The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra’s (MPO’s) upcoming season resonates with the power of diversity and musical excellence!
Music Director Brian Dowdy has curated for you a season that spans a musical panorama from the Victorian to today; from Milan, London, and Paris to New York and Minnesota; from the peaceful to the thoughtful to the exuberant. We will perform at a range of venues from city to suburb, from concert hall to lake shore.
As we launch our 26th season, we remember Kevin Ford, a gay man who had a vision of a gay and lesbian orchestra that would build community and fellowship through the performance of classical music. Some of our musicians have been with us since the very first performance because the music still means that much to them. Under concertmaster Catherine Himmerich, our hardworking musicians strive from rehearsal to rehearsal to enhance their personal performance on a musical journey that brings you the dynamic, personal feeling of music in our community.
Our concerts prominently feature diverse and overlooked composers — people of color, women, and GLBTQA artists. Inclusivity imbues our programs with a sense of insight and awareness found nowhere else in the country! American innovators are balanced with canonical masters to round out musical experiences full of emotion, precision, and a depth of ensemble interpretation to make you proud of your community.
Here’s the year’s calendar:
Uncommon Voices with One Voice Mixed Chorus
Saturday, November 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
One Voice Mixed Chorus joins MPO for a transcontinental program featuring Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 and operatic works by Verdi and Copland. It’s a celebration of cultural and artistic diversity — of both music and the musicians performing.
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S. 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
La Belle Musique
Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.
Hidden identities and musical innovations in the music of late 18th and early 19th century French composers Camille Saint-Saëns, Augusta Holmés, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, and Paul Dukas.
Hopkins High School
2400 Lindberg Dr
Minnetonka, MN 55305
The Inspirations of Youth
Saturday, May 4, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.
Music by composers who showed genius at a young age—and some who died too young. Libby Larsen co-founded American Composers Forum at 23. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor achieved worldwide fame at 22. A black composer in a time of extreme racism, he took three U.S. tours and was invited to the White House in 1904. Franz Schubert wrote some 1500 works though he died at 31 years old. José Pablo Moncayo draws on the folk music and dance of his native Mexico for a colorful display of musical nationalism. Though he only lived to be 45, Moncayo’s achievements as a pianist, percussionist, composer, conductor, and educator make him a lasting voice in Mexican art music.
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN 55437