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Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Minn.

August 20, 2012 9:30 AM

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Minneapolis has been home to internationally-acclaimed orchestra and classical music events since the early 1900s. Today, Minnesota is home to a variety of venues and performances dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of classical music to everyone. Fans of classical music often look for events and concerts at Orchestra Hall or the Orpheum. Fortunately, there are a variety of other venues to enjoy the richness of classical concerts, many of them free of charge.

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“And if Elected: A Musical Tribute to our Election Process”
Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra
First Covenant Church
1280 Arcade St
St. Paul, MN 55106

Basilica of St. Mary
88 17th St N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-1701
mnsinfonia.org

Date: Oct. 26 at First Covenant Church and Oct. 27 at Basilica of St. Mary

The Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra is a non-profit chamber orchestra dedicated to offering professional performances to all audiences free of charge. The mission of the Sinfonia is to share the gifts of music with the community, regardless of financial status and age. Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend Sinfonia events and educational programs are provided free of charge as well. Part of the winter concert series, this unusual concert offers the soprano vocals of Maria Jette along with Apollo, an all-male chorus. The program contains a rendition of Haydn’s Symphony 88 along with a selection of Early American songs. The winter series focuses on guest soloists and professional talent. Come out for a truly memorable event.

“Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff”
Minnesota Orchestra
The Auditorium at the Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 371-5656
minnesotaorchestra.org

Date: Oct. 18, 19 and 20

The Minnesota Orchestra is one of America’s top symphonic ensembles. The Orchestra offers local and international performances but fortunately for Minnesotans, its home auditorium is located in downtown Minneapolis. This fall, the Minnesota Orchestra will present “Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff.” This performance will showcase Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Respighi’s “The Fountains of Rome.” Conducted by Osmo Vänskä and led on the piano by Garrick Ohlsson, this is classical music at its finest.

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“Dvořák’s Cello Concerto”
Minnesota Orchestra
The Auditorium at the Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 371-5656
minnesotaorchestra.org

Date: Oct. 25, 26 and 27

Anthony Ross is the principal cellist for the Minnesota Orchestra, and each year he puts on a captivating solo performance. This year, he will be performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Adams’ “Harmonium.” This pair of works is something truly unique to the musical stage. And with the immense talent that Anthony Ross possesses, you will not want to miss out.

Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-2674
thecedar.org

Date: Aug. 20

Brooklyn Rider is a Brooklyn-based string quartet that offers a variety of classical pieces mixed with 21st-century influence. The quartet is known for its unusual, upbeat performances and will be making its way to Minneapolis after wrapping up a tour throughout China. This group has played in diverse venues ranging from small pubs to Carnegie Hall, and will be at the Cedar Cultural Center this August. Paired with the Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhour, this will be a truly unique performance.

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Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-2674
thecedar.org

Date: Oct. 12

Debashish hails from Northern India and brings the gift of Indian Raga music to the rest of the world. Debashish is an amazingly talented individual with recognition as a Grammy nominee in 2009. He has performed around the globe and offered inspiration and classical Indian culture on his tours. Renowned for his performances on the slide guitar, Debashish delivers classical pieces from North India to Minneapolis.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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