.

Program

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 6 / 27 min

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 7 / 22 min

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Titan / 56 min

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Did You Know?

  • Sibelius' Sixth Symphony is unusual in several ways. It contains no slow movement, and in it, instruments are scored primarily in their upper ranges, contributing to a sense of weightlessness.
  • Sibelius' final symphony, the Seventh, consists of a single movement, not as if several movements were stitched together, but as if movements unfold in alternation, or even simultaneously, with themes and motifs mingling together seamlessly.
  • These June 2015 performances of the Sibelius Symphonies 6 and 7 were immediately followed by recording sessions of Sibelius' Symphonies No. 3, 6 and 7 for an album on the BIS records label.
  • Mahler's First Symphony opens with evocations of birdsong and nature, then gives way to rhythms of a rustic dance, alternately vigorous and graceful. Darker themes rise, but so do exquisite melodies as energy builds toward the thrilling conclusion.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra released a recording of Mahler's First Symphony in July 2019 as part of an ongoing cycle to record all of Mahler's symphonies.

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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 broadcast for Sound Check, a fun and informal opportunity to virtually connect with Orchestra musicians and learn about the Mahler 7 performance and recording process. Their special guest for this show will be Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Please join us (registration required).

7PM MPR Premiere of Minnesota Orchestra's new
Mahler 7 Recording

On June 19, 2020, Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast, for the first time in its entirety, Minnesota Orchestra's newly-released recording of Gustav Mahler's Seventh Symphony. The broadcast will also include an interview with Principal Timpani Erich Rieppel about the recording experience.

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 June 19 at 7 p.m.

Program

MAHLER
Symphony No. 7

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

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Did You Know?

  • Mahler’s Seventh Symphony depicts an epic voyage from night to day across five virtuoso movements. It opens with a massive, forceful storm, followed by three central movements that offer hopeful faces of the night, and concludes with a grandiose finale that delivers a rush of incandescent energy overflowing with melodic ideas.
  • Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra through this powerful symphony, originally recorded at Orchestra Hall in November 2018 as the sixth installment in the Orchestra's exploration of all ten symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

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