Winter-Spring Season Announcement, Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!

We are proud to announce today our plan to produce and host at least 10 concerts in a self-produced Winter-Spring Season, Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!

The first concerts, Memory and Reverence: Minnesota Chorale in Mozart’s Requiem, are on-sale now.

In addition to the previously announced Echoes of History concerts with Osmo Vänskä that will re-open Northrop at the University of Minnesota, the Musicians will be joined by Maestro Vänskä for a second round of Grammy Celebration Concerts on March 20th and 21st to commemorate our second consecutive Grammy nomination with performances of Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 & 4. The Musicians and Vänskä were nominated last Friday for our second Grammy in as many years for Best Orchestral Performance.

Major Highlights include:

  • Superstar violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the Musicians Orchestra on April 15th.
  • Living legend Itzhak Perlman will play with the orchestra as well as conduct on May 14th.
  • The Minnesota Chorale will join the orchestra in January for performances of Mozart’s Requiem, along with former SPCO Music Director Hugh Wolff.
  • Fresh performances of the first-ever micro-funded symphony, Judd Greenstein’s lushly-scored Acadia (over 400 Minnesotans made small contributions in 2011 to have it written for the popular Inside the Classics Series in 2012), as well as noted pianist Kevin Cole performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by former Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Mischa Santora.

“Our goal is to maintain a world-class concert schedule for the community, and we are grateful for the community’s continued support,” cellist Tony Ross said. “We are grateful to these renowned musicians and conductors for their commitment to keep the music alive in Minnesota.”

More concerts in the Musicians’ Symphonic Adventures series, featuring full orchestral performances for area middle and high schools, will be planned in conjunction with the main-stage performances.

If the lockout of the Orchestra ends, the Musicians could work with management to merge any planned concerts produced by the Orchestral Association with those produced by the Musicians.

See the full season listing and on-sale dates here.

Community Meeting held with overflow crowd

We thank everyone who helped make our Community Meeting today a remarkable success, especially those in attendance as well as the numerous supporters here and around the world who have made our accomplishments and concert productions possible. We are truly blessed to live in a vibrant arts community.

Reaching an agreement with the Minnesota Orchestral Association remains our top priority, but in the meantime we will continue to make plans to fulfill our promise of keeping great orchestral music alive here in Minnesota.

The mission of our 501(c)(3) organization, the Minnesota Orchestra Members, is to inspire an ever-widening audience to seek a lifelong relationship with great symphonic music. Our plans in the new year will reflect this vision, and we feel energized and appreciative as we move forward, hand-in-hand with our community.

If you missed the meeting, read 


Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming concerts!




Press coverage of the Community Meeting:

Overflow crowd cheers locked-out Orchestra musicians — and plans for more concerts By Doug Grow | 02:38 pm

MnOrch musicians want deal, but ready to go it alone
Euan Kerr · MINNEAPOLIS · Dec 9, 2013

Minnesota Orchestra musicians raise $650,000, vow to play on
Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune Updated: December 9, 2013 – 8:12 PM

Grammy Nomination for Best Orchestral Performance!

Sibelius1-4We are very excited to share the great news that the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and our former Music Director Osmo Vänksä have received our second Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance in as many years for our recording of Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, produced and recorded by BIS Records (Star Tribune review by Larry Fuchsberg).

We will have a limited number of the recording for sale at our Classical Concert for the Holidays: A Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium on December 14th and 15th. The SACD is available at HBDirect.
High resolution downloads are also available at eClassical.

We were delighted to have been nominated last year for the recordings of Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5, and were honored that our celebrated recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, also under the BIS label, was previously nominated.

For our last Grammy nomination, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Judy Dayton graciously invited the Musicians and Osmo Vänskä to perform a concert of the nominated works as a Community Celebration. The sold-out concert turned out to be a huge success.

We also congratulate the musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for their nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Solo category for their collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for their recording of Maria Schnedier’s Winter Morning Walks.

The Grammy Awards this year will be held on January 26th, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The nominees for the Best Orchestral Performance category are:

  • Atterberg: “Orchestral Works Vol. 1,” Neeme Järvi, conductor (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) [Chandos]
  • Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Track from: “Lutoslawski: The Symphonies” [Sony Classical]
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva, Claudio Abbado, conductor (Orchestra Mozart) [Deutsche Grammophon]
  • Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra) [BIS Records]
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker) [EMI Classics]

We thank the Grammys for their consideration!

Echoes of History with Osmo Vänskä and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

 Second Concert Added on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00PM!

Tickets for this added concert will go on-sale Monday, December 16th at 12 NOON at

Audiences have quickly snapped up tickets to Echoes of History with Osmo Vänskä and pianist William Wolfram! Many of you wrote expressing concern that you had missed the opportunity to get tickets for this historic performance, so we’ve added a 2nd concert on May 4th!

Our holiday offer for you:

Purchase tickets to our December 14th and 15th Classical Concerts for the Holidays, and you will be able to join the entire audience when we hand out a special pre-sale code at the concerts!

This code will enable attendees to buy tickets early to the added May 4th Echoes of History concert, the evening before it goes on sale to the general public, to secure the best seats for this added concert!

So please join us for our holiday concert on Dec. 14th & 15th, featuring the return of former music director Eiji Oue, the amazing talents of pianist Jon Kimura-Parker, with everyone’s favorite holiday tunes from The Nutcracker and get a pre-sale code to our May 4th concert with Osmo and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Now there are more reasons than ever to celebrate the holidays with us!

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra to hold Community Meeting

The Musicians will release a Community Report summarizing the past year and previewing a new vision for the Musicians in the Community

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will hold an open public meeting next Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:30 am at the Hilton Minneapolis, to present a report to the community about their progress and activities in sharing classical music with citizens of Minnesota during the past year. The Musicians will unveil a new mission statement that they will work to fulfill in the years going forward.

The Musicians, who have formed a new 501(c)(3), raised over $60,000 on Give to the Max Day and over $300,000 since August. Locked-out since October 1, 2012, the Musicians have produced over 20 sold-out concerts and more than ten educational programs for nearly 30, 000 people.

We invite and welcome you to join us!

WHO: Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Community Leaders, and all interested members of the Community

WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:30 am (should conclude by noon)

WHERE: Hilton Minneapolis, Duluth Room

1001 Marquette Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55403