Minnesota Orchestra reunites with Osmo Vanska this Friday

Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Minnesota Orchestra on February 1 in a concert celebrating the orchestra’s Grammy nomination.

They will perform Jean Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5, their recording of which was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance.

The event begins at 8pm in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

As of this writing, approximately 170 tickets are still available; they range from $20 to $60.

This is the first time they have performed together since July 19, when Vänskä conducted the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 at Sommerfest.

The event is the brainchild of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minnesota Orchestra benefactor Judy Dayton, in an attempt to release tensions in what has been a heated contract dispute.

Any revenue after expenses will go into an account to put on future educational concerts. The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will control the account. John Stiles with the City of Minneapolis says “It’s important to note that all of whatever proceeds there are will go into this fund, and none will go into any aspect of the labor dispute.”