Classical Cuba: Minnesota Orchestra Playing 2 Havana NightsThe Minnesota Orchestra is getting ready to make history. Friday night is their first of two concerts in Cuba.
Minnesota Orchestra Arrives In CubaThe Minnesota Orchestra has made it to Cuba. After 50 years of embargo, this historic five-day trip will make them the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since President Obama announced plans to restore relations.
Minnesota Orchestra Preps For Trip To CubaWednesday morning, a big group of Minnesotans will board a flight from Minneapolis and head to Havana, Cuba. The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since President Obama announced plans to restore relations with the country in December.
Trip To Cuba Represents Minnesota Orchestra's RevivalWhen the Minnesota Orchestra plays in Cuba this week, the visit will not only symbolize the reopening of relations between the United States and the Communist nation, but also healing for an acclaimed ensemble that was "almost destroyed" by a long and bitter lockout.
Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba, First Visit Since 1930The Minnesota Orchestra is preparing to make its first visit to Cuba in 85 years. The orchestra, led by music director Osmo Vanska, will perform two concerts next week at the International Cubadisco Festival.
Minn. Orchestra To Perform 2 Concerts In CubaThe Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since the recent push to reestablish diplomatic relations, the orchestra announced Thursday.
Minnesota Orchestra Posts $650,000 DeficitThe Minnesota Orchestra says it has ended the 2014 budget year with a smaller-than-expected deficit of $650,000. The orchestra announced Tuesday that it reduced its deficit despite a 16-month lockout of union musicians that ended Feb. 1.
Kevin Smith To Stay On As Minnesota Orchestra CEOInterim Minnesota Orchestra president Kevin Smith has become the organization's permanent chief executive. The orchestra's board appointed Smith president and CEO by a unanimous vote.
Minnesota Orchestra Concerts To Showcase BassoonsThe Minnesota Orchestra will showcase its bassoon section in three concerts in November. Conductor Eiji Oue (AY'-gee OH'-way) will return to lead the concerts. Oue was the orchestra's music director from 1995 to 2002.
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Sommerfest To Close With US Music, Strauss Opera The Minnesota Orchestra wraps up the 2014 Sommerfest with two full orchestra concerts on July 25 and 26. Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton will conduct both concerts. On July 25, Litton leads an all-American program including Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Minnesota Orchestra Reviving New Year's Eve ConcertsFans 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.
Vanska Returns As Minnesota Orchestra Music Head Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra's board said Thursday that Vanska will lead at least 10 weeks of concerts for each of the next two seasons.
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8 Of 77 Minnesota Orchestra Board Members ResignEight of the 77 members on the Minnesota Orchestral Association Board have resigned after CEO Michael Henson stepped down last week, with at least one person questioning the manner in which Henson's departure was handled. Henson's stormy tenure included a labor dispute and 16-month lockout. He'll leave in August as part of a negotiated package approved by a divided board March 20, three weeks after board members voted 40-8 to support him.