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.
Courtesy of Chris McDuffie
Performance Today®

PT Weekend: 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. Tune in to learn and hear more about Thomas Sondergard. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week’s Piano Puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Melancholy
Odekhiren Amaize, baritone | David Korevaar, piano
Album: The Negro Speaks of Rivers: Art Songs by African-American Composers
Musicians Showcase 1011

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Flute Sonata
Adam Eccleston, flute | Monica Ohuchi, piano
Album: Amplify: Changing America's Playlist
Navona 6456

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Ted Fisher calling from Belgrade, Serbia

Errollyn Wallen: Horseplay
Continuum Ensemble | Philip Headlam, conductor
Album: The Girl in My Alphabet
Avie 06

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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