September 28, 2020
Bringing Life to a Livestream
For the first performance inside Orchestra Hall since mid-March, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra performed a test livestream concert on September 12, 2020, co-produced with Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and Classical Minnesota Public Radio. As the Orchestra embarks on a new season of performances available via TV, radio and online, an incredible team of individuals has turned Orchestra Hall's backstage spaces into a suite of control rooms, broadcast studios and production headquarters.
Melissa Ousley, from Classical Minnesota Public Radio, hosts the radio listening experience live from the backstage broadcast booth.
Adam Romey, a staff member in the Minnesota Orchestra's Education department, reads the scores for the program as the concert takes place, helping the TV producers select camera angles and musicians to feature on screen.
Sarah Hicks stands in the middle of the stunningly-lit Orchestra Hall to host each concert, providing program information and interviewing musicians throughout the program.
Audio engineer Michael Osborne, who has engineered Classical MPR's Friday night Minnesota Orchestra broadcast for two decades, mixes the MPR audio, ensuring the highest quality sound is transferred over the air waves to listeners around the world.
Cover photo: One station in the video control room backstage at Orchestra Hall.
Photography by Courtney Perry