Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • 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.

  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall
    Program to Be Announced


    Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm

    Kick off Valentine’s Day with a fresh take on rock and pop classics with the MSO! The New Standards started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between three Minneapolis-based musicians and friends and has grown into a globe-spanning adventure. The core members all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munson was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. A limited number of patrons will be able to sit in and among the orchestra for an up-close and personal musical experience. Staffed cocktail bars near the stage, table seating, and room to groove, this is a party you won’t want to miss!

    This event is made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsor Gislason & Hunter LLP.  READ PRESS RELEASE 


    This activity is made possible by presenting sponsor Gislason & Hunter LLP, and by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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