Single tickets for the Minnesota Beethoven Festival are now available at the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office at (507) 457-1715 or online. The 2018 season includes 9 different performances from July 2 to 22. Tickets are $25 for adults and $21 for students and seniors. The 2018 season features the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Takács Quartet, violinist Sarah Chang, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Sō Percussion, pianist Kenny Broberg, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, and the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä. The Minnesota Orchestra will also present the ever-popular annual free pops concert at Lake Park on July 15. 2018 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Monday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Takács Quartet Thursday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University Sarah Chang Sunday, July 8, 3:00 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Marc-André Hamelin Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Sō Percussion Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University Minnesota Orchestra Sunday, July 15, 8:00 p.m. Lake Park Bandshell FREE pops concert Kenny Broberg Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University Pablo Sáinz Villegas Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Marine Art Museum Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä Sunday, July 22, 4:00 p.m. Winona Middle School Auditorium
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Festival ticket packages for the 2018 Minnesota Beethoven Festival go on sale March 20. The 2018 season includes 9 different performances from July 2 to July 22, featuring the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Takács Quartet, violinist Sarah Chang, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Sō Percussion, pianist Kenny Broberg, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, and the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä. The Minnesota Orchestra will also present the ever-popular annual free pops concert at Lake Park on July 15. 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 Pablo Sáinz Villegas) is priced at $155 for adults/$131 for students and senior citizens, and the 6-concert series (excludes Pablo Sáinz Villegas and Sō Percussion) 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 1. 2018 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Monday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Takács Quartet Thursday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University Sarah Chang Sunday, July 8, 3:00 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Marc-André Hamelin Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University Sō Percussion Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University Minnesota Orchestra Sunday, July 15, 8:00 p.m. Lake Park Bandshell FREE pops concert Kenny Broberg Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University [...]
A native of Minneapolis, 23-year-old pianist Kenny Broberg won the silver medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for performances that showed “an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum” (Texas Classical Review). His 2017–2018 debut season as Cliburn medalist will include a recital tour in Hawaii, a return to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for its annual Texas Music Festival, and orchestra and recital engagements in Denver, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, and other cities across the United States. In Europe, Mr. Broberg appears with the Rye Arts Festival and Hastings Philharmonic in the United Kingdom, and in recital in Italy. His debut solo album will be released by Decca Gold in August, as part of his Competition prizes. Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Mr. Broberg has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others. He has worked with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Leonard Slatkin, Nichola Milton, and Nicholas McGegan. His solo, chamber, and concerto performances have been broadcast on NPR and ABC (Australia) radio, and several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition were included on CDs released on the Universal Music Australia label. The first musician in his family, Mr. Broberg started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree [...]
Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar”, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” as described by The New York Times, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of Rioja, his homeland’s rich musical heritage. He is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing with beloved tenor, Plácido Domingo, to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, where maestro Domingo hailed him as “the master of the guitar." Routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia, Sáinz Villegas has already appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and most recently at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification, his concerto performances regularly inspire new invitations and immediate reengagements as a featured soloist with orchestras in more than 30 countries, including Pittsburgh, Bergen and Israel Philharmonic, as well as Cincinnati, Spanish National and Denmark Symphonies. He made a series of important debuts under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, and has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with conductors including Juanjo Mena, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Michael Francis, Gustavo Gimeno and Cristian Macelaru. Sáinz Villegas wrapped up a thriving 2015-16 season, performing on a floating stage on the Amazon River with Plácido Domingo, which was live streamed worldwide to millions. Additionally, he gave the world premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams, and accomplished a summer tour through Japan with [...]
Minnesota Orchestra 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 in downtown [...]
ERIC CHA-BEACH, JOSH QUILLEN, ADAM SLIWINSKI and JASON TREUTING With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Sō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others. Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs – including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, which was presented in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences. In the current season, Sō performs the New York premiere of David Lang’s man made with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; tours a new work by Caroline Shaw with Dawn Upshaw and Gil Kalish to the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, UCLA, Penn State, and elsewhere; returns to Carnegie Hall with the JACK Quartet in a program of new works by Donnacha Dennehy and [...]
Returning for his second Festival appearance, pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc. He was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition in 2017, where each of the 30 competitors in the Preliminary Round were required to perform Hamelin's "L'Homme armé," which marked the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career; his works are published by Edition Peters. Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases are Morton Feldman's For Bunita Marcus as well as Medtner Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. His Hyperion discography of 57 recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Shostakovich. He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three disc set of Busoni: Late Piano Music; and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Association. The Hamelin études are published by Edition Peters. Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin [...]
Sarah Chang is recognised as one of the world’s great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8, she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists in a career spanning more than two decades. Highlights from Ms. Chang's recent and upcoming seasons have included performances with such North American orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and Cleveland Symphony. She has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festivals, among others. With a career that has blossomed internationally, her European engagements have included performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and all the principal London Orchestras. She performs regularly in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and her engagements in Asia have brought her to audiences in China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. As an accomplished recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels the world, performing with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Chang’s most recent recording for EMI Classics, performances of Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonic, was received to excellent critical and popular acclaim and was her 20th album for the label. Her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons attracted international commendation, with BBC Music Magazine stating: “She has never made a finer recording.” She has also recorded Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 live with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Fire and Ice, an album of popular shorter works [...]
The Takács Quartet, now entering its forty-third season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs eighty concerts a year worldwide. In Europe during the 2017-2018 season, in addition to their four annual appearances as Associate Artists at London's Wigmore Hall, the ensemble returns to Copenhagen, Vienna, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, the Rheingau Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. They perform twice at Carnegie Hall, presenting a new Carl Vine work commissioned for them by Musica Viva Australia, Carnegie Hall and the Seattle Commissioning Club. In 2017, the ensemble joined the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. They return to New Zealand and Australia, perform at Tanglewood with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, at the Aspen Festival, and in over forty other concerts in prestigious North American venues. They will also tour with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin. The latest Takács recording, to be released by Hyperion in September 2017, features Dvorák's viola quintet, Opus 97 (with Lawrence Power) and String Quartet, Opus 105. They became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal in May, 2014. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognizes major international artists who have a strong association with [...]
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: [...]