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Rococo Variations

Dennis Friesen-Carper, Guest Conductor

Ava Lambert, Cello

Pre-Concert Discussion at 2:00

Concert at 3:00

MOZART: Overture to Escape from the Seraglio

TCHAIKOVSKY: Rococo Variations
Ava Lambert, Cello

ELGAR: Enigma Variations

MIRANDA/arr. Brown, Friesen-Carper: “The Club” from In the Heights

Dennis Friesen-Carper has performed and had his music performed across Europe, North America, and Asia. Former Music Director of the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra and Indiana Opera North, his recent conducting appearances include the Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, the St. Olaf College Philharmonia, Shanghai University Symphony, and a recording of violin showpieces with the Polish Radio Symphony of Warsaw. In July, National Public Radio’s Performance Today featured his performance with pipa virtuoso/composer Gao Hong. In December 2022 he will conduct new works for symphony orchestra with ancient Chinese ceremonial carillon in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Free, no ticket required. Donations gratefully accepted.
Join us for a reception to meet the musicians following the concert.

Wind Wizards

JPeters Croppeddavid hull webGuest Artist:
Joseph Peters,
Principal Oboe,
MN Orchestra.

Guest Artist:
David Hull,
Funk Noîse

Gabrielli: Magnificat for 8 Voices
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
Mozart: Serenade #11 in E flat Major K. 375
Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major K. 314
Dvorak: Symphony #8 in G Major Op. 88


Free. No ticket required.
Donations gratefully accepted.
Join us for a reception following the concert.

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Osmo Vänskä Joins the WSO!

Marlene’s Musings
September, 2014

OsmoMarleneI’m SO excited to be starting my 5th season conducting the WSO – and what a season it will be! We open with Osmo Vänskä playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto! Since my first exposure as a young clarinetist, I have welcomed every opportunity to delve deeper into this beloved masterpiece. To have Osmo Vänskä in the house to perform it is such a thrill. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Two other audience favorites round out the first program. Sibelius wrote the tone poem, Finlandia, at a time when Finland was under oppressive Russian rule. The hymn heard near the end of the piece became Finland’s national anthem and continues to be heard whenever a Finnish athlete wins Olympic gold.

Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite contains some of the most recognizable tunes in the orchestral repertoire – Morning, Solveig’s Song, Anitra’s Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King. WSO’s amazing musicians will bring their A-game to lift the music off the page.

See you on October 12th!

Mozart and Brahms

Marlene’s Musings
November, 2013

Marlene_ErinKeefe_2013WebsiteAt the age of 13, Mozart became concertmaster of the Salzburg court orchestra. Responsibilities for that position included conducting from the chair (Conductors, as they are today, were not a part of the orchestra) and performing as soloist. In 1775, between April and December, at age 19, Wolgang composed 4 violin concertos for that purpose.

We’ll be playing the 4th with Erin Keefe, new Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. Fiendishly difficult, it is the Mozart Concerto that violinists choose to show off.

The apparent ease with which Mozart created masterpieces was not a characteristic of Johannes Brahms but how could anyone follow in Beethoven’s titanic footsteps? When asked why he had not written a symphony, Brahms lamented, “You have no idea how it feels to hear behind you the tramp of a giant like Beethoven.” It took twenty years of trial and error before he completed his first symphony at age 43. Embracing and expanding upon Beethoven’s symphonic expertise, Brahms created a masterpiece which garnered him a spot in the 3 Big Bs – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, each with a singular voice reflective of the changing world around them. Brahms symphony is a brilliant example of the extroverted emotionalism of the period of Romanticism.

Combining Mozart and Brahms in one concert will reveal a study in contrasts and musically illuminate the dramatic changes for humankind during the hundred-year-period from 1775 to 1875.

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