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Weekend Matinee Sampler

6 Concerts
 

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Guarantors’ Week: Vänskä, Kavakos and Paulus

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Sun Oct 18 2pm

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U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club with the Minnesota Orchestra

At a Glance

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.

Artists

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.

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 Nov 14 2pm

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Home for the Holidays with the Minnesota Orchestra

At a Glance

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.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Sun Dec 20 2pm

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Rick Steves’ Europe–A Symphonic Journey with the Minnesota Orchestra

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.

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 Mar 13 2pm

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Mozart, Prokofiev and Strauss

Program

MOZART
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro  / 4 min

PROKOFIEV
Piano Concerto No. 3  / 28 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

R. STRAUSS
Sinfonia domestica / 44 min

At a Glance

Simon Trpčeski’s concerts routinely leave audiences searching for words to describe the dazzling experience. Though London’s Telegraph did it nicely recently: “A performance that was extraordinary in its capacity to expose the music’s very heart.” For you, he’ll perform Prokofiev’s fireworks-as-music Third Concerto. We bookend this with the grace of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, and the full-orchestra virtuosity of Strauss’ Sinfonia domestica, which the composer described as a “partly lyrical, partly humorous” day-in-the-life depiction of his household.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Marc Albrecht, conductor
  • Simon Trpčeski, piano

Did You Know?

  • The Viennese premiere of Strauss’ Sinfonia domestica was conducted by Gustav Mahler.
  • In addition to touring as a concert pianist, Simon Trpčeski launched a project celebrating the folk music of his home country of Macedonia.
  • Sergei Prokofiev himself played the piano at the premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1921.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Sun Apr 18 2pm

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Chamber Music: CHARACTER

At a Glance

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

Did You Know?

  • The final concert of the 2020-21 Chamber Music series teems with character and concludes with Louis Spohr’s Nonet, especially written to showcase the individual characters of its nine featured instruments.
  • Andrew Norman, a participant in the 2004 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, is a Grammy-nominated composer and a member of the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music. Gran Turismo was inspired by the unlikely combination of Baroque string playing, Italian futurist art and a car-racing video game.
  • Façade began as an at-home project combining the artistic talents of British poet Edith Sitwell—whose poems were considered abstract, exotic and dramatic—and the young composer William Walton, who found himself “adopted” into the Sitwell family while studying at Oxford University.
  • A child prodigy, composer-pianist Jean Françaix began writing music at the age of ten and was mentored and championed from a very young age by two other French musical geniuses, Maurice Ravel and Nadia Boulanger.

Program and Artists

FRANÇAIX
Woodwind Quartet / 11 min

NORMAN
Gran Turismo for Eight Virtuoso Violinists / 9 min

WALTON
Suite from Façade / 17 min

INTERMISSION / 20 min

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Phantasy Quintet / 15 min

SPOHR
Nonet for Strings and Winds in F major / 28 min

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Sun Jun 13 2pm