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About the Program

Minnesota Orchestra host Brian Newhouse weaves engaging introductions, onstage interviews and his own passion for the music into two hours of classical music excellence featuring the Minnesota Orchestra. Under the new leadership of Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the exciting season ahead showcases the Orchestra in performance with renowned guest conductors and soloists like Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Midori, and Lang Lang.

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2006 Program Listings

Program 01
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
André Watts, piano

ADAMS: Tromba Lontana (Fanfare for Houston)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
RAVEL: Boléro

Program 02
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Jie Chen, piano

MUSSORGSKY: A Night on Bald Mountain
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1947 revision)

Program 03
Minnesota Orchestra
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor

MOZART: Symphony No. 34, K.338
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8

Program 04
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

BARBER: Essay No. 1
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 4
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto

Program 05
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Burt Hara, clarinet
Janet Horvath, cello
Norah Long, soprano
Christina Baldwin, mezzo
Norman Reinhardt, tenor
Tim Krol, baritone
Basilica Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Choristers

MESSIAEN: Abyss of the Birds, from Quartet for the End of Time
HEITZEG: Wounded Fields
BRUCH: Kol Nidre
PAULUS: To Be Certain of the Dawn

Program 06
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Brett Polegato, baritone

MENDELSSOHN: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
GIORDANO: Nemico della patria, from Andrea Chénier
MOZART: Symphony No. 39, K.543
MOZART: Wind Serenade in C minor, K.384a [388]
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3

Program 07
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

BEETHOVEN: Namensfeier (Name Day) Overture
BEETHOVEN: Grosse Fuge in B-flat major (arr. Michael Steinberg)
BEETHOVEN: Overture to The Ruins of Athens
BEETHOVEN: Wellington's Victory
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2

Program 08
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Wonny Song, piano
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Katarina Karnéus, mezzo
Gordon Gietz, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Minnesota Chorale

BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasy
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, Choral

Program 09
Minnesota Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

HAYDN: Symphony No. 85, La Reine
WALTON: Cello Concerto
DEBUSSY: Ibéria
RAVEL: La Valse

Program 10
Minnesota Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4

Program 11
Minnesota Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

Program 12
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Soile Isokoski, soprano

STRAUSS: Wind Serenade
STRAUSS: Four Last Songs
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 (with Blumine movement)

Program 13
Recorded: August 24, 2006
Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Llyr Williams piano

Barber: First Essay for Orchestra
Beethoven:Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Program 14
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Sharon Bezaly, flute

ADAMS: The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, from Nixon in China
AHO: Flute Concerto
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1

Program 15
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Deborah Voigt, soprano (Tosca)
Carl Tanner, tenor (Cavaradossi)
Greer Grimsley, baritone (Scarpia)
Minnesota Chorale
Minnesota Boychoir

PUCCINI: Tosca (complete opera in concert)

Program 16
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Alfred Brendel, piano

KERNIS: Sarabanda in Memoriam
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K.503
SIBELIUS: Lemminkäinen Legends

Program 17
Minnesota Orchestra
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8

Program 18
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

BEETHOVEN: Overture to Fidelio
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Program 19
Minnesota Orchestra
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Kathy Kienzle, harp

HAYDN: Symphony No. 6, Le Matin
DEBUSSY: Dances Sacred and Profane (for harp and orchestra)
TURINA/Frühbeck de Burgos: Theme and Variations for Harp and Strings
RESPIGHI: The Fountains of Rome
RESPIGHI: The Pines of Rome

Program 20
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595
AHO: Symphony No. 7, "Insect Symphony"

Program 21
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Adam Kuenzel, flute

MOZART: Symphony No. 35, K. 385, "Haffner"
NIELSEN: Flute Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

Program 22
Minnesota Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello

ESCHER: Music for the Spirit in Mourning
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
DVORÁK: Cello Concerto

Program 23
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Viktoria Mullova, violin

MOZART: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 5

Program 24
Minnesota Orchestra
Philippe Jordan, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

BEETHOVEN: Overture to Coriolan
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, K. 551, Jupiter

Program 25
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Program 26
Minnesota Orchestra
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
Marlis Petersen, soprano
Iris Vermillion, mezzo
Sanford Sylvan, bass
Minnesota Chorale

BACH: Magnificat
MOZART: Mass in C minor, K. 417a [427], The Great






Host Brian Newhouse

Minnesota Orchestra: a century in sound by Brian Newhouse

Exactly 100 years ago, 50 instrumentalists led by a German immigrant gave the first concert as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble changed its name in the 1960s, but the legacy of a great orchestra on the Plains has run unbroken for a full century now. Using rare archival recordings of the Orchestra and reminiscences of its conductors, APM's Brian Newhouse looks at the ensemble's colorful past...
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