The Minnesota Orchestra, founded as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1903, is recognized as one of America’s leading symphony orchestras, winning acclaim for its performances at home and in major European music centres. In 2003 the orchestra welcomed its tenth music director, the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, who joins a long lineage of celebrated music directors: Eiji Oue, Edo de Waart, Sir Neville Marriner, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Antal Doráti, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Henri Verbrugghen and Emil Oberhoffer. The Minnesota Orchestra’s radio history began in 1923 with a national broadcast under guest conductor Bruno Walter and continues today with live regional broadcasts and regular features on SymphonyCast and Performance Today. Historic recordings of the orchestra, which date back to 1924, include releases for RCA Victor, Columbia, Mercury ‘Living Presence’ and Vox Records. The orchestra’s recent cycle of the complete Beethoven symphonies has been hailed internationally, and for BIS it has undertaken new Beethoven and Bruckner recording projects.
The orchestra offers nearly 175 concerts each year, attended by 350,000 individuals, and reaches more than 85,000 students annually through its education and outreach programmes. It has commissioned and/or premièred more than 300 works and continues to nourish a strong commitment to contemporary composers. The Minnesota Orchestra makes its home at the acoustically brilliant Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.
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