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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra Perform Mahler's Fifth Symphony in Season Finale Concerts


Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra as they celebrate the 2015-16 season in finale concerts; June 9, 10 and 11

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns to Orchestra Hall to perform Berg’s Violin Concerto

In concerts June 9 to 11, the Minnesota Orchestra concludes its 2015-16 classical subscription season with performances led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring German violinist Christian Tetzlaff. A regular guest at Orchestra Hall over the past two decades, Tetzlaff returns to play the emotional and difficult violin concerto by Alban Berg. Then Vänskä and the Orchestra conclude a grand season with Mahler’s rich and glorious Fifth Symphony. In six sessions following these performances, Vänskä and the Orchestra will record Mahler’s Fifth Symphony for a future release on the BIS Records label. The date of this release has not been determined.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m., Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 11, 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.

Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Christian Tetzlaff is known for his musical integrity and compelling interpretations, and has appeared onstage many times with the Minnesota Orchestra performing concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Harneit, Bartók and Szymanowski. He has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of repertoire, ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to world premieres of contemporary works. He is in demand as a soloist with America’s leading orchestras, including those of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as major European ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic. His 2015-16 season has seen performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and Budapest Festival Orchestra, and on tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. 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:

An emotional concerto and a spectacular symphony
Alban Berg poured his feelings for Manon Gropius (the daughter of composer Gustav Mahler’s widow)—and his grief over her death at the age of 18—into his remarkable Violin Concerto. The music is notable for its lyricism and range of emotion, as well as its ingenious compositional design that melds a 12-tone procedure with a wealth of musical ideas, including folk tunes and a Bach chorale.

Mahler wrote of a huge scherzo he composed in 1901 that “the whole thing spins like a comet’s tail.” It was to become the spectacular centerpiece of his three-part, five-movement Fifth Symphony. A Funeral March and a stormy lament precede the powerful Scherzo, a vast celebration in which the horn takes a starring role. Then, in a dramatic mood change, a graceful Adagietto and energetic Rondo–Finale lead toward a majestic, chorale-like close.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, June 10, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

BERG                          Violin Concerto
MAHLER                    Symphony No. 5

Tickets: $29-$96

OH+ Event
Music Up Close:
Free concert preview with Phillip Gainsley and Christian Tetzlaff in the Auditorium on Thursday, June 9, at 10:15 a.m.; in the Target Atrium on Friday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m.; and in the Target Atrium on Saturday, June 11, at 7:15 p.m.

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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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