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Minnesota Orchestra
Vänskä's Farewell Concerts:

Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand

Season Finale

Fri Jun 10 — Sun Jun 12, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~1.5 hrs

It doesn’t get any bigger than this. Four choirs, eight soloists, and an orchestra of epic proportions come together for a season finale and one final celebration of departing Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, known as the Symphony of a Thousand, is one of the most ambitious choral symphonies that exists today. Join all of us for a grand conclusion to this historic season as we wish our music director farewell.

A Few Things to Know

  • This performance is part of the Mahler Recording Project, our ongoing initiative to record all ten Mahler symphonies with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. With a week of recording following these concerts, the Orchestra will have nearly completed the ten-part project, with a future recording date in the works for the final installment, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
  • These concerts will go into history as one of the largest-scale performances ever conducted by Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall.

Date & Time





    Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    In Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, a massive force of voices and orchestra are so interwoven, sharing equally in the sublime musical ideas, that the work is no mere symphony with singing, but a genuine marriage of vocal and instrumental sonorities. This mystical and stirring work, of which Mahler led the premiere performance only eight months before his death, brings together a medieval hymn (molded into an immense sonata structure) and the final scene of Goethe’s verse drama, Faust.


Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä


Jacquelyn Wagner


Julian Orlishausen


Christian Immler


Minnesota Chorale

National Lutheran Choir

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs

Minnesota Boychoir

Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Pre-Concert Interview

When: Sat Jun 11 | 7:15pm-7:45pm
Where: Target Atrium

Join Phillip Gainsley, Minnesota Orchestra musician and Artistic Advisory Committee member Kenneth Freed and producer Robert Suff of BIS Records for a recap of the Orchestra's past year, and conversation about the upcoming Minnesota Orchestra season.

Pre-Concert Interview

When: Sun Jun 12 | 1:15pm-1:45pm
Where: Target Atrium

Join Phillip Gainsley and Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns for a look back at this extraordinary season, and a discussion of what's in store for the future.

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored By

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Louise and Doug Leatherdale in the presentation of these concerts, and their support for the work of Osmo Vänskä.