Sunday, May 12 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN
George Frideric Handel – Organ Concerto in B-flat, Op. 4, No. 6
Sergei Prokofieff – Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Classical”)
Dominick Argento – Reverie—Reflections on a Hymn Tune
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36
PLEASE NOTE: 36 Years of Harmony, will be conducted by Mark Russell Smith. MSO Music Director William Schrickel is unable to lead us in this performance due to an unexpected health issue. Fortunately, Mark Russell Smith, who is the Music Director of the Quad City Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa, the Artistic Director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and the Artistic Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Minnesota, is available to step in to lead this concert, and Schrickel will return to the MSO podium in June.
For the season’s grand finale, the MSO and William Schrickel recreate the orchestra’s first concert, presented at Central Lutheran Church in 1983 when the fledgling ensemble was known as the Central Chamber Orchestra. Kathrine Handford is soloist in a Handel organ concerto, and the orchestra performs two staples of the symphonic repertoire: Prokofieff’s virtuosic “Classical” symphony and Beethoven’s high-spirited Symphony No. 2. Added to this original program, in celebration of the life of Dominick Argento, the MSO’s Composer Laureate who passed away at age ninety-one on February 20, 2019, is his Reflections on a Hymn Tune, an orchestral meditation on the Lutheran hymn Ellacombe.