Joshua Bell
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The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra just announced 10 concerts in a self-produced Winter-Spring Season, ‘Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!’. They pass beyond their stubborn administration, whose leaders proclaimed a singular accomplishment earlier this week. In a year without concerts the management achieved to spend $13M and loose $1.1M. Well done, ladies and gentlemen. You are champions.

But let’s come back to those concerts of the musicians. The Minnesota Chorale will join the orchestra in January for performances of Mozart’s Requiem, along with former SPCO Music Director Hugh Wolff. In addition to the ‘Echoes of History’ concerts with Osmo Vänskä that will re-open Northrop at the University of Minnesota, the Musicians will be joined by Maestro Vänskä for a second round of Grammy Celebration Concerts on March 20th  and 21st to commemorate the second consecutive Grammy nomination with performances of Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 & 4. The Musicians and Vänskä were nominated last Friday for our second Grammy in as many years for Best Orchestral Performance.

Major Highlights of the Winter-Spring Season include violinist Joshua Bell, as well as Itzhak Perlman will who play with the orchestra and conduct on May 14th , fresh performances of the first-ever micro-funded symphony, Judd Greenstein’s lushly-scored Acadia (over 400 Minnesotans made small contributions in 2011 to have it written for the popular Inside the Classics Series in 2012), as well as noted pianist Kevin Cole performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by former Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Mischa Santora.

“Our goal is to maintain a world-class concert schedule for the community, and we are grateful for the community’s continued support,” cellist Tony Ross said. “We are grateful to these renowned musicians and conductors for their commitment to keep the music alive in Minnesota.”

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