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Minnesota Orchestra Restructures Rest of 2019-2020 Concert Season

All concerts through June 2020 are rescheduled or cancelled;

In addition, the Summer at Orchestra Hall season (July 17 to August 9, 2020) is postponed until July 2021;

Five weeks of rescheduled Minnesota Orchestra concerts are newly added in August and early September 2020, featuring Music Director Osmo Vänskä, Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and Minnesota Orchestra soloists;

Symphony Ball rescheduled to May 2021;

2020-2021 concert season to begin as planned in late September 2020

The Minnesota Orchestra announced today the restructuring of its 2019-2020 concert season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed to delay all concerts until August 2020, the revised concert calendar reschedules numerous performances and cancels all others through June 15, 2020; postpones all Summer at Orchestra Hall 2020 concerts and activities until summer 2021; and includes five newly-added weeks of August and early September 2020 performances at Orchestra Hall to accommodate the rescheduled concerts, played during the period that is typically the break time between Minnesota Orchestra seasons. Featuring the full Minnesota Orchestra and four Orchestra musicians as soloists, the August and early September performances will be led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. The Orchestra had previously announced concert cancellations through April 28. All ticketholders are being notified directly of these changes and offered a variety of options around their tickets.

“We miss sharing live music with our audiences very much, and we have weighed many options around when the Orchestra can resume performances again,” said Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “Based on the latest information, we have adapted our calendar to shift performances into August, when we are hopeful we’ll be able to gather at Orchestra Hall. The Orchestra will always follow all the recommended health guidelines and if we need to make changes to this revised calendar as August draws closer, we will do so. For the performances that cannot happen this spring, we hope audiences will enjoy instead the at-home concerts we are sharing on the Orchestra’s website. Mostly, I hope everyone can find inspiration in the music itself. So many great works of classical music are rooted in hope and renewal, and I believe this music can help sustain us now, until we are able to share it together at Orchestra Hall again. I thank you for the warm wishes you have been sending to the Orchestra, and we send those same good thoughts back to you.”

The four weeks of added August and early September Minnesota Orchestra concerts will feature conductors and musician soloists who are based in Minnesota to avoid the need for domestic or international air travel. The musician soloists are Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cello Anthony Ross, Principal Bassoon Fei Xie, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and First Associate Concertmaster Susie Park, each of whom had been slated to solo with the Orchestra in spring performances. A complete list of performances rescheduled into August and early September is available on pages 3 and 4.

 “I want to thank Minnesota Orchestra musicians for their flexibility in rearranging the concert calendar and the staff for their hard work and nimbleness in bringing these changes to pass,” said Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. “We appreciate the organization-wide effort that has made this possible.”

A number of other concerts and events on the Orchestra’s spring calendar have been moved into the 2020-21 season, including two performances with Cloud Cult (now scheduled for January 18 and 19, 2021) and performances and recording sessions featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 (concerts now rescheduled for June 26 and 27, 2021). The Symphony Ball, originally slated for June 6, 2020, with “A Night at the Moulin Rouge” theme, will be rescheduled to May 15, 2021, with the same theme and guided by the same Ball Chairs, W. Anders Folk and Angela Pennington, and Bill Miller and Katie Miller. Gordy and Dee Sprenger will serve as Honorary Chairs.

Complete plans for the Orchestra’s 2020-21 concert season, which is set to begin in late September 2020, will be announced on Friday, April 17.

Summer at Orchestra Hall moves to July 2021

On March 5, President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns and pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Creative Partner for Summer at Orchestra Hall, unveiled plans for a new take on the Orchestra’s summer festival, running from July 17 through August 9, 2020. The Summer at Orchestra Hall line-up will now be presented in July and August 2021 instead.

“It is disappointing to postpone our new summer season launch so soon after we announced it, but based on the latest data, we don’t believe the Orchestra will be able to offer the complete Summer at Orchestra Hall experience we envisioned this July,” said Michelle Miller Burns. “Our summer plans call for guest conductors to travel to Minneapolis from around the world and for crowds to gather on Peavey Plaza for the International Day of Music and other projects, which isn’t feasible now. We decided to postpone the experience until July 2021 so that we can deliver on the full vision we’ve promised audiences.”

Said Jon Kimura Parker, “These times call for flexibility and instead of exploring ‘The Beethoven Influence’ this summer to commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we’ll celebrate his 251st next year. Summer at Orchestra Hall is built around community collaborations, and I look forward to extending those partnerships to a time when we can launch the summer season as it was meant to be. Until then, I send everyone best wishes for good health.” 

Added August and September Concert Calendar

The following concerts have been rescheduled into the Orchestra’s August and early September 2020 calendar, including a week of free outdoor Symphony for the Cities concerts, originally scheduled for July. Ticketholders to spring concerts are being notified directly of their options to exchange tickets into these programs. 

Minnesota Orchestra Free Concerts

Monday, August 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m. / Lakefront Park Bandshell, Hudson, Wisconsin
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, time to be announced / Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m. / Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis 

Minnesota Orchestra
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor


Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, August 14, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Fei Xie, bassoon

SIBELIUS                           Finlandia
MOZART                            Bassoon Concerto
SAARIAHO                        Ciel d’hiver 
BRAHMS                            Symphony No. 4


Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, August 21, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
Anthony Ross, cello

NAZAYKINSKAYA                        Winter Bells
DAUGHERTY                                  Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra
MONTGOMERY                              Starburst
MUSSORGSKY/Ravel                    Pictures at an Exhibition


Thursday, August 27, 2020, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, August 28, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall 

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Susie Park, violin
Silver Ainomäe, cello

FAGERLUND                    Water Atlas
BRAHMS                            Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
MOZART                            Symphony No. 41, Jupiter


Thursday, September 3, 2020, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, September 4, 2020, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, September 5, 2020, 8 p.m./ Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor 

BEETHOVEN/ arr. Schulhoff         Rondo and Capriccio
BEETHOVEN                                   Symphony No. 1
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV                    Scheherazade

The Minnesota Orchestra Ticket Services Office will be directly in touch with ticketholders for all cancelled or rescheduled programs. For maximum efficiency, ticketholders are encouraged to wait to receive communication from the Orchestra that will outline a variety of options around their tickets.

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