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Outreach Performances in our Community

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra began performances at the Simpson House Overnight Services in South Minneapolis as a part of our mission to bring great music to all in our community. On April 23, a string quartet of Joanne Opgenorth, Helen Chang Haertzen, Sifei Cheng, Katja Linfield, and flutist Wendy Williams played selections of Mozart, Gershwin, and assorted tangos for a post-dinner concert.

On June 19, our mighty Minnesota Orchestra bassoon section, John Miller, Mark Kelley, Christopher Marshall, Norbert Nielubowski, delighted the audience with selections both serious and silly. It is an honor to connect with these audiences and we look forward to more performances being planned at Simpson House in the fall.

Two of our musicians, Pam Arnstein and Kate Nettleman, the Hi-Lo String Duo, participated in Minnesota’s very first Sensory Friendly Concert, in partnership with the Musical Autist and Toneworks. The concert was geared towards and showcased young adults on the autism spectrum, with features including low volume and soft lighting. For more information about further concerts like this, please visit

Starry, Starry Night: Season Opening Gala

Friday, September 5, 6 pm

Join us and star soprano Renée Fleming for a spectacular gala concert, a one-night-only performance benefiting the Minnesota Orchestra!

RENÉE FLEMING © Decca/Andrew Accles

RENÉE FLEMING © Decca/Andrew Accles

Sponsor tickets of $1,000 and $500, which include a private reception with Ms. Fleming and Osmo Vänskä, are on sale now! Tickets at the $250, $100, and $75 level are on sale to subscribers now and are available to the public starting July 25 at 5 pm. All tickets include a champagne toast, starry desserts and musical delights.

Ticket buyers at the $250, $500 and $1,000 level will be invited to a private chamber concert given by the members of the Minnesota Orchestra with Music Director Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm. For more information and tickets, see

Chamber Program Details: Mozart: Quartet in F for Oboe and String, KV 370 John Snow, oboe Rebecca Corruccini, violin Gareth Zehngut, viola Beth Rapier, cello

Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, opus 114 Osmo Vänskä, clarinet Tony Ross, cello Tim Lovelace, piano

Celebrate in style a season of grand new beginnings and join us for a heavenly evening to remember!

For more information and tickets, see

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.”

Full details and information on purchasing tickets

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!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

Rob Hubbard’s Review in the Pioneer Press

Post your thoughts on the Northrop Post Performance Reflection site

Review of Northrop’s Acoustics on Minnpost

Osmo Vänskä returns as Music Director!

Statement of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on the return of Osmo Vänskä as Music Director

Photo by Courtney Perry

Photo by Courtney Perry

Minneapolis – “The musicians are truly excited by the board’s decision to bring back Osmo as Music Director. This is a major step in rebuilding the trust and collaborative spirit within our organization as well as with our community. We very much look forward to further collaboration with Osmo, our Board, and our community to continue to build upon the Minnesota Orchestra’s 110-year legacy of artistic excellence.” – Hook Agency

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.

Joshua Bell and Osmo Vänskä

An amazing evening with Joshua Bell, Osmo Vänskä and our great audience! Even the Grammy showed up!

Glorious Grammy Celebration Concerts!

OsmoGrammyinORCHHALLcroppedThe Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra were thrilled to play three Grammy Celebration Concerts with Maestro Osmo Vänskä on March 27, 28, and 29. Sold out audiences gave Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 and 4 their rapt attention and thunderous ovations while gorgeous flowers from SOSMN adorned the podium. Orchestra Hall was filled with love for this great music and bond we share through it. MarchOsmo_003

We loved visiting with supporters decked in blue and white and sporting Finnish flags before and after the concert. The Musicians are grateful to Osmo for his extraordinary leadership for these passionate performances and to our dear audience members for their spirit and support. We will never forget these concerts!

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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.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We’re Back!


We are thrilled to be back on stage at Orchestra Hall playing great classical music for you, our beloved audience! It was wonderful to see many of you at the opening concerts on Friday and Saturday, and we hope to see many more of you at exciting upcoming concerts!

Single tickets are now on sale for Classical, Live at Orchestra Hall, and Sommerfest! For more information on programs, tickets and subscriptions, please visit:

To read more about the return of music and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra to Orchestra Hall, we share these articles with you:

Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune Updated: February 8, 2014 – 10:31 AM

Minnesota Orchestra Returns After a 16-Month Lockout By JAMES R. OESTREICHFEB. 8, 2014

Concert review: Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall Article by: LARRY FUCHSBERG , Special to the Star Tribune Updated: February 8, 2014 – 10:36 AM

Minnesota Orchestra audience: ‘Bring back Osmo’ Euan Kerr · MPRNews – St. Paul, Minn. · Feb 8, 2014

New logo, website, board officers for MN Orchestra; One Minute Play Festival by Pamela Espeland | 02/04/14

Review: A tentative new start for the Minnesota Orchestra By Rob Hubbard Special to the Pioneer Press POSTED:   02/07/2014 12:01:00 AM CST | UPDATED