Minnesota Orchestra to Perform Young Composers Work

By Shane Jordan on Jan 31, 2016 04:39 PM EST

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.

As part of their Composer Institute the Minnesota Orchestra performed original works by seven different young composers last week.

Kevin Puts, the Director of the Composer institute, explained to MPR News, that he envisioned their working with the orchestra as leading to vibrant careers for the seven up-and-comers getting to participate:

"The way to get orchestra performances is to prove that you can write for orchestra. But if you never get an opportunity, how are you going to do that?

"I am hoping, in the end, to launch careers for these composers."

Their New York devotees need not worry, however, the Minnesota Orchestra won't be performing anything that they haven't heard before at the upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall.

According to the recent press release touting the March 3, concert, Finnish Music Director Osmo Vänskä will be leading the orchestra in an all-Sibelius program to honor the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth:

"The concert includes Sibelius' First Symphony, a work that confirmed Sibelius' status as a Finnish national hero, and his Third Symphony...[And] features violinist Hilary Hahn in the composer's Violin Concerto."

To get your tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall March 3, be sure to call by phone at (212) 247-7800 or visit their official website online.

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