The Minnesota Orchestra isn’t letting a little thing like having to move out of Orchestra Hall for a year cramp its style. Details of the Classical and Pops seasons released today include a boatload of top name solo performers, three movies with live orchestra accompaniment, and a two week clarinet festival.
The Orchestra’s 10th season with Osmo Vanska at the helm runs from October 2012 to June 2013, mainly in the Minneapolis Convention Center’s auditorium while Orchestra hall is expanded and refurbished. Other concerts will be presented at the Ted Mann Hall on the U of M campus and Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Guests include violinists Leila Josefowicz and Karen Gomyo; violist Roberto Díaz; cellist Alban Gerhardt; clarinetists Martin Fröst, Anat Cohen and Evan Christopher; pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Michael McHale, Simon Trpčeski, Jonathan Biss and Yevgeny Sudbin; organist Mark Sedio and soprano Susan Bullock.
There are concerts featuring newly appointed Concertmaster Erin Keefe and the first Minnesota Orchestra appearance of former Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis since she retired from the position.
The Pops season also brings in a hoard of popular guests ranging from Bobby McFerrin and Bill Cosby to Natalie Merchant and Cuban music ensemble Tiempo Libre. The Klezmatics will perform, as will Nicole Parker and Alli Mauzey from the hit musical “Wicked” who will do a program named “The Wicked Divas of Broadway.”
The Pops series will take advantage of the overhead projection system at the Convention Center to present no fewer than three feature film with live musical accompaniment: “West Side Story,” “Casablanca” and “The Matrix.”
The orchestra will also continue its Common Chords project with a week-long festival in Bemidji in April 2013.