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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Get the Inside Scoop on Orchestra Rehearsals

Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto shares insider tips on what to watch for while attending a Minnesota Orchestra open rehearsal.
 
 
 
Donors of $100 or more are invited to attend two open rehearsals each year, and the next is on July 19 at 10:00 a.m. If you're not yet a donor at this level, consider giving online today!
 
Vikings Halftime Performance

The last time The Steeles played with MN Orch it was on the fifty-yard line! Watch it here in this tribute to Prince at the opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium.
 
And don't miss The Steeles performing w/Charles Lazarus and MN Orch in Our Love is Here to Stay, Apr 6. Only a few seats remain >>
 


 

Sommerfest! New York Rhythms: Gershwin, Litton and Broadway

Andrew Litton started his last weekend as Sommerfest Artistic Director with a sold-out performance that included members of the the New York City Ballet! All photos © Courtney Perry

Sommerfest 2017

Members of the New York City Ballet performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd.

Sommerfest 2017

Patrons tried their hand at oversized games in the lobby.

Sommerfest 2017

Nooky Jones provided a free concert in the Target Atrium to start the evening.

Sommerfest 2017

Cameron Kinghorn of Nooky Jones, who also sang with Dessa at her performances this spring.

Sommerfest 2017

Patrons enjoyed food from a variety of vendors.

Sommerfest 2017

A patron tries Glitch's virtual reality game in the Orchestra Hall Lobby.

Sommerfest 2017

Heading outside for intermission.

Sommerfest 2017

A service dog also got to enjoy the show Friday evening!

Sommerfest 2017

The Minnesota Orchestra performed Copland's Appalachian Spring and Who Cares? by George Gershwin.

Sommerfest 2017

The brass and the basses.

Sommerfest 2017

Thank you, Andrew Litton and the New York City Ballet!

Swing On! Doc's Big Band Birthday Bash

We celebrated legendary trumpeter and pops conductor laureate Doc Seversinen's 90th birthday this Saturday at Orchestra Hall. It was a whirlwind musical adventure featuring big band classics, opera and classical favorites, and stellar guest artists. Happy Birthday, Doc!

Photos by Greg Helgeson

Sarah Hicks and Doc Severinsen
Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks with pops conductor laureate Doc Severinsen

Happy Birthday, Doc
Celebrating Doc's 90th Birthday

Manny Laureano, Doc Severinsen, Charles Lazarus
Principal Trumpet Manny Laureano, Doc Severinsen, and Charles Lazarus

Mack The Knife
Byron Stripling and Doc Severinsen after a swinging performance of "Mack the Knife"

Doc and Charlie Bisharat
Doc Severinsen and guest violinist Charlie Bisharat performing Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" with the big band

Doc Severinsen
Doc Severinsen

Jeff Tyzik, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, and Doc Severinsen
Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in a Gershwin medley featuring trumpets Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, and Doc Severinsen

Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, and Doc Severinsen
Trumpets Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, and Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen
Doc Severinsen conducts

Doc, Joseph Volverton, Vanessa Thomas
Doc conducts an encore of Puccini's "Nessun dorma" featuring tenor Joesph Wolverton and vocalist Vanessa Thomas

Swing On! Doc's Big Band Birthday Bash
Doc Severinsen and all the evening's guest performers take a bow with the Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks and her pup Pinkerton
Sarah Hicks and her pup Pinkerton

Doc's coats
An audience member checks out Doc's flashy wardrobe on display in the Orchestra Hall lobby

Minnesota Orchestra
Doc thanks the audience post-concert

Season Finale: Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Second

Our 2016-17 season comes to a close this weekend with performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring the Minnesota Chorale.

Robert Suff, Kevin Smith, Phil Gainsley
BIS Records producer Robert Suff joined Minnesota Orchestra president and CEO Kevin Smith and Phil Gainsley to give an inside look at the upcoming Minnesota Orchestra Mahler 2 recording.

Robert Suff, BIS Records
Robert Suff of BIS Records is a treasured collaborator, recording many CDs with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Brian Newhouse
Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse broadcasts the Season Finale concert live from Orchestra Hall.

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
The concert's first act featured acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin performing Haydn's Piano Concerto in D Major.

