The Minnesota Orchestra will continue to live stream its concerts through March 2021, with all in-person performances canceled or postponed.
The orchestra announced on Friday a revised concert calendar for January-March 2021, which will offer four Friday night concerts designed for at-home viewing that will air live on TV, radio and available to stream online.
Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct three of the four concerts (Jan. 15, Jan. 29 and March 19), while guest conductor Juraj Valčuha will lead the Orchestra on March 5.
The Jan. 15 performance will showcase the solo debut of the Orchestra’s Principal Bassoon Fei Xie, who will perform Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. Principal Oboe John Snow and Principal Second Violin Peter McGuire will play Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Violin on Jan. 29.
In March, guest violinist James Ehnes will perform in the program on March 5 and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who was originally scheduled to open the 2020-21 season, will perform in the March 19 program.
"Each program will feature music written by composers of color, as part of the Orchestra’s commitment to broaden its repertoire, make its programming more equitable, and amplify works by composers from historically under-represented communities," the news release says.
The January-March programs are set to include music by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Philip Herbert, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and George Walker.
The concerts will air live on Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Classical Minnesota Public Radio and for free on the orchestra's website. Most performances will also be available for a limited time for free on-demand on the orchestra's website.
The Minnesota Orchestra is also hosting a Young People's Concert Experience, conducted by Sarah Hicks. It will be live-streamed on Feb. 12, and is for virtual audiences of all ages.
The program called Musical Menagerie ais to connect music with animals through a partnership with the Minnesota Zoo, with the program showcasing "a variety of composers and styles of music as well as unique film elements and special guests."
Meanwhile, in-person performances scheduled between now and March are canceled or postponed into the 2021-22 season. Any shows that are scheduled after March of next year are "still being considered and will be addressed in the future." The Orchestra notes it has shifted as many performances as possible into the 2021-22 concert calendar.
The Minnesota Orchestra has been playing in Orchestra Hall – without an in-person audience – for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Orchestra has health and safety measures in place, including limiting ensemble size, light quarantining, testing, masking, and physical distancing.