Showcase January-February 2015 - page 16

Minnesota Orchestra
recordings continue
Music lovers are cheering the recent announcement that BIS Records’ very
productive relationship with the Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä will resume in 2015.
The partnership has yielded many superb albums: a brilliant cycle of the complete
Beethoven symphonies, a pair of Beethoven piano concerto albums with Yevgeny
Sudbin, a disc of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, one of Stephen Paulus’ luminous
oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, with libretto by Michael Dennis Browne—and,
most recently, several Sibelius albums, notably the disc of Sibelius’ First and Fourth
that won the
2014 Grammy
Award for Best
In May and June
of this year, three
more Sibelius
symphonies will
be performed
and recorded:
the Third, Sixth
and Seventh.
This issue of
is the first to express gratitude to a generous patron
making a major gift within the Orchestra’s new Impresario program, which
recognizes transformational gifts that support a specific project, concert
or performer. Donors making Impresario gifts receive exclusive benefits,
including some structured according to their personal wishes.
There are countless possibilities. A patron with deep admiration for a great conductor
might choose to be an Impresario for that artist’s next engagement with the
Orchestra; in the case of Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who
next takes the podium in May, it could mean honoring his astounding record
of conducting the Orchestra for 55 consecutive seasons. Another Impresario
might support a classical or popular-music guest artist, such as piano great
André Watts or songstress Ann Hampton Callaway, or salute a Minnesota
Orchestra player taking the solo spotlight. A lover of musical theater could
become Impresario for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless
, being
performed in March by the Orchestra, singer-actors and dancers.
Our first Impresarios have designated their gifts to celebrate great concert
programming: one individual, who chose to remain anonymous, selected the
“Star-Crossed Lovers” concerts conducted by Osmo Vänskä in January, while
Louise and Douglas Leatherdale have selected the Season Finale concerts
in June, also conducted by Vänskä. If you’re interested in learning how to
become an Impresario yourself, contact Dawn Loven, director of major gifts,
at 612-371-5691 or
now available:
Jazz in the atrium:
a lively launch
Jazz in Target Atrium—our new jazz series, presented
in the lovely, intimate setting of Orchestra Hall’s
glass-walled Target Atrium, launched on December 2
to accolades all around. Not only did the first concert
draw a standing-room-only crowd: it attracted
superstar trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and several
members of his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who
had played a full concert in Orchestra Hall earlier
that evening. In addition to telling the audience how
enthusiastic he was about this important venture,
Marsalis took time to speak personally with fans,
Board member
Martin Lueck.
As longtime
jazz lovers,
Lueck and his
wife, Mallory
Mullins, who
also attended,
are supporting
the new jazz series, and they were thrilled to meet
personally with Marsalis. Jazz enthusiasts, please
note: the series’ own Atrium Jazz Ensemble, led
by pianist Jeremy Walker, will again be joined by
nationally known jazz masters at the three
remaining concerts this season: January 22 and
April 16, both at 8 p.m., and May 8 at 10:30 p.m.
Visit for more information.
Photos: Greg Helgeson
The Orchestra’s Grammy Award, drawing approving looks from
concertgoers after its unveiling at the Starry, Starry Night Gala
on September 5.
Photo: Courtney Perry
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