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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Vänskä Conducts Paulus' Mass for a Sacred Place; Kathy Kienzle Featured in Ginastera's Harp Concerto

Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads Minnesota Orchestra concerts September 29, 30 and October 1

Kathy Kienzle performs Ginastera’s Harp Concerto; Peter McGuire, Michael Gast and Brian Jensen featured in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

Minnesota Chorale joins the Orchestra for performances of Mass for a Sacred Place by the late Stephen Paulus

In concerts September 29 through October 1, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra are joined by the Minnesota Chorale to perform a poignant mass by Stephen Paulus, the beloved Minnesota composer who passed away in 2014. Opening the program is Bach’s First Brandenburg Concerto, which features three Orchestra musicians: violinist Peter McGuire and horn players Michael Gast and Brian Jensen. Then, Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle takes center stage to play Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, an energetic and innovative piece that has never before been performed by the Orchestra.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, September 29, at 11 a.m.; Friday, September 30, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 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.

Soloists on this program
Harpist Kathy Kienzle joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1993 and became principal harp the following year. A frequent soloist with the Orchestra, she has premiered two major works: Rautavaara’s Harp Concerto and, with Sir James Galway, Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. She has also been affiliated with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Oregon Bach Festival and Peninsula Music Festival.

Michael Gast joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990 and was appointed principal horn in 2004. He has appeared as soloist here in works by Bach, Britten, Mozart, Schumann and Strauss, and has been featured in many chamber works. In May 2017 he will take center stage with the Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto.

Brian Jensen joined the Minnesota Orchestra in the fall of 2002 as second horn. In 2007 he was featured with horn section colleagues in performances Schumann’s Konzertstück. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Violinist Peter McGuire rejoins the Minnesota Orchestra this season as principal second violin after most recently serving as a second concertmaster with the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich; he was previously a member of this Orchestra from 2003 to 2012.

For more information on all of the soloists, visit

The Minnesota Chorale
The Minnesota Chorale
, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus since 2004, is entering its 22nd season under the leadership of Kathy Saltzman Romey. Founded in 1972, the Chorale is the state’s preeminent symphonic chorus, performing regularly with both this Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Chorale will join the Minnesota Orchestra several times in the 2016-17 season for holiday concerts with Doc Severinsen, Handel’s Messiah, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, among other performances. 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 five 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. The final disc in the Sibelius Symphonies series was just released in Europe and is being released in the United States in September 2016. As a guest conductor Vänskä has led all the major American and European orchestras. For more information, visit

Complex and colorful
The first and most complex of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos features the violino piccolo (a violin tuned up a major third) playing against the rest of the ensemble. Of special note are the different roles taken by the oboe throughout the piece, as well as the unique challenges for each instrument group in the final menuetto. Ginastera’s Harp Concerto explores simultaneously the folk rhythms of Argentina and the many—and often under-utilized—capabilities of the harp. With fiery energy, mysterious colors and dreamlike special effects, this concerto opens a new world of sonic possibilities for the harp. Filling the second half of the concerts is the late, beloved Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus’ Mass for a Sacred Place, originally composed for the incredibly vibrant space inside the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Mass offers blooming waves of sound as choral voices move together in a transparent, hymn-like texture.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, September 30, 2016, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Kathy Kienzle, harp
Michael Gast, horn
Brian Jensen, horn
Peter McGuire, violin
Minnesota Chorale, chorus

BACH                          Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
GINASTERA               Harp Concerto
PAULUS                      Mass for a Sacred Place

Tickets: $25 to $96

OH+ Events
Free Concert Preview with Philip Gainsley, Michael Dennis Browne and Patty Paulus in the Auditorium on Thursday, September 29, at 10:15 a.m., and in the N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine on both Friday, September 30, at 7:15 p.m., and Saturday, October 1, at 7:15 p.m.

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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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