Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 by Bach/Hubay
What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ (World Premiere) by John Harbison
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns
The Minnesota Orchestra first performed Bach’s Chaconne at Northrop in 1932 when they were known as The Minneapolis Symphony. To celebrate the restoration of Northrop’s famed pipe organ, which has been silent for many years, the orchestra returns to its decades-long former home at the University of Minnesota with Chaconne and even more Bach. One of the world’s great organ virtuosos, Paul Jacobs will showcase the organ in the brilliant world premiere of What Do We Make of Bach? for Orchestra and Obbligato Organ, written by John Harbison, Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018-19 Featured Composer. The world premiere of What Do We Make of Bach? is jointly commissioned by Northrop, University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony
To close this evening’s programming, Northrop’s theater will resonate with Saint-Saëns beloved Organ Symphony.