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Summer has finally arrived in Minnesota, and Sommerfest concerts return to Orchestra Hall starting this Thursday, July 10. Stop by for free coffee and donuts from 9-11, prior to the opening concert featuring Rachmaninoff and Brahms. Order your tickets now – online, by phone at 612-371-5642 or by visiting the Hall box office, now open Monday-Friday, 10-5.

While we are all busy with warm weather activities, it’s also time to think about the recently announced Minnesota Orchestra 2014-15 Season! If you formerly had a subscription, please renew it. Consider expanding it, or inviting friends to newly experience our cultural jewel.

The community will be treated to a full 25 weeks of programming developed collaboratively with Music Director, Osmo Vänskä and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. This season has been described by Pamela Espeland in MinnPost as, “fresh and varied,” and one that “should draw you back in.” Along with a Gala event featuring Renée Fleming on September 5, and opening concerts appropriately focused on Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, we can look forward to a Strauss celebration, concerts inspired by Shakespeare, and the resumption of the Sibelius recording project, with the performance of Sibelius Symphonies 3, 6 and 7. There are too many high points to cover, but you can find the full calendar here.

As the community happily turns to the future, it’s very important to remember the promises we made to ourselves and to others, to support the Minnesota Orchestra. Lee Henderson and other music lovers have combined their gifts to the orchestra to launch a one-time offer – a $100,000 CommUNITY in Concert challenge grant. If you’ve been meaning to donate to the orchestra, now is the time! We need to earn the challenge grant with matching funds totaling $100,000 by July 31. To date almost $40,000 has been contributed, so we’re well on the way – but with only a few weeks left, we have to keep momentum going.

Enjoy this warm weather and respite from the rain! We look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

2014-15 Concert Season and CommUNITY Challenge