The Minnesota Orchestra’s new season opened on September 11 and 12 with enthusiastic audiences, a rave review and great news — the Orchestra reported a balanced budget for the past year, fiscal 2015!

n1Positive Momentum Continues with a 2015 Balanced Budget

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to last month’s Musicians’ Challenge Match! The community raised more than $90,000, far exceeding the $75,000 goal, and Orchestrate Excellence members contributed over $28,000 (31%)!! These incredible gifts, matching the $30,000 from the musicians, were critically important in achieving that long-sought goal of a balanced budget for the recently concluded fiscal year.

This Star Tribune article highlights the specifics of this amazing “balancing act,” all the more impressive given the travails of the past few years. The Orchestra received donations from 7,015 individuals, up nearly 30% and 47 corporations, 10 more than last year. Board Chair Warren Mack commented, “Many people have worked hard to see this day arrive, and we owe great thanks particularly to our community, which helped the Orchestra surpass its fundraising expectations and achieve this result. ”

The Minnesota Orchestra’s amazing upward trajectory in 2015- triumph in Cuba in May, balanced budget in September!

The astonishing transformation of the Orchestra this past year is a tribute to the efforts of CEO Kevin Smith, the hard-working staff and board, Osmo and the dedicated musicians – and to a responsive and generous community. It’s proof that amazing things can happen when we join All Together Now!

Help us keep this great momentum going by doing everything you can to fill the hall for every concert! Ticket sales are still falling short of the goal; seats are still available at most concerts. You can be instrumental in the effort to attract capacity audiences –every enthusiastic comment about the Orchestra, every subscription, every invitation to friends and family to attend a concert can help fill those seats.

Introducing $20under40 – Affordable Concerts for Young People

Tell your young friends and family members about this incredible offer: now, in addition to student discounts, the Minnesota Orchestra is offering $20 tickets to anyone under 40 years old. These special $20 tickets can be used for all Casual Classics and Saturdays at Six concerts. For more details and a list of eligible concerts, click here.

Young people who sign up for the MNOrchMonday email list will also get announcements of additional concerts eligible for $20under40 as these become available, as well as notices of other exclusive ticket offers and special events.

Definitely Not Run-of-the-Mill Concerts

The Klezmatics are coming to Orchestra Hall on Thursday, October 8.

The Klezmatics, October 8 at 8 pm.
These Grammy-winning superstars have led a popular revival of Klezmer, the expressive music that is descended from centuries-old Jewish chants of the Middle East and the Yiddish-speaking countries of Eastern Europe.

Although the Klezmatics’ music is rooted in the Klezmer tradition, it is adapted to contemporary artistic sensibilities, appealing equally to those with no previous exposure to the music and those already familiar with it. This charismatic sextet from New York is coming to Orchestra Hall for just one night, so order tickets now.



A Musical Feast: Vincent Francoual and three other great chefs will be creating sumptuous cuisine onstage with Sarah Hicks and the Minnesota Orchestra on November 7.

A Musical Feast, November 7 at 8pm.
If you’re a fan of both great food and great music, you won’t want to miss this concert that features Sarah Hicks and the Minnesota Orchestra mixing it up onstage with top local chefs. You’ll be able to sample some delicious cuisine before the concert, then watch each chef create a mouth-watering dish while the musicians play just the right music to enhance the experience. For more details and a complete program, click here.




“The Concert Hall as Refuge”
Have you ever sunk down in your concert seat and turned off your cell phone, grateful for two hours without the intrusion of a phone call? There aren’t many web-free spaces left in our fast-moving world and this thoughtful article by New York Times critic Antony Tommasini explores what could be a new rationale for the concert hall as a place to detach and focus deeply.

See you at our own special place of refuge and renewal, Orchestra Hall!

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