The Baroque Room’s Flying Forms and Studio Z’s Zeitgeist, part of Second Floor Live in the Northwestern Building, join forces to share their love of musical adventure in this collaborative celebration of musical tradition and innovation. This concert features new works by Abbie Betinis, Kirsten Broberg, Asako Hirabayashi, Nissim Schaul, Justin Rubin and Scott Miller—pieces written for Flying Forms’ baroque instruments plus new works for Zeitgeist inspired by music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 17-18 and 2 p.m. May 19.
On Saturday, right down the hall from Studio Z, in the Baroque Room, 2010 McKnight Fellowship recipient and composer Jocelyn Hagen celebrates the release of her first studio recording. Her program includes love songs, her settings of poetry by E. E. Cummings, as well as a significant and dramatic work titled “Songs of Fields and Prairies,” commissioned by the North Dakota Music Teachers Association. Performing with Hagen are Bradley Greenwald, baritone; Linh Kauffman, soprano; Gary Ruschman, tenor; and Sonja Thompson, piano. The concert is at 7:30 p.m.
Manny Laureano, principal trumpeter of the Minnesota Orchestra, guests as a soloist and conductor with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. The eclectic program includes works by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Gould, Ives and Osowsky. The free concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra sandwiches Dvorak’s Te Deum around Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, closing out its 40th season. Guests include sopranos Rachel Daddio and Deborah Carbaugh, bass vocalists Philip Zawiska and Steven Marking, tenor Richard Joseph and also Mary Monson. Kathy Saltzman Romey conducts Te Deum. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday at Roseville Lutheran Church and 4 p.m. Sunday at South View Middle School in Edina.
On Sunday, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota performs pieces from Kodaly, Haydn and Shostakovich in a program featuring the Indy Trio: violinist Ariana Kim, joined by guest artists Dennis McCafferty (cello) and Richard Ratliff (piano). The concert is at 4 p.m. in First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights.
Dipping into next week, VocalEssence celebrates the vibrant culture and music of Mexico with two performances of a program called “¡Cantaré! (I Will Sing!),” both of them May 21 at Wayzata Community Church. The concerts are the culmination of the organization’s annual ¡Cantaré! program. ¡Cantaré!, founded and conducted by VocalEssence, pairs Mexican composers-in-residence with select Twin Cities elementary, high school and college choirs and community choruses to explore Mexico’s cultural and choral heritage. At 6 p.m., the VocalEssence Chorus will perform with students from Minneapolis’s Windom Dual Spanish Immersion, St. Louis Park’s Park Spanish Immersion, St. Anthony Park Elementary and the Latino Children’s Choir. At 8 p.m., the chorus will perform again with high school choirs from Blaine, Central (St. Paul) and Hopkins High Schools. Both ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts are free and open to the public.
Pictured: Jocelyn Hagen.