#82 “Hit Parade #2: Censored”

Concert first performed on May 14, 2011.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sinfonia (1786
  • Shostakovich, Dmitri, Symphony #9 in E-flat Major, Op 70 (1945)
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in e Minor with soloist Clarice Purdy

Dates Performed

  • May 14, 2011

#81 Dance? Suite!

Concert first performed on March 12, 2011.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Beethoven, Ludwig, 12 Contredances for Orchestra
  • Bartok, Bela, Romanian Folk Dances
  • Anderson, Leroy, Sandpaper Ballet
  • Copland, Aaron, Saturday Night Waltz from ‘Rodeo’
  • Thomson, Virgil, Suite from “The Plow that Broke the Plains”
  • Persichetti, Vincent, Serenade, Op 1 No 1
  • Moncayo, Jose Pablo, Huapango
  • Malcolm Arnold, Four Scottish Dances

Dates Performed

  • March 12, 2011

#80 “Music Is”

Concert first performed on November 13, 2010.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Beethoven, Ludwig, Piano Concerto #4 in G Major with soloist Mark Mazullo, piano
  • Corigliano, John, To Music
  • Higdon, Jennifer, Machine
  • Schubert, Franz, Au di Musik
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph, Serenade to Music with soloist Clarice Purdy, violin

Dates Performed

  • November 13, 2010

#78 “Second Looks”

Concert first performed on May 15, 2010.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Bizet, Georges, Suite No 2 from L’Aresienne
  • Cowell, Henry, Hymn and Fuging Tune No 16
  • Cowell, Henry, Polyphonica for small orchestra
  • Verdi, Giuseppe, Prelude to Aida
  • Verdi, Giuseppe, Overture to “Nabucco”
  • Gable, Christopher, The Languages of Spring with soloist Diana Mumford, flute

Dates Performed

  • May 15, 2010

#73 “Hit Parade”

Concert first performed on May 30, 2009.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Schubert, Franz, Overture to C Major (In the Italian Style) D. 591 Op 170 (1817)
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major Op 35 (1878) with soloist Andrew Sords, violin
  • Beethoven, Ludwig, Symphony #7 in A Major, Op 92 (1812)

Dates Performed

  • May 30, 2009

#72 “Baroque and Fixed”

Concert first performed on March 14, 2009.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Bach, Johann Christian, Sinfonia in B-flat Major Op 18 No 2
  • de Lully, Jean-Baptiste, Suite from Roland (1685)
  • Handel, George Frederich, Suite from Water Music (1717) (arranged by Hamiltom Harty, c 1920)
  • Mendelssohn, Felix, Concert Piece #1 for Clarinet, Basset Horn, and Orchestra in F-Minor Op 113
  • Stravinsky, Igor, Suite from Pulcinella (1920, revi 1922, 1949)

Dates Performed

  • March 14, 2009

#71 Many Lives, One Song: Hope for a World Beyond AIDS

Concert first performed on December 5, 2008.

Conducted by Jane Ramseyer Miller and Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Beethoven, Ludwig, “Allegretto” from Symphony #7 in A Major
  • Corigliano, John, Voyage (1978) with soloist Hamsa Isels, flute
  • Mendelssohn, Felix, “Verleih uns Frieden (Da nobis pacem)”
  • Brahms, Johannes, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungren from with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Gable, Christopher, By the Fireside – World Premiere, with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Vaughan Williams, “Toward the Unknown Region” with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Walker, Gwyneth, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” with One Voice Mixed Chorus

Dates Performed

  • December 5, 2008

#70 From Around the World

Concert first performed on September 20, 2008.

Join the MPO for a FREE concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music as we celebrate some of our favorite selections from our past and upcoming seasons. As a part of the World Cultural Conference of the International Gay and Lesbian Cultural Network, the MPO will be performing four works that represent six different countries. (How is that possible?) In addition, we are thrilled to welcome back local pianist Paul Kovacovic for a special encore performance of Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Piano Concerto. If you haven’t heard the MPO in a while, now is your chance! (By the way – did we mention this concert is FREE?)

The concert is sponsored as part of the World Cultural Conference in Minneapolis, organized by the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network. Thanks ILGCN!

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Smetana, Bedrich, Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”
  • Saint-Saëns, Camille, Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major (“Egyptian”), Op. 103 with soloist Paul Kovacovic, piano
  • Corigliano, John, Voyage
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph, Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major

Dates Performed

  • September 20, 2008

#66 A Dark(er) and Stormy(er) Night

Concert first performed on November 3, 2007.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Herrmann, Bernard, Prelude to Psycho
  • Mozart, W.A., Piano Concerto No20 in D Minor K. 466 with soloist Jill Dawe, Piano
  • Foin, Erika, Solstice, A midwinter lullaby, commissioned by the MPO in honor of its 10th Anniv Season
  • Saint-Saens, Camille, Danse Macabre
  • Strauss, Johann Jr, Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka op 324)
  • Barber, Samuel, Essay for Orchestra #1

Dates Performed

  • November 3, 2007

#42 10th Anniversary Concert

Concert first performed on May 31, 2003.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Beethoven, Ludwig, Symphony #5 in C Minor
  • Foin, Erika, Solstice: A midwinter lullaby – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Ives, Charles, The Unanswered Question with Matthew Janczewski and Suzie Braken, dancers
  • Touchi-Peters, James, Symphony #1:”Disco” – WORLD PREMIERE

Dates Performed

  • May 31, 2003