Celebrated violinist Sarah Chang will be coming to Winona next summer to give a solo recital as part of the 2018 Minnesota Beethoven Festival, which runs from July 2 through July 22. Other guest artists of the Festival's 12th season include the return of pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet, and the sixth appearance of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which will open the Festival on July 2. Artists making their Festival debuts include So Percussion, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, and pianist and Minnesota native Kenny Broberg, who recently took the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano competition. The Minnesota Orchestra will be making two appearances at the 2018 Festival, including the free concert at Lake Park on July 15 as well as the season finale on July 22, with music director Osmo Vänskä. "Every summer we strive for an eclectic mix of new and returning artists, and while we always love welcoming back those who have become favorites of the Festival, it is also always particularly enjoyable to introduce new musicians to our audiences," reports Artistic & Managing Director Ned Kirk. "Our audiences have come to trust the balance of concerts that we offer, and I often hear patrons say that it is the ensemble or person they were least familiar with that ended up being one of their favorite concerts." Further details about ticket sale dates, ticket package options, and pricing will be available in the coming months. Tickets will be available through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office at (507) 457-1715 or www.mnbeethovenfestival.org/purchase-tickets. 2018 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts July 2: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra July 5: Takács Quartet July 8: Sarah Chang, violin July 10: Marc-André Hamelin, piano July 12: So Percussion July 15: [...]
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Tickets still available for all concerts Single tickets for the 2017 Minnesota Beethoven Festival go on sale May 2. The 2017 season includes 9 different performances from July 6 to July 23, featuring violinist Joshua Bell, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Dale Warland and the Festival Chorale, the Dover Quartet, Boston Brass, the Manhattan Chamber Players, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra will present the ever-popular annual free pops concert at Lake Park to open the Festival on July 6. "We have a really exciting concert lineup this summer, featuring some returning favorites, but also highlighting a number of artists who will be making their Festival debuts," reports Artistic and Managing Director Ned Kirk. "We like to have a mixture of the two, and I think doing so has created a schedule that has something that will appeal to everyone." Individual tickets for all performances go on sale May 2 and are priced at $25 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office in person or by phone (507) 457-1715, weekdays, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (after May 15, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Tickets are also available online: mnbeethovenfestival.org/purchase-tickets
Festival ticket packages for the 2017 Minnesota Beethoven Festival go on sale March 21. The 2017 season includes 9 different performances from July 6 to July 23, featuring violinist Joshua Bell, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Dale Warland and the Festival Chorale, the Dover Quartet, Boston Brass, the Manhattan Chamber Players, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra will present the ever-popular annual free pops concert at Lake Park to open the Festival on July 6. There are three Festival ticket package options: the 8-concert series includes all 8 indoor concerts and is priced at $175 for adults/$147 for students and senior citizens, the 7-concert series (excludes Anderson & Roe Piano Duo) is priced at $155 for adults/$131 for students and senior citizens, and the 6-concert series (excludes Anderson & Roe Piano Duo and David Finckel/Wu Han) is priced at $135 for adults/$115 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office in person or by phone (507) 457-1715, weekdays, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ticket packages are not available online. All remaining individual tickets will go on sale May 2. 2017 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts Minnesota Orchestra Thursday, July 6, 8:00 p.m. Lake Park Bandshell Free pops concert Manhattan Chamber Players Friday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary's University Joshua Bell, violin Sunday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary's University Anderson & Roe Piano Duo Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary's University Dale Warland and Festival Chorale Brian Newhouse, [...]
Thursday, July 6, 8:00 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble played its first regional tour in 1907 and made its New York City debut in1912 at Carnegie Hall, where it has performed regularly ever since. Outside the U.S., the Orchestra has played concerts in Australia, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Latin America, and the Middle East. In 2015 Vänskä and the Orchestra performed two historic concerts and collaborated in educational projects in Havana, Cuba, becoming the first major American orchestra to perform in the island nation since the U.S. and Cuban governments announced steps to normalize relations between the two countries. Under Vänskä, the ensemble has undertaken four European tours and made numerous tours to Greater Minnesota. In August 2016 Vänskä and the Orchestra toured Europe together for the fifth time, visiting venues in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Lahti, Finland. The Orchestra’s recordings have drawn acclaim since the early 1920s, when the ensemble became one of the first to be heard on disc. Under Vänskä’s leadership, the Orchestra has undertaken several acclaimed recording projects, including highly-praised cycles of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies; piano concertos of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Mozart; Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn; and recent in-concert recordings of Sibelius’ Kullervoand Kortekangas’ Migrations. In June 2016 the Orchestra began a series of Mahler recordings with the Fifth Symphony; this season it will record the Second and Sixth. The Orchestra’s season encompasses nearly 175 programs annually, held primarily at Orchestra Hall [...]
