|Minnesota Orchestra takes Europe by Storm|
Classical Movements is proud to have surmounted severe UK security restrictions to play a part in Minnesota Orchestra's triumphant festivals tour to Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh, Helsinki and Locarno. They performed at the Concergebouw, the Royal Albert Hall, the Usher Hall, the Finlandia Hall, and the ancient and acoustically wonderful Church of San Francesco.
The critics agree the concerts were a resounding success! In Edinburgh, Michael Tumelty of The Herald raved, "Let's be categoric...I doubt there will be a classier set of Festival performances than those delivered here in a breathtaking display of sophistication by Osmo Vänskä's Minnesota Orchestra."
Many critics world over have described the relationship between Minnesota Orchestra and their Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä as a marriage made in heaven and indeed they shone throughout the tour in all the programs they played.
The orchestra was the one chosen to play the annual Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Helsinki festival with Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova. Her experiences getting her Stradivarius violin in and out of Heathrow airport during the height of the August 2006 restrictions at UK airports was a remarkable story in itself. The Stravinsky Petrushka was brilliant, and the power and emotional depths of their Mahler Symphony No. 5 was glorious and intense. Their appearance at the Edinburgh festival also featured Scottish pianist Lyr Williams.
|"A heartfelt thank you for all your extraordinary work on the Minnesota
Orchestra's European Festival Tour! All the travel and hotel logistics of the tour were handled by you with paramount professionalism, making the tour run smoothly for the entire group. This also allowed the Orchestra and I to focus our
attention and concentration on the concerts, which in turn created memorable performances for all."|
[OSMO VÄNSKÄ, MUSIC DIRECTOR, MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA]
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