Minnesota Orchestra’s 2019 Sommerfest: Golijov, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, “Coco” soundtrack, Clara Schumann drama

Posted on: March 26, 2019

“In 2018, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest was designed to prepare the orchestra for its major tour to South Africa,” writes Terry Blain in Friday’s (3/22) Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN). “Announced Friday, plans for the 2019 festival boast an exciting Latin flavor.… The four-week festival’s blue ribbon event is the orchestra’s first performances of ‘La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark)’ by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov … scored for a choir, eight soloists and orchestra [led by] Venezuelan conductor María Guinand … with stage direction by Ten Thousand Things Theater Artistic Director Marcela Lorca. Sommerfest 2019 opens with … the world premiere of the live orchestra version of Disney-Pixar’s 2017 movie ‘Coco,’ led by Live at Orchestra Hall conductor Sarah Hicks (July 6-7). Other concert highlights include Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä leading a colorful concert of music … including Villa-Lobos’ ‘Bachianas Brasileiras’ No. 5 and Ginastera’s ‘Variaciones concertantes’ (July 12). And ‘The Prodigious Life of Clara S.’ (July 27) is an innovative musical drama created by the Moving Company, with help from Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman … [examining] the relationship between 19th-century musician Clara Schumann, her husband, Robert, and his fellow composer Johannes Brahms.”

Posted March 26, 2019