On Jan. 1, 2023, conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Minnesota Orchestra rang in the new year with a program that opened with Leonard Bernstein’s animated Candide Overture. Then, special guest Awadagin Pratt performed the Minnesota premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds for Piano and Orchestra, a work written specifically for him. Finally, a New Year’s celebration wouldn’t be complete without the adventure and passion that the orchestra brought with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade. Listen to the concert now as we prepare for 2024!
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Awadagin Pratt, piano
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Overture from Candide
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Rounds for Piano and Orchestra
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scherherazade
EDUARDO LOBO Péde Vento from Suíte Popular Brasileira (encore)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Final Movement from Symphony No. 9 (recording from 2006)
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