Seven young composers got the opportunity of a lifetime this week, when the Minnesota Orchestra performed their work as part of its Composer Institute. According to the Institute's Director, Kevin Puts, emerging talents run into the catch-22 of not getting a chance to write for an orchestra until they have already proven themselves capable of doing so, but now at least 7 out of 150 applicants will be able to potentially launch their careers thanks to Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute. For New York fans of the orchestra, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will be leading the group in all-Sibelius program at Carnegie Hall -- their first concert there in five-years.
Osmo Vanska will conduct the Minnesota Orchestra in the eighth annual Future Classics Concert Series. The concert will feature seven of the top emerging composers of today. The concert will take place Friday January 29th at 8 PM at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets range from $20 to $40 dollars and the show will be hosted by former Portland, Oregon alum Fred Child. All seven composers will be present to introduce their work
Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana's quincentenary.
Classicalite reported back in February that Grammy-winning maestro Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra would be performing this month in Cuba at the International Cubadisco Festival. Well, it's finally here! OK, so almost... Since POTUS Barack Obama made the first steps to "normalize" America's relationship with its neighbor Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra will indeed be the first professional U.S. band to perform in Cuba this century--make that millennium (as the last to do was the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 1999).
It was announced earlier this week via Facebook that Minnesota Orchestra music director, Osmo Vänskä, and concertmaster Erin Keefe are engaged. An office romance indeed.
Music lovers in Minnesota will be delighted to hear that Osmo Vänskä will return as the music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra's board of directors voted on Thursday to rehire the Finnish maestro.
As is being reported, it's not yet a done deal for Osmo Vanska to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as music director. But who would be a good choice?
The Minnesota Orchestra announced on Thursday evening that controversial President and CEO Michael Henson will step down at the end of the current season, on August 31.
On Monday, several Minnesota Orchestra board members said that the board had voted in favor of keeping Michael Henson as president. They also said that Osmo Vänskä might be asked to take on a more limited role with the orchestra, such as principal guest conductor.
Conductor Osmo Vänskä talked with Brian Newhouse of Classical Minnesota Public Radio this weekend about what might prompt him to return to the orchestra as music director. Vänskä said, “For any healing to begin at the orchestra, Michael Henson must go.”
A new era in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra will begin next month, when the re-united orchestra will present its first performances in Orchestra Hall after a long and often bitter contract dispute that dragged on for 15 months.
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra approved a new contract on Tuesday, ending the historic lockout that dragged on for more than 15 months. The 488-day impasse was the longest work stoppage ever in the history of U.S. orchestras.