Past Performances

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Time for Tuba!

May 14, 2017, 1:00pm

Chamber Series Artistic Directors J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon, and Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn join with William Eddins, conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on piano and Michelle Campbell, clarinet, to feature the Minnesota Orchestra’s Steven Campbell on the tuba. Principal tuba of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2005, Steven Campbell has performed across the nation and […]

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

March 12, 2017, 1:00pm

With its superior imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. As one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory, the foursome—Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben […]

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Classics

January 29, 2017, 1:00pm

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 – 1837), considered to be the equal of Beethoven in his time, was a master of the late Classical Era. A pianist and composer, some of his most enduring works featured virtuosic piano. The Piano Septet No. 1 Op. 74 demands virtuosity for individuals with an essential call for sensitive teamwork. […]

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Dancing Keys

November 13, 2016, 1:00pm

Since making her professional debut at age 13 performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Korean-American pianist Kyung Kim has performed widely to critical acclaim in concerto, recital and chamber music performances throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. Michael Kim has brought audiences to their feet with his outstanding technique and refined artistry while on tour extensively […]

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Appalachian Spring

May 8, 2016, 1:00pm

Aaron Copland’s suite from the complete ballet Appalachian Spring performed in his original ensemble version for thirteen instruments. Music critic Terry Teachout says, Appalachian Spring “… is probably the greatest piece of classical music composed by an American. All that is best about mid-century American music is in this piece.” Moving from real-life Americana to […]

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Delightful Duos

March 20, 2016, 1:00pm

A delightful afternoon features a horn sonata, a bassoon sonata, and a concertino for horn and bassoon. Ludwig van Beethoven, a 30-year-old unknown composer but accomplished pianist in 1800, premiered his own work Sonata for Horn and Piano with Giovanni Punto, one of the greatest and most well-known horn players of the day. In contrast, […]

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A Romantic Heart

February 7, 2016, 1:00pm

Osmo Vänskä is featured in our February celebration of the Romantic era. Concert repertoire includes works by Antonín Dvořák and Finnish-born Bernhard Crusell. In just one week in January of 1887 Dvorak penned the Terzetto in C for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74—deep, complex, and virtuosic. Bernhard Crusell, a celebrated clarinet soloist of his […]

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Andrew Litton and Friends

November 15, 2015, 1:00pm

Andrew Litton, now in his 13th season as the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest Artistic Director, and pianist extraordinaire, joins with friends and colleagues of the Minnesota Orchestra to perform Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano. This present-day standard premiered in Paris in 1933 with the composer as pianist. Using humor and wit Poulenc pokes […]

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Burt Hara and Friends

May 3, 2015, 1:00pm

Burt Hara, principal clarinet in the Minnesota Orchestra for 25 years, returns to Minneapolis from the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a guest solo appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra April 30 and May 1. On May 3 at 1:00pm he is joined by members of the Minnesota Orchestra on the Colonial Chamber Series to present a […]

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Spring to Summer!

March 15, 2015, 4:00pm

We anticipate the return of summer with Samuel Barber’s Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31. Sometimes slow and languid, as Minnesota summers can be, sometimes playfully discordant, perhaps chasing off spring, the piece expresses a cheerful and generous spirit, finishing with a hint of Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Works of French composers include a variety of […]

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