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Minnesota Beethoven Festival

Epic performances each summer

Masters like Yo-Yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Minnesota Orchestra have all paid homage to Beethoven in this premiere festival, which transforms Winona into a classical music Mecca each summer. The 2014 festival runs June 29 – July 20.

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Boston Brass

June 29: Enjoy the sounds of Beethoven at no cost

Join the members of the Boston Brass as they kick off the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival with a free outdoor concert at Lake Park. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass delights audiences of all ages with a unique brand of entertainment. Remember to pack your picnic basket and blanket and enjoy an evening of great music and boisterous fun!

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Salerno-Sonnenberg, McDermott

July 1: Sweet sonatas

Passion, excitement, and innovation are the hallmarks of internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s artistry. Highly regarded for her compelling performances, daring interpretations and dedication to her craft, she is one of today’s leading violinists. Salerno-Sonnenberg is joined by celebrated pianist, and long-standing collaborator, Anne-Marie McDermott for a recital featuring sonatas by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Fauré.

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Thomas Hampson

July 5: A festival favorite

One of the most respected and sought-after soloists performing today, American baritone Thomas Hampson makes a much-anticipated return to Winona this summer. A long-established Festival favorite, Hampson’s previous two Festival appearances are still considered season highlights for many. Don’t miss the chance to hear what regular Festival-goers have been talking about for years, as this celebrated artist once again presents a glorious evening of song!

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Attacca Quartet

July 8: Young musicians with a passion

First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinners in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally-acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. The Quartet has recently completed a recording project of the complete works for string quartet by John Adams, and their Festival debut will highlight the music of Adams as well as Beethoven.

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Sir James Galway

July 10: Legacy Tour

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The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, he has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts. Sir James–with the help of some friends–will be performing his “Legacy Tour” program, in a spectacular concert you won’t soon forget!

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Dale Warland and Festival Chorale

July 12 & 13: Hosted by MPR

This summer we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Festival Chorale, led by beloved choral director Dale Warland, and what better way to celebrate than with a weekend of unforgettable music and unforgettable music making in an unforgettable space! Join Warland and the Chorale for a gorgeous program featuring the music of Argento, Persichetti, and Pärt. Minnesota Public Radio’s Brian Newhouse will once again be in Winona to host this unique musical event.

Ticket holders are invited to join Dale Warland and Brian Newhouse for a pre-concert talk beginning one hour prior to each performance in the Chapel.

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Edgar Meyer

July 15: Double bass virtuoso

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In demand as both a performer and a composer, double bassist Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,” Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have caught the attention and appreciation of a vast, varied audience. Join Meyer for an equally vast and varied evening of music, in which the music of J.S. Bach is followed by Meyer’s own compositions.

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New York Chamber Soloists

July 17 & 18: Ensemble at the art museum

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Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts, the New York Chamber Soloists have maintained a unique niche in the chamber music world for over five decades. Joined by pianist André Laplante, they will present an intimate evening of chamber music at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, highlighted by Schubert’s famed “Trout” Quintet.

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

July 20: All Beethoven Finale

A fitting end to a fabulous 2014 season! The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra returns to Winona to close the Festival with an all-Beethoven program, including the beautiful Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring Festival Artistic and Managing Director, Ned Kirk. People are still talking about the Orchestra’s stunning performance at the 2013 season, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear this dynamic ensemble once again!

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About the festival

The soundtrack to a summer in Winona

In its eighth season, Minnesota Beethoven Festival is a Winona institution. Performance selections showcase the unique talents of each orchestra, soloist and ensemble. This community celebration of Beethoven takes in many Winona venues including the Winona Lake Park Bandshell, Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University, Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona Middle School and Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

The festival is led by artistic and managing director Ned Kirk.

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