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Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish
    Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

    Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto leads the Minnesota Orchestra in orchestral showpieces ranging from Ravel’s exquisite Le Tombeau de Couperin to Tchaikovsky’s powerful Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique, in the Grand Hall at Mankato’s Verizon Center. Mankato-native Peter McGuire solos in the brilliant Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5.


    The performance is part of the Orchestra’s Common Chords project, a multi-year endeavor that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency.The Mankato residency will feature Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing at more than a dozen events in and around Mankato from April 25 through April 27. The concert is presented in cooperation with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.


    Common Chords: Minnesota Orchestra in Mankato



    Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. / Grand Hall, Verizon Center, Mankato


    Minnesota Orchestra

    Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Peter McGuire, violin


    RAVEL                               Le Tombeau de Couperin

    MOZART                            Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish

    TCHAIKOVSKY                Symphony No. 6, Pathétique



    Adults $10 

    Youth/Students $5 

    Children 12 and Under FREE


    Tickets go on sale March 26th at 8 a.m.

  • Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: Saint Peter Public Library

    Child superstar musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart introduces young children to music making and composition in this comedic and interactive program. This performance will be held at the Saint Peter Public Library.  Suitable for all ages.  Each child gets to take home a souvenir, snack, and their own mini composition at the end of each show.  Performances begin at 1pm, last approximately 45 minutes, and feature Mozart's music performed by the MSO String Quartet.

  • Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: 170 Good Counsel Drive
    Music on the Hill
    Franz Schubert
    String Trio in B flat, D 471
    Johannes Brahms
    Sextet in B flat
    Erwin Schulhoff
    Duo for Violin and Cello

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    Music on the Hill is thrilled to present Cecilia Belcher, David Auerbach, Gareth Zehngut, Richard Belcher, Peter McGuire, and Jane Cords-O'Hara featuring a concert of works by Schubert and Brahms.

    Richard Belcher, cellist of the world-famous Enso String Quartet, and his wife Cecelia Belcher, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra, will team up to present Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, a work that was modeled after Ravel’s Duo for the same instruments. Rounding out the concert will be Schubert’s short but sweet String Trio in B flat Major.


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    Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: 1 Civic Center Plaza
    Symphonic Series
    Modest Mussorgsky
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Mussorgsky was inspired by a series of still images; we bring his colorful vision to life on the big screen with animated film accompaniment which uses cutting-edge technology to respond to the orchestra's performance in real time. A great way to introduce children, grandchildren, and kids at heart to the classics!


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    Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    Clara Schumann
    Three Romances Op. 22
    Robert Schumann
    Abendlied Op.85 No. 12
    Hungarian Dance No. 1
    Sonata No. 1 Opus 78

    The virtuoso composer/pianist Robert Schumann wrote an influential article hailing Brahms as the savior of music, suggesting Brahms may be Beethoven's heir in the symphonic realm. This article both helped make Brahms's career and almost paralyzed him from writing a symphony for the next twenty years for fear of not measuring up to Schumann's high praise and ideals.

    "Brahms is best known for his great symphonic work," says Peter McGuire. "Robert Schumann also wrote symphonies, but he was really at his best when he was writing on a more intimate scale. This concert shares some examples of Brahms approaching the intimacy of the Schumanns' music."

    The pieces on this recital bear witness to the relationships between Brahms and the Schumanns. "Robert's Abendlied was originally a piece for piano four-hands that he wrote to play with his daughter, Marie. The great violinist Joachim arranged it for piano and violin and introduced Brahms to the Schumanns in what would become one of the closest friendships in music history. Clara was one of the most respected pianists of her day. After Robert's death, she continued to concertize and champion the music of both Brahms and her late husband. Brahms remained Clara's close friend. His First Violin Sonata quotes the melody of his song Regenlied, which he wrote in memory of the death of one of the Schumanns' children. In a way, most of this concert is a form of Victorian restrained, understated intimacy, where someone like Brahms could say, 'I hope this work might bring you comfort.' and let his music speak for him."

    Minnesota Orchestra Principal Second Violin Peter McGuire’s career has taken him from his hometown of Mankato to leadership roles in the world’s great orchestras. Peter and acclaimed pianist Timothy Lovelace join forces to perform glorious music composed by Brahms and his circle in nineteenth-century Vienna.