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Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor | © Michal Novak

Ginastera, Kodály and Tchaikovsky

Thu Jun 8 — Fri Jun 9, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs, including intermission

Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály believed fervently that music was good for the soul. So it makes sense that on such a colorful, vivacious program, we hear not one but two of his works, the less-familiar Hungarian folk tune-inspired Concerto for Orchestra as well as the much-loved Dances of Galánta. Miguel Harth-Bedoya takes the podium, also conducting Ginastera’s Harp Concerto in a special performance by Chanhassen native Grace Roepke. Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Capriccio italien brings spirit to the soul as the concert concludes.

The Friday night performance will be broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio. Find your station or listen online.

A Few Things To Know

  1. Grace Roepke was the Grand Prize winner of the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition in 2019, becoming the first harpist to receive the honor in the competition’s six-decade history. Read our recent Q&A with her here.
  2. Capriccio italien was written to evoke some of the sights and sounds that Tchaikovsky encountered on a visit to a carnival.
  3. The Ginastera Harp Concerto has only been programmed once before on a Minnesota Orchestra concert, featuring then-Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle in 2016.
  4. Miguel Harth-Bedoya has recently concluded tenures as chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He is an environmental activist who co-founded a compost business and has committed to zero-waste living.

Explore the concert extras

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    Concerto for Orchestra

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    Kodály’s Concerto for Orchestra is infused with Hungarian folk melodies and built on Baroque-era structures, namely the concerto grosso form of small groups in interplay with the full ensemble and, in the middle movement, passacaglia—continual variations over a repeating bass line.


    Harp Concerto

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    Ginastera’s Harp Concerto explores the folk rhythms of Argentina and the many capabilities of the harp, including its fiery energy, mysterious colors and dreamlike special effects.


    Dances of Galánta

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    In Dances of Galánta, Kodály memorializes his boyhood home, imposing his own structure on five dances the local Romani band had played—haunting, majestic, stomping and whirling—producing a vivid image of yesteryear.


    Capriccio italien

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    Tchaikovsky’s delightful ode to Rome opens with a striking military bugle call and continues with episodes based on Italian songs, both lyrical and lively, before the work closes with a sizzling tarantella dance.


Minnesota Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya


Grace Roepke


Plan Your Visit

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

Pre-Concert Presentation

When: Thurs June 8, 10:15am | Fri June 9, 7:15pm
Where: Target Atrium

Janet Horvath, former associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, discusses her book, The Cello Still Sings—A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music. The book is a history of three generations darkened by the long shadow of the Holocaust, and a secret her father discloses weeks before his death about playing with Leonard Bernstein, which helps Janet make sense of her fraught upbringing. 

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.

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Accessibility Services

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  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
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  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

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