The Minnesota Orchestra launched a three-city Florida tour on Sunday evening with a performance in Naples. Playing at Artis-Naples, the major venue for visual and performing arts in this southwestern Florida city, Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Orchestra in Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s Gejia and Sibelius’ masterful Fifth Symphony. MacArthur fellowship winner Alisa Weilerstein joined Osmo and the Orchestra for a performance of Dvořák’s beautiful Cello Concerto. If the program sounds appealing, you can hear it at Orchestra Hall this weekend. Before returning to Minneapolis though, the Orchestra will first perform for sun-belt audiences this week in Sarasota and Miami. All photos © Erik Kellar.
Associate Principal Flute Greg Milliren warms up.
Trumpeter Charles Lazarus warms up backstage.
Acting Associate Principal Timpani Kevin Watkins chats with Principal Tuba Steven Campbell backstage.
Bass Trombonist Andrew Chappell warms up.
The Minnesota Orchestra begins to take the stage at Artis-Naples.
Violinist Michael Sutton rosins his bow.
The basses warm up. Left, Principal Bass Kristen Bruya and middle, Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman.
Violist Gareth Zehngut (center) just prior to the performance.
Violinist David Brubaker warms up backstage.
Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the orchestra in Aho's Gejia.
Music Director Osmo Vänskä also conducted Sibelius' Fifth Symphony.
Violinist Arnold Krueger acknowledges the crowd.
Alisa Weilerstein performed Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
Violinist Peter McGuire greets an audience member after the performance.
Music Director Osmo Vänskä acknowledges the crowd.
Thank you, Naples, Florida!