Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will be the featured halftime show performers at the Minnesota Vikings’ first regular season game in U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday night, the Vikings announced today. Vänskä will conduct the Orchestra in an eight-minute performance on the 50-yard line that will include classical music selections and a tribute to Prince.
“We were honored when the Vikings invited the Orchestra to be part of this game experience,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “The Vikings’ home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium is a major event in Minnesota, and we couldn’t be more proud to help mark the occasion and celebrate with music.”
Produced by Michael Shann, who served as producer of the Closing Ceremony for the XXII Winter Olympic Games, the halftime ceremony has been conceived as a celebration of Vikings fans, Minnesota history and Minnesota star musician Prince. It will include a light and video show featuring 15,000 square feet of projection-mapping on the stadium’s turf. (Note: the Orchestra performance and light show will be shared only in U.S. Bank Stadium; it will not be broadcast on NBC.)
The Minnesota Orchestra just returned from a four-country, critically-praised tour of Europe in August. Next week, Music Director Osmo Vänskä launches the Orchestra’s new season with two performances, September 22 and 23, that will feature superstar violinist Joshua Bell. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra performs nearly 175 concerts each year, with 300,000 attending. It is heard internationally through award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and tours, including a historic 2015 tour to Cuba. The Minnesota Orchestra performed the National Anthem at a Vikings game in September 1995, but this performance marks the ensemble’s first performance at a Vikings halftime show.
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