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Minnesota Orchestra Prepares for European Tour, Performing Send-Off Concert at Orchestra Hall, Aug 16

Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra will perform in Lahti, Finland; and at summer festivals in Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen

 Twin Cities audiences can tune in to Classical MPR 99.5 FM to hear the Orchestra’s performance in a live broadcast from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

Tour marks Orchestra’s first visit to Europe since 2010

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will soon depart for Europe on a four-country tour from August 18 to 27 that includes appearances at prestigious festivals in Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen―as well as a special performance in Lahti, Finland, where Vänskä previously served as chief conductor of the Lahti Symphony. Minnesota audiences are invited to attend a celebratory Tour Send-off concert at Orchestra Hall on Tuesday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m., and have the opportunity to hear the Orchestra perform live from Amsterdam via a Minnesota Public Radio broadcast on Wednesday, August 24, at 1 p.m. Central Time.

The four-country tour will open with a performance at Sibelius Hall, in Lahti, Finland, on August 21, followed the next day by a side-by-side rehearsal with Vivo, a youth orchestra of student musicians from across Finland. The Minnesota Orchestra last performed in Lahti in February 2004 during Vänskä’s first season as Minnesota Orchestra music director. On August 23 the Orchestra travels to Usher Hall in Scotland for a performance as part of the esteemed Edinburgh International Festival. August 24 brings a performance at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw, as part of the 2016 Robeco SummerNights festival. The tour concludes with the Orchestra’s first-ever concert in Copenhagen, where the ensemble will play at the Tivoli Festival, Scandinavia’s largest classical music festival.          

Connect During the Tour: On the radio and online
At 1 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, August 24, Minnesota Public Radio will offer a live local broadcast of the Orchestra’s performance in Amsterdam, marking the first time a Minnesota Orchestra performance from the Concertgebouw will be broadcast in Minnesota. The live broadcast will air statewide on Classical MPR, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities. A complete list of Classical MPR stations can be found at Listeners will also be able to stream the broadcast via the Classical MPR website.

The performance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw will also be broadcast live in Amsterdam and recorded and distributed for future broadcasts by the European Broadcasting Union. Additionally, the Orchestra’s performance in Lahti, Finland, on August 21, will air on local broadcast stations throughout Finland.

Representatives from GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, will join portions of the tour in order to cultivate Minnesota business relationships in several tour cities. “The presence of the Minnesota Orchestra in each of these communities provides our organization with a great opportunity to expose prospects to this world-class community asset, and allows us to highlight the engagement of our business community and strength of our labor pool,” said Michael Langley, CEO of GREATER MSP and a member of the Orchestra’s Board of Directors.

Throughout the tour, Orchestra fans can follow along on the Minnesota Orchestra’s - for regular photo updates and reports from our musicians and staff.          

Send-Off concert
Local audiences are invited to Orchestra Hall on Tuesday, August 16, for a celebratory send-off concert featuring much of the music that will be performed on tour. Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Orchestra will perform Stucky’s Rhapsodies for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The program also features Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Kuusisto, who will perform concertos by both Prokofiev and Sibelius on the tour, is widely recognized for his directing work and, in Minnesota, for a longstanding creative collaboration with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; he takes on the role of Artistic Partner with that ensemble in the 2016-17 season.

Special additions offered at this performance include a selection of food and beverages that are specialties of each of the four tour destinations. In addition, the Orchestra will unveil three Minnesota Orchestra ringtones that will be available immediately for download.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $70. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Minnesota Orchestra Touring History
The Minnesota Orchestra’s touring history dates back nearly to the Orchestra’s inception in 1903. The ensemble, which was nicknamed “the Orchestra on Wheels” because of its frequent tours, made its first Minnesota Tour in 1907, made a New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in 1912, and made subsequent international tours throughout Australia, Canada, Cuba and the Middle East. Music Director Osmo Vänskä has led the Orchestra on four previous European tours in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010, featuring performances in Berlin, London, Frankfurt, Helsinki and Vienna, among others. In May 2015, he led the Orchestra on its historic tour to Cuba.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concert

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

STUCKY                     Rhapsodies for Orchestra
PROKOFIEV               Violin Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN              Symphony No. 5

Minnesota Orchestra 2016 European Tour At-A-Glance

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä,
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 4 p.m. / Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

Stucky                         Rhapsodies for Orchestra
Prokofiev                     Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven                   Symphony No. 3, Eroica


Monday, August 22, 2016, 11 a.m. / Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

Minnesota Orchestra musicians play a side-by-side rehearsal with student musicians from Vivo, a philharmonic orchestra comprising student musicians from across Finland. Osmo Vänskä conducts Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8 p.m. / Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh International Festival

Sibelius                        Pohjola’s Daughter
Sibelius                        Violin Concerto
Beethoven                   Symphony No. 5


Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 8 p.m. / Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Robeco SummerNights

Stucky                         Rhapsodies for Orchestra
Prokofiev                     Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven                   Symphony No. 5


Friday, August 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. / Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Festival

Stucky                         Rhapsodies for Orchestra
Sibelius                        Violin Concerto
Beethoven                   Symphony No. 3, Eroica


The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges generous support for the European tour from an anonymous couple and support for the work of Osmo Vänskä from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

The 2016 European Tour is arranged by the international artist and project management company HarrisonParrott.


Packages and tickets can be purchased online at; by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141 (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on performance Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.); in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; and in person at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For packages, call 612-371-5642 or visit 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 2016-17 season.

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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