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he Minnesota Orchestra, now in its
second century, has long ranked among
America’s top symphonic ensembles,
with a distinguished history of acclaimed
performances in its home state and around
the world. It is known for award-winning
recordings—including a Sibelius album
that won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best
Orchestral Performance—as well as for
notable radio broadcasts and educational
outreach programs, and a visionary
commitment to building the orchestral
repertoire of tomorrow.
Founded as the Minneapolis Symphony
Orchestra, the ensemble gave its inaugural
performance on November 5, 1903, six
weeks before the Wright brothers made their
unprecedented airplane flight. The Orchestra
played its first regional tour in 1907 and made
its New York City debut in 1912 at Carnegie
Hall, where it has performed regularly ever
since. Outside the United States, the Orchestra
has played concerts in Australia, Canada,
Europe, the Far East, Latin America and
the Middle East. Known since 1968 as the
Minnesota Orchestra, the ensemble typically
presents nearly 175 programs annually,
primarily at its home venue of Orchestra Hall
in downtown Minneapolis, and its concerts are
heard by live audiences of 350,000.
The Orchestra has received many awards for
adventurous programming and much acclaim
for its vast collection of recordings, which date
back to the 1920s. Its music directors have
included Emil Oberhoffer, Henri Verbrugghen,
Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Antal
Dorati, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Neville
Marriner, Edo de Waart, Eiji Oue and,
currently, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä.
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