Vikings Halftime Performance

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.

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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

Minnesota Orchestra Staff

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