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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.
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.
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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Recording Mahler 5

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

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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.

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Erin Keefe Plays Brahms

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

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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.

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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.

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Carnegie Hall

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

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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:

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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.

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A Joyous New Year: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

All photos © Greg Helgeson

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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.

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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.

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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!

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A Musical Feast

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

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Season Opening: Osmo Vänskä and Audra McDonald

Photos by Courtney Perry

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