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Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra

Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director



MM Reading Session at South View

Update from the Artistic Director


Welcome to Minnehaha Music!
Already in its fourth season, the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra continues playing works from the enormously rich and extensive orchestral repertoire. The orchestra ‘reads’ through a selection over a course of two to three reading rehearsals, every other Saturday morning, and then moves on to other selections. Since our first reading session in September, 2013, the orchestra has played 60 works by over two dozen composers, affording musicians the opportunity to hone their skills and acquaint themselves with important music they may otherwise miss. This format is unique in the Twin Cities, serving a function in the music community which otherwise is lacking.

The orchestra played its third annual concert on November 13, 2016, featuring the remarkable flamenco dancer Deborah Elias. Spanish and Mediterranean influenced music was highlighted, including works by de Falla, Albéniz, Bizet, Debussy, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

Our spring gathering at the Edina Country Club celebrates the musicians of our group and features chamber music played by orchestra members. Minnehaha Music supporters and friends are encouraged to attend our next gathering to be held on May 7, 2017.

I wish to profusely thank the many musicians who have been playing with Minnehaha Music, and also thank our generous donors who enable us to print and rent music, pay for facilities and miscellaneous expenses. Minnehaha Music continues to grow in quality. We plan to continue developing our orchestra and expand outreach programs during the coming year.

All best wishes,
Craig Randal Johnson
Artistic Director


Musician Participation


Musicians, regardless of age or background, are welcome to play with the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra. Participants are expected to read and play the repertoire selections, albeit not necessarily at the highest level of capability. Indeed, one purpose of this orchestra is to enable musicians to improve their skill set and play at a higher level. There is no official audition procedure, yet wind and brass players interested in playing should contact Craig Randal Johnson in advance, to learn what playing spots may be available, and to learn what expectations are for their instrument. The orchestra welcomes string players at any time.


The orchestra partially functions on a rotation basis, thereby allowing musicians to occasionally skip a reading session and permitting others to play. Persons who regularly play with the orchestra will have greater long term opportunities to play other functions presented by Minnehaha Music, as well as avail themselves of concerto reading possibilities with the Repertory Orchestra.


Contact Artistic Director Craig Randal Johnson if you wish to play

E-mail: crjmhahamusic@gmail.com

Phone: 612-804-9679



Schedule, Location, and Repertoire Information


Upcoming Minnehaha Music Reading Sessions:
Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
South View Middle School, Edina, MM

March 4, 2017: Barber ‘School for Scandal Overture’; Strauss ‘Don Juan', TBA

March 18: Same as March 4, add Wagner Tristan ‘Liebestod’

April 1:

April 8:



April 22:

May 13:




Music parts availability: Generally selections are available online at the free site IMSLP. For some works hard published copies are available, and printouts from IMSLP and other sources can be mailed out or passed out.


DIRECTIONS:
Google map South View Middle School is located almost directly east of the Edina Community Center building - the old Edina High School - near Benton and Hwy 100. From Highway 100 going southbound exit at Benton Ave, cross over Highway 100 and turn left onto the service road. Turn right onto Southview Lane - look to the right. From Highway 100 going north exit at W 50th St., and turn back south along the east Frontage Road (Willson Rd, Normandale Rd). Turn left onto Southview Lane - look to the right. Free parking is available in the Center Parking Lot (located on South View Lane in between the Middle School and the Edina Community Center). Enter door 6 at South View Middle School (Dr. Kenneth A. Dragseth Wing). We will meet in the Orchestra Room - look for directional signs.



Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra

Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Deborah Elias, flamenco dance

Dragseth Auditorium/Edina, Minnesota
November 13, 2016

  • Sicilian Vespers Overture...........................................Giuseppe Verdi

  • Petite Suite............................................................Claude Debussy

  • Danza No. 2, from La vida breve............................... Manuel de Falla
  • Deborah Elias, Flamenco Dance

  • Leyenda (Preludio-Asturias)........................................ Isaac Albéniz
  • Deborah Elias, Flamenco Dance

  • Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy....................... Peter Tchaikovsky

  • Habanera from the opera Carmen..................................................................Georges Bizet
  • Deborah Elias, Flamenco Dance



Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra / Fall Performance

Dragseth Auditorium/Edina, Minnesota

November 8, 2015

Elizabeth York, Solo Violinist
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor

  • Ballet Music from Faust............................................Charles Gounod

  • Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11......Antonin Dvorak
  • Elizabeth York, Violin

  • Lemminkäinen’s Return, Op. 22.................................... Jean Sibelius

  • Symphony No. 2 ‘Romantic’, Op. 30............................Howard Hanson



Minnehaha Music Inaugural Concert Program

Dragseth Auditorium/Edina, Minnesota

November 9, 2014

  • Egmont Overture, Op. 84..................................Ludwig van Beethoven

  • "Un'aura Amorosa" from Cosi Fan Tutte.........Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • "Ecco Ridente" from Il Babiere di Siviglia.................Gioacchino Rossini
  • Justin Berkowitz, Tenor

  • The Moldau, from "My Country"...............................Bedřich Smetana

  • Selections from 'The Sleeping Beauty'...................Peter Tschaikowsky
  • (Pas d'Action, Pas de caractère, Waltz)

  • "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from L'elisir d'Amore..............Gaetano Donizetti
  • "Povero Ernesto" from Don Pasquale.......................Gaetano Donizetti
  • Justin Berkowitz, Tenor

  • Pelléas et Melisande, Prelude.......................................Gabriel Fauré

  • "Ah mes amis!" from La Fille du Regiment................Gaetano Donizetti
  • Justin Berkowitz, Tenor



Minnehaha Music Repertoire / 2016 - 2017 :
Orchestral Literature the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played in reading sessions.

  • Barber: The School for Scandal Overture
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
  • Davidson: Dove Gloria (arrangement)
  • Dvorak: The Wood Dove, Op. 110 (tone poem)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 88
  • Reger: Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132
  • Sibelius: Karelia Suite
  • Strauss, R.: Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Stravinsky: Little Suite No. 1
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64
Works read and also played in the November 13, 2016 concert:
  • Albéniz: Leyenda (Preludio-Asturias)
  • Debussy: Petite Suite
  • de Falla: Danza No. 1 from La vide breve
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
  • Verdi: Overture from I Vespri Siciliani


Minnehaha Music Repertoire / 2015 - 2016 :
Orchestral Literature the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played in reading sessions.

  • Barber: First Essay for Orchestra
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
  • Carl, Robert: The White Heron (composed 2012)
  • Elgar: Dream Children, Op. 43
  • Gounod: Ballet Music from ‘Faust’
  • Hanson: Symphony No. 2 ‘Romantic’, Op. 30
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 82 ‘The Bear’
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 103 ‘Drum Roll’
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 ‘Scottish’
  • Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva", Op. 27
  • Ravel: Le Tombeau du Couperin
  • Rossini: La scala di seta Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17
  • Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Overture


Minnehaha Music Repertoire List/ 2014 - 2015 :
Orchestral Literature the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played in reading sessions.

  • Beethoven: Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op 92
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 2
  • Bizet: Symphony in C
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60
  • Elgar: Cockaigne Overture ‘In London Town’
  • de Falla: Danza Española No. 1/ La vide breve
  • Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande
  • Franck: Symphony in D Minor
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 99
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Nights Dream Ov., Op. 21
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3/ K. 216. Kelly Carter, Violin
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
  • Sibelius: Lemminkäinen’s Return
  • Tschaikowsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
  • Wagner: Prelude Act I/ Parsifal
  • von Weber: Oberon Overture


Minnehaha Music Repertoire List/ 2013-2014:
Orchestral Literature the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played in reading sessions.

  • Beethoven: Septet Op. 20
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60
  • Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
  • Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124
  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77/ first movement
    Elizabeth York, violin
  • Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Op. 70
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Overture
  • Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 9
  • Schumann, R: Symphony No. 3, Op. 97 ‘Rhenish’
  • Smetana: The Moldau (from Ma Vlast)
  • Smetana: Sarka (from Ma Vlast)
  • Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani Overture
  • von Weber: Der Freischütz Overture


“...the conductor Craig Randal Johnson brought out the darkness in the music, kept the score and the singers well balanced, and made the climaxes pay off.”

'Opera' Magazine, London