Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, for an audience of 400

Posted on: June 22, 2021

“The Minnesota Orchestra’s first live, indoor audience in 15 months arrived in shifts, in masks, in good spirits,” writes Jenna Ross in Sunday’s (6/20) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). For the concert of Joseph Bologne, Haydn, and Chopin, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the audience “numbered just 400—spread out among 2,000 seats—but when the musicians stepped onstage last weekend, they filled Orchestra Hall with … the first of five standing ovations … The orchestra set protocols—and sold tickets promising them—before state rules relaxed…. The orchestra is looking at easing restrictions for shows in July and August…. Last weekend’s welcome-back concert was also livestreamed and broadcast on TPT MN [hosted by] Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of the orchestra’s pops programming…. The camera … revealed the hundreds of audience members dotting the hall. And right behind her: a masked Michelle Miller Burns, the orchestra’s CEO and president…. Leaving the hall, friends Susan Richardson and Cheryl DuBois chatted about how much they’d missed this hall, this orchestra…. ‘This is a huge deal for me,’ DuBois said. ‘They could have played “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and I would have come.’ ” Also included is a gallery of photos of the concert.