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Minnesota Orchestra Performs BBC Proms Program in Tour Send-Off Concert, Aug 1

Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in all-American program; Inon Barnatan solos in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F

The Orchestra then departs for London’s BBC Proms, followed by a five-city South Africa tour  

In their final performance of the 2018 Sommerfest season, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform a Tour Send-Off Concert at Orchestra Hall on Wednesday, August 1. The evening’s program features Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Charles Ives’ rarely-performed Symphony No. 2 and George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, featuring pianist Inon Barnatan. This is the same program that the Orchestra, Vänskä and Barnatan will perform at an August 6 concert at Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms festival, before the Orchestra embarks on a five-city tour of South Africa from August 10 to 18, where they will become the first professional U.S. orchestra to visit the country. 

After the Send-Off Concert, all audience members are invited to stay for a champagne toast in the lobby to honor Kevin Smith, the Orchestra’s President and CEO, who retires at the end of August.

This concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced from $25 to $80. Tickets are now available at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

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. In March 2018 the Orchestra released its newest album, featuring Mahler’s Sixth Symphony—part of a Mahler series that began with a Grammy-nominated Fifth Symphony recording. More:

Inon Barnatan
Inon Barnatan performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra in January 2018, in concerts at Orchestra Hall and on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Midwest Tour. He is the recipient of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. He recently completed his third and final season as the inaugural artist-in-association of the New York Philharmonic, and his recent orchestral debuts include performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Hong Kong, London and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; and the Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle and National Symphonies. In 2019, Barnatan will become music director of the La Jolla SummerFest in southern California. In recital this season, Barnatan returned to New York’s 92nd Street Y and London’s Wigmore Hall, in addition to making Carnegie Hall appearances with soprano Renée Fleming and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. More:


Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano 

BERNSTEIN                        Overture to Candide
GERSHWIN                         Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
IVES                                      Symphony No. 2

Tickets: $25 to $80

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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 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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