Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads Minnesota Orchestra’s New Year’s Celebration concerts at Orchestra Hall on December 31 and January 1
Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw sings music from Broadway and the American Songbook
Saturday evening concert followed by countdown party in lobby, featuring The King Baron Hot Several
The Minnesota Orchestra rings in the New Year at Orchestra Hall with a pair of concerts on Saturday, December 31, 2016, and Sunday, January 1, 2017. Music Director Osmo Vänskä takes the podium next to legendary American soprano Dawn Upshaw, who sings music from the great American songbook and Broadway—by composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The program also includes Kevin Puts’ Millennium Canons and Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Second Symphony. Following the Saturday evening concert, the audience is invited to count down to midnight at an After Party in Orchestra Hall’s lobby spaces, featuring complimentary Champagne, savories and sweets, and live music provided by Minneapolis jazz ensemble The King Baron Hot Several.
The performances take place at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, on Saturday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 1, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $125. Individual tickets and subscription packages for all 2016-17 season concerts are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire. Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles (Susanna, Ilia, Pamina, Despina and Zerlina) as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc and Messiaen. A five-time Grammy Award-winner, she most recently received the 2014 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her performance of Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare label. She is featured on more than 50 additional recordings. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, becoming the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on five major European tours, the most recent of which took place in August 2016, as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. The final disc in the series was released in the United States this past fall. As a guest conductor Vänskä has led all the major American and European orchestras. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
After Party following Saturday concert
Following the Saturday evening concert, the audience is invited to attend an After Party in the Orchestra Hall lobby, running until 1 a.m. Entertainment offerings include live music in the lobby by The King Baron Hot Several (formerly Jazzland Wonderband) featuring traditional New Orleans jazz, swing, second line and soul. Complimentary food and drinks will be offered, include bubbly Champagne. At midnight Music Director Osmo Vänskä, President and CEO Kevin Smith, and musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra lead a countdown to ring in the New Year.
Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION CONCERTS
PUTS Millennium Canons
WEILL My Ship
DUKE Autumn in New York
DUKE April in Paris
BERNSTEIN A Little Bit in Love
GERSHWIN Someone to Watch Over Me
SONDHEIM What More Do I Need
SONDHEIM There Won’t Be Trumpets
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2
Saturday evening’s performance includes a post-concert party and countdown to the New Year.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator