Minnesota Orchestra

Celebrate Lunar New Year with the Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra, led by conductor Junping Qian, welcomes the 2023 Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit.Minnesota Orchestra

January 20, 2023

The Minnesota Orchestra marks the 2023 Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Rabbit, with a performance featuring music that honors family traditions and themes of unity and health. The program is led by conductor Junping Qian and is presented as part of the Great Northern Festival. Listen to the live broadcast with host Melissa Ousley at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, on YourClassical MPR.

Program

Minnesota Orchestra
Junping Qian, conductor
Fei Xie, artistic consultant

TAN DUN Internet Symphony “Eroica”
DONGHOON SHIN Mountain
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville
TENG YU-HSIEN/LEE LIN-CHIU Bāng Chhun-hong
LEE JINJUN Kampong Overture
LIU TIESHAN/MAO YUAN Dance of the Yao People
JIANMIN WANG Erhu Rhapsody No. 2
FRITZ KREISLER/CLARK MCALISTER Tambourin Chinois
BAO YUANKAI Selections from Chinese Sights and Sounds


Previous Concerts

Jan. 6

In the 2019-20 season, pianist Kirill Gerstein was scheduled to perform all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra and performed a March 2020 concert broadcast to a live, radio-only audience just after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. After a long wait, Gerstein finally returned to continue the cycle with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under the direction of conductor Ryan Bancroft. The program opened with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prelude and closed with Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. Listen to the concert now!

Minnesota Orchestra - January 6, 2023

Program

Minnesota Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello *

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed (In memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr.)
ROBERT SCHUMANN Cello Concerto *
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

Jan. 1

On Sunday Jan. 1, conductor Mei-Ann Chen took the podium at Orchestra Hall to ring in a new year with the Minnesota Orchestra and soloist Awadagin Pratt. Chen — filling in for the originally scheduled Marin Alsop — opened the evening with Leonard Bernstein’s animated Overture to Candide before shifting to the Minnesota premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds, a work written for pianist Awadagin Pratt. To complete the New Year’s Day celebration, the orchestra finished with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade. Listen to the concert now!

Minnesota Orchestra - January 1, 2023

Program

Minnesota Orchestra
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Awadagin Pratt, piano *

LEONARD BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Rounds for Piano and String Orchestra *
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade


Upcoming concert broadcasts

RAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE
Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano *

MAURICE RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
GABRIELA MONTERO Piano Concerto No. 1, Latin *
CARLOS CHÁVEZ Symphony No. 2, Sinfonía India
MANUEL DE FALLA Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat

DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Kazuki Yamada, conductor
Alexandre Kantorow, piano *

TŌRU TAKEMITSU How Slow the Wind
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 2 *
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

AMERICAN SYMPHONIES AND SERENADE
Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Erin Keefe, violin *

MISSY MAZZOLI Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium” *
WILLIAM DAWSON Negro Folk Symphony

DVOŘÁK’S SYMPHONY NO. 7
Friday, March 3, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Kari Kriikku, clarinet *

GEORGE WALKER Icarus in Orbit
KAIJA SAARIAHO D’OM LE VRAI SENS, Clarinet Concerto *
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

MOSER PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1
Friday, March 17, 2023, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Michael Francis, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello *

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN/FRANCIS Grosse Fuge for String Orchestra
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 *
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Strum
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

KÖNIG, GRIEG AND SCHUMANN
Friday, March 24, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Christoph König, conductor
Olga Kern, piano *

HANNAH KENDALL The Spark Catchers
EDWARD GRIEG Piano Concerto *
ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

HAYDN’S THE CREATION
Friday March 31, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Paul McCreesh, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Robert Murray, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Minnesota Chorale

JOSEPH HAYDN The Creation

AFKHAM AND PIECZONKA
Friday, April 14, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
David Afkham, conductor
TBD, soprano

OUTI TARKIAINEN The Ring of Fire and Love
RICHARD WAGNER/MOTTL Wesendonck Lieder
LILI BOULANGER Of a Sad Evening
CLAUDE DEBUSSY La Mer

GARRICK OHLSSON PLAYS BEETHOVEN
Friday, April 28, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano *

PHILIP HERBERT Elegy: In Memoriam—Stephen Lawrence
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 *
ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6

KAVAKOS, BACH AND BRAHMS
Friday, May 12, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Leonidas Kavakos, conductor and violin

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Concerto in D minor
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

BREA(D)TH
Friday, May 19, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Jonathan Taylor Rush, conductor
Vocal soloists to be announced
Minnesota Chorale and Twin Cities Choral Partners

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Petite Suite de Concert
CARLOS SIMON brea(d)th

PARK AND AINOMÄE PLAY BRAHMS
Friday, June 2, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Andrew Manze, conductor
Susie Park, violin *
Silver Ainomäe, cello *

JOHANNES BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra *
ELEANOR ALBERGA Tower
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1

GINASTERA, KODÁLY AND TCHAIKOVSKY
Friday, June 9, 2030, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Grace Roepke, harp *

ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Concerto for Orchestra
ALBERTO GINASTERA Harp Concerto *
ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio italien

JAMES EHNES AND BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH
Friday, June 16, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
James Ehnes, violin *

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
ALBAN BERG Violin Concerto *
CHEN YI Duo Ye for Chamber Orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

JUNETEENTH: CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM  
Friday, June 23, 2023, 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
André Raphel, conductor

TBD