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Erin Keefe Performs Brahms' Violin Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra, May 27 and 28


Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform music by Carl Nielsen, Johannes Brahms and Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts

Violinist Erin Keefe, the Orchestra’s concertmaster, is featured as soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe on May 27 and 28. The program opens with a work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts–his Two Mountain Scenes, inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains skyline. The string section of the Orchestra shines in Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s lavish Symphony No. 6. Then, Keefe performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved works for the “soprano” of the strings.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $29 to $79. 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.

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 here in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos. She has 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 is an Artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performs with the Accordo ensemble in Minneapolis. Keefe has been awarded many major distinctions, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has also been the recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award, and the Grand Prizes in the Valsesia Musica International Violin Competition, Torun International Violin Competition, Schadt Competition and Corpus Christi International String Competition. 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 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:

Vast, Vivid and Virtuosic
In Kevin Puts’ Two Mountain Scenes, an evocative work by the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute director, virtuoso trumpets create the illusion of sound reverberating across a vast valley, and a mountain storm builds to a climactic finish.

Carl Nielsen’s final symphony is anything but the simple enterprise implied by its subtitle (Sinfonia semplice). From an elegant, pastoral opening, the piece unfolds to become a rollicking ride through the composer’s subconscious, punctuated by bursts of satirical music that implore us to never take ourselves (or art) too seriously.

Brahms’ Violin Concerto is breathtaking in its artistry and also fiendishly difficult to play—thanks in part to the soloist for whom Brahms intended it: his friend, Joseph Joachim, whose influence shows especially in passages asking for tenths, an interval requiring large and nimble hands.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, May 27, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Erin Keefe, violin

PUTS                           Two Mountain Scenes
NIELSEN                     Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice
BRAHMS                    Violin Concerto

Tickets: $29-$79

OH+ Events
Music Up Close:
Free concert preview with Philip Gainsley and Kevin Puts in the Target Atrium on Friday, May 27, at 7:15 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 7:15 p.m.

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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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