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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Osmo Vänskä Conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Nov. 3 to 5

Violinist Esther Yoo debuts with the Orchestra; Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page narrates Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

As our country moves closer to a major election, Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra November 3 to 5 in concerts that highlight the American spirit. Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page serves as narrator for Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, and young phenom American-Korean violinist Esther Yoo performs Bruch’s First Violin Concerto in her Minnesota Orchestra debut. Then, Vänskä and the Orchestra play Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, From the New World. Deeply moved by the sights and sounds he experienced during a visit to America, Dvořák was most inspired by the music of Native Americans, spirituals of African Americans and the imagery of America’s expansive landscapes as he created this beloved symphony.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, November 3, at 11 a.m.; Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, November 5, 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 further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Esther Yoo, violin
Esther Yoo first came to international attention when, at age 16, she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition and, at age 18, one of the youngest-ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In her 2016-17 season, she debuts with the Charlotte Symphony and Toronto Symphony, and makes her U.S. recital debut with Robert Koenig at New York’s Lincoln Center. Last season, she appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Kansai Philharmonic, and debuted with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and KBS Symphony. She also made her first appearance at the BBC Proms and released her debut album by Deutsche Grammophon, of the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos under Vladimir Ashkenazy. She has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist since 2014. More:

Alan C. Page, narrator
Alan C. Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, becoming the first African American on the court and one of the few associate justices ever to join initially through election, rather than appointment by the governor. He was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and 2010, and served until he reached mandatory retirement age in 2015. First known for his skills in football, Page was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967, playing with the team until 1978. In 1971 he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, becoming only the second defensive player in history to be given that honor. He has since been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Justice Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation, which assists Minnesota students of color in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To date, the foundation has awarded over $13 million in grants to more than 4,500 individuals.

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, the most recent of which took place in August 2016, 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 series was just 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

Copland, Bruch and Dvořák
Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait melds traditional folk melodies with grand orchestral textures and features the memorable words of our sixteenth President of the United States.

Then, Bruch’s First Violin Concerto begins with a virtuosic Prelude, which leads to a lyrical Adagio based on three great melodies, and finally to an energetic Finale that is full of suspense and musical pyrotechnics.

Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed during a three-year visit to America, is a melting pot of American and European musical languages. Among its many unforgettable passages: a gorgeous English horn melody in the Largo and a dramatic finale that overflows with inspired tunes.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, November 4, 2016, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin
Alan C. Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice (retired), narrator

COPLAND                  Lincoln Portrait
BRUCH                       Violin Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK                    Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Tickets: $25 to $96

NIGHTCAP: A performance by Minnesota Orchestra musicians, featuring Persichetti’s Serenade for Flute and Harp and Dvořák’s Dumky for Piano, Violin and Cello, follows the evening program on Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 p.m., in the Target Atrium; this event requires a separate ticket ($25, or $10 for patrons attending the 8 p.m. concert).

OH+ Events
Free Concert Preview with Philip Gainsley and Justice Alan C. Page in the Auditorium on Thursday, November 3, at 10:15 a.m., and with Philip Gainsley, Justice Alan C. Page and Roderick Cox in the Target Atrium on both Friday, November 4, at 7:15 p.m., and Saturday, November 5, at 7:15 p.m.

Campus Night: Students are invited to attend the performance on Friday, November 4, and participate in exclusive pre- and post-concert activities, created especially for students. Student tickets are available for $12 each; one valid student ID must be presented per two tickets purchased.

For more information on this and other OH+ Events:


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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 2016-17 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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