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Meet the Musicians

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Around Town

The Minnesota Orchestra's musicians standing outside Orchestra Hall.
The Minnesota Orchestra's musicians outside Orchestra Hall in fall 2022 | Photo by Travis Anderson Photo

When Minnesota Orchestra musicians aren’t at Orchestra Hall, you can find many of them around the Twin Cities and beyond in other types of musical performances such as solo recitals and concerts with chamber music groups, concerto appearances with other orchestras, forays into rock music, stage productions and more. Some of the Orchestra’s musicians are skilled composers, arrangers, conductors and recording artists, to name just a few of their talents. Taking on outside projects gives them chances to flex musical muscles that aren’t engaged as often in a typical Orchestra setting—while expanding musicians’ tool kits in ways that often come in handy at Orchestra performances.

On this continually updating page you’ll find details about Minnesota Orchestra musicians’ local performances beyond the confines of Orchestra Hall. Meanwhile, another opportunity to get to know the musicians in new ways right here at Orchestra Hall is at our Symphony in 60 concerts—hour-long performances with a 6 p.m. start time and other enhancements including a post-concert onstage gathering. Upcoming Symphony in 60 concerts include Beethoven Symphony No. 8 on April 20, 2024, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 on May 11, 2024. 

Musicians Around Town

On Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, the Lakes Area Music Festival will present a concert curated by Loki Karuna (formerly Garrett McQueen) exploring the intersections between classical and jazz. The program features music for saxophone, piano and string quartet, with Minnesota Orchestra violinist Ben Odhner among the performers. More information and tickets are available through the Lakes Area Music Festival website.

On Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at Gideon Ives Auditorium at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Trumpet Manny Laureano will lead the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in “Out of this World,” a program of music by Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Holst. The orchestra will be joined by the Normandale College Concert Choir, Angelica Encore Choral Ensemble and the winner of the MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition.

On Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Westminster Church in Minneapolis, a special concert continues the legacy of two late members of the Minnesota Orchestra family: former Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis and her husband, musicologist Michael Steinberg. The fund created in their name has commissioned Roydon Tse to create a work called Stone Pond setting text by Ellen Bryant Voigt. It will be performed by four Minnesota Orchestra musicians—violinist Alan Snow, cellists Anthony Ross and Beth Rapier and Timothy Zavadil on saxophone rather than his usual instrument, bass clarinet—along with narrator Stephen Yoakam. Also on the program is Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, with Concertmaster Erin Keefe and former Minnesota Orchestra violist Sabina Thatcher joining Snow, Ross and Rapier. Tickets are available through the Minnesota Orchestra website. Additional information is available at the Michael Steinberg & Jorja Fleezanis Fund website.