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Starry, Starry Night
September 5, 2014, will long be
remembered as one of the most
thrilling dates in Minnesota
Orchestra history—when music
lovers came together to celebrate
the Orchestra at the gala benefit
Starry, Starry Night. Opera luminary
Renée Fleming, the Orchestra and
Osmo Vänskä drew a sell-out crowd
of fans to Orchestra Hall.
Enjoying a reception in the Cunningham
Green Room were Margaret Wurtele
and Ron Lund; Lester and Wendy Bagley
with Marilyn Carlson Nelson; and Mark
Dayton and Judy Dayton, with a photo
of her late husband Ken Dayton in the
background.
Event chair Jane
Gregerson greeted
Lucy Mitchell, John
Brown and Linda
Donaldson at the
pre-concert dinner.
Also before the
concert, Orchestra
musicians
including piccolo
player Roma
Duncan mingled
with patrons in
the brilliantly
decorated lobby.
A special highlight was the unveiling of the Orchestra’s 2014
Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, a joint effort by
(from right) Governor Mark Dayton, Osmo Vänskä, Doug Wright,
Kevin Smith, Gordon Sprenger, Chris Coleman and Betsy Hodges.
Concert and lobby photos:
Courtney Perry
Dinner and reception
photos: Brian Lesterberg
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