Marc-André Hamelin, piano and Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano and Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Marc-André Hamelin, piano and Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Vänskä and Hamelin thanking the orchestra

Krista Sandstrom
In these performances, the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale pay tribute to the memory of soprano Krista Sandstrom, who sang with the Chorale from January 2000 until her unexpected death on June 1, 2017. Krista was rehearsing with the Chorale for this program. Her chair on the choral risers has been left empty in tribute and loving memory.

Osmo Vänskä
Maestro Vänskä conducts Mahler's Second.

Season Finale - Mahler Symphony No. 2
A full stage for Mahler's Symphony No. 2

Sasha Cooke, mezzo
Soloist Sasha Cooke, mezzo, during the fourth movement of Resurrection

Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä conducting

Minnesota Chorale
The Minnesota Chorale rises for the fifth movement of Mahler's Second.

Ruby Hughes, soprano,
Soloist Ruby Hughes, soprano, during the fifth movement of Resurrection

Minnesota Orchestra
Soloists Ruby Hughes and Sasha Cooke with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale bringing it home for the epic finale of Mahler's Symphony No. 2

Minnesota Orchestra
The performers take a bow.

Osmo Vänskä and Yo-Yo Ma

The Minnesota Orchestra was honored to welcome living legend Yo-Yo Ma to our stage last night, performing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major before a sold-out audience.

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Yo-Yo Ma and Osmo Vanska

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Spring came to Minnesota this weekend—and we celebrated it with Stravinsky's revolutionary Rite of Spring. Photos by Courtney Perry.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducted Brahms and Stravinsky.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

Rafał Blechacz performed Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

Who's on bass? Kathryn Nettleman (left), Acting Associate Principal Bass and Kristen Bruya (right), Principal Bass.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

The low brass, including (L to R) Kari Sundström, Andrew Chappell, and Steven Campbell.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

Norbert Nielubowski on the bassoon.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

The Minnesota Orchestra performs Stravinsky.

Concertgoers arrive at Orchestra Hall 

A NightCap chamber music performance in the Target Atrium included the music of Saint-Saëns and Prokofiev.

Inside the Classic: Bartók's Farewell + Campus Night

On March 3, the Minnesota Orchestra dove into Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók's deathbed masterpiece "Concerto for Orchestra", with host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks. Our fantastic Student Ambassadors also brought nearly 400 students to Orchestra Hall and hosted many free student activities for our spring Campus Night event!

Lounging in Hall
Students lounging in the Hall

Student Zone
Our spring Campus Night drew nearly 400 students thanks to our Student Ambassadors

Modist - Pint of Music
This concert's Pint of Music partner was Modist Brewing Company, who offered some samples to our patrons! Thanks, Modist!

Glitch
Students enjoying virtual reality games courtesy of Glitch

Bartok Bingo
Bartók Bingo was one of many free student pre-concert activities

Lobby
Orchestra Hall lobby, a hive of activity before the concert

audiotrium
Getting seated in the audiotrium

Trumpets

Trumpet Section

Rui Du
Assistant Concertmaster Rui Du

Sarah Hicks and Sam Bergman
Host and violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks presenting during the first half of the concert

Sarah Hicks
Sarah Hicks, conductor

Sarah Hicks and Sam Bergman
Host and violist Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks presenting during the first half of the concert

Kristen Bryua
Principal Bass Kristen Bruya chats with fans during a break

Meet And Greet
Students had a meet-and-greet with Minnesota Orchestra Musicians post-concert

Student Ambassadors
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra pose for a photo with our awesome Student Ambassadors post-concert

Future Classics: Emerging Composers Spotlight

Last week, 7 trailblazing young composers came to Orchestra Hall for our annual Composer Institute—a whirlwind week of education and collaboration culminating in a performance of their works on Friday night! Photos by Greg Helgeson.

Composer Institute Composers
From left to right: Tonia Ko, Phil Taylor, Judy Bozone, Michael Boyman, Conrad Winslow, Katherine Balch, Michael-Thomas Fuomai

Phil Taylor & Fred Child
The evening's host, Fred Child (right), interviews composer Phil Taylor about the world-premiere of his piece Chiaroscuro.

