Music for the Opera, Ballet, Theater & Concert Hall

Sunday, November 24 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Stephen Heinemann, composer

Dominick Argento – Royal Invitation (Homage to the Queen of Tonga)
Stephen Heinemann – Metropassacaglia (MSO Commission)
Georges Bizet – L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale, Minuetto, Farandole
Georges Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 1: Prelude, Aragonaise, Intermezzo, Seguedille, Les Toreadors

French composer Georges Bizet died in 1876 at the age of 36, convinced that his opera Carmen was a failure. Selections from Carmen (currently the second most performed opera in the world!), along with Bizet’s incidental music from L’Arlesienne, are featured on this MSO program that also includes Stephen Heinemann’s Metropassacaglia, a dazzling 2009 commission dedicated to William Schrickel and the MSO. Dominick Argento’s witty ballet score, Royal Invitation (Homage to the Queen of Tonga), is being performed in memory of Argento, the orchestra’s former Composer Laureate who passed away on Feb. 20, 2019.

This performance of Royal Invitation (Homage to the Queen of Tonga) is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Dominick Argento, MSO Composer Laureate.
Read Music Director William Schrickel’s program notes here.