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Our Sunday matinee series and Thursday morning coffee concerts are a popular favorite with senior groups of 10 or more. The coffee concerts include complimentary coffee and donuts. Our facilities are fully accessible with amenities including bus parking, accessible seating and assistive listening devices.

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Hadelich, Britten and Brahms

About This Concert

Augustin Hadelich has dazzled Orchestra Hall audiences across several seasons with technical wizardry and heart-and-soul poetic playing. His concerts here are becoming the stuff of legend, so do not miss this! This concert is led by a fast-rising conductor, the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado, famous in European halls for his fiery podium style.

Program

WEBERN
Passacaglia / 11 min

BRITTEN
Violin Concerto / 32 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4 / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
  • Augustin Hadelich, violin

Fun Facts

  • Hadelich was named Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year and is often heralded for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach and insightful interpretations in solo appearances around the world.
  • Named Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado has a varied and broad-ranging career, which includes appearances with both opera companies and symphony orchestras around the globe.
  • Hadelich, who will be playing his own cadenza for the Britten Violin Concerto at these performances, offers the following thoughts on the concerto: “Benjamin Britten was a passionate pacifist and poured his anguish about the suffering of the Spanish civil war (which raged from 1936 until 1939) into this piece. I think Britten’s concerto can be heard almost programmatically. The first movement is the idyllic Spain before the conflict, the second movement depicts the war and its cadenza the human pain and suffering. Then the moving and deeply personal third movement is about Britten himself trying to come to terms with what happened, with moments of mourning, moments of denial, and finally a glimmer of hope.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Apr 9 11am

Fri Apr 10 8pm

Sat Apr 11 8pm

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Park and Ainomäe Play Brahms

About This Concert

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.

Program

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

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 9

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was his last. When he died, the symphony’s last movement was left unfinished.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri May 1 8pm

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Park and Ainomäe Play Brahms

About This Concert

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.

Program

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

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 9

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was his last. When he died, the symphony’s last movement was left unfinished.

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 May 2 8pm

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Gerstein Plays Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody

About This Concert

Virtuosic both in technique and emotion, this performance features powerhouse pianist Kirill Gerstein’s Rachmaninoff homage and Stravinsky’s visceral and moving choral work.

Program

RACHMANINOFF
Three Russian Songs / 14 min
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 26 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

RACHMANINOFF
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / 23 min

STRAVINSKY
Symphony of Psalms / 22 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • In 1929, Stravinsky composed Symphony of Psalms as a commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • The New York Times cites Gerstein’s background in jazz as influencing his ability to perform classically with both “uncanny delicacy” and “gnashing power.”
  • Rachmaninoff’s friend Stravinsky once characterized him as a “six-and-a-half-foot-scowl.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu May 14 11am

Fri May 15 8pm

Sat May 16 8pm

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Fei Xie Plays Mozart

About This Concert

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.

Program

FAGERLUND
Water Atlas / 18 min

MOZART
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SAARIAHO
Ciel d’hiver / 10 min

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2 / 44 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • In April 2018, the Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Water Atlas.
  • 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.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Jun 4 11am

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Fei Xie Plays Mozart

About This Concert

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.

Please note—there will be no onstage reception with musicians following this concert.

Program

FAGERLUND
Water Atlas / 18 min

MOZART
Bassoon Concerto / 18 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

SAARIAHO
Ciel d’hiver / 10 min

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2 / 44 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • In April 2018, the Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Water Atlas.
  • 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.”

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Jun 5 8pm

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Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Program

BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonata No. 14, Moonlight

THORVALDSDOTTIR
Metacosmos

SMETANA
The Moldau, No. 2 from Má vlast (My Homeland)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kerem Hasan, conductor
  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Free Black Dirt, video design

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Jul 17 8pm

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Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Program

BEACH
Allegro con fuoco, from Gaelic Symphony / 11 min

CHIN
Mannequin / 24 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor / 40 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Ken-David Masur, conductor
  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Jul 24 8pm

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Off the Score

At a Glance

When not performing as a concert pianist, Jon Kimura Parker gigs in a band he put together with drummer Stewart Copeland, formerly of The Police. Their group, Off the Score, includes friends on violin, bass and EVI (electronic valve instrument). With Beethoven as rebellious inspiration, and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring as their starting point, Parker and friends take improvisatory flight.

Program

STRAVINSKY/arr. Parker 
The Rite of Spring

Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.  

Artists

  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Stewart Copeland, drums
  • Yoon Kwon, violin
  • Marlon Martinez, double bass
  • Judd Miller, electronic valve instrument

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 Jul 25 8pm

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Program

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino / 8 min

R. STRAUSS
Four Last Songs / 25 min

BEETHOVEN
Grosse fuge / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 / 36 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kristiina Poska, conductor
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • BRKFST Dance Company

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Jul 30 11am

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Program

VERDI
Overture to La forza del destino / 8 min

R. STRAUSS
Four Last Songs / 25 min

BEETHOVEN
Grosse fuge / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 / 36 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Kristiina Poska, conductor
  • Jessica Rivera, soprano
  • BRKFST Dance Company

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Jul 31 8pm

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Beethoven: The Artist’s Influence

At a Glance

In this play with music, Beethoven comes to life in a whole new way. The phenomenal actors of The Moving Company portray fictional and historical characters who have a few questions for Beethoven: What’s the work of the artist today? Does that change across history? And throughout the program, the Orchestra performs excerpts of Beethoven's greatest music to demonstrate its powerful and far-reaching impact.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Dominique Serrand, stage director
  • Nathan Keepers, writer and ensemble
  • Steven Epp, actor
  • Sam Bergman, music and creative partner

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 Aug 1 8pm

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Grand Piano Spectacular

At a Glance

Let one master pianist loose on the 88 keys and—voila! Magic. Now, multiply that by four and unite them all on one stage, and the effect is spectacular. Jon Kimura Parker has tapped three favorite pianists with deep Minnesota roots to join him for this special Beethoven concert. Four piano virtuosos making a glorious sound—we imagine Beethoven’s spirit is smiling!

Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Artists

  • Jon Kimura Parker, piano
  • Scott Cuellar, piano
  • William Eddins, piano
  • Andrew Staupe, piano

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Thu Aug 6 11am

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Beethoven’s Birthday Bash

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Egmont

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 3

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7

Artists

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Fri Aug 7 8pm