Minnesota Orchestra
The Minnesota Orchestra acknowledging a composer.

Minnesota Orchestra
Judy Bozone discusses her piece, Spilled Orange. 

Katherine Balch & Fred Child
Katherine Balch discusses her piece, Leaf Catalogue

Osmo applauding
Music Director Osmo Vänskä applauds a young composer.

Conrad Winslow & Fred Child
Conrad Winslow introduces his composition, The Old Motion Parade.

Osmo Conducting
Osmo Vänskä conducts a piece by a young composer.

Tonia Ko
Composer Tonia Ko describes her piece, Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide.

Michael Boyman
Michael Boyman talks with Fred Child about his piece, Tightrope Walker.

Michael-Thomas Fuomai
Michael-Thomas Fuomai talks about his piece Music From the Castle of Heaven, a world premiere.

Composer Institute Q&A
Maestro Vänskä joins Kevin Puts, Director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and the 7 composers for a post-concert Q & A.

Tonia Ko
Tonia Ko

Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä responds to a fan's question.

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Director Kevin Puts
Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Director Kevin Puts leads the young composers through the program.

Katherine Balch
Katherine Balch responds to a question.

Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä

Composer Q&A.
Composer Q&A

Roderick Cox Conducts Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox made his subscription concert debut this weekend, conducting the Minnesota Orchestra in works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Photos © Greg Helgeson

Roderick Cox conducts 

Roderick Cox, pianist Joyce Yang, and music librarian Paul Gunther previewed the evening's repertoire at a pre-concert talk.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Joyce Yang performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Joyce Yang at the conclusion of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Cox also led the orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Grateful thanks.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Roderick Cox and members of the community at a post-concert reception.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Joyce Yang performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Roderick Cox conducting.

Roderick Cox conducts 

Osmo Vänskä, Alisa Weilerstein, and Finland 100

Orchestra Hall felt more like Helsinki on January 13th! Minneapolis helped kick off an American celebration of the nation of Finland's 100th birthday, complete with Finnish folk music in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer, a visit from Finnish Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsti Kauppi, and - of course - a traveling sauna. The evening's program featured music from Finnish composers Kalevi Aho and Jean Sibelius, and the orchestra welcomed cello dynamo Alisa Weilerstein for a stunning interpretation of Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Kippis!

Singing Strings
Finnish folk music provided by the Singing Strings from Evergreen School of Performing Arts.

Traveling Sauna
A patron tours the Traveling Sauna for Finland 100.

Traveling Sauna
The Traveling Sauna for Finland 100.

Singing Strings
The Singing Strings entertaining the crowd before the concert.

Kirsti Kauppi
Finnish Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsti Kauppi addresses the audience.

Roma Duncan
Roma Duncan, piccolo; Kathy Keinzle, harp

Cellos
Cello section

Kevin Watkins
Percussionist Kevin Watkins hard at work.

Weilerstein
Cellist extraordinaire Alisa Weilerstein, following Maestro Vänskä

Weilerstein

Rhapsodic playing on Dvořák's Cello Concerto from guest artist Alisa Weilerstein

Vänskä and Weilerstein
Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Alisa Weilerstein take a bow.

Osmo Conducting
Maestro Vänskä conducting

Esther Yoo
Associate Principal Second Violin Jonathan Magness keyed in on Maestro Vänskä

Binoculars
Binoculars come in handy for watching a concert and exploring Orchestra Hall

Sara Pajunen
Minneapolis-based violinist Sara Pajunen having some fun performing Finnish folk music for patrons post-concert.

Osmo signing CD
Osmo Vänskä signs a CD for a fan.

Photos: New Year's Celebrations

We kicked off 2017 with soprano Dawn Upshaw and Music Director Osmo Vänskä, performing music from the American songbook as well as Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. All photos © Greg Helgeson.

New Years Celebration

Soprano Dawn Upshaw performed several songs from the American songbook.

New Years Celebration

The Minnesota Orchestra rings in the New Year.

New Years Celebration

Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra.

New Years Celebration

Patrons ring in the New Year at Orchestra Hall.

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

The King Baron Hot Several performed in the lobby following the concert.

New Years Celebration

Having fun with props at the photo booth.

New Years Celebration

Happy 2017!

