Spring is a time of anticipation – and we’re already looking forward to the recently announced Minnesota Orchestra 2015/16 season termed “colorful and ambitious” in a recent MinnPost article.

Minnesota Orchestra 2015/16 Season

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If you didn’t get a brochure for 2015/16 in the mail, you can pick one up at Orchestra Hall – or check it out online. The 22-week classical season includes a two-week Beethoven marathon and three weeks featuring Sibelius to celebrate his 150th birthday year, as well as Mahler symphonies the orchestra will be recording and a Carnegie Hall preview concert featuring Hilary Hahn.

• Special Offers Available Now: You can renew your subscription or purchase a subscription now; for new subscriptions, check out the Forte Series (5 Friday night concerts including New Year’s Eve) and Vivace Series (6 Saturday nights) which are available for a 25% discount with the code EXCELLENCE16.

It’s easier than ever to take a child or grandchild to the orchestra – or for groups of high school students to go. Ticket prices for Young Listeners ages 6-17 are only $12.

• New Series for 2115/16: The Orchestra continues to explore the best ways to deliver great music to our audiences. Two new options:
Saturdays at Six – three concerts starting at 6 pm, leaving time to go out for a leisurely dinner afterward.
Brunch and Matinee – a 3 concert series featuring Sunday brunch followed concerts at 2 pm.
In addition, Symphony in 60 and Inside the Classics continue to be opportunities for more concise and more casual concert experiences.

Focus on Musicians
The musicians are in the spotlight throughout the 2015/16 publicity materials – the brochure actually comes in eight versions, each with a different musician or Osmo on the cover. In addition to the concert listings, you can read musicians’ comments about the pieces they’ll be playing next season, as well as how some of them chose their instruments – even their favorite places for dining out before or after a concert! Also, the orchestra website now includes a complete listing of all the musicians, with photos and bios.

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You can get this complimentary photo at the box office.

Symphony, Suds and Cider

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Symphony, Suds and Cider

In an effort to increase the visibility of the orchestra among 20-30 year olds, Orchestrate Excellence arranged to have some MN Orchestra musicians play at one of Minneapolis’s trending micro-breweries, Sociable Cider Werks. The brass quintet performed two nights in late February, drawing huge crowds and encouraging young professionals to venture to Orchestra Hall for a full Orchestra concert. The pilot project was so successful that the MN Orchestra Marketing Department has officially taken on the initiative and will be sending Orchestra musicians to several other area breweries in the coming months. We hope this program will increase awareness of the Orchestra among the 20-30-year olds, our future audiences.

Other Articles of Interest
How the Orchestra is using social media: “Why Minnesota Orchestra Wants Audiences to Turn ON Phones Mid-Performance” from Red Current.

Thoughts of Alan Gilbert (NY Phil Director) on programming new music, balancing the unfamiliar and the old favorites from NY Times Artsbeat blog.

Enjoy this welcome spring weather – and the upcoming concerts for the rest of this season.

2015-16 Season News and more…