While August may be a laid-back time for some of us — one last summer vacation, a trip (or several) to the State Fair — the Minnesota Orchestra is striving to finish its fiscal year on as high a note financially as it has artistically. And, for the first time in its history, the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians have created their own challenge fund – to help ensure that the organization finishes the year in the black.

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Musicians’ Challenge Match

$13,000 has already been raised; let’s all help meet the goal!
The Minnesota Orchestra’s fiscal year comes to a close on August 31 – less than two weeks from now. The Orchestra has come a long way this year, thanks to the tremendous generosity of this community. However, $75,000 still needs to be raised to successfully complete this season and launch the ambitious 2015-16 season.

At this critical time, the Minnesota Orchestra musicians have stepped forward with a challenge fund and will match the first $26,000 contributed between now and August 31.

It’s easy to give and have your donation matched:

  • Give online: www.minnesotaorchestra.org/augustmatch
  • Call Minnesota Orchestra at 612-371-7110 to make your gift by phone
  • Mail your donation, postmarked on or before August 31 to: Minnesota Orchestral Association, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

$13,000 has already been contributed, but there’s not much time left. Click here and listen to Manny Laureano, the Orchestra’s charismatic Principal Trumpet, tell why it’s important for all of us to join in and help reach the final $75,000 goal.

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2015-16 Season Sampler Concert, Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 pm

This popular Minnesota Orchestra concert with Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, features musical highlights and commentary about the new 2015-16 season.

Now, for a limited time, you can get tickets for only $5 with the code 1516SAMPLER.

Carnegie Hall Concert

Osmo is a famed interpreter of Sibelius; two of the Finnish composer’s symphonies will be featured at the Minnesota Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concert on March 3, 2016.
Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall next year with Hilary Hahn in an all-Sibelius program. Tickets for the March 3, 2016 concert go on sale on August 24 – so if you’re planning to be there, mark your calendar and order right away.

The Guardian wrote that Osmo “conducts Sibelius better than anyone else alive.” If you can’t travel to New York, you can still hear the Carnegie program right here at Orchestra Hall on Feb. 18, 19 or 20. Single tickets to those concerts are available now.

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Ambassador DeLaurentis greeted members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s People to People delegation at the official residence in Havana.

Cuba Reprise

You’ve probably been hearing about the reopening of the US Embassy in Havana and the US flag raising last week. We wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the photos of the visit of the Minnesota Orchestra’s People-to-People group to the official residence of Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Mission Chief and now Chargé d’affaires, who hosted us and is still serving as the top American diplomat until an ambassador is confirmed.

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A trio of Minnesota Orchestra musicians gave a concert at the Ambassador’s reception.

This New York Times article traces the tortuous path traveled by the two countries to reestablish relations. We can all be proud that the Minnesota Orchestra provided a positive cultural connection at such a critical time.

The Minnesota Orchestra has not only survived the past few years, it has been transformed – we hope you will help ensure it’s future by continuing to offer your support.

Act Now to Meet Musicians’ Challenge and Secure Carnegie Tickets