Minnesota Orchestra announces June return to Orchestra Hall for in-person concerts, socially distanced

Posted on: March 17, 2021

“Audiences will return to Orchestra Hall in June, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Tuesday, a year after last hosting people there,” writes Jenna Ross in Tuesday’s (3/16) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “Those audiences will be smaller—400 in a room built for 2,000. They’ll be masked, distanced, staggered. But they’ll be back…. The orchestra also announced another round of livestreamed concerts…. The orchestra will continue broadcasting Friday-night shows this summer, even after audiences are back.… Said music director Osmo Vänskä, 68, who got his second dose of the vaccine this month, … ‘It’s going to be very emotional to see real people to play for.’ The orchestra will use dress rehearsals for livestreamed concerts in April and May to ‘put into action the protocols we’ve established,’ testing mini-audiences of staff, musicians and donors, said Michael Miller Burns, president and CEO…. The Minnesota Orchestra has continued to perform … for at-home audiences from Orchestra Hall…. Newly announced livestreamed shows include works by more composers of color, including Eleanor Alberga, Yaz Lancaster, Chevalier de Saint-Georges…. Vänskä himself has a work on the calendar: the world premiere of ‘Overture.’ … Vänskä wrote the piece during quarantine, a pause during his usually packed conducting schedule.”