Listen: Conductor Yue Bao and the Minnesota Orchestra examine the role of destiny together
Minnesota Orchestra - July 29, 2022
On Friday, July 9, Yue Bao, assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony, examined the role of destiny as she led the Minnesota Orchestra in works by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven. Soprano Jessica Rivera sang Strauss’ poignant Four Last Songs, which was followed by Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue. Finally, the program culminated in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Listen to the concert now!
Yue Bao, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano*
GIUSEPPE VERDI Overture from La forza del destino
RICHARD STRAUSS Four Last Songs *
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN/MARK STEINBERG Grosse Fuge
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Previously at Summer at Orchestra Hall
BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL SYMPHONY
On July 22, London-born conductor Kerem Hasan led the Minnesota Orchestra in a program examining nature’s profound influence on Ludwig van Beethoven (Pastoral Symphony) and other composers, including Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose exploration of the cosmos, Metacosmos, was premiered to acclaim in 2018 by the New York Philharmonic. Jon Kimura Parker appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s evocative Moonlight Sonata, plus Bedřich Smetana’s The Moldau. Listen to the concert now!
Kerem Hasan, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano*
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight) *
ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR Metacosmos
BEDŘICH SMETANA The Moldau
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
JON KIMURA PARKER PLAYS BEETHOVEN
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3, both bold and masterful works, around the same time — a period in which he was coming to grips with his advancing hearing loss. In his Minnesota Orchestra debut, British conductor Nicholas Collon explored both works, with pianist Jon Kimura Parker interpreting the fiery concerto. The concert, part of Summer at Orchestra Hall, opened with contemporary American composer Carlos Simon’s energetic and colorful Fate Now Conquers, which was inspired by a journal entry from Beethoven. Listen to the concert now.
Nicholas Collon, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano *
CARLOS SIMON Fate Now Conquers
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 *
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
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