Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Mankato West Auditorium
    La Creation du Monde
    Piano Concerto in G Major
    Darker America
    Rhapsody 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, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    Piano Trio in B Major
    Piano Trio
    D'un Matin de Printemps
    D'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, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    String Quartet in G minor
    Serenata Op.87
    String 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, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Saint Peter Performing Arts Center
    The Nutcracker, Suite
    The Snowman
    Sleigh Ride
    Christmas 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, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good counsel Chapel
    Quartet 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.