#132 Prisms

Concert first performed on June 10, 2022.

A stunning panoply of musical traditions and compositional voices closes the 2021-22 season. Abels’ Global Warming paints a vast futuristic desert next to a joyful dance of interwoven musical traditions. Price’s fourth symphony sings echoes of spirituals, antebellum dances and organ hymns together with lush harmonies and orchestral colors that only she can achieve. And our world premier of a new bass clarinet concerto by Mary Kouyoumdjian, featuring soloist Jeff Anderle, brings one of the 21st century’s most distinctive compositional voices to Minnesota.

  • Michael Abels: Global Warming
  • Mary Kouyoumdjian: “Walking with Ghosts” – Bass Clarinet Concerto
    • Jeff Anderle, clarinet
  • Florence Price: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • Abels, Michael, Global Warming
  • Kouyoumdjian, Mary, “Walking with Ghosts” with soloist Jeff Anderle, Clarinet
  • Price, Florence, Symphony No. 4 in D Minor with soloist Jeff Anderle, Clarinet

Dates Performed

  • June 4, 2022

#129 Transformations

Concert first performed on June 19, 2021.

Saturday, June 19 at 7:00 pm

  • William Grant Still (arr. Lesnick): “I Ride an Old Paint” from Miniatures
  • Paul Bonneau: Caprice en Forme de Valse
    • Brian Hadley, Bassoon
  • Amy Beach: Pastorale for Wind Quintet
  • Missy Mazzoli: Kinski Paganini
    • Catherine Himmerich, Violin
  • Jonathan Russell: In the Fir Trees: Fireflies
  • Sahba Aminikia: House of Circus

Our season finale is the “second spring” of the 2020-21 season. The music of William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Jonathan Russell and others calls us back to nature. With new music by Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, the world premier of House of Circus features the “Circus Heroes” of the Sirkhane Social Circus School and explores the transformational power of play.

Download the program for ‘Transformations’


Brian Dowdy

Danielle Boor
Steve Cronk

Diane Benjamin

Misen Luu

Brian Hadley
French Horn
Teresa Manzella
Tim Dwight

Buffy Larson
Gordon Meyers

Brian McCullough

Dean Shea
Catherine Himmerich
Joe Dolson
Isabel Arenivar
Rebecca Eilers

Lucas Moen
Blake Scheib

Kristin Snow
Marinos Glitsos

Jason Anderson

Sarah Johnson

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • William Grant Still (arr. Lesnick), I Ride an Old Paint with soloist )
  • Paul Bonneau, Caprice en Forme de Valse with soloist )
  • Amy Beach, Pastorale for Wind Quintet with soloist )
  • Missy Mazzoli, Kinski Paganini with soloist )
  • Jonathan Russell, In the Fir Trees: Fireflies with soloist )
  • Sahba Aminikia, House of Circus with soloist )

Dates Performed

  • June 19, 2021

#61 Almostly Mozart

Concert first performed on November 11, 2006.

Conducted by Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Mozart, Leopold, Sinfonia di Caccia in G Major (Jagdsinfonie) (c. 1750)
  • Mozart, Wolfgang A, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra arr for Viola (1791) with soloist Nils Bultmann, viola
  • Bultmann, Nils, Spirit (2006) World Premiere with soloist Nils Bultmann, viola
  • Dove, Jonathan, Figures in the Garden
  • Salieri, Antonio, Overture to La Scuola di Gelosi
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter, Suite No. 4 in G Major Op 61 (“Mozartiana”) (1887)

Dates Performed

  • November 11, 2006