COVID-19 Updates

Updated Dec 11, 2020

Re-imagined 2020-21 Season

This season, our philosophy has been to focus on ways the Minnesota Orchestra can ‘let there be music,’ despite the obstacles and challenges presented by the pandemic. We’ve reimagined the 2020-21 season with new formats and programming that are suited for this time.

Here is an overview of the revised season plan. A listing of all rescheduled and cancelled performances follows the summary.

DECEMBER 2020 - MARCH 2021

The Minnesota Orchestra will continue to come to you through live TV broadcasts on Twin Cities PBS (TPT-MN), live radio broadcasts on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and livestreamed and on-demand concerts at All offered for free, affording wide and easy access for all.

Receive free on-demand access to these concerts on our streaming site.

Musicians will be physically distanced onstage. Musical selections and artists will be announced at least one month prior to performances.



At this time, concerts that are currently slated for April 5, 2021, and beyond will remain as scheduled, and we’ve shifted as many performances as possible into our 2021-22 concert calendar. Ticketholders will receive separate communication in advance of any future changes that may impact their 2020-21 season tickets.

Re-imagined Schedule At-A-Glance

Live Broadcasts and Streaming


The Minnesota Orchestra will continue on the Orchestra Hall stage with a revised concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Concerts—including a special holiday performance—will simultaneously be shared live on Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and, affording wide and easy access for audiences across the state, and beyond, to experience a Minnesota Orchestra performance.

  • Fri Dec 18, 2020 8PM
    A Midwinter Gathering with Kevin Kling
  • Thu Dec 31, 2020 8PM
    Vänskä Conducts a New Year's Celebration*
  • Fri Jan 15, 2021 8PM
    Symphonies and Surprises
  • Fri Jan 29, 2021 8PM
    Heart and Hope
  • Fri Feb 12, 2021, 3PM
    Musical Menagerie*
  • Fri Mar 5, 2021 8PM
    Soaring Strings
  • Fri Mar 19, 2021 8PM
    Lament and Beauty

*TPT & Streaming only

Rescheduled Concerts

All ticketholders will be notified by mail of these changes and offered a variety of options around their tickets.

Season Opening: Vänskä and Thibaudet
Sep 24, 2020 
Rescheduled Date: Jul 29, 2021 (Grand Piano Spectacular)

Sep 25, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Jul 23, 2021 (Beethoven’s Fifth)

Sep 26, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Jul 17, 2021 (Beethoven’s Birthday Bash)

Star Wars In Concert: Return of the Jedi with the Minnesota Orchestra
Oct 8-11, 2020
Rescheduled Dates: Apr 21-24, 2022

Vänskä, Kavakos and Paulus
Oct 16, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Aug 6, 2021 (Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony)

Oct 17, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Apr 10, 2021 (Brahms Symphony No. 3)

Runnicles Conducts Haydn and Bruckner
Oct 29, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Apr 15, 2021 (Mozart, Prokofiev and Strauss)

Oct 30, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Jul 30, 2021 (Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto)

Valčuha Conducts Beethoven’s Ninth
Nov 5-7, 2020
Rescheduled Dates: Nov 18-20, 2021

Brahms, Mozart and Stravinsky’s Firebird
Nov 21, 2020
Rescheduled Date: May 29, 2021 (Manze, Gomyo and Tchaikovsky)

Chamber Music: Inspirations
Nov 22, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Apr 18, 2021 (Mozart, Prokofiev and Strauss)

Beethoven and Debussy
Dec 3, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Jul 22, 2021 (Beethoven’s Fifth)

Russian Masters: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky
Dec 11, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Jul 16, 2021 (Beethoven Festival Concert)

Dec 12, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Feb 27, 2021 (Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique)

Family: Discovering Dvořák
Jan 10, 2021
Rescheduled Date: Aug 8, 2021 (Family: Beethoven the Bold)

Cloud Cult
Jan, 18-19, 2021
Rescheduled Dates: Sep 9-10, 2021

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra
Jan, 22-24, 2021
Rescheduled Dates: Oct 8-10, 2021

Ingrid Fliter Plays Mozart
Jan 29-30, 2021
Rescheduled Dates: New dates to be announced

Sounds of Spring: Delius, Debussy and Mendelssohn
Feb 6, 2021
Rescheduled Date: July 24, 2021 (The Artist's Influence)

Lunar New Year Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra
Feb 12, 2021
Rescheduled Date: New February 2022 date to be announced

Family: Philharmonia Fantastique
Feb 21, 2021
Rescheduled Date: Aug 8, 2021 (Family: Beethoven the Bold)

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony
Feb 25-26, 2021
Rescheduled Dates: (Concert title to be announced)

Symphony in 60: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony
Feb 27, 2021
Rescheduled Date: (Concert title to be announced)

Rick Steves’ Europe–A Symphonic Journey with the Minnesota Orchestra
Mar 12-13, 2021
Rescheduled Date: Feb 18 & 20, 2022


Cancelled Concerts

All ticketholders will be notified by mail of these changes and offered a variety of options around their tickets.

  • Home for the Holidays with the Minnesota Orchestra (Dec 18-20, 2020)
  • George Winston (Dec 21, 2020)
  • Audra McDonald with the Minnesota Orchestra (Dec 22, 2020)
  • A New Year’s Celebration: Ross Plays the Cello Concerto (Dec 31, 2020-Jan 1, 2021)
  • Ehnes Plays Dvořák's Violin Concerto (Jan 8-9, 2021)
  • Young People’s Program: Open Rehearsal (Jan 13, 2021)
  • Vänskä Conducts Dvořák's New World Symphony (Jan 14-15, 2021)
  • Symphony in 60: Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 (Jan 16, 2021)
  • Meditation and Music Onstage at Orchestra Hall (Jan 25, 2021)
  • Celebrating Broadway's Leading Ladies (Jan 31, 2021)
  • Sounds of Spring: Delius, Debussy and Mendelssohn (Feb 4-5, 2021)
  • Chamber Music: ARCHITECTURE (Feb 7, 2021)
  • Lovejoy with Charles Lazarus (Feb 13, 2021)
  • Yoga at Orchestra Hall: Musical Flow with Minnesota Orchestra Musicians (Feb 14, 2021)
  • Battleship Potemkin: In Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra (Feb 19, 2021)
  • All Together Now (Feb 20, 2021)
  • Meditation and Music Onstage at Orchestra Hall (Feb 22, 2021)
  • Valčuha Conducts Bluebeard's Castle (Mar 5-6, 2021)
  • Mahler’s Third Symphony (Mar 18-20 2021)
  • Words and Music by Dan Wilson with the Minnesota Orchestra (Apr 23-24, 2021)


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