#109 Lost and Found

While not exactly “lost,” the MPO has “found” several works we’d like to introduce to you that have not been performed very often. Most casual classical music fans are probably familiar with Schubert’s so-called “Unfinished Symphony” (No. 8).  Schubert also left No. 7 unfinished—he only sketched out the main melodies.  The version of this “lost symphony” we present on this program was filled in with its full orchestration more than 150 years after Schubert began composing it.

Also in the “lost” column, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 is performed far less frequently than No. 1, even though it is far more virtuosic. We look forward to hearing returning soloist Scott Lykins introduce us to this piece. We hope you find an enriching musical experience with us.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Denise Broadhurst, Movement for Orchestra
  • Arthur Sullivan, Thespis Overture
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 2 with soloist Scott Lykins
  • Franz Schubert (arr. Brian Newbould), Symphony No. 7

Dates Performed

  • March 11, 2017
  • March 12, 2017

by Joseph Dolson on March 11, 2017

#108 Two if By Sea

Batten down the hatches for this musical exploration of tempest-tossed seas. Dame Ethel Smyth’s Three Preludes from her opera The Wreckers tells the tale of a Cornish village accustomed to looting the remains of shipwrecks upon its shores. Peter Grimes also tells the tale of a coastal village and its inhabitants’ relationship with the sea.

Britten’s Four Sea Interludes portrays the sea at dawn, when a storm breaks, on a peaceful Sunday morning, and in the moonlight. We will also reprise our 2003 premiere of MPO’s principal oboeist Diane Benjamin’s gently turbulent work Ocean Motion. As the tempest subsides, a final chord sounds, symbolizing the power and expanse of the sea.

We’ll also take a break from the storms with another work by Britten, Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, featuring the MPO’s very own Ryan Golden.

These works provide a nautical foundation for the hands-on kids’ activities available for families before our free Sunday concert on December 4.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Dame Ethel Smyth, Three Preludes from The Wreckers
  • Benjamin Britten, Movements for a Clarinet Concerto with soloist Ryan Golden
  • Diane Benjamin, Ocean Motion
  • Benjamin Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Dates Performed

  • November 7, 2015

by Joseph Dolson on December 3, 2016

#107 3rd Annual Lake Harriet Pride Concert

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, March Slav
  • George Frederick Handel, Suite from the Water Music
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Bacchanal
  • Jennifer Higdon, Machine
  • Jean Sibelius, Finlandia
  • Franz Schubert, Rosamunde
  • Johann Strauss,

Dates Performed

  • June 19, 2016

by Joseph Dolson on June 19, 2016

#106 14th Annual QMC Como Concert

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Op. 13 “Winter Daydreams”, Finale

Dates Performed

  • June 5, 2016

by Joseph Dolson on June 5, 2016

#105 Folk Song: The Voice of the People

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Benjamin Britten & Lennox Berkeley, “Mont Juic”, Suite of Catalan Dances
  • Aaron Copland, Quiet City with soloist Buffy Larson & Steven Comingdeer
  • Maurice Ravel, Tzigane with soloist Catherine Himmerich, Violin
  • Manuel de Falla, Seven Spanish Popular Songs with soloist Maria Jette, Soprano
  • Gabriela Lena Frank, Three Latin American Dances

Dates Performed

  • May 14, 2016

by Joseph Dolson on May 14, 2016

#104 We’re No 1

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K.16
  • Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D.82
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Op. 13 “Winter Daydreams”

Dates Performed

  • March 19, 2016

by Joseph Dolson on March 19, 2016

#103 “The Wind and the Water”

This concert explores forms of water music, starting with one of the most famous by Handel. Water Music was scored for a larger orchestra to be performed on a barge floating down the Thames River at the behest of King George I. You can almost imagine the baroque sounds wafting in the wind over the waves. Inspired by the same river, Elizabeth Maconchy’s Proud Thames Overture evokes the grandeur of a river once used as the main transportation route for British monarchs. Finally, with a nod to Handel, Libby Larsen puts her own spin on “Water Music” in her Symphony No. 1. Larsen ‘s “quartet of water studies,” allows us to experience many facets of the water through “Fresh Breeze,” “Hot, Still,” “Wafting,” and “Gale.”

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Georg Friedrich Handel, Water Music
  • Elizabeth Maconchy, Proud Thames Overture
  • Libby Larsen, Symphony No. 1 “Water Music”

Dates Performed

  • November 7, 2015

by evan-page on November 7, 2015

#102 2nd Annual Lake Harriet Pride Concert

Conducted by Douglas Diamond

Works Performed

  • Piotr Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (1881)
  • Bedrich Smetana, Die Moldau
  • Engelbert Humperdinck, Selections from “Hansel and Gretel”
  • Igor Stravinsky, Selections from “The Firebird”
  • Johannes Brahms, Academic Festival Overture

Dates Performed

  • June 21, 2015

by evan-page on June 21, 2015

#101 “A Budding Romance”

Our final concert of the season is a new beginning for the MPO as we welcome to the podium our new Music Director and Conductor, Alexander Platt. We will celebrate new beginnings in the form of budding romances and legendary tales of powerful women. Schubert’s Overture to The Magic Harp introduces us to the story of Rosamunde, who fights to reclaim the throne that is rightfully hers. Mendelssohn’s The Fair Melusina evokes the story of a beautiful water sprite who marries a mortal man. We also honor Louise Farrenc, a 19th century female composer who passed into obscurity by the 20th century, with her Symphony No. 1. Finally, we feature one of the most famous romances of all time with Tchaikovsky’sRomeo and Juliet.

Conducted by Alexander Platt

Works Performed

  • Tchaikovsky, Peter, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Farrenc, Louise, Symphony #1 – Minnesota Premiere
  • Mendelssohn, Felix, Concert Overture to “The Fair Melusina”
  • Schubert, Franz, Overture to “The Magic Harp”

Dates Performed

  • May 16, 2015
  • May 17, 2015

by evan-page on May 16, 2015

#100 “Sectional Healing”

This concert rips the orchestra asunder, dividing the group into sections performing as separate ensembles. The strings are featured in A Downland Suite and Symphonies of Wind Instruments highlights the winds and brass. The “healing” begins when the orchestra rejoins for a concerto featuring an instrument not usually in the spotlight, the noble tuba. We’re pleased that the MPO’s very own Dean Shea will be the soloist for Vaughan Williams’ concerto. To make sure the orchestra has fully healed as one, we’ll conclude with Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, a piece that memorably unifies the whole orchestra through Spanish folk melodies.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Ireland, John, A Downland Suite
  • Stravinksy, Igor, Symphony of WInd Instruments
  • Vaughan Williams, Tuba Concerto in F minor with soloist Dean Shea, tuba
  • Falla, Manuel de, The Three Cornered Hat, Suite #2

Dates Performed

  • March 14, 2015
  • March 15, 2015

by evan-page on March 14, 2015