The 2012 Minnesota Beethoven Festival finished with a flourish Sunday, when the Minnesota Orchestra and violinist Erin Keefe brought Beethoven’s Third Symphony to life.
And just as this year’s festival rounded to a close, Artistic and Managing Director Ned Kirk announced a few of the artists to expect for the 2013 season -- world renowned musicians, winners of many Grammy awards.
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Sharon Isbin will return for a second year, and Kirk, an accomplished pianist himself will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (“Emperor”) with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Ohlsson is known as one of the finest American classical pianists, and was the first American to win first place in the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in 1970. “He’s had this gigantic worldwide career ever since,” said Kirk.
“The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a pretty big deal, too,” added Kirk of the Grammy-winning New York based ensemble. The orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall for the last 26 seasons, and has toured across Europe, South America, Asia and Japan. In 1998, they were the first American orchestra to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. The orchestra believes, said Kirk, that it has only performed in Minnesota once before.
Guitarist Sharon Isbin, who performed in this year’s festival, will be back next season to perform at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. She’s won multiple Grammy awards, and the Minnesota native is also the director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School.
“Finding each artist is a unique path,” said Kirk of the selection process. The final list of artists is expected to be announced in January. 2013. Subscription holders may purchase tickets in February, and general ticket sales start in March.
“The support in general has been amazing,” said Kirk of the more than 10,000 patrons who support the festival. “It’s been strong since the beginning.” Festival goers have traveled thousands of miles to the festival, coming to see some of the world’s greatest musicians in such an intimate setting.
Find out more about the festival by visiting www.mnbeethovenfestival.org.