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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Osmo Vänskä Conducts Mahler's Titan Symphony; Erin Keefe Performs Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto


The Minnesota Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 on March 15, 16 and 17

Concertmaster Erin Keefe solos in Weill’s Violin Concerto

In Minnesota Orchestra concerts on March 15, 16 and 17 at Orchestra Hall, Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts as Concertmaster Erin Keefe takes center stage for Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto. Then the Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s joyous and bold First Symphony, the Titan. In sessions the week after these performances, Vänskä and the Orchestra will record Mahler’s First Symphony for a future release on the BIS Records label.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, March 15, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $101. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

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. Released in 2017 was their recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, which also earned a Grammy Award nomination. More:

Erin Keefe, violin
Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra’s concertmaster since 2011, is a highly-regarded soloist, chamber musician and festival artist. Her solos with the Orchestra have included performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with violist Matthew Lipman, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and the Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms Violin Concertos. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the New York City Ballet, New Mexico Symphony, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic and Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. She has been awarded many major distinctions, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant. An active chamber musician, she is an Artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performs with the Accordo ensemble in Minneapolis. More:

Weill and Mahler
Weill’s Violin Concerto is a dialogue between violin and wind band, incorporating Baroque and contemporary influences for a cool 1920s edge. The solo violin is alternately singer and master of fireworks.

Mahler’s First Symphony opens with evocations of birdsong and nature, then gives way to rhythms of a rustic dance, alternately vigorous and graceful. Darker themes rise, but so do exquisite melodies (and a wonderful minor-key nod to Frère Jacques), as energy builds toward the thrilling conclusion.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Erin Keefe, violin

WEILL                                  Violin Concerto
MAHLER                             Symphony No. 1, Titan 

Tickets: $30 to $101


Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible 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 2017-18 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.



Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations 
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Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator
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