Highland Park High School
1015 Snelling Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
($18/$12/$5 day of the concert)
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.
Copland: Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915 – Josh Diaz, tenor
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake