Minnesota Orchestra

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Minnesota Orchestra

American orchestra based in Minneapolis, Minnesota add

Category: Music

Founded in 1903.

Countries: United States (46%), (18%), Hungary (13%)

Main connections: Minnesota, Antal Dorati, Emil Oberhoffer

Linked to: Jacobs School of Music, University of Minnesota, BIS Records, Mercury Records




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Emil Oberhoffer founded the orchestra as the "'Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra"' in 1903, and it gave its first performance on November 5 of that year add something


Emil Oberhoffer was the orchestra's principal conductor until 1922 add something


The orchestra first began recording in 1924, and produced some landmark records add something


The orchestra's previous hall, starting in 1929, was Northrop Memorial Auditorium on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus add something


Among these was the first electrical recording of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony with Eugene Ormandy, who recorded extensively with the orchestra for RCA Victor in the 1930s add something


Eugene Ormandy - Ormandy served until 1936 as conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, now the Minnesota Orchestra


Dimitri Mitropoulos - From 1937 to 1949 he served as principal conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra


In the 1940s, the Minneapolis Symphony was contracted to Columbia Records and made a series of records with Ormandy's successor, Dimitri Mitropoulos add something


Louis Krasner - Krasner retired from solo performing to become concertmaster of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 1944-1949


Antal Dorati - He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy with Zoltán Kodály and Leo Weiner for composition and Béla Bartók for piano. His links with Bartók continued for many years: he conducted the world premiere of Bartók's Viola Concerto, as completed by Tibor Serly, with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1949, with William Primrose as the soloist


Symphony No. 4 (Piston) - The symphony was first performed by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under Antal Doráti on 30 March 1951


In 1954, the group made the first complete recordings of Tchaikovsky's three ballets: "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", and "The Nutcracker" under the baton of Antal Doráti add something


Antal Dorati - The albums were recorded in mono between 1954 and 1955, for Mercury Records, with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra , as part of their famous "Living Presence" series


Cannon - However, the overture was not recorded with real cannon fire until Mercury Records and conductor Antal Doráti's 1958 recording of the Minnesota Orchestra


Eva Knardahl - She emigrated at 19 to the United States, where she had a distinguished career with the Minnesota Orchestra for 15 years, before returning to Norway in 1967


In 1968 the orchestra changed to its name to the Minnesota Orchestra add something


In the 1970s, the renamed Minnesota Orchestra made a series of recordings for Vox Records under the direction of Stanis?aw Skrowaczewski add something


It makes its home in downtown Minneapolis at Orchestra Hall, which was built for the ensemble in 1974 add something


Begun in 1980 with Leonard Slatkin at the helm, the orchestra's summer festival has been known by several names, beginning with "Viennese Sommerfest," changing to "MusicFest" in 2001, and eventually reverting to "Sommerfest" in 2003 add something


Slatkin was Music Director of Sommerfest from 1980 to 1989 add something


Charles Dutoit - Dutoit was principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in the early 1980s


Stephen Paulus - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - By 1983, he was named the composer-in-residence at the Minnesota Orchestra, and in 1988 he was named to the same post at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, whose then-conductor Robert Shaw commissioned numerous choral works from Paulus for Shaw's eponymous vocal ensemble


Libby Larsen - In 1983 Larsen was appointed one of the Minnesota Orchestra's two composers-in-residence, a position that provided extremely useful opportunities for development as an orchestral composer, along with making her the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra


Henry Mancini - One of his favorites was the Minnesota Orchestra, where he debuted the "Thorn Birds Suite" in June 1983


Libby Larsen - She composed her first symphony, Water Music, for the Minnesota Orchestra, which was premiered in 1985 under Sir Neville Marriner


In the 1990s, the orchestra recorded for the Reference Recordings label under the direction of music director, Eiji Oue add something


Violin Concerto (Adams) - Its premier was in 1994 by Jorja Fleezanis with the Minnesota Orchestra


Eiji Oue - From 1995 to 2002, he was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra


In 2002, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä was appointed the ensemble's 10th music director, assuming the post in September 2003 add something


