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Osmo Vänskä Conducts U.S. Premiere Featuring Percussionist Colin Currie


Minnesota Orchestra performs Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra, with percussion soloist Colin Currie  

Concerts also feature Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds In Us and Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony

Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts on March 14, 15 and 16 that include the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra. This piece is dedicated to the memory of English composer Steve Martland, and showcases the talents of Martland and Turnage’s common friend, percussionist Colin Currie, who is the featured soloist in these concerts. The Orchestra also performs These Worlds in Us—a work by a Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute alumna Missy Mazzoli—and Aaron Copland’s heroic Third Symphony.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 11 a.m.; Friday, March 15, 2019, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $97. More information is 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.

Colin Currie, percussion
A dynamic and adventurous soloist, percussionist Colin Currie was recognized for his commitment to commissioning and creating new music when the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Instrumentalist Award in 2015. He has premiered works by composers such as Kalevi Aho, Louis Andriessen, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Brett Dean, HK Gruber, Jennifer Higdon, James MacMillan, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Steve Reich, Kurt Schwertsik, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and Julia Wolfe. This season he will also premiere new works by Andy Akiho, Helen Grime, Simon Holt and Robert Honstein. The 2018-19 season also sees the launch of his new percussion quartet, Colin Currie Quartet, as well as orchestral engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Florida Orchestra, among other ensembles. More: and

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. He has led the Orchestra on five European tours, as well as an August 2018 visit to London’s BBC Proms, and on historic tours to Cuba in 2015 and South Africa in 2018. The Cuba tour was the first by an American orchestra since the thaw in Cuban-American diplomatic relations, while the five-city South Africa tour—the culmination of a Music for Mandela celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centennial—was the first-ever visit to the country by a professional U.S. orchestra. 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. More:

Mazzoli, Turnage and Copland
A vast array of emotions, including the painful memory of war, is reflected in the arching string lines, persistent ostinatos and static harmonies found in Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds In Us—a work that was first heard at Orchestra Hall during the first-ever Future Classics concert in 2006. 

Turnage’s new Martland Memorial comprises six movements that spotlight the virtuoso soloist on a variety of instruments, most prominently marimba and the soulful vibraphone, along with more whimsical touches such as bird calls.

Copland’s distinct Americana style permeates his Third Symphony, written at the end of World War II. Framing the two dancelike inner movements are a serene, expressive opening and a grandiose finale that incorporates themes from Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 15, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

MAZZOLI                          These Worlds In Us
TURNAGE                         Martland Memorial for Percussion and Orchestra [U.S. Premiere]
COPLAND                         Symphony No. 3

Tickets: $30 to $97


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the 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 2018-19 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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