Minnesota Orchestra’s summer festival focuses on the music of the Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties is the theme of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Summer at Orchestra Hall festival, which runs from July 8 to August 10.

Tickets go on sale April 22 via minnesotaorchestra.org or by phone at 612-371-5656.

Programming centers on works from the 1920s, including Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G, Gershwin’s Concerto in F, selections inspired by Harlem’s nightclubs and the film “An American in Paris” performed live in concert.

“The festival will dive into one of music’s most transformative decades,” said pianist and creative partner Jon Kimura Parker in a news release. “I’m thrilled to perform works by Ravel and Gershwin, two prolific composers inspired by jazz. Plus, you’ll hear works written for ballets and operas that illustrate the enduring influence of jazz on orchestral music.”

Events, which take place at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis unless otherwise noted, include:

Symphony for the Cities: The orchestra’s annual run of free concerts will be led by Norman Huynh, music director of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and will include patriotic songs, film music and symphonic selections from Carlos Simon, Edvard Grieg and Ludwig van Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. July 8, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis; 8:30 p.m. July 10, Hilde Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth; 7:30 p.m. July 11, Lakefront Park Bandshell, Hudson, Wis.; 8 p.m. July 13, Winona Lake Park Bandshell.

Beethoven Symphony No. 4: After recent appearances with numerous European symphonies, Delyana Lazarova will appear for the first time with the Minnesota Orchestra to lead a program from the heart of the Classical period of Western music, with each composed between 1775 and 1806. 8 p.m. July 19 and 7 p.m. July 20; 4 p.m. July 21, Winona Middle School Auditorium.

Weill, Ravel and Prokofiev: Stephanie Childress, who earned second prize at the inaugural Parisian conducting competition La Maestra, makes her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra leading several orchestral works written in the 1920s. 8 p.m. July 26.

Day of Music: A full day of performances and exhibitions take place throughout Orchestra Hall, celebrating many genres of art for all ages. This year’s festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of Orchestra Hall with free offerings from Twin Cities-based musicians, dancers and visual artists and two concerts conducted by Childress. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 27.

Grand Piano Spectacular: Creative partner Parker has revived this staple of the Minnesota Orchestra’s late Sommerfest that brings together virtuoso pianists for a special concert. Parker will be joined by three young pianists, Gabriela Martinez, Osip Nikiforov and Szuyu Su. 7 p.m. Aug. 1.

Gershwin Concerto in F: In her Minnesota Orchestra debut, conductor Lina González-Granados heads a program that includes two works from George Gershwin performed by Parker. 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Uptown Nights: Byron Stripling, the principal pops conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a jazz trumpeter who has been a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert inspired by the famed musical hot spots of Harlem’s heyday. 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

“An American in Paris”: Principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks will lead the orchestra as they perform the score to a screening of “An American in Paris.” With a title borrowed from Gershwin’s 1928 symphonic poem, the 1951 musical stars Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron and won six Oscars, including best picture. 7 p.m. Aug. 9-10.

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