MN Opera’s international sensation makes its homecoming, honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion. Recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history, Scottish, French, and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. The Pulitzer-Prize opera Silent Night masterfully juxtaposes the bombastic sounds of war with serene songs from home, and stands as a heartfelt hymn to our common humanity.
Beginning with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and culminating with the heroic brass fanfare of Strauss’ tone poem, the Minnesota Orchestra illuminates the symphonic wizardry of these legendary composers.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Performance at 11 a.m.
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
featuring Nikolai Lugansky, piano
RICHARD STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)