Skrowaczewski Conducts Titans of the Romantic Era – November 14 & 15

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Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
Ted Mann Concert Hall
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Lydia Artymiw, piano

Prelude and Liebestod, from Tristan and Isolde

Concerto No. 23 in A major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488


Lydia Artymiw

Lydia Artymiw, piano

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Program Story:
Romantic era composer Richard Wagner had written off so-called “absolute music” until Johannes Brahms entered the fray with his symphonies. You’ll have the opportunity to revel in the sensual tragedy of Wagner’s immortal Prelude and Love Death, from his opera Tristan and Isolde, and then bask in the warmth and excitement of the Brahms Symphony No. 2. The Twin Cities own Lydia Artymiw adds her touch of classical elegance to the proceedings with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488. Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads the forces of The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra for an evening of sweeping emotion and beauty.

All Performances are at Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Farewell Maestro, Until We Meet Again

MN-Orchestra-and-Osmo-Vanska258-630x466We are filled with gratitude to everyone who joined us for Osmo’s farewell concerts this weekend, and immensely grateful to Osmo himself for agreeing to lead us one more time. Emanuel Ax showed incredible integrity and musicianship in his performances with us. During these concerts, we promised that the music would continue, and it will. We’ll see you all very soon.

Press coverage from this weekend’s farewell concerts:

Star Tribune
Vänskä’s Minnesota journey (Photo Gallery)
Fans, musicians, writers recall Osmo Moments (Testimonials)
Vänskä plays final concerts (Article and Video)

Standing ovations, tears for Vanska as conductor begins waving his baton goodbye

Pioneer Press
Minnesota Orchestra Mourns in Maestro

Osmo Vänskä’s farewell concerts end in a thank you, and silence
From Prince to MN Orch musicians to Martin Devaney, the beat goes on no matter what
Goodbye to Osmo;

NY Times
Departing Conductor Conducts Locked-Out Minnesota Orchestra
Strife Joins Minnesota Musicians in Concert

On the Blogs
Mask of the Flower Prince: The Concert

Osmo Vänskä to Conduct Sold-Out Concerts with the Musicians this weekend.

Update: Additional Performance Added due to high demand: 2PM on Saturday October 5th. 
Tickets available starting at 8am on Friday October 4th. Student discount of $15 per ticket available for this performance only (Valid ID must be shown when picking up tickets at will call)
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The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today announced that Osmo Vänskä will conduct concerts this Friday and Saturday at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The concerts, also featuring piano soloist Emanuel Ax, will be Vänskä’s farewell to the community and audience that have supported classical music so passionately.

“We are very happy to be able to present an additional concert so that our audience has the opportunity to hear this special performance,” said Principal Trombonist, Douglas Wright.

October 4th and 5th, at 8:00 PM Ted Mann Concert Hall
The concerts will feature star piano soloist, Emanuel Ax, in a program to include Beethoven Concerto No. 3, Mozart Concerto No. 27, and Stravinsky’s spectacular Suite from The Firebird.

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Mission Statement

The musicians believe that a professional symphony orchestra is an integral part of the cultural fabric of every great city. Our mission is to maintain and grow an engaged and supportive audience for classical music in the state of Minnesota.

A Letter From the Musicians

Dear Friends,

By now, you are all no doubt aware that Osmo Vänskä resigned this morning as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra. It has been a devastating day for us all, and we are truly sorry that we are only now finding the time to update our website. The Musicians of the Orchestra spent this morning honoring a commitment we had made to Hopkins High School to perform an educational concert for their orchestra and band students, and spent the afternoon and early evening responding to press inquiries and gathering with our supporters on Peavey Plaza for a rally marking a full year since the beginning of the lockout. 

We know that there is tremendous hurt, frustration, and anger in our community right now over the inability of everyone involved in this dispute to come to an agreement and bring the music back to Orchestra Hall. We know that there is dismay, even among some who have supported the musicians throughout this ordeal, that we were unable to avert Osmo’s resignation through some last-minute compromise. We have spent the past several weeks, and this past weekend in particular, in dogged pursuit of just such a compromise, but have found ourselves rebuffed at every turn.

There will be a time, and it will be very soon, to begin dissecting the reasons that these negotiations have led us to such a terrible pass, but tonight is not that time. Tonight is a night to celebrate the remarkable tenure of Osmo Vänskä, to hold all that we accomplished together up to the light, and to reflect on what has been lost today. 

We began this day wiping away tears of sorrow, and performing some of the greatest music that has ever been written for a rapt audience of teenagers. We end it by expressing our heartfelt gratitude to one of the finest leaders our orchestra – any orchestra – has ever had. From the day he arrived in Minneapolis, Osmo told us that our number one job under his leadership would be to work every day to be a better orchestra than we were the day before. We took that mission seriously, and we still do. 

Thank you, Osmo, for everything. 

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra