2014-2015 Classical Season Announced to Great Acclaim!

Osmo and the Minnesota Orchestra celebrate our 2014 Grammy Win for Best Orchestral Performance!

Osmo and the Minnesota Orchestra celebrate our 2014 Grammy Win for Best Orchestral Performance!

“The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are thrilled to launch a new chapter in the history of this great orchestra, welcoming old friends and exciting new faces,” said Principal Cello Anthony Ross. “Legendary pianists, numerous celebrations and a spectacular season-opening gala with Renée Fleming are highlights we look forward to. It was a joy for our Artistic Committee to work with Osmo Vänskä in planning this exciting season, which reflects our deep commitment to serve our community with world class orchestral music.”

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Critical Acclaim for the 2014-2015 Classical Season:
New York Times: Back From the Brink, Minnesota Orchestra Announces New Season – Allan Kozinn

Minnpost: Renee Fleming to open Minnesota Orchestra’s 2014-15 classical season – Pamela Espeland

MPR: MN Orchestra unveils first full season since lockout – Euan Kerr

MPR Interview with Osmo Vänskä: What’s behind the Minnesota Orchestra’s new season? – Euan Kerr & Phil Picardi

Pioneer Press: Minnesota Orchestra season has Strauss all October, powerful pianists and Shakespeare – Rob Hubbard

Star Tribune: Minnesota Orchestra: 2014-15 classical season is announced – Graydon Royce

Mask of the Flower Prince Blog: The New Orchestra Season Is Announced! – Scott Chamberlain

Song of the Lark Blog: Best Season EVAR – Emily Hogstad

Northrop Retrospective

10339692_623448517747374_5177033588591601710_nWe were honored to be a part of the celebration of the newly renovated Northrop with a historic program recreating the 1929 Minneapolis Symphony concert in the same space. What a delight it was to be joined by William Wolfram, piano, and the combined forces of the University of Minnesota Choirs and Marching Band. Conducted by our newly-reinstated Music Director, Osmo Vänskä, these concerts were a joyous start to a new era!

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Rob Hubbard’s Review in the Pioneer Press

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Review of Northrop’s Acoustics on Minnpost

Osmo Vänskä and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra at Minneapolis South High School


59 copyWith Osmo Vänskä on the podium, we were delighted to present Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Minneapolis at South High School on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Violist Sam Bergman provided engaging commentary that introduced Mussorgsky’s iconic music to students enrolled in South’s music and art programs. Maestro Vänskä and Musicians greeted the students before and after the concerts, answering questions and even taking a few selfies with students!

As part of our mission to deepen connections between the community and great orchestral music, our Symphonic Adventures concerts are presented in area high schools. In an up-close and familiar setting, students have the opportunity to hear the orchestra, meet musicians and learn about orchestral masterworks. The locations of previous Symphonic Adventures concerts are listed on our here.

Symphonic Adventures Concerts Continue

Manny Laureano

Manny Laureano

The lockout may be over, but the mission of the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians to deepen connections between ourselves and the community continues! We are thrilled to announce two upcoming Symphonic Adventures concerts for students at area high schools:

Friday March 21st | Wayzata High School
Manny Laureano conducts Brahms’ 2nd Symphony

Osmo Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä

Wednesday, April 16th | Minneapolis South High School
Osmo Vänskä conducts Pictures at an Exhibition

These hour-long concerts offer students involved in music programs at their high schools an opportunity to hear the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians perform live and up close in their own school. Great music is interspersed with informative and inspiring dialogue from the conductor on the podium. We thank our generous supporters and donors who make it possible for the Musicians to be able to provide these educational programs to deserving students.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Season Announced!

Laurel Green delivers flowersThe Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are excited to return to our home at Orchestra Hall for the newly announced classical subscription season. We invite you to share a magnificent season with us -filled with great music and friends, both new and old.

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Osmo Vänskä

Several concerts from our “indie” season have been preserved, including an appearance by superstar violinist Joshua Bell in April, as well as Grammy Celebration concerts in March and historic Northrop reopening concerts in May with former Music Director Osmo Vänskä. We are also gratified to continue the Common Chords project with week-long festival in Hibbing. Common Chords is a fantastic vehicle for forging profound relationships and cultural partnerships with communities around our state.


Stephen Hough

We look forward to working again with great artists familiar to our audiences. Pianist Stephen Hough joins us for Rachmaninoff’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton shares his talents at both the podium and the piano. Associate Conductor Courtney Lewis showcases Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Sarah Hicks brings Bernstein’s West Side Story to life. Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg has a new work in celebration of Orchestra Hall’s reopening and guest conductors Yan Pascal Tortelier and Mark Wigglesworth traverse musical territory from the beautiful to the breathtaking.

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

We extend an enthusiastic welcome to the new artists coming to collaborate with the Orchestra. Composer-conductor Eric Whitacre makes his debut with a choral-orchestral spectacular. Additional guest conductors include Christopher Warren-Green and Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie. We also look forward to introducing pianists Daniil TrifonovMichael McHale and Natasha Paremski to Minnesota audiences.

Subscription packages for the 2014 classical season are available to renewing and new subscribers beginning January 27, 2014. Individual tickets are available starting on February 9, 2014.

  • Packages and tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org or in person at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • The Orchestra Hall Box Office will be open beginning two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.
  • Special Box Office and lobby hours begin at 4 p.m. on days of the Minnesota Orchestra’s homecoming concerts on February 7, 8, 14 and 15.
  • For more information, call 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.


