Minnesota Orchestra 2022-23: new works by Montgomery and Simon, guest conductors, singer/songwriter Dessa

Posted on: April 28, 2022

“How will the Minnesota Orchestra go on without music director Osmo Vänskä? Its musicians intend to show you,” writes Rob Hubbard in Wednesday’s (4/27) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “The 2022-23 season will allow the orchestra itself to step forward…. For those wondering if the orchestra is ready to name Vänskä’s successor, the answer is no…. The season announced Wednesday features a new conductor almost every week, and an orchestra redoubling its commitment to composers too often pushed to the margins.… There’s still plenty of Beethoven, Brahms, Bernstein, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky…. The season opens with … Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra [alongside] the Minnesota Orchestra (conducted by William Eddins) in Marsalis’ ‘Swing Symphony.’… The ‘More to Hear’ project will unveil seldom-heard works by composers from marginalized populations. It launches Oct. 7 with young conductor Kensho Watanabe; concertgoers will receive a digital recording of each piece … Singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist Dessa returns [for] her first collaboration with the orchestra since their successful 2019 live album.” Also planned in 2022-23 are a new work for choir and orchestra by Carlos Simon; a new piano concerto by Jessie Montgomery featuring Awadagin Pratt as soloist; Adolphus Hailstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed; and Haydn’s oratorio The Creation.