One week, four countries, five appearances—and now the Minnesota Orchestra’s fifth European tour with Music Director Osmo Vӓnskӓ is a wrap. Landing in Denmark on Friday afternoon, musicians wound their way through the carnival-like atmosphere of the Tivoli Gardens amusement park to enter Tivoli Concert Hall for the tour’s final concert. “There is nothing better than playing great music with a great orchestra,” said Principal Horn Michael Gast. “We’ve loved sharing concerts with these international audiences.”
Osmo Vänskä makes his way to Tivoli Concert Hall.
Tivoli Concert Hall is tucked in a back corner of the Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park, which is the world’s second oldest amusement park. Arriving are bass player Bill Schrickel, horn player Bruce Hudson, violinist Roger Frisch, and bass player Kristen Bruya.
Violist Sam Bergman and trumpeter Charles Lazarus arrive for rehearsal.
Clarinetist Greg Williams warms up.
Violinist Roger Frisch prepares for rehearsal.
Assistant Concertmaster Rui Du prepares to rehearse Sibelius and Beethoven.
Violist Gareth Zehngut arrives backstage.
Violists Tom Turner and Rebecca Albers check in during rehearsal.
Dr. Hilden, Assistant Chief of Medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center and host of WCCO radio’s Healthy Matters program, is serving as the Orchestra’s tour physician. Traveling with the ensemble, he is on call 24/7 to manage health issues, large or small.
Osmo and the Orchestra shared a moment at the final rehearsal of the tour, with Osmo thanking the players for their hard work. He told the Orchestra that if you can do this, after all that we’ve been through, “then it makes me believe there are no limits.”
Guests enjoy the outdoors on the terrace before the concert.
Tivoli Gardens, not surprisingly, has beautiful rose gardens.
The 2005 renovation included the addition of this glass foyer with a spectacular chandelier.
The original Tivoli Concert Hall was destroyed in World War II but a new hall was built in 1956 and then renovated in 2005.
Brian Mount warms up outside the concert venue.
Bass player Matthew Frischman is ready.
Pekka Kuusisto described the Orchestra as a “powerful beast” in his concert comments.
Presented with a thank you floral bouquet by the concert presenter, violinist Pekka Kuusisto flings it out into the concert hall.
Osmo led Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony for the Orchestra’s debut in this Scandinavian concert hall.
After a second encore –Brahms’ whirling Hungarian Dance No. 2—Osmo led the Orchestra offstage, and the tour was complete.
The concert hall is spectacular at night; the amusement park was lively until well after midnight.