AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC
Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
Friday, May 31st at 8:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis Minnesota
Tickets $25.00 and $50.00 (additional donations welcome)
Call 612-920-5440 to reserve tickets
Possible limited # of tickets available at the door.
Featuring Departing Musicians: Burt Hara, Gina DiBello, Pitnarry Shin, Tom Turner
With: Tony Ross, Erin Keefe, Richard Marshall, Arek Tesarczyk, Beth Rapier, Kate Nettleman, Skip James, Jonathan Magness, Sam Bergman, Katja Linfield
Program to include:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto #6
Marc Mellits “Tapas” String Quartet #3
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Featuring the music of Bach, Vivaldi & Piazzolla
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra wish to say Thank You to our community by presenting two free concerts on May 19th.
This family-friendly concert includes Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi and Piazzolla movements from the “Seasons,” featuring violin soloists Erin Keefe, Jonathan Magness, Michael Sutton, and Pamela Arnstein, and flute soloists Adam Kuenzel and Greg Milliren.
Children are welcome. No tickets necessary.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:00 & 4:00pm
2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405
Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will once again take the podium to conduct the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday, April 25th. The concert will be held at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University.
Photo by Courtney Perry
Principal Clarinetist Burt Hara will be the featured artist, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Maestro Skrowaczewski, a world-renowned Bruckner specialist, will lead the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat, Romantic.
At one time, The O’Shaughnessy was the St Paul home of the Minnesota Orchestra, which held weekly performances there under then-Music Director Skrowaczewski. The April 25th performance will be a long-overdue homecoming for conductor, musicians and concertgoers. We look forward to greeting all our fans and friends on what is sure to be a memorable evening in St. Paul!
WHEN: 7:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013
WHERE: The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University
TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone or online from The O’Shaughnessy Box Office. Ticket prices will be $20, $40, $60; and $150 for a limited number of premium tickets that include premium seating, a pre-concert reception with the musicians, and a special gift.
MINNEAPOLIS- The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will present two “Young People’s Concerts” this Wednesday at Forest Lake High School in Washington County, MN for students at Forest Lake High School.
“One of the most devastating things about this lockout is the impact it has had on our educational concerts. The musicians feel it is vital that we do whatever we can reach as many kids as possible while this lockout continues, and we’re happy to bring music to the entire state of Minnesota again.” Principal cellist Tony Ross said.
These concerts were originally scheduled to be a part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012-13 season, but were canceled by the Minnesota Orchestral Association when its five-month-old lockout of the musicians was extended.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
WHERE: Forest Lake High School
WHO: William Schrickel, conductor & the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (8:00)
I. Allegro con brio
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Symphony No. 41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 (16:00)
III. Menuetto: Allegretto IV. Molto allegro
Selections from Carmen, Suites No. 1 & 2 (18:00)
Les Toréadors (I/5) Prélude (I/1) Aragonaise (I/1a) Intermezzo (I/2)
Les dragons d’Alcala (I/4) Habañera (II/7) Danse Bohème (II/11)
Please join us for this very special concert with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Instrument Ceremony, and Silent Auction to benefit ACME.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
El Nuevo Rodeo, 2nd Floor
2709 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
On Wednesday, February 13th, Advocates for Community through Musical Excellence (ACME) will hold its first Annual Instrument Ceremony and Concert at El Nuevo Rodeo to benefit the children of the music-education program,
El Sistema Minneapolis.
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform a private performance of Vivaldi and Piazzolla Seasons, featuring Concertmaster Erin Keefe and Violinists Pamela Arnstein and Michael Sutton.
El Sistema Minneapolis is a program whose purpose is to help high-risk youth through community development and to inspire social change through classical music. ACME will celebrate its first class of students from Nellie Stone Johnson Community School and BEACONs of North Minneapolis with a performance on their hand-made cardboard instruments. Following will be a ceremony where students are presented their hard-earned, real instruments. The event will include dinner by El Nuevo Rodeo and a silent auction.
Tickets are $35.00. To order,
please visit http://acme.uticketit.com/ or call 952-465-4756.
Guests are encouraged to bring canned food items which will be contributed to the families of the El Sistema children.
