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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

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Minnesota Orchestra Celebrates Nelson Mandela Centenary with Two Special Concerts, July 20 and 21

Osmo Vänskä conducts the world premiere of South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu, July 21

More than 150 singers from the Minnesota Chorale, the Better Together Choir and South African vocal ensembles perform with the Orchestra

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela and Anant Singh will speak at the July 20 concert 


On Friday, July 20, Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a unique celebration of the late Nelson Mandela on his centenary through words, video tributes and music. For this “Celebrating Mandela at 100” concert, the Orchestra is joined by two South African luminaries: Dr. Makaziwe (Maki) Mandela, the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela, and Anant Singh, producer of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, who both serve as guest speakers. The concert, which is hosted onstage by Minnesota Public Radio’s Brian Newhouse, also includes special video tributes to Mandela and a flag procession by the Mandela Washington Fellows. 

The concert features a cappella trio Insingizi and South African choral ensemble 29:11, as well as the Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota’s Better Together Choir, who perform South African choral music alongside the Orchestra. Additionally, Vänskä leads the Orchestra in movements from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

Continuing the centenary celebration, on Saturday, July 21, the Orchestra performs a concert featuring the world premiere of South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s tribute to Mandela, Harmonia Ubuntu, which features South African soprano Goitsemang Lehobye singing text from Mandela’s writings and speeches. Harmonia Ubuntu was commissioned for the Minnesota Orchestra’s South Africa tour by Classical Movements as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. The concert also includes a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, led by Vänskä and featuring Lehobye along with mezzo Minette du Toit-Pearce, tenor Siyabongo Maqungo, bass-baritone Njabulo Madlala and the combined choirs from Friday evening’s concert.

The Celebrating Mandela at 100 performance is held at Orchestra Hall on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this special performance are “pay what you are able,” starting at $5.  

The Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony concert is held at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices from $29 to $96. See the conclusion of this press release for more information.

For complete profiles and other information about the guest speakers, artists and choirs participating in these concerts, please visit minnesotaorchestra.org.


Sommerfest
CELEBRATING MANDELA AT 100 

Friday, July 20, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra                                       
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Brian Newhouse, host
Makaziwe Mandela, speaker                          
Anant Singh, speaker
Insingizi, vocal ensemble                 
Heart and Soul Drum Academy
29:11, vocal ensemble
Minnesota Chorale
           
The Better Together Choir             
Mandela Washington Fellows       

Program to include:

MOERANE           Ruri
STRAVINSKY     Finale from The Firebird
KHUMALO          Akhala Amaqhude Amabili
MATYILA            Bawo Thixo Somandla
DVOŘÁK              Largo from Symphony No. 9, From the New World
BROOKS               More Abundantly
MAVI                    Usilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela)           

Tickets: Entrance to this concert is “pay what you are able,” starting at $5. In addition, audience members are encouraged to bring donations of books for Books for Africa.


Sommerfest

BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano
Minette du Toit-Pearce, mezzo
Siyabonga Maqungo, tenor
Njabulo Madlala, baritone
Insingizi, vocal ensemble                 
29:11, vocal ensemble
Minnesota Chorale
           
The Better Together Choir

NDODANA-BREEN           Harmonia Ubuntu
BEETHOVEN                      Symphony No. 9, Choral

Tickets: $29 to $96

OH+ Events

Enjoy a variety of FREE extras, including performances, exhibits, activities, food vendors and more, curated with community partners and inspired by our Music for Mandela initiatives.

In addition, audience members are encouraged to bring donations of books for Books for Africa.

For more information about OH+, please visit minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.

 


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s tour is funded by generous contributions from an anonymous couple. 

The Minnesota Orchestra recognizes the Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Fund for Music supporting the work of Osmo Vänskä.

Funding for the Music for Mandela project is provided in part by a consortium of corporations based in Minnesota that includes Ecolab, TCF Financial Corporation, Medtronic Foundation, Land O’Lakes, 3M, U.S. Bank, Thor Construction, Target and Pentair.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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