New Years Celebration

L to R: Stephen Hamilton and Ken Huber of Orchestrate Excellence, with violinist Michael Sutton.

New Years Celebration

Violist Gareth Zehngut (center) with friends.

New Years Celebration

The countdown!

New Years Celebration

Happy New Year!

New Years Celebration

The program also included Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

Spirit of the Season Concert

We performed a free holiday concert with Shiloh Temple's choirs and dancers on Sunday! Here are some photo highlights of the evening, which Roderick Cox conducted.

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple's Little Drummer Boys performed in the first half of the concert.

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple's choir

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple's Liturgical Dance group

Shiloh Temple performance

Bishop Howell and Roderick Cox (center) pose with other members of Shiloh Temple for photos.

Shiloh Temple performance

Roderick Cox introduces the music.

Shiloh Temple performance

Audience members at Shiloh Temple.

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple's Choir procession to Able's arrangement of the Goin' Home theme from Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

Shiloh Temple performance

A singer from Shiloh Temple's Choir.

Shiloh Temple performance

Roderick Cox conducted Coleridge-Taylor's Danse Négre and Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple performance

Roderick Cox, conductor.

Shiloh Temple performance

The choir joined the orchestra onstage to perform the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

Shiloh Temple performance

Shiloh Temple performance

Peter and the Wolf

December 3, 2016: The Minnesota Orchestra performed a family concert featuring Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, performed by alumni actors from Theatre de la Jeune Lune. All photos © Matt Blewett.

Peter and the Wolf

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra provided hands-on musical instrument demonstrations before the concerts.

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

Kids getting close to the music.

Peter and the Wolf

Conductor Roderick Cox introduces the music.

Peter and the Wolf

The program including Sean O'Boyle's Dueling Fiddles, performed by Violinists Susie Park and Rui Du.

Peter and the Wolf

Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumni actors performed the parts for Peter and the Wolf.

Peter and the Wolf

Roderick Cox conducts Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

Peter and the Wolf

The Hunter, performed by Jason Ballweber of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Peter and the Wolf

Roderick Cox conducts Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with Robert Rosen narrating.

E.T. photos and more!

Were you at our E.T. performances October 28 - 29, 2016? View and order your fun photobooth pictures below, and be sure to watch the videos, put together by our friends at Intermedia Arts!

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Videos

Orchestra Hall Green Screen - Friday from Intermedia Arts on Vimeo.


Orchestra Hall Green Screen - Saturday from Intermedia Arts on Vimeo.

Campus Night: New World Symphony

We're giving a big thanks to our student ambassadors who brought nearly 500 students from the Twin Cities area and beyond to Orchestra Hall for the first campus night of the 2016-17 season! The evening featured Dvořák's New World Symphony, Copland's Lincoln Portrait and guest soloist Esther Yoo on Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, as well as a host of student-focused concert activities.

Temporary Tattoo - Minnesota Orchestra
We assure you this tattoo is not permanent (but it is quite stylish).

Glitch Virtual Reality
One of the night's pre-concert activities was a musical virtual reality game by Glitch.

Boys on the Balcony
Relaxing before the show.

Music Therapy Student Association
Guests enjoyed some pre-concert music courtesy of students from the University of Minnesota's Music Therapy Student Association.

Chamber Music by Students
University of Minnesota students Ines Guanchez, Samuel Boundy and Alastair Witherspoon provided chamber music in the foyer before the show.

Students Enjoying Campus Night
A group of students hanging out at some pre-concert activities.

Roderick Cox and Phil Gainsley
A pre-concert talk featured Philip Gainsley and Associate Conductor Roderick Cox.

Justice Page and Vänskä
Special Guest Justice Alan C. Page narrated the powerful Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland.

Esther Yoo
Esther Yoo dazzled with her interpretation of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1

ViolinsThe first violins keying in on Maestro Vänskä.

Osmo Conducting
Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts a section of Dvořák's New World Symphony.

Osmo Conducting
A sweeping moment in the music.

Esther Yoo
Esther Yoo greets some fans.

Osmo and Esther
Students participated in a Q & A with Maestro Vänskä and special guest Esther Yoo.

Esther Answers a Question
Esther Yoo responding to an audience question.

