Artist Bio

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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. The Orchestra’s recordings have drawn acclaim since the early 1920s, including the 2014 Grammy Award for “Best Orchestral Performance.”

The Orchestra’s season encompasses nearly 175 programs annually, held primarily at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis and heard live by 300,000 individuals. The Orchestra connects with more than 85,000 music lovers annually through family concerts and educational programs including Young People’s Concerts. The Orchestra has commissioned and/or premiered more than 300 compositions and has won 20 awards for its adventurous programming from ASCAP.

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Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor

Chia-Hsuan Lin, who was appointed associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2016, began her sixth season with the Richmond Symphony in 2021 and was recently named the interim music director of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland. She enjoys frequent guest appearances around the world and made her Minnesota Orchestra debut in February 2020, conducting a week of student and family concerts, and returned this past April for another family concert program. This month she is leading five Minnesota Orchestra outdoor concerts, including an International Day of Music program as part of the opening weekend of Summer at Orchestra Hall. She has also led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphony, Richmond Ballet, Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Virginia Commonwealth University Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Taiwan String, and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus. A champion of the next generation of musicians and composers, she has led a growing list of premieres including new works by Chris Thile, Stephen Prutsman, Laura Schwendinger, and Jennifer Jolley. Lin previously served as music director of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and South Loop Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, and she was assistant conductor of opera at the CCM Spoleto Music Festival in Italy.

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  • Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Dvořák: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
  • Stephenson: Fanfare for Democracy
  • Johnson: Selections from Harlem Symphony
  • Ward: America, the Beautiful
  • Giacchino: Symphonic Suite from Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Traditional: Armed Forces Medley
  • Beethoven: Selection from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – IV. Allegro
  • Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

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