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Minnesota Orchestra
Meet a Musician
Andrew Chappell
Minnesota Orchestra member
bass trombone
San Francisco
Oberlin College and
Rice University
If I weren’t a professional musician I’d be:
I’d run a single A minor league ball club out west, or be a
househusband. Maybe both!
Favorite composer:
Some of my favorites are Thomas Tallis, Bach, Arvo Pärt.
I love the textures, colors and counterpoint. Of the music
I get to play in the Orchestra, I love Brahms and Ives and
Richard Strauss and many more.
Favorite work:
That’s always changing. It’s always rewarding to play the big
epic journey pieces, but sometimes
Roman Carnival
is just the coolest.
Lately I’m listening to:
Tinariwen and the Swans.
Other instruments I play:
Contrabass trombone, tenor trombone and bass trumpet,
sort of.
What I like best about being a Minnesota
Orchestra member:
Other than the Thursday morning Coffee Concert donuts,
I love playing great music with a great orchestra. The odds
are so long to get here; it feels very special.
Favorite thing about performing music:
Feeling the sound resonate in my head when we have a
perfect blend in the low brass.
My advice for young musicians:
Respect the people around you and have as much fun as
possible at all times.
Symphony Ball 2015
is on track to become one of the most
colorful and celebratory events of the year, and it takes place on one of this
year’s most magical nights: June 20, which happens to be Midsummer’s
Eve. The gala, set for Orchestra Hall, offers a spectacular concert by the
Minnesota Orchestra as well as silent and live auctions, wonderful food
and sights and sounds of the Rio Carnival.
Chairing the event is Margee Bracken, who has drawn together a
committee of people passionate about the success of the Orchestra and
this major fundraising gala, including current and former Board members,
Orchestra musicians and members of such volunteer groups as Friends
of the Minnesota Orchestra, YPSCA, Crescendo Project, Orchestrate
Excellence and Save Our Symphony Minnesota. As in the past, a Crash
the Ball party designed especially for young professionals will take place
concurrently with the traditional Symphony Ball, and patrons will be
able to move freely between parties throughout the evening. For more
information, visit
Photo: Joel Larson
Posing for a snapshot at a recent meeting were Maiyia Vang, Ball Chair Margee
Bracken, Crash the Ball Chair Kate Gillette, Laura Delavie, Honorary Chair
Kathy Cunningham, Orchestra violinist Rebecca Corruccini, Paula DeCosse,
Linda Murrell, Leslie Davis Niemoeller and, showing off a great dress for salsa
dancing, Mary Cederberg.
This past January 27 was a day
of remarkable activity at Orchestra
Hall, with side-by-side rehearsals
fo the Minnesota Orchestra with
not one but two youth orchestras
benefiting from the expertise
and intensive personal focus of
Orchestra musicians and, at the
podium, Music Director Osmo
Vänskä. Members of the Greater
Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and
Minnesota Youth Symphonies took
the stage by turn, to the applause of an audience made up of their siblings,
parents and grandparents. Support for the event came from Rosemary and
David Good, who have generously committed to fund a side-by-side rehearsal
next year as well. The couple noted: “The opportunity to rehearse with our
great orchestra under Osmo’s baton is a tremendous investment in these
students and the whole community, and we’re proud to support it.”
Saturday, June 20, 201
infor ation bout c rporate sponsor hip or patron gifts, please visit
or call Maiyia at 612-371-7128. Tickets go on sale in April.
making great music,
side by side
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