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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Bemidji

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

Symphonic Side by Side

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s first rehearsal of the 2014-15 season began with drama on Tuesday night. “Let’s start with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue,” said conductor Sarah Hicks. Hicks—who serves as Principal Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Live at Orchestra Hall series--was guest rehearsing the ensemble for the evening, while Minnesota Orchestra musicians played alongside BSO musicians, offering insights, encouragement and advice on mastering challenging repertoire. (“Rely on your metronome!”)

Established in 1938, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is now a thriving regional orchestra offering six subscription concerts this season. The first, upcoming on October 5, will open with that Bach Toccata and Fugue. “I think we are off to a good start after this rehearsal,” says clarinet player Lynnette Murphy.