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08.04.17
Asher Fisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Isabelle Faust, Minnesota Orchestra
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARTISTS ON THE 2017 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS SHORTLIST
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01.27.14
David Alan Miller, Christoph Eschenbach, Minnesota Orchestra , Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir , William Burden, John Del Carlo
CONGRATULATIONS 2014 GRAMMY WINNERS
12.09.13
Donald Runnicles, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonidas Kavakos, Ravi Shankar, Minnesota Orchestra , Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir , Ian Bostridge, New York Polyphony
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OPUS 3 ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR A 2014 GRAMMY
Grammy.com
12.20.12
Inon Barnatan, Jennifer Koh, Minnesota Orchestra , Nicholas Phan
A Hit Parade of Small Labels and Upstarts The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012
The New York Times
03.12.12
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Minnesota Orchestra brings fresh take on classical icons
Palm Beach Daily News
03.11.12
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Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra bring combustible drama to Miami concert
South Florida Classical Review
03.09.12
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Concert review: Midori and the Minnesota Orchestra
Orlando Sentinel
01.12.12
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Minnesota Orchestra proves it has a way with Brahms as festival starts
Pioneer Press
11.03.11
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Minnesota Orchestra has the audience floating
St. Paul Pioneer Press
11.03.11
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Midori plumbs depths in Sibelius
Minneapolis Star Tribune
10.30.11
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Music Review: Not Business as Usual for Visiting Minnesotans
The New York Times
10.30.11
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Not Business as Usual for Visiting Minnesotans
The New York Times
12.17.10
Jeremy Denk, Brooklyn Rider , Minnesota Orchestra
The 10 best classical albums of 2010
Washington Post
12.08.10
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2010: The Most Memorable Moments in Music
The New Yorker
08.28.10
Alisa Weilerstein, Minnesota Orchestra
Prom 56: Minnesota Orchestra / Vanska, Royal Albert Hall, London
The Independent (UK)
03.02.10
Minnesota Orchestra
Symphonic Drama: Rage-Filled Reunion for Slave and His Sister
The New York Times
05.06.09
Leonidas Kavakos, Minnesota Orchestra
A Conductor Arrives, With a Nymph Who Flees
The New York Times
01.01.01
Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, Gene Scheer, Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, Jennifer Koh, Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider , Minnesota Orchestra , Francesca Zambello, Chanticleer
Opus 3 Artists's Best of 2010

The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, has long ranked among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow.

Founded as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble gave its inaugural performance on November 5, 1903, shortly after baseball’s first World Series and six weeks before the Wright brothers made their unprecedented airplane flight. The Orchestra played its first regional tour in 1907 and made its New York City debut in 1912 at Carnegie Hall, where it has performed regularly ever since. Outside the United States, the Orchestra has played concerts in Australia, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1968 it has been known as the Minnesota Orchestra. The ensemble now presents nearly 175 programs in a typical year, primarily at its recently renovated home venue of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, and its concerts are heard by live audiences of 350,000.

The Orchestra’s international tours have reaped significant praise, including a critically lauded 2010 tour of European festivals. During this tour the Orchestra performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms in London—before cheering crowds totaling 12,000 for two concerts at Royal Albert Hall, one of which culminated in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Under Vänskä, the ensemble has undertaken four European tours, appeared often at New York’s Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, and toured to Greater Minnesota in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014. In May 2015 Vänskä and the Orchestra performed two historic concerts and collaborated in educational projects in Havana, Cuba, becoming the first major American orchestra to perform in the island nation since the U.S. and Cuban governments announced steps to normalize relations between the two countries. The trip drew widespread international attention and prompted The New York Times to hail the Orchestra’s new place “at the cultural vanguard.”

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