Season Opening: Osmo Vänskä and Joshua Bell

Our 2016-17 Season launched this week with Joshua Bell performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Osmo Vänskä conducting Brahms' Symphony No. 2.

Vanska and Bell
Maestro Vänskä and Joshua Bell in exquisite form

Cellos
The cello section

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell's enraptured interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Vanska and Violins
Maestro Vänskä and the violins

Flutes and Oboe
Flute section members Wendy Williams, Adam Kuenzel, and Principal Oboe Joseph Peters

Percussionists playing Blur
Levin's "Blur" features intense percussion, performed here by Kevin Watkins and Brian Mount

Percussionists playing Blur
Mallet work courtesy of our percussion section

Osmo Conducting
Beautiful dynamic conducting from Osmo Vänskä

Osmo Conducting
A more playful section

Trombones
Trombonists R. Douglas Wright, Kari Sundström, and Andrew Chappell

Osmo Autographing CD
Osmo Vänskä signing Minnesota Orchestra's new Sibelius CD for a fan after the evening's concert

Kevin Smith
Minnesota Orchestra CEO Kevin Smith addresses donors at the Season Opening Dinner

Donors Raise A Glass
Donors raising a glass to Minnesota Orchestra at the Season Opening Dinner

Vikings Halftime Performance

The Minnesota Orchestra performed the music of Beethoven and Prince to more than 65,000 people at U.S. Bank Stadium yesterday. We'll post photos, press, and video here.

Video


Photos

Osmo gets a little help with his scarf 

Violinist Milana Reiche helps Music Director Osmo Vänskä with a Vikings scarf before the performance.

Orchestra musicians watch the first half from inside the tunnel. 

Orchestra musicians watch the first half from inside the tunnel.

Lined up in the tunnel just before halftime 

Orchestra musicians lined up in the tunnel at the end of the first half.

Lined up in the tunnel just before halftime 

Violinists Rebecca Corruccini, Céline Leathead, Milana Reiche, and Deborah Serafini led the procession onto the field.

A pre-show high five from Viktor the Viking 

A pre-show high five from Viktor the Viking!

Violinist David Brubaker 

Violinist David Brubaker with his game face on.

Bassist Kristen Bruya 

Bass Kristen Bruya walks onto the field.

Volunteers watch from up close 

Halftime show volunteers sat at the 30 yard line while the orchestra performed.

Beethoven at US Bank Stadium 

The lights went down and the Minnesota Orchestra led with Beethoven, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Beethoven at US Bank Stadium 

Beethoven at US Bank Stadium 

Beethoven at US Bank Stadium 

Steeles perform Purple Rain with the Minnesota Orchestra 

The Steele family provided vocals for Prince's Purple Rain.

Steeles perform Purple Rain with the Minnesota Orchestra 

Steeles perform Purple Rain with the Minnesota Orchestra 

Music Director Osmo Vanska 

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducted Prince's Purple Rain, by the light of thousands of smartphones.

Tony Ross 

Cellist Anthony Ross leaves the field after an exhilerating performance.

Violist Ken Freed 

Violist Ken Freed acknowledges the crowd.

Erin Keefe and Roger Frisch 

Concertmaster Erin Keefe and Associate Concertmaster Roger Frisch enjoy a laugh as they walk off the field following the halftime performance.

Principal Tuba Steven Campbell acknowledges the crowd. 

Principal Tuba Steven Campbell acknowledges the crowd.


Press

"Purple Rain" played by Minnesota Orchestra at halftime of Vikings-Packers, Star Tribune

Watch: Chilling Halftime Prince Tribute by the Minnesota Orchestra, Bring Me the News

Halftime at the Minnesota Vikings Home Opener Could Only Go One Way: A Sing-Along to Prince’s “Purple Rain”, Slate

Beethoven, Prince -- and football: MN Orchestra plays Vikings-Packers halftime show, MPR News

Minnesota Vikings Pay Tribute to Prince with Halftime Show: So Much Purple, Rolling Stone

Minnesota Vikings Honor Prince with a Very Purple Halftime Show, Entertainment Weekly

Vikings open new stadium in style - with a win over Pack, Associated Press

Season Opening: Osmo Vänskä and Audra McDonald

Photos by Courtney Perry

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu of MPR enjoys the Beethoven photo booth.

