Beautiful, Powerful Nature
Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN
William Schrickel, conductor
Claude Debussy — Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Matthew Peterson — The Singing Wilderness (MSO Commission)
Claude Debussy — La Mer
Matthew Peterson, a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota and a graduate of St. Olaf College, was inspired to compose The Singing Wilderness by the writings of conservationist Sigurd Olson, a driving force behind the founding of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Composed in 2021, the work was co-commissioned by the MSO, St. Olaf College, and the Northern Symphony Orchestra.
French composer Claude Debussy created two of the orchestral world’s undisputed masterpieces around the advent of the 20th century. His languid and sensual Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, and the exquisitely evocative La Mer (The Sea), which he understatedly subtitled Three Symphonic Sketches, serve as musical bookends of the MSO’s season-opening concert under the baton of Music Director William Schrickel.
The concert is free; donations are requested to help offset our costs.
MSO Audience COVID Protocols for Performances: For the October concert, masks are encouraged but not required.