Past Stories

Minnesota Orchestra Restructures Rest of 2019-2020 Season

Musings from a Conductor at Home

A Conversation with John Snow, Principal Oboe

Surveying Rachmaninoff

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A Horn for Havana

The Minnesota Orchestra’s historic trip to Cuba is (already!) a year in the past—but its impact is still being felt near and far.

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Carnegie Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra and Hilary Hahn performed Sibelius at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Photos © Stephanie Berger.

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 4

Reflections on the 2016 Composer Institute

I've been back home for a few days after a really incredible week in Minneapolis, and this will be my final blog post about the 2016 Composer Institute.

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 3

The past few days of rehearsals have been incredible. Hearing seven pieces come together in three days, we've all been amazed by the dedication and virtuosity of the Minnesota Orchestra. We're a very lucky group of composers! We're also learning from each other in these rehearsals. We each have copies of all seven pieces to look at. Observing rehearsals and studying the scores of my fellow composers has really helped me generate ideas for the piece I'm writing next.

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 2

It’s the end of day two, and I can report that I’m completely exhausted but very happy. Although orchestra rehearsals will officially start tomorrow (Wednesday), the past couple days have nevertheless been long and extremely informative. We’ve heard talks on administration and programming, music engraving, and publishing, all of which have been fascinating.

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Composer Institute Blog: Post No. 1

On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.

Emily Cooley, one of this year’s featured composers, will be blogging throughout the week to provide a first-hand look at the many events of the Composer Institute. As workshops and rehearsals take place, Emily will share with us her insight, experiences and reflections. To follow along, visit Showcase online during and after the Composer Institute (January 25 to 29).

Looking ahead to next week, here is Emily’s first entry!

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The Best Piece

By my count, I’ve played on a couple of dozen Minnesota Orchestra recordings in the 15-plus years I’ve been employed here, and there are more than a few CDs in that stack that I’m quite proud to have been a part of. But it’s no hyperbole to say that I had been waiting my entire career to sit down and make the CD that we recorded in the spring of 2011.

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