Mary Louise Knutson performed on our beautiful lobby piano before the concert.

Beethoven photo booth props!

Patrons enjoyed the festive atmosphere in the lobby.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads a toast to the new season after the concert.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Patrons welcome back Violist Megan Tam, who has returned after being gone for a season.

The lobby was buzzing pre-concert!

Bassist Kristen Bruya, center, and others sing along.

Kevin Smith welcomes the crowd to a new season of spectacular music.

Bassist Dave Williamson performed in a jazz quartet in the lobby post-concert.

Perusing Minnesota Orchestra CDs.

Patrons posed with Beethoven at a photo booth before the concert.

Patrons chatted with musicians in the lobby before and after the concert.

Tony® Award-winning Audra McDonald performed with the orchestra.

Tony® Award-winning Audra McDonald performed with the orchestra.

A Musical Feast

A night of food and music at Orchestra Hall. Photos by Courtney Perry.

 

A selfie with Vincent Francoual of Vincent.

Sarah Hicks conducts.

 

Patrons sampled creations from culinary students at The Art Institutes International Minnesota.

Patrons design a plate with Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The table was set!

Sampling creations from culinary students.

Patrons sample creations from Art Institutes International students.

15 ticket holders were chosen at random to sit onstage and sample one of the courses.

 

 

 

 

 

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

Natasha Paremski performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by Andrew Litton. The program also included Rimsky-Korsakov and Vaughan Williams. Photos by Greg Helgeson.

 

Maestro Litton opened Friday evening's concert by dedicating the performance to the city of Paris. Je suis Paris.

Andrew Litton conducting Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Andrew Litton conducts.

Soloist Natasha Paremski with an artistic flourish.

Natasha Paremski playing with focus and intensity.

Minnesota Orchestra flute section.

Soloist and conductor.

A well-deserved standing ovation.

Artist Dick Poey discussing his sculpture of Kathryn Nettleman.

Artist Dick Poey and inspiration Kathryn Nettleman.

Bassists Kathryn Nettleman and Kristen Bruya converse with patrons in the lobby.

Bassist David Williamson enjoying a conversation with patrons.

Bassist Robert Anderson enjoys a laugh post-concert.

It's Tommie Night at Orchestra Hall!

Wendy Williams and students from the University of St. Thomas.

Concertmaster Erin Keefe answers questions from students on Tommie Night.

Saturday night's post-concert Nightcap in the Target Atrium.

Elgar's Piano Quintet featuring Andrew Litton and members of the Minnesota Orchestra Rui Du, Rebecca Corrucini, Megan Tam and Eugena Chang.

Merry and Bright

From an intimate version of Christmas Time is Here to a New Orleans-style Frosty the Snowman, acclaimed soloists and Charles Lazarus’ seasoned rhythm section and the Lazarus Brass— stellar Minnesota Orchestra brass players—brought energy and excitement to everyone’s holiday favorites. Photos by Courtney Perry.

 Charles Lazarus and vocalist Bruce A. Henry gettin' into the groove!

 Charles Lazarus and vocalist Bruce A. Henry gettin' into the groove!

Celebrating the holidays in swinging style

 Celebrating the holidays in swinging style.

Charles Lazarus, Jeff Bailey and The Lazarus Brass make making music look good.

 Charles Lazarus, Jeff Bailey and The Lazarus Brass make making music look good.

<p> Charles Lazarus, vocalist Tonia Hughes and percussionist David Schmalenberger bringing it home.

 Charles Lazarus, vocalist Tonia Hughes and percussionist David Schmalenberger bringing it home.

Time for a festive photo op!

Time for a festive photo op!

Orchestra Hall-your musical home for the holidays.

Orchestra Hall-your musical home for the holidays.

A Joyous New Year: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

All photos © Greg Helgeson

Some of the first guests to arrive for the evening.

Osmo Vänskä conducts.

The after party rocking out to Charles Lazarus and his band.

Violinist Aaron Janse and his wife Becka pose with Beethoven.

Vuvuzelas: an important part of any New Year's celebration.

Happy New Year!

Couples danced to music provided by Trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his band.

Midnight!

