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Kirill Gerstein | © Marco Borggreve

Søndergård, Gerstein and Rachmaninoff

Thu May 2 — Fri May 3, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

Metal, wood, water, fire and earth comprise the five universal materials that serve as the inspiration for Qigang Chen’s The Five Elements. And in Also sprach Zarathustra, Richard Strauss immerses us into an exploration of nature, evolution and humanity, setting up a powerful concert full of discovery (plus, of course, that iconic theme used in 2001: A Space Odyssey!). At the program’s center, pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to the keys for another spectacular Rachmaninoff piano concerto experience.

A Few Things to Know

  • Composer Qigang Chen served as the music director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
  • In an interview for The New York Times, Kirill Gerstein said of Rachmaninoff: “When I think of his music, one of the words that flashes in my mind is sincerity.”
  • Music from Also sprach Zarathustra has found its way into numerous film and movie soundtracks, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Toy Story 2, Zoolander and WALL-E.

Date & Time




  • CHEN

    The Five Elements


    Piano Concerto No. 1


    Also sprach Zarathustra


Minnesota Orchestra

Thomas Søndergård


Kirill Gerstein


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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.