MN Orchestra: Vänskä Opens the Season

An institution as well-respected and consistently groundbreaking as the Minnesota Orchestra doesn't necessarily need a shot in the arm to stay relevant. But they are surely about to get one, as longtime MN Orchestra composer and contributor Stephen Paulus and his son Greg (of Brooklyn's No Regular Play) have collaborated on an original composition titled TimePiece, which will see its world premiere at Orchestra Hall. The arrangement, which is a fusion of a standard classical sound and more modern jazz and electronic elements, will be bolstered by a stellar supporting cast of musicians, in addition to the orchestra itself. Besides Greg on trumpet (as well as other sonic flourishes), Fat Kid Wednesdays (featuring Mike Lewis, Bryan Nichols, Adam Linz, and J.T. Bates) will flesh out their adventurous, contemporary sound. Conductor Osmo Vänskä will be orchestrating the inventive performances, and is even rumored to be joining in on clarinet at some point during the piece, which makes this a truly can't-miss event. (Photo by Ann Marsden)
Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 29. Continues through Oct. 1, 2011

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