At last Sunday’s Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, seven accomplished young performers and composers took to the Fitz stage to share their artistry with an enthusiastic audience in the hall and a live statewide radio audience.
One of these amazing young musicians will perform again this and next weekend. Sunday, May 8, at Hamline’s Sundin Hall, and next Friday, May 13, at Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 18-year-old cellist Mark Prihodko of Faribault, Minn., will be joined by pianist Miryana Moteva — together known as Nouveau Duo — for programs of Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann, and Popper. Sunday’s concert details can be found here; next Friday’s here. You can also hear last Sunday’s concert here.
Mr. Prihodko recently learned that he was accepted at the Juilliard School and plans to attend there this fall.
No tuxedos, formal gowns or bouquets of flowers — this video is an unfettered look at musicians hard at work.
Ahead of its New Year’s Day concert featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra released this video of Osmo Vänskä leading a Dec. 31 rehearsal. Watch the intense movements of conductor and musicians as they practice the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth.
Eighteen-year-old violinist Jason Shu — a 2012 Minnesota Varsity Featured Artist with the Take 4 String quartet — will be performing this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
He will join the Moscow Ballet as part of their “Musical Wunderkind” program, during their performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” Shu will open the program with The Dying Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanying Moscow Ballet’s principal ballerina, Karyna Shatkovskaya.
This will be a new experience for Shu who, in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press, noted “it’s a completely new journey for me. I normally stick to my solo repertoire, so I’m excited.”
The performances take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Orpheum. For tickets, visit the Hennepin Theatre Trust box office.
A Los Angeles-based opera company called The Industry has been in operation for only a few years, but they’re already making waves for their interactive and immersive productions. And their latest undertaking —Hopscotch — is certainly no exception.
It is being billed as ‘a mobile opera in 24 cars’, and involves over 100 different singers, musicians, dancer, and actors. A ticket gets you on one of the three performance routes, each with eight stops where 10-minute scenes are performed.
In a promotional video for the production, Yuval Sharon — Artistic Director for The Industry — explains:
“You’re invited into a car not knowing the destination. The car starts moving, and suddenly you’re drawn into the story with singers and musicians that are in the car with you. As they drive through the city, activity will be happening all around you.
“So at the end of that 10 minutes, you get out of that car, where another car is waiting for you. You get into that car and the next leg of the story continues. And it goes on, and on, and on, throughout the entire city.”
For audience members who would rather not experience the work through a car ride, there will also be a ‘Central Hub’ where spectators go to experience all 24 journeys via a live video stream.
Hopscotch runs on weekends through Nov. 22nd, with scenes happening all over the city of Los Angeles. Listen to NPR’s Michelle Lanz describe her experience with the opera, and see a teaser for the production below.
When you think of this centuries-old style of Japanese ensemble drumming, you probably imagine huge drums and a roaring, pounding sound that shakes the room. But as Mu Daiko artistic director Jennifer Weir pointed out in an interview with MPR’s Euan Kerr, the athleticism and movement is just as important as the music:
“What I love about taiko is, the way that you use your body is inherent to the form. It’s not merely the sound you make on the drum. That’s part of it, the rhythms, the tones, etc., but it’s really how you use your body as an instrument with the drum.”
See video of Weir and her Mu Daiko colleagues in rehearsal via the video below, and read Euan’s full report on the MPR News website.
The Minnesota Orchestra topped a day visiting “Music city,” a concentrated school for high school and college-age musicians, by getting comfortable in the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, the venue for tonight and tomorrow’s concerts.
After a rigorous rehearsal, Osmo Vänskä released the musicians, who enjoyed a meal in Plaza de la Catedral in old Havana, Cuba and then went out to enjoy a bit of Havana nightlife.
Last night, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra played its debut concert at the Ordway’s new Concert Hall. The program included Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony, and was broadcast live here on Classical MPR. As Bill Morelock noted as he concluded Thursday’s broadcast, “The hall has been launched, it’s been christened, and it’s now home.”
We sent our own Nate Ryan to capture the evening in photos.
For all who couldn’t be there, Pipedreams host Michael Barone charmed the heck out of about 2,500 people at a standing-room-only Walt Disney Concert Hall on the night of Sunday, Nov. 23.
The organ celebrated its 10th anniversary that evening, and Michael, who’d been part of a consulting group for its original design, was master of ceremonies. He was masterful: funny, encylcopedically (yes, I just made that up), knowledgeable, passionate, and kept spinning the wheel of organists who came out to do increasingly dazzling things with the Disney keyboard.
For star power, Cameron Carpenter capped the evening, but St. Paul’s Aaron David Miller stole the show with a jaw-dropping improv on the Superman theme, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” an original tune just submitted to him, and a few others.
At the party in Los Angeles, it seemed it was the stars from St. Paul Michael Barone and Aaron David Miller who shone brightest!