Since 2003, Andrew Litton has been Music Director, and in June 2008, his contract in this post was extended to 2011 add something


Andrew Litton - Since 2003, he has been Artistic Director of the Sommerfest concerts of the Minnesota Orchestra, and in June 2008, his contract in this post was extended to 2011


In 2005, Vänskä extended his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra through 2011 add something


The principal keyboard position has been vacant since 2005; no auditions have been held, but the position has not been officially eliminated add something


The principal bass position has been vacant since the 2007 departure of longtime principal Peter Lloyd add something


Their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with the Minnesota Chorale, was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Orchestral Performance in 2007, as was their recording of Sibelius's Second and Fifth Symphonies in 2012 add something


Evan Christopher - As a composer, original songs appear on CDs such as "Delta Bound" featuring pianist Dick Hyman , "The Remembering Song" featuring guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli , and the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's "Book One." In July 2010, he debuted the "Treat It Gentle Suite," a concerto for clarinet and jazz band in the New Orleans style, with the Minnesota Orchestra


Irvin Mayfield - In July 2008 Mayfield was appointed Artistic Director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall, the jazz series of the Minnesota Orchestra


Irvin Mayfield - In July 2008, Mayfield received a one-year appointment as Artistic Director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall, the jazz series of the Minnesota Orchestra


The position was open for two years after Jorja Fleezanis departed in 2009 to join the faculty of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music add something


Under his direction, the orchestra has garnered significant critical praise, including a 2010 description from "The New Yorker"'s Alex Ross as sounding, on one particular evening, like "the greatest orchestra in the world add something


Evan Christopher - In July 2010, he debuted the "Treat It Gentle Suite," a concerto for clarinet and jazz band in the New Orleans style, with the Minnesota Orchestra


Jean-Yves Thibaudet - He commissioned a piano concerto from James MacMillan, which he premiered with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2011


Stephen Paulus - In 2011 he co-wrote a Concerto "Timepiece" with his son, Greg Paulus, for the Minnesota Orchestra


On June 9, 2011, Vänskä was presented with the Leonard Bernstein award for Educational Programming by ASCAP add something


Erin Keefe was appointed concertmaster in September 2011 add something


The principal oboe position has been open since Basil Reeve's 2012 retirement add something


On October 1, 2012, the Minnesota Orchestral Association locked out the orchestra's musicians and canceled concerts through November 18 after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement add something


On October 1, 2012, the association locked out the orchestra's musicians and canceled concerts add something


Several former music directors have publicly decried the lockout and warned that cutting the orchestra so deeply would damage its future prospects, and in December 2012 Vänskä sent a letter to both the board of directors and the musicians warning that the lockout is causing severe damage to the orchestra's reputation at home and abroad add something


More Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Move On, blog post by the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, March 13, 2013, http://www add something


Following the failure of mediation in September and cancellation of the Carnegie Hall concerts, Vänskä resigned October 1, 2013, with immediate effect add something


Vänskä resigned on October 1, 2013, and the orchestra now has no music director add something


On January 14, 2014 a settlement was reached to end the lockout add something


On January 14, 2014, the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra announced that they had reached a collective bargaining agreement with the Minnesota Orchestra Association to end the lockout on February 1, 2014 add something


On January 26, 2014, the Minnesota Orchestra and Vänskä won the Grammy award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Sibelius's 1st and 4th symphonies add something


On April 24, 2014, it was announced that Osmo Vänskä would return to his post as musical director for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons add something


Classical Movements - Later in 2015 the company arranged a Cuban tour with Minnesota Orchestra despite there being no official diplomatic ties yet between the United States and Cuba


In January 2015, the orchestra announced that it would complete its recordings of the Sibelius symphonies, to be released in 2016 add something


In May 2015 the Minnesota Orchestra performed in Havana, Cuba, as a result of the Cuban Thaw, becoming the first professional U.S. orchestra to play in Cuba since 1999 add something


As of 2016, the Minnesota Orchestra's principal players are: add something


Litton is scheduled to conclude his artistic directorship of the Sommerfest series in August 2017 add something