Music Director Osmo Vänskä, his wife Concertmaster Erin Keefe, and a young fan clown around with Ludwig.

Bassist Kate Nettleman and friend pose with Beethoven.

Cellist Eugena Chang.

"All Mankind become brothers..."

Kristen Bruya, left and Kathryn Nettleman, right acknowledge the audience.

 

Recording Mahler 5

We're recording Mahler's Fifth Symphony with BIS records this week! Here are some scenes from today's recording sessions.

Osmo Vänskä prepares to lead the orchestra in recording Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

BIS engineers, Osmo Vänskä, and MN Orchestra musicians listen to recently recorded music while consulting the score.

MN Orchestra musicians listen to the new recording while consulting the score.

Osmo Vänskä leads the orchestra on a stage filled with microphones, recording Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

Season Finale: Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Fifth

In a season that opened with Mahler's 4th Symphony, Friday's performance of Mahler's 5th Symphony concluded the season in a blaze of orchestral glory. Christian Tetzlaff's reading of Berg's Violin Concerto was both energetic and refined. Photos by Greg Helgeson.

The evening begins with Berg's Violin Concerto

A moment of visible intensity

Second violin section

Christian Tetzlaff surrounded by strings at Friday's performance

Percussionist Brian Mount

Maestro Vänskä in fine form at Friday's Season Finale

Clarinetists Tim Zavadil, David Pharris and Gregory T. Williams

Mid-permormance of Mahler's mighty Fifth Symphony

Kathy Kienzle playing harp on Mahler's Fifth Symphony

A moment of crescendo in three parts

A well-deserved standing ovation following the magnificent 72-minute symphony

Well done, Kathy!

Osmo Vänskä meeting with patrons after Friday's Season Finale performance

Enthusiam Level=High in the lobby following Friday's concert. Hope to see you all at Sommerfest!

Erin Keefe Plays Brahms

In this string-spotlighting program, star concertmaster Erin Keefe beams brightly as program soloist. Photos by Greg Helgeson.

Concertmaster and program soloist Erin Keefe and her proud teacher visiting with Suzuki group.

Concertmaster Erin Keefe as this evening's featured soloist.

A quiet moment within the music.

Composer Kevin Puts introduces his new work and the program's opening piece - Two Mountain Scenes.

A great end to a great night!

Musicians and audience members enjoy on-stage conversation and photo opportunities.

A strong finish to an incredible performance!

What goes better with a great concert than a post-concert reception with Members of the Minnesota Orchestra on-stage?!

The full orchestra at Thursday night's performance.

Maestro Osmo Vänskä conducts.

Erin Keefe Plays Brahms, Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Cirque de la Symphonie

The magic of the Big Top was at Orchestra Hall this weekend! Were you there? Which part was your favorite? All photos by Courtney Perry.

Beethoven Symphonies 8 & 3 (Eroica), Third Piano Concerto

The Eroica is almost a concert unto itself. Pair it with Symphony No. 8 and Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring soloist Yevgeny Sudbin, and you've got one incredible night of Beethoven! Photos by Courtney Perry.

French Horn players Ellen Dinwiddie Smith and Brian Jensen.

Osmo Vänskä takes it all in.

Section Symmetry.

Maestro and Soloist-A Job Well Done!

Yevgeny Sudbin taking his bow in front of a very appreciative audience.

Our Minnesota Orchestra.

Erin Keefe and Osmo Vänskä.

Osmo Vänskä exiting stage right in front of a crowd on their feet.

Soloist Sudbin taking a moment to sign autographs for patrons in the lobby post-concert.

Outside (Target Atrium) looking in.

Mark Kelly, bassoon and Osmo Vänskä, clarinet.

Kristen Bruya, bass.

NightCap Chamber Concert in the Target Atrium - Beethoven's Septet.

Beethoven Marathon T-Shirt!

Carnegie Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra and Hilary Hahn performed Sibelius at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Photos © Stephanie Berger.

Osmo Vänskä conducts.

Hilary Hahn performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

Hilary Hahn greets Osmo Vänskä at the start of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

The Minnesota Orchestra performs Sibelius.

Standing ovation after three Sibelius pieces and four total encores.

Applause for the Minnesota Orchestra.

