The Minnesota Orchestra will tour Europe for the first time in 6 years


The Minnesota Orchestra announced they are going on a four-country European tour.

Led by music director Osmo Vänskä, the orchestra will perform in Finland, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen from Aug. 18-27.

The orchestra hasn't been to Europe since 2010.

“This tour represents another step in promoting the Minnesota Orchestra’s resurgence following its labor dispute,” Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith said on the Minnesota Orchestra website. “We are excited to share our comeback story with European audiences and to demonstrate the passion and commitment that prevails in the Orchestra today.”

The first performance will be in Lahti, Finland – where Vänskä previously led the Lahti Symphony. The orchestra will also hold a special rehearsal in the city with VIVO, a youth orchestra of student musicians from across Finland.

The tour will feature Beethoven symphonies, music by American composer Steven Stucky, and the Sibelius and Prokofiev Violin Concertos.

The tour is expected to cost more than $1 million and is funded by private donations, MPR reported.

Minnesota audiences can hear the music too

Local audiences have a chance to wish the orchestra well at a tour send-off concert on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 pm at Orchestra Hall. Tickets are available here.

MPR will air a live broadcast of the orchestra’s performance in Amsterdam on Classical MPR, signifying the first time a Minnesota Orchestra performance from the Concertgebouw will be broadcast in Minnesota.

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