We’re marking the milestones of our 2018-19 season, a year in which the Orchestra celebrated American music in a three-week American Expressions festival; mounted the genre-blurring masterwork La Pasión según San Marcos in its first-ever Minnesota performances, and greeted audiences from every one of Minnesota’s 87 counties at Orchestra Hall. Read more in our annual report and year-end news release.
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The Minnesota Orchestra's mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our community as an enduring symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.
A COMMITMENT TO EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTRY
Minnesota Orchestra concerts were held at Orchestra Hall and beyond. In total, the Orchestra performed works written by 155 composers during the 2018-2019 season, including a world premiere and two U.S. premieres.
exceptional musicians joined the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2018-19 season, including Associate Concertmaster Felicity James and Principal Timpani Erich Rieppel.
people attended Minnesota Orchestra concerts at Orchestra Hall during the 2018-19 season, filling nearly 90% of the Hall’s seats. 33% were first time Minnesota Orchestra concertgoers.
American composers were showcased across six concert programs during the “American Expressions” festival in January 2019.
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symphonies by Gustav Mahler were performed and recorded. The Minnesota Orchestra also released its recording of Mahler’s Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2.
guest soloists, conductors and ensembles appeared alongside the Orchestra during the season.
INSPIRING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES TO LEARN, LISTEN AND GROW
local high schools (Osseo, Roseville, Bloomington Jefferson and Fridley) received visits from the full Minnesota Orchestra through the Symphonic Adventures program, which provided 3,200 music students with dynamic one-hour concerts at their schools, hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman.
students – coming from 285 schools throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa – attended one of the 22 Young People’s Concerts during the 2018-2019 season. 9,963 of those students attended for free, while others paid just $6.25.
Young musicians in Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and the new MacPhail Northside Youth orchestra (200 students total) performed and learned side-by-side with their Minnesota Orchestra counterparts during rehearsals for upcoming student performances.
A KEYSTONE FOR MINNESOTA’S EXCEPTIONAL CULTURAL COMMUNITY
listeners across the state and throughout the country heard Minnesota Orchestra performances broadcast by Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
Residents from every one of Minnesota’s 87 counties attended a performance at Orchestra Hall.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s musicians and audiences contributed significantly to the state’s $2.2 billion annual economic impact from the arts (source: Creative Minnesota 2019). Our tours and recordings also draw national and international attention that enhances the reputation of the state and the region.
artists, arts organizations and other partners curated pre- and post-concert experiences that complemented the Orchestra’s performances.
AN ELECTRIC CONNECTION TO COMMUNITY
free events were held throughout North Minneapolis during the Minnesota Orchestra’s first-ever Twin Cities-area “Common Chords” residency week in January 2019.
local artists performed in and around Orchestra Hall during the free, family-friendly International Day of Music on July 13 as part of the “Música Juntos” (Music Together) summer festival.
fans of all ages, many of them new to orchestral music, cheered for their favorite characters during 16 performances in the Music & Movies series, including Coco, Star Wars: A New Hope and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
“5 out of 6”
was one of 18 songs featuring the Minnesota Orchestra alongside singer/rapper Dessa that were recorded live in March 2019 for an album, Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall, released by Doomtree Records.
sensory-friendly concerts featured the full Minnesota Orchestra and 3 more featured a small ensemble of musicians. These concerts are designed for patrons of all ages and abilities, including those on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
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