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Erin Keefe | © Zoe Prinds-Flash

Søndergård, Keefe and Brahms

Thu Apr 11 — Sat Apr 13, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Robert Schumann composed his Spring Symphony during the wintertime, dreaming of warmer days to come and the signs of life that would soon abound in nature. This sounds like the kind of activity many of us in Minnesota would understand! Thomas Søndergård conducts this bright, joyful symphony and collaborates with Concertmaster Erin Keefe for a performance of Max Bruch’s elegant First Violin Concerto. The Minnesota Chorale will lend their voices to two works on this program, performing Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied and delivering the U.S. premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s Rise Up, O Sun!

A Few Things to Know

  1. In addition to her extraordinary performance career, Concertmaster Erin Keefe loves to cook, bake, and host parties for friends.
  2. Eleanor Alberga asked her mother if she could begin piano lessons when she was five years old; at age 10, she penned her first composition, Andy, inspired by her family’s dog.
  3. Thomas Søndergård names Robert Schumann on his list of favorite composers. This will be the first time he conducts Schumann’s music with the Minnesota Orchestra.
  4. For the Saturday 2pm concert, join Music Director Thomas Søndergård for a post-concert conversation.

Date & Time





    Rise Up, O Sun!


    Violin Concerto No. 1




    Symphony No. 1, Spring


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård


Erin Keefe


Minnesota Chorale

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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.