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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Osmo Vänskä conducts Brahms' Third Symphony; Cellist Arto Noras Plays Penderecki Concerto


Minnesota Orchestra plays the music of Beethoven, Penderecki and Brahms at Orchestra Hall on March 31, April 1 and 2

Finnish cellist Arto Noras performs Penderecki’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra and Finnish cello virtuoso Arto Noras in concerts on March 31, April 1 and 2. The program begins with the bold colors of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture; then Noras, who is highly esteemed for his work with the music of Krzysztof Penderecki, performs the composer’s powerful and dramatic Cello Concerto No. 2. This concerto was last performed by the Orchestra in 1989 with Frans Helmerson as the soloist and Penderecki himself conducting. Following intermission, Vänskä and the Orchestra present Brahms’ passionate Third Symphony.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 to $96. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Arto Noras, cello
Finnish cellist Arto Noras, who makes his debut performances with the Minnesota Orchestra in these concerts, is the founder and artistic director of the Naantali Music Festival and the International Paulo Cello Competition. A distinguished soloist and chamber musician, he performs regularly with the world’s top orchestras and at leading music festivals, including the Casals Festival and Seoul International Music Festival. He is a member of the Helsinki Trio and a founding member of the Sibelius Academy Quartet. Particularly known for his association with the music of Kryzstof Penderecki, Noras has premiered two of the composer’s works for cello. Among his many awards are the coveted Premier Prix diploma from the Paris Conservatoire, second prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition, Denmark’s Sonning Prize and the Finnish State Music Prize. More:

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 Minnesota 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:

Tension, anguish and tenderness
Beethoven’s Leonore Overture veers from tragedy to triumph, depicting a prisoner’s unjust punishment and his ultimate reprieve, announced by a distant trumpet. Then, the rhythmically complex and hauntingly beautiful Second Cello Concerto by Krzysztof Penderecki leads both soloist and orchestra into territories of great drama. Finally, Brahms’ Third Symphony opens with a powerful brass motto; hymn-like, passionate, pastoral and bittersweet melodies follow—the final Allegro treats us to a serene and sunny mood.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, April 1, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Arto Noras, cello

BEETHOVEN              Leonore Overture No. 2
PENDERECKI             Cello Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS                      Symphony No. 3

Tickets: $29-$96

OH+ Events
Music Up Close:
Free concert preview with Philip Gainsley and Principal Oboe Joseph Peters in the Auditorium on Thursday, March 31, at 10:15 a.m.; in the Target Atrium on Friday, April 1, at 7:15 p.m.; and in the Target Atrium on Saturday, April 2, at 7:15 p.m.

Meet the Flute Section: Join the Minnesota Orchestra’s flute section in the lobby (Peavey Plaza side) following Thursday morning’s concert for a special meet and greet.

Music in our Schools Month: Throughout March, we celebrate MacPhail Center for Music’s K-12 School Partnerships Program. Students from the strings program at Harvest Preparatory School will perform before this weekend’s concerts: in the Target Atrium on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 a.m.; and in the Orchestra Hall lobby on both Friday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on these and other OH+ Events:


Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at, 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 For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit 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. 


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