Mother’s Day weekend is filled with classical offerings.
Let’s start with an intriguing program tonight, May 8. The University of Minnesota’s Symphony Orchestra honors the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner with Tannhäuser, the Overture and Venusberg music, followed by the arch-romantic Act I of Die Walküre. The evening features tenor John De Haan and commentary and analysis by School of Music professor Matthew Bribitzer-Stull. The concert is 7:30 pm. in Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra are among the soloists for Minnesota Bach Ensemble‘s spring concerts, May 10-11. Oboist Basil Reeve and bass-baritone Seth Keeton highlight Bach’s ”Ich habe genug” Cantata and Roma Duncan, piccolo, solos during a Vivaldi concerto. Conductor Andrew Altenbach leads this virtuosic ensemble in a program that also include Handel’s Overture to Judas Maccabeus and Bach’s First Orchestral Suite. Performances are Friday, May 10, at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park and Saturday, May 11, at Sundin Music Hall of Hamline University. Both begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, the University of Minnesota’s Campus Orchestra, Singers and Men’s Chorus combine for a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Campus Singers Maroon and Mosaic, and University Men’s Chorus, along with other works. The concert is 7:30 p.m. in Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Also Friday, the Valley Chamber Players and friends will perform the hauntingly beautiful Pastorale d’été by the Swiss composer Arthur Honnegar, written as a birthday present for his wife, and a charming and mysterious three-movement piece by Martinu. The 7 p.m. concert is at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Though admission is free, a free will offering benefits Leisure Age, a program for seniors.
On Saturday, Magnum Chorum ushers in spring with an 8 p.m. program at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata. The evening includes “In the Beginning” by Aaron Copland, Bairstow’s romantic “I Sat Down Under His Shadow,” Clausen’s robust “Set Me as a Seal,” and “Hymn to St. Cecilia” by Britten, among others.
A busy weekend in Minnetonka begins Friday, when the Minnetonka Symphony Chorus performs at 7:30 p.m. in Minnetonka Methodist Church. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Minnetonka Civic Orchestra performs at Mount Cavalry Lutheran Church in Excelsior. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra performs at Westwood Church in St. Louis Park.
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota performs Johannes Brahms’ masterpiece, Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). The St. Paul Central High School Women’s Chorus joins the OSM women in two additional works by Brahms: Psalm 13 and Ave Maria. The performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hamline United Methodist Church, in St. Paul.
Also Saturday, the Twin Cities Women’s Choir’s wraps up its first season under the artistic leadership of Janice Hunton with Divas and Deserts. The Choir’s most popular event will feature a musical performance, desert tastings from some of the Twin Cities finest eateries, and a live and silent auction. Musical repertoire for the concert explores the theme of travel, with songs about everything from traffic and trains to personal, political and spiritual journeys and transformations. The 7:30 p.m. performance is at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis.
Pictured: Minnesota Bach Ensemble.