Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018Time: 7:30 pmLocation: Mankato West AuditoriumMilhaudLa Creation du MondeRavelPiano Concerto in G MajorStillDarker AmericaGershwinRhapsody in Blue
The MSO season opens with a tribute to Jazz featuring pianist Fanya Lin for two beloved jazz-inspired symphonic works. For one shining moment, Ravel and Gershwin
met each other at a New York party in 1928, where they expressed their deep mutual admiration and passion for jazz. The MSO will keep that connection alive with lush performances of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.
Rounding out the program are two works that explore the relationship between African American folk mythology and the world of concert music as Jazz emerges as a unique expression. The sound of the blues and African-American spirituals will transport you to the Roaring Twenties!
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018Time: 2:00 pmLocation: Good Counsel ChapelBrahmsPiano Trio in B MajorBeachPiano TrioBoulangerD'un Matin de PrintempsBoulangerD'un Soir Triste
Music on the Hill’s ninth season opens with the incredible works by acclaimed female composers Amy Beach and Lili Boulanger, and Johannes Brahm’s masterful Piano Trio in B Major. Featuring an incredible trio of musicans: Reknowned pianist Bethel Balge, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Second Violin, Peter McGuire, and Richard Belcher, professional cellist and Artistic Director for the Music on the Hill concert series.
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018Time: 2:00 pmLocation: Good Counsel ChapelArriagaString Quartet in G minorTurinaSerenata Op.87DebussyString Quartet
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra member Maureen Nelson makes her Music on the Hill performance debut featuring the transcendent and beautiful String Quartet in G minor by Claude Debussy. We are pairing this work with a string quartet by Basque composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart”, and the sonorous Serenata by Andalusian composer Joaquín Turina.
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018Time: 2:00 pmLocation: Saint Peter Performing Arts CenterTchaikovskyThe Nutcracker, SuiteBlakeThe SnowmanAndersonSleigh RideFinneganChristmas Sing Along
Bring the whole family to this heartwarming, not-to-be-missed holiday event! This Academy Award-nominated holiday film based onRaymond Briggs’ beloved classic book is brought to life with full orchestra. The MSO performs Howard Blake’s beautifulscore to the animated film The Snowman, featuring the much-loved song “Walking in the Air”. Filled with magic and adventure, The Snowman is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! You’ll also hear holiday classics featuring selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and a holiday sing-along that is sure to get your toes tapping. Join us in the lobby during intermission to make special snowman-inspired crafts and treats!
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019Time: 2:00 pmLocation: Good counsel ChapelBartokContrastsMessiaenQuartet for the end of time
Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience. Described as ethereal, but never dainty. Sometimes powerful, but never harsh or ugly, Messiaen’s music is set apart from any other. Balancing out the program is Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, a piece commissioned by celebrated jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. Featuring clarinet phenomenon, Gabriel Campos Zamora, internationally reknown pianist Tim Lovelace, Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal Violin, Susie Park, and cellist Richard Belcher. This program is transcendent and beautiful— a gem among contemporary works.
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