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.

Catch Them While You Can – Encore and Photo Gallery

Thank you to all who attended our special Catch Them While You Can concert last weekend and for donating so generously.

We would like to share the encore from the concert, an excerpt of the Larghetto movement from the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, with Burt Hara, Erin Keefe, Gina DiBello, Thomas Turner, Anthony Ross. To listen: click here

Please enjoy the photo gallery of this special event. Photos by Courtney Perry.

Jorja & Erin

We are thrilled and delighted that Jorja, our longtime friend and colleague, is able to be here, making music with us this weekend.  Seeing our two concert masters, past and present, playing Bach and Beethoven side-by-side, is compelling testimony to the generosity of spirit we have witnessed day after day during this struggle. Musical bonds are strong, indeed.

A huge thank you to our dear friend, Jorja.  We are full of gratitude for your friendship and support.

Photo by William Schrickel

Edo de Waart

When Edo De Waart was the Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, one of our tours ended in Reading, PA, on a gray Sunday afternoon at the Rajah Theater. The backstage areas were run down, as our concert was the last event taking place in the hall before it was boarded up. We had been on the road for ten or eleven days, and everyone was anxious to get home. Yet Edo, in his cramped dressing room before the concert, took a fresh look at the score to a piece we had already played 5 or 6 times on tour.

Great artists get even better over time because they constantly strive to make the next performance top the last. Edo helped inspire that work ethic in the members of his orchestra. The Beethoven Ninth performances we will play this weekend have been decades in the making.

-Bill Schrickel, Assistant Principal Bass