Minnesota Orchestra cancels/postpones remainder of 2019-20 season, adds concerts in Aug. and Sept., moves summer festival to 2021

Posted on: April 15, 2020

“The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled or postponed all remaining events in its current season, but said Tuesday that it will return with a series of concerts in August and intends to begin its 2020-21 season in September as planned,” writes Terry Blain in Tuesday’s (4/14) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “One casualty is its newly reconceived summer festival, Summer at Orchestra Hall, which will be moved to 2021…. Five weekends of subscription concerts also were affected. But the orchestra added five weeks of rescheduled concerts in August and September…. Music director Osmo Vänskä will lead three of the programs. A fourth goes to associate conductor Akiko Fujimoto, who … will be at the podium [for] a series of free outdoor concerts, Aug. 3, 4, and 5…. Soloists for the extra concerts will be drawn from the orchestra’s own players, to avoid the need for domestic or international travel…. ‘We miss sharing live music with our audiences very much,’ said Vänskä… ‘The orchestra will always follow all the recommended health guidelines, and if we need to make changes to this revised calendar as August draws closer, we will do so.’ Details of the orchestra’s 2020-21 season will be announced Friday.”