Minnesota Orchestra: Weekend rundown (classical edition)

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​Saturday night is your last chance to catch the Minnesota Opera's production of Salome by Richard Strauss, the German Romantic composer's steamy take on the story of a young girl who performs an erotic dance for her step-father in order to wreak vengeance on a holy man who rebuffed her advances (scandalous stuff in any time). 

Strauss, for those keeping score at home, was a contemporary of sonic scene painter Gustav Mahler; these guys articulated a harmonic vocabulary that we take for granted today whenever we refer to "lush orchestration," be it in film scores or what have you. 

The Minnesota Opera seems to be getting more ambitious with each passing season, and Salome promises to be vivid, as well as naughty in no small measure. Mlada Khudoley stars as the Biblical bad girl. 

On the west side of the river, the Minnesota Orchestra offers up a program this weekend that includes the St. Olaf Choir. First up is Stravinsky's Concerto in D, followed by the world premiere of Eloquentia, a flute concerto by Manuel Sosa composed for Minnesota Orchestra principal flute Adam Kuenzel.

Rounding out the night is Maurice Durufle's Requiem, a lush and soothing piece that calls for nothing less than celestial voices in accompaniment, which is where the St. Olaf Choir comes into the picture. By the time you're done, you should have had a few rough edges of the soul at least temporarily eased and transported. 

Also playing this weekend is a program by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Leading off is Aaron Copland's Music for the Theatre, followed by Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major K.216, then Wolfie's Symphony in D from the Haffner Serenade. While it's possible in theory to have too much Mozart, I have yet to reach such a point of saturation. 

Salome is performed at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are here
Minnesota Orchestra tickets here; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra tickets here
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