Osmo Vänskä conducts the Orchestra on Thursday, May 26, with a one-hour program featuring music by Kevin Puts and Johannes Brahms; Concertmaster Erin Keefe solos
Optional activities are offered before and after “Symphony in 60” concerts, including a pre-concert happy hour at Orchestra Hall and an onstage gathering with Orchestra musicians immediately after the concert
The Minnesota Orchestra continues its second season of “Symphony in 60”—a series of classical concerts in a one-hour format, bookended by optional pre- and post-concert social activities—on Thursday, May 26. The program, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, opens with Two Mountain Scenes, a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains skyline. Then, Concertmaster Erin Keefe performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an optional happy hour at Orchestra Hall, which offers 50% off all beverages at lobby bars pre-concert. The concert program runs from approximately 8 to 9 p.m., with no intermission, and is followed immediately by a gathering in which audience members are welcomed onstage to meet and greet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m., with single tickets priced at $29 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 and up. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For more details on purchasing tickets, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Erin Keefe, violin
Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra’s concertmaster since 2011, is a highly-regarded soloist, chamber musician and festival artist. She has been featured with the Orchestra in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos. She has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, among others. An active chamber musician, she performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Accordo. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on four major European tours as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Symphony in 60
ERIN KEEFE PLAYS BRAHMS
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Erin Keefe, violin
PUTS Two Mountain Scenes
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
Symphony and Suds: Patrons will enjoy free samples from Insight Brewing (pre-concert only), as well as a variety of other products for purchase throughout the evening.
For more information on these and other OH+ Events: minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator