#113 Story Time

Concert first performed on November 18, 2017.

Stories from ballets, a play, and a prose poem form the backdrop for artistic director and principal conductor Brian Dowdy’s first concert with MPO. You’ll tap your feet to the sonorous folk tunes from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, a ballet that was forward thinking in terms of its depiction of gender roles.

Next, MPO offers a rarely performed tenor version of Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 featuring Josh Diaz and profiling a young protagonist’s wistful and nostalgic adolescence.

Although Beethoven’s overture to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy Coriolan is at times startling and violent, a secondary theme connotes reconciliation and redemption. And Tchaikovsky’s beloved music for Swan Lake tells of the eternal triumph of love over peevishness, sorcery, and parochialism.

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • Aaron Copland, Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes
  • Samuel Barber, Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with soloist Joshua Diaz, Tenor
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky, Selections from “Swan Lake”

Dates Performed

  • November 18, 2017

#112 4th Annual Lake Harriet Pride Concert

Concert first performed on June 23, 2017.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Johannes Brahms, Academic Festival Overture
  • Denise Broadhurst, Movement for Orchestra
  • Johann Strauss, Thunder and Lightning Polka
  • Johann Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Bacchanale
  • Mel Brooks, arr. Ted Ricketts, The Producers (medley)

Dates Performed

  • June 18, 2017

#111 15th Annual QMC Como Concert

Concert first performed on June 7, 2017.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • LeRoy Anderson, Blue Tango
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Bacchanal

Dates Performed

  • June 4, 2017

#110 Americans in Paris

Concert first performed on May 13, 2017.

Many well-known American composers and artists spent time absorbing French culture in the heart of Paris, which profoundly influenced their work. All of the composers on this program spent time in Paris studying their musical craft, and we will explore the distinctive Parisian threads that run through these pieces.

Many of the composers on this program also have another thing in common – Thomson, Copland, and Diamond were all students of Nadia Boulanger, the sister of Lili Boulanger whose work we also perform on this program.

You won’t want to miss renowned local artist Dan Chouinard—who himself has traveled extensively in France—close out our season with Gershwin’s popular jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Virgil Thomson, Symphony on a Hymn Tune
  • Aaron Copland, Saturday Night Waltz from “Rodeo”
  • David Diamond, Psalm
  • Lili Boulanger, D’un Matin de Printemps
  • George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Dan Chouinard
  • Allen Shawn, Elixir

Dates Performed

  • May 13, 2017
  • May 14, 2017

#109 Lost and Found

Concert first performed on March 11, 2017.

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

#108 Two if By Sea

Concert first performed on December 3, 2016.

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

#107 3rd Annual Lake Harriet Pride Concert

Concert first performed on June 19, 2016.

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

#106 14th Annual QMC Como Concert

Concert first performed on June 5, 2016.

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

#105 Folk Song: The Voice of the People

Concert first performed on May 14, 2016.

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

#104 We’re No 1

Concert first performed on March 19, 2016.

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