HENRY L. DORN
Remember to Have Fun
Over and Under
Close Up at a Distance
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Osmo Vänskä, whose 19-year tenure as the Orchestra’s music director concluded in summer 2022, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. His multi-year project with the Orchestra to perform and record all ten Mahler symphonies concluded in November 2022 with the Third Symphony. Signature initiatives of his music director tenure included a Sibelius symphonies cycle that earned the Orchestra its first Grammy Award and major tours to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. As a guest conductor, he has received extraordinary praise for his work with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
Brian Newhouse serves as a guest host and writer of the This Is Minnesota Orchestra television broadcast and online livestream series and is the Orchestra’s associate vice president of individual giving. He is also the onstage host of the Minnesota Orchestra’s May 2022 MusicMakers concert. He joined the Orchestra’s staff after serving as managing director of Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s classical programming, and the host for the Orchestra’s Friday night live radio broadcasts. The creator of MPR’s 24-hour online Choral Stream, he’s also board chair of Chorus America. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University, won a Peabody Award for the documentary The Mississippi: River of Song, and authored the memoir, A Crossing. A resident of St. Paul, he also serves as a lyricist for many composers.
Your Concert Experience
Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!
Osmo Vänskä Retrospective Exhibit
When: Fri May 6 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Stroll down memory lane in our lobby photography exhibit, along with artifacts from the Orchestra's recording history, as we celebrate some of the indelible moments of the last two decades with Music Director Osmo Vänskä.