Friday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. The Manhattan Chamber Players is a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level. Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition of great music making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Perlman Music Program, and are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. At the core of MCP’s inspiration is its members’ joy in playing this richly-varied repertoire with longtime friends and colleagues, with whom they have been performing since they were students. Building upon that foundation, new works commissioned from its composer members keep the ensemble firmly grounded in the music of both the past and present. Its roster allows for the programming of virtually all the core string, wind, and piano chamber music repertoire—from piano duos to clarinet quintets to string octets. While all its members have independent careers as soloists and chamber musicians, they strive for every opportunity to come together and again share in this special collaboration. Members of MCP are current and former members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, ACJW, and the Amphion, Attacca, Dover, Escher, Vega, and Ying Quartets, and the Lysander, Madison, and Sheridan Piano Trios. They are top prizewinners in the Banff, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Melbourne, Naumburg, Osaka, Primrose, Queen Elisabeth, Rubenstein, Tchaikovsky, Tertis, and Young Concert Artists Competitions, and are some of the most sought after solo and chamber performers of their generation. During its inaugural season, [...]
Sunday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. In September 2016, Sony Classical releases Bell’s newest album, For the Love of Brahms, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. Bell has collaborated with countless artists in and outside the classical arena and performed on television shows including the Grammy Awards, numerous Live from Lincoln Center specials and on movie soundtracks including the Oscar-winning film, The Red Violin. Bell received his first violin at age four and at 14 performed with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, followed by his Carnegie Hall debut at 17. Perhaps the event that most transformed his reputation from ‘musician’s musician’ to ‘household name’ was his incognito performance in a Washington, D.C. subway station in 2007 for a Washington Post article which thoughtfully examined art and context. The cover story earned writer Gene Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion which continues to this day. Convinced of the value of music as both a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell is a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in April 2016, he participated in the [...]
Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. Their duo performances have garnered superlatives from the press, public, and presenters alike. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East, and Europe to unanimous critical acclaim. London's Musical Opinion said of their Wigmore Hall debut: “They enthralled both myself and the audience with performances whose idiomatic command, technical mastery and unsullied integrity of vision made me think right back to the days of Schnabel and Fournier, Solomon and Piatigorsky.” In addition to his duo activities, David Finckel served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for thirty-four years. Aside from their distinction as world-class performers, David Finckel and Wu Han have established a reputation for their dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio. In 1997, David Finckel and Wu Han launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, which has served as a model for numerous independent labels. All sixteen ArtistLed recordings, including the recent Dvořák Piano Trios, have met with critical acclaim and are available via the company’s website at www.artistled.com. The duo’s repertoire spans virtually the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and the contemporaries. Their commitment to new music has brought commissioned works by many [...]
Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the intense synchronization of genius” (ThirdCoast Digest) and “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their recent albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were all released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at film festivals around the world. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include tours throughout North America, Asia, and Europe; appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and more; serving as webcast hosts for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; and the DVD release of their ambitious — and literally explosive — music film, The Rite of Spring. Mr. Anderson and Ms. Roe met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively, with notable recitals in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Israel, and most major U.S. cities, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children’s hospitals. Together they have appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, the Cliburn Concert Series, the mostly Mozart Festival, [...]
Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 3:00 p.m. The distinguished career of choral composer and conductor Dale Warland spans more than six decades and has made a profound contribution to the music of our time. Founder and music director of the The Dale Warland Singers, Warland developed an ensemble known for its flawless sound, technical finesse, and stylistic range. With the Dale Warland Singers, Warland commissioned over 270 new choral works and fostered the careers of an entire generation of composers. The 29 masterful recordings produced by Warland and the ensemble include Walden Pond, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2003; Harvest Home, which reached number 11 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums in November 2005; and Lux Aurumque, which was named a Top Ten Classical Album by National Public Radio in 2007. Since 2005, Warland has devoted himself to composing, conducting, teaching, and continuing to serve as a champion of new choral music. He recently has served as guest music director of Chanticleer and faculty at The University of Utah, the University of California at Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, Yale University and North Dakota State University. Since 2008, Warland has served as Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and for the past five seasons has served as Music Director for the Minnesota Beethoven Music Festival Chorale. The music world has bestowed its highest honors on Warland, including induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (2012); the Weston Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choral Music (2010) from the American Choral Director’s Association; the Cultural Leadership Citation Award from Yale University (2010); the Robert Shaw Award in Choral Music (2007) from the American [...]
Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14, the Quartet was the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music, and is now faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. In addition to winning the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has continued to receive accolades: in 2015 it was announced that the group had been awarded the highly prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, and shortly thereafter, Lincoln Center awarded the quartet the annual Hunt Family Award, as part of the organization's Emerging Artist Awards. In its early years, the quartet also won grand prize at the Fischoff Competition, and special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. During the 2015-16 season, the Dover Quartet will perform more than 120 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Highlights include the group's debut at Carnegie Hall, and several residencies including those at Dumbarton Oaks, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and People's Symphony Concerts in New York. 2016 also includes the quartet's first tour of Israel, and the recording of three albums, to be released beginning next fall. The group regularly appears with acclaimed collaborators, and this season these will include such artists as Anthony McGill, David Shifrin, Anne-Marie McDermott, Avi Avital, and Edgar Meyer. The collaborations with Avi and [...]