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Meet a Guest Artist: Christine Van Loo

A Horn for Havana

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Meet a Guest Artist: Christine Van Loo

Christine Van Loo has performed with the acrobatic troupe Cirque de la Symphonie for a decade and is considered a legend in the sport of acrobatic gymnastics. On May 21 and 22, she performs onstage, above stage and flying through the air at Orchestra Hall in concerts with Cirque de la Symphonie, the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Sarah Hicks. The Minnesota Orchestra musicians may be acrobats on their instruments, but having an aerialist like Christine in Orchestra Hall is a rare treat, and we wanted to learn more about her before these upcoming shows.

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A Horn for Havana

The Minnesota Orchestra’s historic trip to Cuba is (already!) a year in the past—but its impact is still being felt near and far.

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Taking in the Music

Photo: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducts in the brand new Orchestra Hall, 1974.

A child of the 1950s, I grew up in a culture suffused with classical music.

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Freedom from Expectation

Warning! Warning! YOU MUST ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE! WARNING!!!

Whoa! Well, that doesn’t sound intimidating at all….

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Program Notes: Season Finale

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Program Notes: Erin Keefe Plays Brahms

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Program Notes: Strauss' Merry Pranks

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Program Notes: Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto

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Meet a Musician: Vocalist China Forbes

Vocalist China Forbes began singing with Pink Martini in 1995 and has since co-written many of the ensemble’s most beloved songs with Thomas Lauderdale. Before she arrives in Minneapolis for performances on April 29 and 30 with Pink Martini and the Minnesota Orchestra, we asked her to tell us about her passion for music and what it’s like to be part of the Pink Martini family.

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Essay: The Chorus Master Speaks

Kathy Saltzman Romey is artistic director of the Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus, and choral advisor to the Orchestra; she is also professor of music at the University of Minnesota. This week's performance of Brahms’ German Requiem features the Chorale with the Orchestra under the direction of her former teacher and mentor, Helmuth Rilling.

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A German Requiem for Windows

On Saturday, April 23, Minnesota arts non-profit FD13 is partnering with Orchestra Hall for a multi-faceted musical experience called A German Requiem for Windows in the Target Atrium, while the orchestra performs Brahms' masterpiece on stage.

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Phillip Gainsley: Music Up Close

Classical music aficionado Phillip Gainsley, an attorney by day, is known to Orchestra Hall audiences as the host of many pre-concert Music Up Close discussions. Earlier this month, we shared his concert preview essay on our Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies concerts. Read on for a Q&A with him about his passion for music and for sharing information that can enlighten everyone from novices to experts.

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Symphony Ball: Behind the Scenes with Greg Sumners

If you’re a Minnesota Orchestra fan who loves a great party, then mark Saturday, June 18, on your calendar! Our 2016 Symphony Ball, Rhapsody in Blue: The Diamond Anniversary Ball, is coming up on June 18 at Orchestra Hall—click here for details and tickets! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Ball preparations, courtesy of Greg Sumners, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Mary and their daughter Emily.

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Meet The Music Librarians

Photo (L to R): Eric Sjostrom, associate principal librarian; Valerie Little, assistant principal librarian; Paul Gunther, principal librarian

What exactly IS the Minnesota Orchestra music library?
Paul: The Minnesota Orchestra Library is at once a location, a collection, and a concept.

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Petrushka Program Notes

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German Requiem Program Notes

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Rodgers & Hammerstein Program Notes

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Reflections on being a Student Ambassador

I have always been the planner and initiator of my friend group. I see the direct results of my planning when gatherings work out and everyone has a good time. The Minnesota Orchestra student ambassador program gave me my first experience as part of a group of people planning a larger-scale event. I had never participated in a conference call before! The student ambassador program aims to increase awareness of the Minnesota Orchestra and concert attendance among all college students. Specifically, I am part of the student team for the University of Minnesota.

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Meet a Musician: Arto Noras

Finnish cellist Arto Noras is featured in this week's performances of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cello Concerto No. 2. He has never performed at Orchestra Hall or with the Minnesota Orchestra, but he and Music Director Osmo Vänskä have a long-standing relationship.

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Student Essay: Music as a Mental Lane Change

As a biology major at the U of M, I’ve come into contact with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students who are not involved with music at the university level. Music and biology generally don’t overlap, so I expected this to a certain degree when I chose my program. However, since arriving in Minneapolis, I’ve realized that this dichotomy is not so solid. I quickly learned that many of my classmates had played in their high school band or orchestral ensembles. Most had fond memories of these experiences, and were quite musically talented as well.

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The Physicality of Music

I grew up in a house full of boys. Two brothers for starters, then two more who joined the family when my mom remarried. We were so close in age that all five of us were in high school at the same time. With all that testosterone floating around, it’s no wonder that I grew up a pretty physical gal. It was my only chance at survival in such a gang of brutes whose way of expressing themselves came out in loud bursts of energy, moving and talking so quickly and at such a volume it guaranteed no interruption.

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Concert Preview: Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies

Phillip Gainsley, frequent host of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Music Up Close pre-concert talks, gives us a fascinating, online-exclusive preview of next month’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies” concert, combining historical snapshots, personal reflections and interviews.

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Meet a Musician: Roma Duncan

Minnesota Orchestra member since: 2003
Position/section: Flute/Piccolo
Hometown: Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada
Education: McGill University; University of Michigan

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Program Notes: Vanska Conducts Brahms' Third

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Program Notes: Schumann, Ravel and Falla

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Ode to the Trombone

Photo: a row of trombones, led by Minnesota Orchestra's Principal Trombone R. Douglas Wright, (right) in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, September 2015.

