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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Osmo Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony and World Premiere of AROMA for Clarinet and Orchestra

Vänskä conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in concerts November 11 and 12

Minnesota Orchestra performs a world premiere by Claudio Puntin, with the composer as clarinet soloist

On November 11 and 12, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform concerts featuring a world premiere and the music of Gustav Mahler. Swiss clarinetist-composer Claudio Puntin was asked by Vänskä to create AROMA, a showpiece for clarinet and orchestra. Puntin, a musician known for his creativity and improvisation, also performs as the soloist on these concerts. After intermission, the Orchestra performs Mahler’s intense and emotional Sixth Symphony. In six sessions following these performances, Vänskä and the Orchestra will record Mahler’s Sixth Symphony for a future release on the BIS Records label.         

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 12, 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 further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Claudio Puntin, clarinet

Claudio Puntin is a clarinetist, composer and producer who is considered one of the leading creative soloists and improvisers on all types of clarinet. He has developed his own natural musical language with a combination of strong rhythmical approach, electronica, alternative techniques and self-invented instruments. His compositions and productions include works for alternative ensembles, symphony orchestras, choirs, electronics, and soundtracks for radio plays, film, theater and other art forms. He has collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world and artists such as Skúli Sverrisson, Fred Frith, Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Sidsel Endresen and Steve Reich, among many others. Puntin has been recognized with numerous awards for creativity and jazz performance, and has recorded with ECM, Arjunamusic and Deutsche Grammophon. 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, 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

Improvisation and Imagination
Claudio Puntin’s AROMA, a showcase of the composer-soloist’s virtuosity and rich imagination, fuses episodes of improvisation—making each performance unique—with Romanian folk melodies, Klezmer music, electronic effects and much more.

The opening movement of Mahler’s Sixth, at times chilling, also contains an eloquent theme that represents the composer’s wife. The Scherzo’s eerie mood and the balm of the Andante give way to a Finale in which we imagine a hero who goes forth to conquer but is struck down by fate, as dramatic hammer blows shatter all hope.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Friday, November 11, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Claudio Puntin, clarinet

PUNTIN                     AROMA: imaginative spaces for clarinet and orchestra
MAHLER                    Symphony No. 6

Tickets: $29 to $96


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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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