Musicians

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Women Who Rock: Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar has been in the Minnesota music scene for twelve years as a singer-songwriter. She talks to WCCO about how she has struck a balance between music, ambition and motherhood.

07/18/2015

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Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska Extend Contracts

The Minnesota Orchestra is announcing contract extensions for music director Osmo Vanska and its musicians.

05/19/2015

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Dreams Come True For Adults At Minnesota Camp

A Minnesota band camp is giving baby boomers and younger musicians a chance to prove they are never too old to rock and roll. Since 2009, Rock Camp for Dads has allowed hundreds of dads — and moms — to unleash their inner Jimi Hendrix without the hassle and costs of organizing a band.

02/27/2015

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Minnesota Singing Group Celebrates 25 Years

The Minnesota group, The Blenders, has been together now for 25 years, touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal harmony based music. Now, they’ve released a new album in honor of it.

11/22/2014

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Noted Twin Cities Composer Stephen Paulus Dies

Acclaimed Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus has died at 65. Family members say he passed away Sunday from complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Paulus wrote over 500 works, which received premieres and performances throughout the world.

10/22/2014

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Young Musicians Hoping ‘Grammy Camp’ Leads To Success

Thirty-one talented high school students from across the country are taking part in “Grammy Camp” here in Minnesota. It is an immersion in all aspects of the music business, from songwriting and engineering to video production and vocal performance.

06/17/2014

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Minnesota Orchestra Reviving New Year’s Eve Concerts

Fans of classical music in Minnesota will have one more reason to celebrate ringing in the new year. The Minnesota Orchestra announced the details for its 2014-2015 season on Friday, and among the highlights will be their first New Year’s Eve concerts since 1998.

06/13/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Music In Mears’ Lineup Announced

The ever-growing Music in Mears concert series is back for its 11th year of free local music rocking Lowertown in St. Paul.

06/02/2014

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Local Drummers Celebrated At Minneapolis Concert

They are the heartbeat of every band, providing that driving beat that keeps the music together. Minneapolis is home to some of the best drummers in the world, and this weekend they will be honored.

05/23/2014

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Minnesota Music Students To Play With Midwest Jazz Band

Minnesota is home to some of the most unique sounds in the music industry. The sounds of Bob Dylan, Prince, The Jayhawks and Doomtree have inspired countless of inspiring artists to pick up instruments. Many of whom come to St. Paul, Minn. to the McNally Smith College of Music where classes focus on performance, recording and engineering.

04/14/2014

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Pete Seeger Celebration Planned In St. Paul

Musicians will gather in St. Paul in May to honor Pete Seeger on what would have been the renowned folk singer and political activist’s 95th birthday. The concert — called “For Pete’s Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger’s 95th Birthday” — will be held May 3 at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Seeger died Jan. 27 at age 94. The singer-songwriter was known for such folk classics as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” ”Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I Had a Hammer.”

03/22/2014

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Minn. Orchestra’s Final Rehearsals Before Return Performances

After $52 million in renovations and a labor dispute that left it sitting largely empty for months, harmony has returned to Orchestra Hall.

02/06/2014

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Local Music Tap: Musicians Of MN Orchestra To Begin 10-Concert Run

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra aren’t letting a seemingly never-ending lockout stop them from performing. Starting Friday, the musicians will begin a 10-concert run for the Winter-Spring season, called “Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!”

01/09/2014

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Musicians Gather To Honor Promoter Sue McLean

Musicians from across the country came together Saturday night to celebrate the memory of one of the most prominent women in the Twin Cities music scene. Sue McLean passed away this spring after a long battle with breast cancer. She made a name for herself as a music promoter and had a talent for discovering up-and-comers. Many of those artists she introduced to the public held a concert in her honor at First Avenue in Minneapolis

11/23/2013

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Paul Simon & Sting Team Up, Perform At Xcel On Feb. 23

Simon and Garfunkel were one of the biggest musical duos of all time. But Paul Simon is teaming up on a tour with a difference pop superstar. The series — Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together — comes to the Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 23.

11/05/2013

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Conductor Osmo Vanska Resigns From Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska resigned Tuesday amid a labor impasse that has dragged on for more than a year as management pushed for deep cuts to musicians’ salaries.

10/01/2013

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Minn. Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Offer

Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra unanimously rejected management’s latest contract proposal. The three-year contract offered by management would have cut musicians salaries’ from an average of $136,000 a year under the old contract to $104,500. Each musician also would also have received a $20,000 signing bonus.

09/28/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra

No one disagrees that it is one of the best orchestras in the world. For nearly a year they have been locked out by the Minnesota Orchestra Board. The Orchestra’s renowned conductor Osmo Vanska has […]

09/21/2013

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Musicians Rally Outside Orchestra Hall Fundraiser

Friday night is the biggest fundraiser of the year at Orchestra Hall, and it’s taking place in the middle of a lockout that has gone on for nearly a year. “This is devastating to all families and musicians to not be able to play for a year,” said principal cellist Anthony Ross. Nearly all day, musicians have been holding signs outside Orchestra Hall asking for support from the public during the lockout.

09/20/2013

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Dayton, Rybak Sound Off On Minn. Orchestra Dispute

As the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say it’s time for the sides to bury any grudges and return to the bargaining table for face-to-face talks.

09/19/2013

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Minn. Orchestra, Musicians Talk Through Mediator

Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians have talked through an independent mediator in recent days as deadlines loom over the institution’s future amid a long and contentious labor dispute.

09/16/2013

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Massive Crowd At Lake Harriet To Support MN Orchestra

Every seat was filled in front of the bandshell, on the edge of Lake Harriet. Then, the crowd filled in the grass for rows and rows beyond the seats.

09/15/2013

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Musicians Reject The Latest Offer From Orch. Management

It appears the end to the ongoing dispute between the Minnesota Orchestra musicians and its management is not over yet. Thursday, the musicians rejected the latest offer from the orchestra management.

09/05/2013

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Orchestra Musicians: Let Us See The Updated Financials

As the Minnesota Orchestra musicians lockout continues, the musicians are demanding to see updated financial reports, budgets and forecasts. On Tuesday, orchestra administrators said a financial review proves they’ve been financially responsible. But the musicians said it wasn’t a thorough enough analysis.

09/04/2013

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Ongoing Orchestra Lockout Could Affect Music Across The World

You may think the ongoing orchestra lock-out is a Minnesota thing. But musicians are saying what happens here could affect music across the world, as the ongoing musicians vs. the orchestra dispute got trickier today. A financial review came down and orchestra administrators said it proves they’ve been financially responsible.

09/03/2013

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