Tickets for Vänskä-led Minn. Orchestra concert go on sale Monday

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2013 - 10:51 PM

Tickets to concert to celebrate Grammy-nominated recording will be on sale Jan. 14.

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Music Director Osmo Vänskä has indicated he will conduct the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra on Feb. 1 to celebrate the group’s Grammy nomination.

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Tickets for a Feb. 1 Minnesota Orchestra concert at the Minneapolis Convention Center will go on sale at noon Monday.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the orchestra in the Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5.

A recording of those symphonies by the orchestra and Vänskä has been nominated for a Grammy.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and longtime arts benefactor Judy Dayton came up with the idea of the concert as a way to celebrate the Grammy nomination and recognize the orchestra's place in the community. They invited the musicians, who are locked out in a labor dispute, and Vänskä to perform.

Rybak said he intends the event to take a step away from the dispute between union musicians and management.

Tickets, from $20 to $60, will be available at ticketworks or by calling 612-343-3390.

"Now it's time for this community to put its money where its mouth is," Rybak said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "I'm getting my tickets on Monday, and I encourage everyone who loves Minneapolis music and arts to do the same -- and to join me in buying a copy of the recording as well."

The Minnesota Orchestra has been nominated for best orchestral performance. The winner will be announced Feb. 10.

Copies of the Grammy-nominated recording are available for purchase on the Minnesota Orchestra website.

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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