Minnesota Orchestra ‘Listening Project’ to Showcase Underrepresented Composers.

By Chris Ruel

Minnesota Orchestra will shine a spotlight on historically underrepresented composers in its “Listening Project,” beginning on Nov. 3. Kensho Watanabe returns to conduct, and Dr. Louise Toppin, a renowned performer and scholar, will provide insights into the pieces.

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel will make her debut, performing Carmen Brouard’s piece on Emily Dickinson, “Trois monologues d’Émili.”

The concert focuses on 20th-century and modern compositions that were not recorded because of industry discrimination. Julia Perry’s rhythmically complex “Short Piece for Orchestra” and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Mop/Mop: A Symphonic Sketch,” dedicated to Max Roach, are featured in the lineup.

The program also includes Errollyn Wallen’s “The World’s Weather,” Brian Raphael Nabors’ “Pulse,” and Alvin Singleton’s “56 Blows” in response to police brutality.

The works will be recorded to promote future orchestral performances.

Flexible ticket pricing will be available, and those under 18 can attend for free via the “Hall Pass” program. YourClassical MPR will record for a February 2024 rebroadcast, and recordings will also be shared with the African Diaspora Music Project.