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Thomas Søndergård | © Chris McDuffie

Søndergård, Debussy and Ravel

Thu Sep 28 — Sat Sep 30, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

This concert is for lovers of scintillating stories and magical moments. Daring adventures, mythical creatures, sorcery and romance each play a role as Thomas Søndergård guides the Orchestra through evocative music by Lera Auerbach, Claude Debussy and Samuel Barber—and to make an enchanting tale even dreamier, the Minnesota Chorale joins the Orchestra for the first time in the new season in Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe.

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The Friday night performance will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and streamed live on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things to Know

  • Multi-talented composer Lera Auerbach expresses herself and shares stories through multiple different mediums, as she is also a conductor, a pianist, an award-winning poet and an exhibited visual artist.
  • Fifty years ago this December, the Minnesota Chorale first appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah, just one year after the Chorale was founded.
  • Samuel Barber worked with dancer and choreographer Martha Graham to create a ballet based on Euripides’ Medea’s Dance of Vengeance is just one part of the complete work, but it is the climactic and most dramatic one of all.
  • For the Saturday 2pm concert, join Music Director Thomas Søndergård for a post-concert conversation.

Explore the concert extras

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    Contemporary composer Lera Auerbach’s Icarus is abstract music, but its title beckons the listener to reflect on the mythical Icarus, his fatal flight and the human desire to transcend limits.


    Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

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    A sleeping faun, represented by a languid, sensual flute solo, dreams of a romantic tryst with forest nymphs. Like the poem it is based on, this music is impressionistic—offering a series of sensations without formal structure.


    Medea’s Dance of Vengeance

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    Samuel Barber’s music captures the essence of a tragic Greek myth—Medea and her murderous revenge after being abandoned—in emphasizing the psychological states of vengeance and jealousy rather than a literal retelling of the story.


    Daphnis and Chloe

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    This ballet reveals Classical myth as seen through the lens of French impressionism. Daphnis and Chloe (“Chloé” in French) dance to opulent music, spurning all rivals—but pirates attack and carry off Chloe. The god Pan responds to the entreaties of onlookers and, with a flash of the supernatural, he drives off the enemy. The reunited lovers thank him, and the entire crowd takes part in a joyful dance.


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård


Minnesota Chorale

Plan your visit

  • Pre-concert activities
  • Valet Parking
  • Pre-order Beverages
  • Directions & Parking
  • Helpful Tips

Pre-Concert Interview

When: Thur Sept 28, 10:15am | Fri Sept 29, 7:15pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine

Join host Phillip Gainsley and guests in a conversation about today's concert program and more.

Post-Concert Interview

When: Sat Sept 30 | immediately following the concert
Where: On stage

Minnesota Public Radio's Melissa Ousley interviews new music director Thomas Søndergård on stage immediately following the concert. Ousley has been the host of Minnesota Orchestra's live broadcasts since 2019.

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony small ensemble

When: Sat Sept 30 | 1:15pm
Where: Target Atrium

Enjoy selected music from a Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony's small ensemble. GTCYS's provides a rigorous and inspiring orchestral experience for young musicians.

Know Before You Go

An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Directions & Parking

All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.

Pre-order beverages

Skip the lines at the bar! Pre-order your intermission beverage via the MN Orch App when you arrive at Orchestra Hall.

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.



The 2023-2024 Classical Season is presented by Ameriprise Financial.