Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra musicians share audio and video versions of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance march for use in virtual graduation ceremonies
Today, the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä announced a special new recording of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance—the famous march composed in 1902 and now used for graduation ceremonies of every kind—recorded this past month in the homes of Orchestra musicians and intended for public use in virtual commencement ceremonies across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We recognize that the graduating class of 2020 is missing the traditional in-person ceremony this year, and we are humbled to be able to share this music for all who would like to include it in their virtual celebrations,” said Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “We are especially proud of Minnesota’s graduates and congratulate you all on your outstanding achievements. We’d be honored to be part of this milestone moment in your lives.”
The recording, available in both video and audio-only versions, is available on the Minnesota Orchestra’s website at the link below. A simple online registration is required and the files and instructions for use will be available immediately and will also be sent to the email address provided.
This video is part of the Minnesota Orchestra at Home series, which includes at-home performances from Orchestra musicians—including a new digital, collaborative performance of Skeleton Key with Minnesota rapper-writer Dessa—audio playlists and archived concert broadcasts, and family and educational activities for all ages. All digital content can be found by visiting minnesotaorchestra.org.
Pomp and Circumstance registration and download: