The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble played its first regional tour in 1907 and made its New York City debut in1912 at Carnegie Hall, where it has performed regularly ever since. Outside the U.S., the Orchestra has played concerts in Australia, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Latin America, and the Middle East. In 2015 Vänskä and the Orchestra performed two historic concerts and collaborated in educational projects in Havana, Cuba, becoming the first major American orchestra to perform in the island nation since the U.S. and Cuban governments announced steps to normalize relations between the two countries. Under Vänskä, the ensemble has undertaken four European tours and made numerous tours to Greater Minnesota. In August 2016 Vänskä and the Orchestra toured Europe together for the fifth time, visiting venues in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Lahti, Finland. The Orchestra’s recordings have drawn acclaim since the early 1920s, when the ensemble became one of the first to be heard on disc. Under Vänskä’s leadership, the Orchestra has undertaken several acclaimed recording projects, including highly-praised cycles of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies; piano concertos of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Mozart; Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn; and recent in-concert recordings of Sibelius’ Kullervoand Kortekangas’ Migrations. In June 2016 the Orchestra began a series of Mahler recordings with the Fifth Symphony; this season it will record the Second and Sixth. The Orchestra’s season encompasses nearly 175 programs annually, held primarily at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis and [...]
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A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by Julian Fifer and a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble to the richness of an orchestra. With 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and 42 commissioned and premiered original works, Orpheus rotates musical leadership roles for each work, and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. Performing without a conductor, Orpheus presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and tours extensively to major national and international venues. The 2014-2015 Season will include debut appearances by pianist Fazil Say and violinists Jennifer Koh and Augustin Dumay, and also includes three newly commissioned works. The season will also continue an ongoing exploration of Beethoven in performance with pianist Jonathan Biss, while new looks at favorites from the Orpheus catalog of recordings, including Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, demonstrate how these musicians have evolved over decades of playing together. Orpheus has trademarked its signature mode of operation, the Orpheus Process™, an original method that places democracy at the center of artistic execution. It has been the focus of studies at Harvard and Stanford, and of leadership seminars at Morgan Stanley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among others. Two unique education and engagement programs, Access Orpheus and Orpheus Institute, aim to bring this approach to students of all ages. Access Orpheus, Orpheus’ educational initiative, shares the orchestra’s collaborative music-making process with public school students from all five boroughs in New York City. Because of declining resources for arts education, many public [...]
Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell will be returning to Winona next summer to give a solo recital as part of the 2017 Minnesota Beethoven Festival, which runs from July 6 through July 23. Other guest artists of the Festival's 11th season include cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Dover Quartet, Boston Brass, Manhattan Chamber Players, and Orpheus Chamber Soloists. Beloved choral director Dale Warland will once again lead the Festival Chorale in a special weekend of concerts, and the Minnesota Orchestra will present the ever-popular annual free pops concert at Lake Park to open the Festival on July 6. "We are thrilled that Joshua Bell will be back at the Festival. After his phenomenal recital this past summer, we know our audience will be very excited to welcome him to Winona once again," reports Artistic & Managing Director Ned Kirk. Pianist Lang Lang will not be appearing at the Festival in 2017. Due to a schedule change, he now has to be in China during this time period, but according to his management, "Lang Lang looks forward to finding a new time in the future to come to this wonderful festival." Festival Ticket Packages will go on sale March 21, 2017, and individual tickets for all other performances will go on sale May 2, 2017. Further details about ticket package options and pricing will be announced in the coming months. Tickets will be available through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office at (507) 457-1715 or www.mnbeethovenfestival.org. 2017 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts July 6: Minnesota Orchestra, free outdoor pops concert July 7: Manhattan Chamber Players July 9: Joshua Bell, violin July 11: David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano [...]