This is a review of the Minnesota Orchestra 2007-2008 Season Preview Concert at Orchestra Hall on October 6, 2007.

Minnesota Orchestra 2007-2008 Season Preview Concert

It's unseasonably warm in Minnesota. The sky is clear. Dinner at Brit's Pub on Nicollet was delicious. Across the street, nestled in Peavy Plaza, is Orchestra Hall.

We're dressed nicely. It's Orchestra Hall after all. But some people, sharply dressed in black with white,  are rushing ahead of us. I quietly kid my wife that they are the band. At the door to the lobby, we are welcomed. Inside, we are welcomed again.

Cubist. The front wall and ceiling of Orchestra Hall jut out in white cubes, as if one winter someone was trying to piece together the world's largest igloo or ice palace or something. In frustration, the ice blocks were thrown up in the air... and they froze there. Someone will be as quick as a snowstorm to say that there must be accoustical benefits to the cubes, like right-angles on a stealth aircraft deflecting radar signals. I would be equally quick to say that it depends where you sit.

I pick out a sweet spot, a spot that may have the best accoustics -- in the center, about a third of the way out from the orchestra.

Brian Newhouse steps out and introduces himself to the audience. He is a voice of Minnesota Public Radio and a fan of the Minnesota Orchestra. He is also tonight's host, explaining the backgrounds of the pieces and pointing out some details we will hear. He kids with the orchestra, calling them, "The band."

Osmo Vnsk�, the conductor, and the Minnesota Orchestra played each piece magnificently. The first piece, Buckaroo Holiday, was my favorite. There were stylistic similarities between it and the theme to The Magnificent Seven. I started to catalog features of the music as if it were a landscape. By the start of The Dryad, I was joining parts of what I was hearing with parts of what I've heard before to create a musical story. At intermission, with pen and paper supplied by my wife, I  jotted down some notes, composing, in the absolute roughest sense of the word.

The Minnesota Orchestra Preview Concert was inspirational, full of samples that leave you wanting more.
- Eric Davis
Aaron Copland

Edvard Grieg

Jean Sibelius

Johannes Brahms

Johann Sebastian Bach

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Benjamin Britten
Buckaroo Holiday, from Rodeo
Performance dates: February 7-9, 2008

Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra, Opus 34
Heart Wounds
Performance dates: November 21, 23, & 24, 2007

The Dryad, Tone Poem for Orchestra, Opus 45, No. 1
Performance dates: April 10 & 11, 2008

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73
Performance dates: October 18-20, 2007

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Performance dates: June 5 & 6, 2008

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, Jupiter
IV. Molto allegro
Performance dates: October 18-20, 2007

Scheherazade, Opus 35
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Performance dates: June 12-14, 2008

 The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Finale: Fugue on a Theme by Purcell
Performance dates: February 7-9, 2008

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