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Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra celebrate Minnesota Public Radio's 50th Anniversary with special concert

Vänskä conducts the Orchestra in musical selections as performed on historic MPR broadcasts, November 11

MPR’s Brian Newhouse hosts the concert from the stage, providing commentary on the longstanding partnership between MPR and the Minnesota Orchestra

In celebration of Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary, the Minnesota Orchestra performs a special concert on Saturday, November 11, that revisits milestone moments from the Orchestra’s broadcast history with MPR. Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and hosted from the stage by MPR’s Brian Newhouse, this concert will also be broadcast live on Classical MPR stations throughout Minnesota and online at Musical selections include the opening movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the emotional Nimrod movement from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor in an orchestration by the late former Minnesota Orchestra music Director Stanislaw Skrowaczewki, and many others.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, November 11, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $110. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

About the MPR and Minnesota Orchestra Partnership
Minnesota Public Radio went on the air for the first time on January 22, 1967, when KSJR signed on from the campus of Saint John’s University. Just four years later, it began a long and treasured partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra. With the support and encouragement of former Governor Elmer L. Andersen and the H.B. Fuller Company, MPR initiated the live Friday night Minnesota Orchestra concert series heard first across the state of Minnesota; by 1981, across the nation; and today, around the globe via online streaming. Today, it is one of the longest continuous broadcast partnerships in the symphony orchestra world.

This special program highlights some of the greatest moments in the history of MPR’s relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra, including the inaugural concert at Orchestra Hall in 1974, the emotional concert three days after the September 11 attacks, annual Future Classics concerts of works by emerging composers, a pair of historic broadcasts from Cuba in 2015, and a broadcast from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 2016.

Brian Newhouse, host
Brian Newhouse hosts the Friday night live broadcasts of the Minnesota Orchestra heard regionally on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He is the Managing Director of Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s classical programming, including SymphonyCast, Performance Today, Pipedreams, and other programs that reach a national audience of four million listeners each week. He holds degrees in voice and English from Luther College, and has had an active professional singing career alongside his work in radio. He and his MPR colleagues have innovated a program of outreach and education for Minnesota schoolchildren called Music for Learning that in four years has served over 100,000 students across the state. He won a Peabody Award for writing the radio documentary The Mississippi: River of Song, and he is the author of the memoir, A Crossing.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. In addition to the Orchestra’s May 2015 tour to Cuba, he has led the Orchestra on five major European tours, the most recent of which took place in August 2016, as well as regular tours to communities across Minnesota. His recording projects with the Minnesota Orchestra have also met with great success, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies on the BIS Records label. As a guest conductor Vänskä has led all the major American and European orchestras. More:

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
Live Broadcast Concert

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Brian Newhouse
, host

Program to include: 

WAGNER                             Overture to The Flying Dutchman
BACH/Skrowaczewski       Toccata and Fugue in D minor
ELGAR                                  Nimrod, from Enigma Variations
BEETHOVEN                      Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5
BARBER                              Essay No. 1
CATURLA                            Danzón
LECUONA                            Malagueña
TRADITIONAL/Vänskä   Säkkijärven Polka
TBA                                   Audience selection from Future Classics Concert 

Tickets: $30 to $110

OH+ Event

Free Concert Preview with Phillip Gainsley and MPR’s Mindy Ratner, Brian Newhouse and Fred Child in the Target Atrium at 7:15 pm.

For more information on this and other OH+ Events:


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at, 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 For subscriptions, 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 2017-18 season.

The November 2017 Composer institute is generously sponsored by The Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the late Hella Mears Hueg.

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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