1415_fullorchestraThe Minnesota Orchestra is generating lots of excitement and positive energy to kick off 2015!

New Symphony in 60 series begins on Thursday, January 29
Do you know anyone who is curious about classical music but hasn’t yet tried a concert at Orchestra Hall? Or people who enjoy great classical music but would like more time to socialize? Symphony in 60 is a new Thursday night series with concerts that last just one hour – perfect for first-time concert-goers or for groups of friends who’d like time for conversation before and after the music. Right now, tickets for these concerts cost only $29, or as little as $16.50 if bought as part of a series.

Osmo Vänskä will conduct the inaugural Symphony in 60 concert on Thursday, January 29 at 8 pm — a one-hour exploration of music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokfiev and Bernstein. Even in the shorter format, Osmo expects to deliver maximum musical value. As he put it, “Opting out of starters and dessert, this is purely the main course – a one-hour performance of great works that we want to share with audiences.”

Besides the main course – the music – there will be an opportunity for concert-goers to socialize with each other and with musicians. The evening will begin with a happy hour at 7 pm during which drinks will be 50% off, and an informal on-stage gathering with members of the orchestra will follow the concert.

Please tell your family and friends about Symphony in 60; we want to make sure to fill the hall for the launch of this new series!

Mosaic Unveiling on Friday, February 20
During the All Together Now! Community Celebration accompanying the Resurrection Symphony concerts in late September, we took over 1,300 photos of audience and community members. These photos are being added to those of musicians, board and staff to make the final version of the mosaic, All Together Now! The mosaic will be unveiled at the last Friday night concert in the Shakespeare Winterfest series, The Tempest, on February 20. Watch for more details closer to the date, but make sure you have your concert tickets now.

Update on December 2014 Board Challenge
Thank you to everyone who contributed to last month’s Board Challenge! Great news: the community-at-large donated more than the Board challenge match of $125,000, and a total of $53,000 was raised from 62 known Orchestrate Excellence members! Way to go!

We are especially grateful for your support of the orchestra now, as we truly believe in their new vision, leadership and actions. In case you missed it, Paula and MaryAnn Goldstein summarized the reason for our confidence in a recent MinnPost Community Voices piece.

Hope to see you soon at Orchestra Hall!

Minnesota Orchestra Kicks Off 2015!