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra acknowledge the crowd.

Flute Roma Duncan and Viola Sam Bergman are interviewed for WQXR during intermission.

Inside the Classics: The Evolution of Opera

This Inside the Classics concert explored the evolution of opera from Monteverdi and Mozart to Bizet and Puccini. Photos © Greg Helgeson.

The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent presented the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show in the Target Atrium pre-concert.

The brass started the evening from the Balcony boxes.

Patrons enjoyed free samples from Surly Brewing Co. before the concert.

Tenor Eric Barry demonstrates presence.

Conductor Sarah Hicks and Violist/Host Sam Bergman explain the magic of opera.

Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw sang pieces by Handel and Rossini.

Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw sang pieces by Handel and Rossini.

Violist/Host Sam Bergman.

Grateful bows from our stellar guest artists for the evening: Eric Barry, tenor, Christina Pier, soprano, and Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano.

Sarah Hicks conducts.

Principal Percussion Brian Mount kicks off the concert with the Toccata from Overture to Orfeo.

Violist/Host Sam Bergman—with cape.

Tenor Eric Barry is unimpressed by Sam's cape.

Soprano Christina Pier sang pieces by Mozart and Wagner.

Tenor Eric Barry sang pieces by Verdi and Bizet.

Christina Pier and Eric Barry sing "O soave fanciulla," from La Bohéme by Puccini.

Composer Institute 2016

Top photo, L to R: the 2016 Composer Institute participants! Michael Gilbertson, Emily Cooley, Kirsten Broberg, Anthony Vine, Nick DiBerardino, Joshua Cerdenia, and Matthew Browne.

The Composer Institute 2016 came to its conclusion last night with Future Classics conducted by Osmo Vänskä. We present these photos from the performance:

Fred Child and Kirsten Broberg 

Host Fred Child interviews Minnesota native Kirsten Broberg before the premiere of her piece, Celestial Dawning

Minnesota Orchestra cello section 

The cellos focus in. 

Fred Child and Michael Gilbertson 

Fred Child interviews Michael Gilbertson before the premiere of his piece, Sinfonia after Vivaldi

The Minnesota Orchestra 

The Minnesota Orchestra takes a bow. 

Nick DiBerardino 

Nick DiBerardino answers questions about his work, Asphodel, which premiered at last night's concert. 

Emily Cooley 

Emily Cooley answers questions about her work, Scroll of the Air

Joshua Cerdenia 

Joshua Cerdenia answers audience questions about his work, Magayon

Osmo Vänskä conducts 

Osmo Vänskä conducts.

Fred Child and Michael Gilbertson 

Fred Child interviews Michael Gilbertson just before the performance of his work, Sinfonia after Vivaldi

Fred Child and Anthony Vine 

Fred Child interviews Anthony Vine just before the performance of his work, Transmission

Fred Child and Emily Cooley 

Fred Child interviews Emily Cooley just before the performance of her work, Scroll of the Air

Fred Child and Joshua Cerdenia 

Fred Child interviews Joshua Cerdenia just before the performance of his work, Magayon

Fred Child and Nick DiBerardino 

Fred Child interviews Nick DiBerardino onstage just before the performance of his work, Asphodel

 Kirsten Broberg 

Kirsten Broberg's Celestial Dawning premiered last night. 

Young People's: The Color of Music

Our 2015-16 Young People's season kicked off this week! We've got some great photos from our first concert, The Color of Music. Special thanks to students from Hilltop Elementary in Inver Grove Heights for letting us photograph their concert experience!

Student from Inver Grove Heights

Students were very good at guessing which instrument didn't belong during the Pop! Goes the Weasel quartets.

Black Label Movement

Black Label Movement performed during Bernstein's Mambo, with a little help from the audience.

The string section displayed or wore blue bandanas; other instrument families were distinguished by different colors.

buses arriving at Orchestra Hall

The buses arrive at Orchestra Hall on a cold, wet October morning.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students from Hilltop Elementary in Inver Grove Heights arrive at the concert.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students arrive at the concert.

Students raising hands

Everyone appears to know the difference between arco and pizzicato.

Roderick Cox, conductor

Our 2015-16 Young People's concerts will all be led by our new Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox.