Performed by the Minnesota OrchestraFeb.28, 29 & Mar 1
The MN Orchestra is 109 years
old! The first concert was
It was first named the
“Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra”
Has had 10 principal
conductors & many
Has toured the world
Changed it’s name to
the “Minnesota Orchestra”
Has 98 musicians &
performs over 200 concerts
Over 400,000 people come
to their concerts each
Gives educational concerts for 85,000 youth
and/or commissioned over 300 new compositions
Orchestra Hall is actually 2
connected by a hallway.
Orchestra Hall opened
The lobby will be
rebuilt in 2012. The hall will
remain the same.
Orchestra Hall is
famous for the “cubes” that are in
the walls and ceiling.
Welcome to the MN Orchestra
Orchestra HallThe Outside…the pictures on the outside of the building change from time to time.
Orchestra Hall -
Orchestra Hall - The Auditorium –
with over 2,400 seats
The NEW Orchestra Hall – opening in 2013 The Hall will remain the same. Only the Lobby will change.
Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
Mother Goose Suite(Excerpts) – by Maurice Ravel
Hungarian Fantasyby Franz Liszt
What we will be hearing….
Sergei ProkofievApril 23, 1891 – March 5, 1953
Born in Ukraine/Russia.
Was a child prodigy.
Entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory at age 13. By then had written 4 operas, a symphony, two sonatas and many piano pieces.
Composed first piano piece at age 5.
Wrote his first opera at age 9.
By age 12 had written two operas.
Studied piano as a young child.
Wrote 133 works.
Died from a stroke.
Written in 1936Written as a symphony for children and to introduce children to the orchestraProkofiev wrote both the words and the music
Written in just 2 weeksDebuted on May 2, 1936
Each character has a theme and an instrument
Peter & The Wolf Characters
Wolf: French Horns
Maurice RavelMar 7, 1875 – Dec. 28, 1937
Born in France, near the Spanish border. His family moved to Paris where he grew up.
At 7 his father encouraged him to take piano lessons
At 14, entered the Paris Conservatory to study music. Studied there for 15 years.
Always loved Spanish music, and it influenced his writing.
Was a soldier in World War I
First came to America in 1928
Had a terrible automobile accident in 1932 and never regained his creative spirit.
Died from a brain hemorrhage.
Laideronnette – Empress of the Pagoda
Story from a French Fairy Tale
Part of a larger collection called “The Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel
The French tales are very different from the American versions
This fountain may be similar to the one Laideronnette used.
Mother Goose Suite (Excerpts) – by Maurice Ravel
Five separate pieces describing fairy tales,
written by French authors.
The five movements: Sleeping Beauty Pavane, Little Tom Thumb,Laideronnette
(Empress of the Pagoda), The Conversations of
Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted
Was originally written in 1908-1910 for piano
– four hands, two players
In 1911 it was rewritten for orchestra and later turned into a ballet.
We will be hearing the LAIDERONNETTE &The ENCHANTED GARDEN
Franz LisztOct. 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886
I was a great pianist and composer
Wow! Your music teacher is the
I lived in Hungary!
I was just 9 years old when I gave my
I was a child prodigy.
Beethoven heard me play, and said I
would give happiness to many people.
Don’t you just LOVE my long hair? And my profile – I’m
I should have
smiled for this
I loved the Hungarian
gypsy music and it helped
me be a better
Hungarian Fantasyby Franz Liszt
Originally this piece was written as part of his “Hungarian Rhapsodies”.
Rewritten as a piece for piano and orchestra.
Premiered on June 1, 1853.
This is Liszt’s only Fantasy for piano and orchestra.
Austin Frohmander – A senior from Blaine High School will be playing the piano part.