MacPhail Spotlight Series
The MacPhail Spotlight Series showcases the exceptional talents of MacPhail teaching artists and special guests, providing an intimate listening experience in MacPhail's Antonello Hall. Under the artistic direction of Mischa Santora, this series will be brought to life with collaborations from some of the Twin Cities' finest artists.
Please join us in the U.S. Bank Lobby one hour before each concert for a special question and answer session with featured performers.
TICKETING INFORMATION for Spotlight Series:
Concert Series: $75 (a savings of 25% off the single ticket price)
No refunds or exchanges. Subscription discount only available for $25 level tickets.
$25 adults, $15 seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 6 through 18)
MacPhail Student Ticket Discount
MacPhail Students are eligible to buy two tickets for $5 each to the concert of their choice. Discounts may not be combined with a subscription. Please redeem student rate by phone or in person. Tickets subject to availability.
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How to order:
Tickets may be ordered by calling 612.767.5250 or by stopping by Student Services at MacPhail locations in Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Apple Valley or White Bear Lake. Since many performances may sell out, advance purchase is recommended. All tickets are general admission. Seating is subject to availability.
Spotlight Series 14/15:
A COURTSHIP IN MUSIC AND WORDS
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The exchange of letters between Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck is one of the best documented love stories in music history. Not only does it give us a fascinating glimpse into the minds of two extraordinary artists, but it also tells the story of a hard-fought courtship.
This concert will pair excerpts from the letters with two of Robert's early piano pieces. As these compositions are very autobiographical, the letters often correspond exactly to Schumann's musical intent. The letters will be read by two actors in-between movements.
Robert Schumann: Carnaval
Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen
Clara Schumann: Scherzo No.2, op 14
Julia Elkina, piano
Ora Itkin, piano
Miles Duffet as Robert Schumann
Jessie Scarborough Ghent as Clara Wieck
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Leonard Bernstein and Alec Wilder represent two iconic musicians who substantially shaped musical life in America. Born into a veritable melting pot, their eclectic styles are a direct result of New York's dynamic multi-cultural fabric. Many of Wilder's popular songs became classics, while Bernstein's masterful one-act opera is an ingenious example of social criticism.
Alec Wilder: Octets
Alec Wilder: Songs
Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Cast: Dinah: Tiana Malone; Sam: TBD; vocal trio: Joey Clark, Andrea Leap and Jerry Rubino
Bob Adney, Rolf Erdahl, Julie Johnson, Rena Kraut, Norbert Neulibowski, Gail Olszewski, Paul Schimming, Takako Seimiya Senn, Karl Widerwohl, Carrie Vecchione
Past 14/15 Spotlight Series:
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Reflections is an experimental idea, bringing together some of the Twin Cities' most creative musicians from different genres and performing music specifically written for this concert. Each piece will reflect the composer's individual background, life story, and musical journey.
Nachito Herrera, JD Steele, Mischa Santora
Nachito Herrera, piano
JD Steele, vocals
Jacqueline Ultan, cello
LOVE SONG WALTZES
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Just a week before Valentine's Day, this romantic event features some of the greatest love-inspired music, including Schubert's sublime masterpiece for soprano, clarinet, and piano; Gershwin's timeless love tunes; and the rarely heard Love Song Waltzes, among the most charming and wittiest music written by Brahms. Beyond Ballroom Dance Company will enliven the waltzes with their skill and artistry.
Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock)
George Gershwin: Embraceable you; Nice work if you can get it; Our love is here to stay and S'wonderful
George Gershwin/Fazil Say: Variations on Summertime
George Gershwin/Beryl Rubinstein: Summertime
Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer op. 52
(Love Song Waltzes)
Ilah Raleigh, Vicky Vargas, David Kozisek, Seth Keeton, vocal quartet
Antonia Daskalova, Timothy DePrey, pianos
Nina Olsen, clarinet
Jon Iverson, piano
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