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A Trio of Instrumental Concerts in Minneapolis this Weekend

There is no shortage of instrumental music experiences this weekend in Minneapolis.

On Friday or Saturday night, you can make your way to Orchestra Hall to hear the Minnesota Orchestra with a guest conductor performing an intense program of seriously beautiful music by three composers of the 20th century.

Jarvi Conducts Rachmaninoff at Orchestra Hall 
Friday, May 4, 8 PM
Saturday, May 5, 8 PM


Kristjan Jarvi conducts the Minnesota Orchestra playing Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Tickets range from $26-$69

On Sunday, return to Orchestra Hall for a performance by a different ensemble – one especially to be enjoyed by our community’s budding young musicians.

GTCYS Spring Festival  & 40th Anniversary 
Sunday, May 6, 2 PM

All six of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony orchestras will play on this program. Works include pieces by Jon Deak, Andy Thomas, Finlandia, and Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole.  The finale will consist of welcoming alumni on to the stage to perform the epic Jupiter by Holst, conducted by Dr. William LaRue Jones.

Only a few tickets remain available!  $12-$18

Support the GTCYS scholarship and education funds by visiting the silent auction starting at 12:30.

After an earfull of symphonic works thus far, head a mile up 5th Avenue to the MacPhail Center for Music for a more intimate program of chamber music to round out the day.  The concert starts at 7:00, but you may want to get there a little after 6:00 to be able to pick your favorite seat in the hall.

Brahms and Villa-Lobos
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 7 PM at MacPhail Center for Music


Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra will step out of the large ensemble to create two trios and a quartet for this varied concert of chamber music. Roger Frisch, Thomas Turner, and William Schrickel on violin, viola, and bass, respectively, will perform Canfield’s Maesta. Julie Gramolini Williams, Gregory T. Williams, and J. Christopher Marshall will present Villa-Lobos’ Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. The program will close with Julie Ayer on violin, Thomas Turner on viola, Marcia Peck on cello, and Edith Orloff on piano for Brahms’ Quartet No. 2 for Piano and Strings.

Tickets are $25

Whether you are seeking an enveloping symphonic experience, a celebratory event with Minnesota’s next generation of classical musicians, or a smaller intimate setting of chamber music, Minneapolis offers you some superb selections.  Take your pick.