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New Year’s Eve: Sparkling gershwin to Ring in the New Year
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 7 pm & 10 pm Orchestra Hall
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Sylvia McNair
, soprano
Holiday Concerts
Tonight’s program will be announced from the stage.
There will be no intermission.
Sylvia McNair
a two-time Grammy
Award winner,
has a
stellar three-decade
career in the realms of
opera, oratorio, cabaret
and musical theater.
Her performances have
taken her from the
Metropolitan Opera to
the Salzburg Festival,
from the New York
Philharmonic to the
Rainbow Room, and
from the U.S. Supreme
Court to the Vatican. She
has appeared as a soloist
multiple times with
nearly every major opera
company and symphony
orchestra worldwide.
She last performed with
the Minnesota Orchestra in a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin at
Sommerfest 2011.
Highlights of her 2014-15 season include performances with Leonard
Slatkin and France’s Orchestre National de Lyon to celebrate the
opening of Slatkin’s 70th birthday season, as well as the release of her
newest recording,
Subject to Change!
, a cabaret show about her life in
music. She has made more than 70 additional recordings, from Mozart
arias to the music of Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen; among them are a
recent Christmas CD,
, and
, a disc of Latin American jazz
standards. For more information, visit
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Profile appears on page 12.
Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Photo: Roni Ely
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