Minnesota Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1903 -
The Minnesota Orchestra, one of the leading American orchestras, has often been referred to as the "orchestra on wheels" because of its extensive touring. Its first tour occurred in the spring of 1907, a mere three and a half years after its formation. National tours soon led to world tours. When not on tour, the Orchestra's home was at the Minneapolis Auditorium until 1930, when they moved to the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Read more Minnesota. The Orchestra's present home, Orchestra Hall, was constructed on the site of the original Minneapolis Auditorium and opened in 1974.

The Minnesota Orchestra was known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra throughout much of its existence. The change in name reflects its evolution from a local metropolitan orchestra to one embraced by the entire state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Orchestra, like so many others, has its roots in local, amateur choral and instrumental ensembles. Emil Oberhoffer, director of the Philharmonic Club ensemble, sought the funds to found a permanent orchestra. With a group of the Danz Orchestra to form the core of the orchestra, his efforts came to fruition with the inaugural performance of the 60-member Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra on November 5, 1903.

The Orchestra has had nine music directors since its inception. The first, Emil Oberhoffer, directed the Orchestra until 1922. During his 19-year tenure, he oversaw the development of the Orchestra into a nationally acclaimed and well-traveled ensemble. Upon Oberhoffer's retirement, Henri Verbrugghen was selected to lead the Orchestra. Under his direction, the Orchestra performed its first radio broadcast in 1923, and made their first recordings. Besides expanding their classical repertoire, he introduced new music by the avante-garde of the time: Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Honegger. Shortly after completing the 1930-1931 season, Verbrugghen was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage.

Verbrugghen's successor was Eugene Ormandy. His talent and drive, which earned him acclaim as a "young genius," likened to Toscanini and Stokowski, is credited with seeing the Orchestra successfully through America's great depression. Ormandy stayed with the Orchestra only a few short years. He left in 1936 and was replaced by Dmitri Mitropoulos.

Under Mitropoulos the Orchestra furthered its exploration of progressive music, particularly that of Schoenberg, Berg, and Krenek. But they also featured such Romantics as Schumann and Mendelssohn. Although Mitropoulos was criticized for his rather unorthodox programming, paying little heed to audience desires or balance between traditionalists and progressives, he succeeded in earning a worldwide recognition for the Orchestra.

Mitropoulos left the Orchestra in 1949 and was replaced by Antal Dorati. During his 11 years with the orchestra, Dorati programmed performances with local choruses, directed their first television appearances, and, in 1957, led them on a world tour to Europe, the Middle East, and India, sponsored by the State Department.

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski assumed the role of director when Dorati left in 1960. Under Skrowaczewski, the Orchestra expanded both its membership and its season, now performing 50 weeks a year. During his tenure, in 1968, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra became The Minnesota Orchestra. He presided over numerous special events, including the 1965 concert at the United Nations on Human Rights Day and Stravinsky's guest appearance in 1966. The Orchestra was rewarded twice with the ASCAP award for programming of contemporary music.

Neville Marriner became the seventh director in 1979. Marriner led the Orchestra through extensive recordings and, in 1980, began national weekly radio broadcasts. He turned the directorship over to Edo de Waart in 1986, who in turn relinquished the role to Eiji Oue in 1995. Osmo Všnskš was name music director in 2003. The Orchestra remains "the orchestra on wheels" with a European tour completed in the 2000 season. Read less
Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1052   Number of Discs: 1
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    Ravel: Bolťro, Etc / Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 05/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1978 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena DŲse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gťrard Oskamp,  Carl-August BŁnte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Greatest Cello Concertos / Truls Mork [9-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 158102 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  AntonŪn DvorŠk,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Jšrvi,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Vanska, Minnesota
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1996 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 2 & 5 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1986 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Sudbin, Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1758 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1746 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 50 - Tchaikovsky / Hough, Vanska, Minnesota
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67711 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Exotic Dances From The Opera / Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Nine Symphonies / Vanska, Juntunen, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1825/6 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Katarina Karnťus,  Neal Davies,  Helena Juntunen,  Daniel Norman
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
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    Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1052 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bťla Bartůk
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 2 & 7 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1816 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 6 / Všnskš, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1716 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphonies No 7 & 8 / Marriner, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434967 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  AntonŪn DvorŠk
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Vanska, Minnesota
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1616 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Neal Davies,  Daniel Norman,  Helena Juntunen,  Katarina Karnťus
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Chorale,  Minnesota Orchestra
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    30th Anniversary Sampler - Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody, Etc
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 908 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ottorino Respighi,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Fan,  Felix Hell,  Gary Graffman,  Virgil Fox
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Carl St. Clair,  Paul Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Pacific Symphony Chorus,  Pacific Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 3 & 8 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1516 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Všnskš, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1416 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Charles Wuorinen Series - Genesis
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 678 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
    Performer:  Charles Wuorinen,  Jim Pugh,  David Taylor,  Harold Chaney  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Charles Wuorinen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Chorale,  Minnesota Orchestra,  New York Virtuoso Singers
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  • 21.
    John Tavener - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558152-53 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis,  Jacqueline Thomas,  Ian Belton,  Andrew Haveron  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin,  Christopher Robinson,  Lionel Friend,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Chorale,  Minnesota Orchestra,  Brodsky String Quartet  ... 
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Twelve Great Piano Concertos / Klien, Brendel, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Ingrid Haebler,  Alan Weiss,  Rudolf Firkusny  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Karl Melles,  Peter Maag,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Skrowaczewski: Concerto Nicolo, Concerto For Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Performer:  Gary Graffman
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Casa Guidi - Frederica Von Stade Sings Argento / Oue, Et Al
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dominick Argento
    Performer:  Burt Hara,  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Tavener: Ikon Of Eros / Goodwin, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
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