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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra headlines 2013 Minnesota Beethoven Festival (01/16/2013)
The renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will make a rare Minnesota concert appearance as part of the 2013 Minnesota Beethoven Festival, which runs from July 4 through July 23 and features nine different performances. Other guest artists include pianist Garrick Ohlsson, the Shanghai Quartet, guitarist Sharon Isbin, pianist Misha Dichter, the American String Quartet, the Ariel Quartet, and the Russian National Orchestra. Beloved choral director Dale Warland will once again lead the Festival Chorale in a special weekend of concerts, and the dynamic Empire Brass will open the Festival with a free concert at Lake Park on July 4.

“Every year we try to craft a concert schedule that includes a variety of ensembles and genres, and I really feel like this season in particular offers a wide range of amazing concert options for our audiences,” reports Artistic & Managing Director Ned Kirk. “We have a really nice balance that includes solo recitals, big orchestral concerts, and more intimate chamber music performances, and so whether people take in the entire Festival lineup, or pick and choose concerts, it gives them the opportunity to craft their own personal musical experience to suit their tastes.”

Festival Ticket Packages go on sale March 12. This year the Festival is offering

three different ticket packages. The 8-concert series includes all 8 indoor concerts and is priced at $175 for adults and $147 for students and senior citizens, the 7-concert series includes 7 ticketed concerts (excludes Sharon Isbin) and is priced at $155 for adults and $131 for students and senior citizens, and the 6-concert series includes 6 ticketed concerts (excludes Sharon Isbin and American String Quartet/Ariel Quartet) and is priced at $135 for adults and $115 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office at (507) 457-1715 or www.mnbeethovenfestival.org.

Individual tickets for all other performances go on sale May 1 and are priced at $25 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens. For more information please visit www.mnbeethovenfestival.org

2013 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts

Thursday, July 4, 8:00 p.m.

Empire Brass

Lake Park Bandshell

Free outdoor pops concert

Rain Site: Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University

Join the members of the Empire Brass at Lake Park for a free outdoor concert on the Fourth to kick off the Festival’s seventh season! The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America’s finest brass quintet and is renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. Their best-selling recordings on the Telarc label have introduced an even larger audience worldwide to the excitement of brass music that ranges from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway. Remember to bring your picnic basket and blanket and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music!



Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

Sharon Isbin, guitar

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

After a stunning, sold-out concert at the 2012 Festival, guitarist Sharon Isbin returns to Winona to present two intimate concerts at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Isbin’s extraordinary technique and musicianship up close!


J.S. Bach Selections from Lute Suite in C minor,

BWV 997

MacCombie Nightshade Rounds

Britten Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

Beethoven Serenade, Op. 8/arr. Matiegka

Monday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Shanghai Quartet

Ned Kirk, piano

Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Shanghai Quartet comes to Winona this summer for a program highlighting Beethoven string quartets and the Brahms Piano Quintet, featuring Festival Artistic and Managing Director, Ned Kirk.


Beethoven String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2

Beethoven String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3

Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Now celebrating its 40th season, the Grammy® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues to invigorate international audiences and critics alike with its superior artistry, energy, and distinctive approach to music making. By performing without a conductor, Orpheus empowers its members and infuses performances with unparalleled energy. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this dynamic ensemble that has reinvented the way the world thinks about collaboration!w


Rossini             Overture to La cambiale di matrimonio

Beethoven         Romance No. 2 for Violin in F major, Op. 50

Haydn               Symphony No. 44 in E minor, “Tragic”

Tchaikovsky      Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Misha Dichter, piano

Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Now in the fifth decade of an illustrious international career, pianist Misha Dichter traces his musical heritage to the two great pianistic traditions of the 20th century: the Russian Romantic school and the German Classical style. Equally at home playing either grand virtuosic works or more introspective repertoire, Dichter brings his distinguished musicianship to the Festival this summer, in a recital featuring late sonatas by both Schubert and Beethoven.


Beethoven 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Scriabin Étude in F-sharp minor, Op. 42, No. 4

Étude in B-flat minor, Op. 8, No. 11

Schubert Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, and his Festival recital will highlight not only the music of Chopin and Beethoven, but also Schubert and Griffes.


Beethoven Sonata in D major, Op. 28, “Pastoral”

Schubert Wanderer Fantasy, D. 760

Griffes “The Night Winds” from Tone-Pictures, Op. 5

“Barcarolle” from Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6

“The White Peacock” from Roman Sketches,

Op. 7

Chopin Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49

Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31

Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

American String Quartet and Ariel Quartet

Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Festival audiences will be treated to a unique evening of chamber music, as the American String Quartet and Ariel Quartet join forces for a program featuring Mendelssohn’s extraordinary Octet for Strings. The internationally-renowned American String Quartet last appeared at the Festival to great acclaim in 2009, and the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing reputation for its brilliant playing. Their collaboration promises to be a spectacular night of music making that is not to be missed.


Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1

Brahms String Sextet in G major, Op. 36

Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 20

Saturday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21, 3:00 p.m.

Dale Warland and Festival Chorale

Brian Newhouse, host

Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, Saint Teresa Campus of Saint Mary’s University

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Acclaimed choral director Dale Warland and the Festival Chorale return for their fourth summer in Winona. In what has become a beloved and essential part of the Festival season each year, Warland and the Chorale will present a weekend of concerts at Winona’s beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, hosted by Minnesota Public Radio’s Brian Newhouse. This season’s concerts present a gorgeous array of choral masterworks ranging from Elgar and Mahler to Pärt and Argento.

Program to include

Gretchaninoff Of Thy Mystical Supper

Pärt The Woman with the Alabaster Box

Elgar Lux Aeterna

Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

MacMillan A Child’s Prayer

Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light

Argento Dover Beach Revisited

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.

Russian National Orchestra

Vladislav Lavrik, conductor

Winona Middle School

$25, $21 students and senior citizens

Since its 1990 Moscow premiere, the Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the musical world. The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international touring schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this celebrated orchestra at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in a program highlighting Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony!


Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

Tchaikovsky The Tempest, Op. 18

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”



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