I play a punch line, blowing air through a 13-foot-long paper clip, the only instrument that changes shape over the course of a tune. I play the trombone.

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Haydn, Hicks and Heaven with the Minnesota Orchestra

Audience members Joel Hagen and Becky Billings originally wrote the following for their blog "Bacon & Ice Cream."

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Meet a Musician: Jon Kimura Parker

Piano superstar Jon Kimura Parker performs at Orchestra Hall on February 25-27, featured in not one but two incredible works—Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (on harpsichord!)—with the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Gilbert Varga. Parker spoke with us about this accomplishment, who has influenced his career, and what it is like to play in unlikely places!

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Your Stories: Manny, Music, and Beethoven

The advent and adoption of social media is one that I appreciate for giving me the ability to keep in touch with those I would not have otherwise. I’ve been connected with Minnesota Principal Trumpet, Manny Laureano, in this way for several years now. My last Minnesota Orchestra blog was three years ago during the silent times of their 15 month lockout. But a recent post from Manny stirred my heart so much, that I reached out asking if he would be willing to do a cyber interview with me along with an excerpt from his touching post. And the generous man he is, he agreed!

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Jon Kimura Parker Program Notes

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Carnegie Hall Preview: Hilary Hahn Plays Sibelius

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 4

Reflections on the 2016 Composer Institute

I've been back home for a few days after a really incredible week in Minneapolis, and this will be my final blog post about the 2016 Composer Institute.

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Meet a Musician: Kari Sundström

Minnesota Orchestra member since: 1996
Position/section: Trombone
Hometown: Sahalahti, Finland
Education: Juilliard

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Composer Institute 2016

Top photo, L to R: the 2016 Composer Institute participants! Michael Gilbertson, Emily Cooley, Kirsten Broberg, Anthony Vine, Nick DiBerardino, Joshua Cerdenia, and Matthew Browne.

The Composer Institute 2016 came to its conclusion last night with Future Classics conducted by Osmo Vänskä. We present these photos from the performance:

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 3

The past few days of rehearsals have been incredible. Hearing seven pieces come together in three days, we've all been amazed by the dedication and virtuosity of the Minnesota Orchestra. We're a very lucky group of composers! We're also learning from each other in these rehearsals. We each have copies of all seven pieces to look at. Observing rehearsals and studying the scores of my fellow composers has really helped me generate ideas for the piece I'm writing next.

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 2

It’s the end of day two, and I can report that I’m completely exhausted but very happy. Although orchestra rehearsals will officially start tomorrow (Wednesday), the past couple days have nevertheless been long and extremely informative. We’ve heard talks on administration and programming, music engraving, and publishing, all of which have been fascinating.

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Program Notes: Vänskä Conducts Kullervo

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 1

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

Emily Cooley, one of this year’s featured composers, will be blogging throughout the week to provide a first-hand look at the many events of the Composer Institute. As workshops and rehearsals take place, Emily will share with us her insight, experiences and reflections. To follow along, visit Showcase online during and after the Composer Institute (January 25 to 29).

Looking ahead to next week, here is Emily’s first entry!

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Meet a Composer: Anthony Vine

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Anthony Vine

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Meet a Composer: Michael Gilbertson

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Michael Gilbertson

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Meet a Composer: Nick DiBerardino

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Nick DiBerardino

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Meet a Composer: Emily Cooley

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Emily Cooley

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Meet a Composer: Joshua Cerdenia

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Joshua Cerdenia

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Meet a Composer: Matthew Browne

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Matthew Browne

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Meet a Composer: Kirsten Broberg

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.

Meet Kirsten Broberg

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Meet a Composer: Jocelyn Hagen

Jocelyn Hagen is featured this season as the guest composer and arranger for the Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. Born in Minneapolis, and a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, Jocelyn spoke with us about new music and the great reasons to be a composer in Minnesota.

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Young People's: The Color of Music

Our 2015-16 Young People's season kicked off this week! We've got some great photos from our first concert, The Color of Music. Special thanks to students from Hilltop Elementary in Inver Grove Heights for letting us photograph their concert experience!

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Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 5

After five and a half years of brainstorming, planning and re-planning, the Minnesota Orchestra at last performed Saturday night at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

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Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 4

With the arrival of the full orchestra on Thursday night, Friday was a big day in Detroit Lakes!

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Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 3

We performed for our biggest audiences yet on Thursday in in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota--some 600 students from Detroit Lakes Middle School.

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Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 2

Our second day in in Detroit Lakes included visits to nursing homes, schools, and even the local jail.

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Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 1

Our brass quintet and String Quartet have arrived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota! Their busy day on Tuesday included a visit to Detroit Lakes High School, the library, and a Silver Sneakers fitness class.

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2015-16 Young People’s Concerts: At a Glance

Several weeks back, I wrote a blog about the history of Young People’s Concerts (find the article here) and this time around, I’d like to share what the Minnesota Orchestra has in store for young people this season.

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Videos: Cuba

There’s never been a Minnesota Orchestra tour quite like our trip to Cuba in May—a musical journey that would have been inconceivable just a few months earlier. It was pulled together in record time, and for a few unforgettable days in Havana, our musicians became the world’s most famous musical ambassadors. Minnesota Public Radio host Brian Newhouse may have said it best: “So many people on either side of those differences hope harmony marks the start of a new way of treating each other.”

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Cuba Tour Press and Broadcast Information

The Minnesota Orchestra embarked on an historic tour of Cuba, May 13-17. Please find here a collection of news reports and stories from the road.

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