Return to Orchestra Hall with the Musicians and Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski for concerts February 7th and 8th featuring Beethoven’s Third Symphony. The homecoming continues February 14th and 15th as Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Holst’s Planets and the Elgar Cello Concerto with soloist Steven Isserlis

Tickets on-sale beginning January 22. The official season launches later in February with a complete season announcement to follow later this month. The public is invited to attend a free open house at Orchestra Hall before each homecoming concert.

The Minnesota Orchestra today announced plans for two weeks of homecoming concerts February 7 through 15, offering audiences the first chance to hear the orchestra perform in renovated Orchestra Hall.

The Orchestra’s return begins February 7 and 8 with a pair of historic concerts led by the ensemble’s eminent Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, highlighted by Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony and Skrowaczewski’s own powerful orchestration of Bach’s D-minor Toccata and Fugue—the work that opened the first concert at Orchestra Hall in 1974.

French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier continues the musical homecoming February 14 and 15 with a set of Valentine’s weekend concerts that includes an all-British program of Holst’s popular The Planets and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the latter featuring virtuoso soloist Steven Isserlis.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., and all are preceded by a free public open house at Orchestra Hall, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Members of the community are invited to become acquainted with the renovated facility, while subscribers may survey seat locations and renew series tickets. No tickets or reservations are required to attend the open house.

“We are thrilled to return to Orchestra Hall, our home, and the home for world class symphonic music in this community. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony will be a triumphant moment for the Minnesota Orchestra,” said Tony Ross, principal cellist.

Skrowaczewski’s artistic relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra extends more than five decades, nearly half of the ensemble’s history, and it is fitting for him to lead our homecoming to the Hall he helped build, reopening just as it opened 40 years ago: with his own orchestration of a Bach masterpiece.

The homecoming concerts, held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, are performed on Friday, February 7; Saturday, February 8; Friday, February 14; and Saturday, February 15, with each concert beginning at 8 p.m. and preceded by a free public open house beginning at 4 p.m.

Tickets to these concerts will be available online at minnesotaorchestra.org starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

Ticket holders will receive a copy of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Grammy-nominated recording of Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 1 and 4 with their order.

The four homecoming concerts are a prelude to the full 2014 Minnesota Orchestra season. Additional announcements about the season will be forthcoming later this month.

Minnesota Orchestra Homecoming Concerts:


Friday, February 7, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Minnesota Orchestra
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor

BACH/Skrowaczewski     Toccata and Fugue in D minor
STRAUSS                     Don Juan
BEETHOVEN                Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director from 1960 to 1979, welcomes the ensemble and the community back to Orchestra Hall with concerts that begin with the first music heard at the Hall’s opening in 1974—his own orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.  Also on the program are the Richard Strauss tone poem Don Juan and Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony.

Tickets: Available online at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Ticket holders will receive a copy of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Grammy-nominated recording of Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 1 and 4 with their order.


Friday, February 14, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Minnesota Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello
Women of the Minnesota Chorale

ELGAR                         Cello Concerto
HOLST                         The Planets

French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier continues the Minnesota Orchestra’s homecoming, leading a program of two British masterworks—Edward Elgar’s exquisite Cello Concerto, featuring the composer’s countryman Steven Isserlis as soloist; and Gustav Holst’s The Planets, an astrological sojourn of music ranging from warlike to jovial, with an ethereal close that includes the women of the Minnesota Chorale, the Orchestra’s principal chorus.

Tickets: Available online at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Ticket holders will receive a copy of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Grammy-nominated recording of Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 1 and 4 with their order.

Tickets will be available starting at 5 p.m. on January 22, 2014, at minnesotaorchestra.org. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; offices are closed on January 20 for the Martin Luther King holiday). The Orchestra Hall Box Office will be open beginning at 4 p.m. on days of the homecoming concerts. Prices listed do not include a $5 service charge per transaction for online orders. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office or Orchestra Hall Box Office. A non-discountable $5 facility fee is included in the price of each individual ticket. No refunds. Tickets to homecoming concerts are non-exchangeable. All sales are final.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant.

Concert This Weekend: Minnesota Chorale in Mozart’s Requiem

Hugh Wolff

Hugh Wolff

Friday, January 10, 2014, 8PM
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8PM

Ted Mann Concert Hall
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Maria Jette, soprano
Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano
James Taylor, tenor
Philip Zawisza, baritone
Minnesota Chorale,
, artistic director

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
MOZART Requiem in D Minor, K. 626


$20, $40, $60

Minnesota Chorale

Minnesota Chorale

Or call U of M Ticketing at 612-624-2345

Join the Minnesota Chorale and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra as we traverse the centuries for an evening of thoughtful and powerfully provocative music by Beethoven, Britten, and one of the most expressive choral works ever written, Mozart’s Requiem. Left unfinished at the composer’s death, the Requiem encompasses the full range of human emotion. Former SPCO Music Director Hugh Wolff returns to the Twin Cities to join forces with an all-star quartet of vocal soloists: Maria Jette, Adriana Zabala, James Taylor and Philip Zawisza. Beethoven’s tumultuous Coriolan Overture opens the program, setting the stage for the impassioned drama of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, a 1940 composition deeply rooted in his philosophy of non-violence.

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.

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 www.northrop.umn.edu.

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!