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Ring Without Words

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Orchestra Hall
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – 3:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Sunday, January 7
at 3:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

Fantasy kingdoms, scandalous love affairs, dwarfs, giants, and powerful music. Game of Thrones? Tolkien? Actually, both are predated by the Ring Cycle, Wagner’s master achievement in his quest to create an all-encompassing theatrical experience. Gods, mortals, and mythical creatures scheme to gain the magic ring that endows its possessor power over the world. Through the late Maestro Lorin Maazel’s compilation Ring Without Words, premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Wagner’s four operatic installments of Der Ring des Nibelungen are presented together in concert.

ConcerTalk 1/6 at 7 PM & 1/7 at 2 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! In this iteration, conductor Todd Craven will speak about the program.


James Gaffigan, conductor  Bio

American conductor James Gaffigan is praised for the precision and natural ease of his conducting and the illuminating insight of his musicianship. His passionate, energetic performances and ability to connect deeply with audiences and musicians has attracted international attention. Mr. Gaffigan's international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Since then, Mr. Gaffigan has worked with numerous institutions, and is repeatedly sought after as guest conductor with North America's most prominent orchestras including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New World, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Toronto Symphonies, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Stephen Hough, piano   Bio

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time. Over the course of a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists, he has also excelled as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality, and his musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings.

Learn more at stephenhough.com.


BRITTA BYSTRÖM Many, Yet One (World Premiere)  
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1  
WAGNER Ring Without Words