Poster Thomas Sondergard
Danish conductor and percussionist Thomas Søndergård, who was appointed as the Orchestra's 11th music director in July 2022, has unveiled his debut season schedule featuring a range of contemporary and mainstream repertoire, including collaborations with renowned soloists and LGBTQ+ composers.
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Thomas Sondergard

Thomas Sondergard first conducted the Minnesota Orchestra in December 2021, immediately establishing a rapport with musicians and audiences. He was appointed as the Orchestra's 11th music director in July 2022. One of the highlights of his first season was a series of concerts featuring music by LGBTQ+ composers. Learn (and hear) more about Thomas Sondergard on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Joaquin Turina: Circulo Op. 91 Movement 1 Amanecer (Dawn)
Lincoln Trio
Album: Turina: Chamber Music For Strings And Piano
Cedille 1450

Daniel Freiberg: Latin American Chronicles, Movement 3: Influencias
Salvador Flores, soprano saxophone | U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" | Captain Bonnie Alger, conductor
U.S. Army Band - Pershing's Own, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Alexander Glazunov: String Quintet in A-major, Op. 39
Aaron Boyd, Jennifer Frautschi, violins | Paul Neubauer, viola | Nicholas Canellakis, Inbal Segev, cellos
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Atherton, CA

Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero, Op.34 (The Bullfighter's Prayer)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano | Aron Bitran, conductor
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Hour 2

Steven Banks: Come As You Are: Movement 3 Strength of My Life
Steven Banks, saxophone | Lara Downes, piano
Album: Settle: Migration Music Part 3
Rising Sun 015

Bela Bartok: Viola Concerto: Movements 3-4
Jordan Bak, viola | Sphinx Symphony Orchestra | Roderick Cox, conductor
Sphinx Organization, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, MI

Steven Banks: As I Am
Steven Banks, baritone saxophone | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488
Ingrid Fliter, piano | Minnesota Orchestra | Thomas Sondergard, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

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