Silent auction prizes include an autographed home-made recipe from Amy Klobuchar and a private in-home dinner and performance from Ken Freed and a quartet of musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra.
To learn more about El Sistema Minneapolis,
please visit http://www.acme-music.com or
like on http://www.facebook.com/acmemn
Tickets available starting Monday, January 14 at noon
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minnesota Orchestra benefactor Judy Dayton announced today that Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä has accepted their invitation to conduct the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra at a community celebration of the orchestra’s nomination for a Grammy Award. The Musicians are honored by the invitation and look forward to performing Sibelius for our audience.
Tickets to the community celebration will go on sale starting at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, at www.ticketworks.com or by calling (612) 343-3390. Tickets will be available for $20, $40 and $60.
The celebration will take place in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013.
“Judy Dayton and I are very excited that Osmo Vänskä and the Musicians will offer a surely unforgettable performance of the Grammy-nominated works at the community celebration,” said Mayor Rybak.
“Now it’s time for this community to put its money where its mouth is. I’m getting my tickets on Monday, and I encourage everyone who loves Minneapolis music and arts to do the same — and to join me in buying a copy of the recording as well.”
The Minnesota Orchestra has been nominated for Best Orchestral Performance at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards for its recording of Jean Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5, conducted by Osmo Vänskä and released by the Swedish label BIS Records. The winner in the category will be announced on February 10.
Copies of the Grammy-nominated recording are available for purchase on the Minnesota Orchestra website at www.minnesotaorchestra.org.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are honored to be invited by Mayor R.T. Rybak and Orchestra benefactor Judy Dayton to perform at a Grammy celebration concert on February 1st, 2013.
The Musicians recognize the significance this Grammy nomination holds for our community and the Orchestra’s reputation, as well as the importance of joining Osmo Vänskä in performing these Sibelius works for our audience.
“This is a tremendous gesture by the Mayor and Ms. Dayton,” Principal Trombonist Doug Wright said. “It will be the Musicians’ distinct honor to accept their invitation and join our Music Director on stage for a performance of these Grammy-nominated works for our community. It should be a concert to remember.”
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are thankful and incredibly moved by our audiences, volunteers and supporters who made our sold-out Ode to Joy concerts truly special and joyful. Pioneer Press reviewer Rob Hubbard perhaps said it best when he said, “This is why we need orchestras.”
Most especially we need to thank Maestro Edo de Waart, our former concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, superb soloists Ellie Dehn, Adriana Zabala, Thomas Cooley, Philip Zawisza, and our outstanding Ode to Joy Chorus for volunteering their services and fine music-making in support of our cause.
We also wish to show our appreciation to Orchestrate Excellence, a newly-formed coalition of citizens concerned about the lockout and dedicated to preserving the world-class status of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Coverage of our Ode to Joy concerts in the press:
Concert Review by Rob Hubbard
Concert Review by Larry Fuchsberg
Edo de Waart speaks his mind about the Minnesota Orchestra
Frequently Asked Questions about the Negotiations
We are thrilled and delighted that Jorja, our longtime friend and colleague, is able to be here, making music with us this weekend. Seeing our two concert masters, past and present, playing Bach and Beethoven side-by-side, is compelling testimony to the generosity of spirit we have witnessed day after day during this struggle. Musical bonds are strong, indeed.
A huge thank you to our dear friend, Jorja. We are full of gratitude for your friendship and support.
Photo by William Schrickel
When Edo De Waart was the Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, one of our tours ended in Reading, PA, on a gray Sunday afternoon at the Rajah Theater. The backstage areas were run down, as our concert was the last event taking place in the hall before it was boarded up. We had been on the road for ten or eleven days, and everyone was anxious to get home. Yet Edo, in his cramped dressing room before the concert, took a fresh look at the score to a piece we had already played 5 or 6 times on tour.
Great artists get even better over time because they constantly strive to make the next performance top the last. Edo helped inspire that work ethic in the members of his orchestra. The Beethoven Ninth performances we will play this weekend have been decades in the making.
-Bill Schrickel, Assistant Principal Bass