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Tickets now on sale for the Minnesota Orchestra

February 4, 2008

Concert set for Sun., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

For the fourth year in a row, the Minnesota Orchestra is coming to the Performing Arts Center Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

This year, the concert will feature performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Sibelius’ Rakastava (The Lover) led by Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä. This is Vänskä’s third statewide tour since he became director in 2003.

Rakastava is Finnish for “the lover,” and was inspired by three Finnish folk poems about the joys and sorrows of young love.

Vänskä is considered one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Sibelius’ music.

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Bassoon John Miller, Jr. and bassoonist J. Christopher Marshall will be taking center stage to perform the “Concerto for Two Bassoons” by composer Christian Ludwig Dietter.

Dietter was a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven and in this particular concerto, the audience will find good-spirited music.

Vänskä was named Musical America’s 2005 Conductor of the Year. He is in demand as a guest conductor for major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia in this country, and such European ensembles as the London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Vänskä has extended his Minnesota Orchestra contract through 2011.

The Minnesota Orchestra is sponsored by Cokato Motor Sales. Tickets are on sale now – $27 for adults, $10 for youth, and can be purchased by calling Community Education at (320) 286-4120.

CRAYO to rehearse with orchestra bassist

Following the Minnesota Orchestra concert, members of the Crow River Area Youth Orchestra will be rehearsing with orchestra bassist Bill Schrickel.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for him to share his insights with students,” said Ron Nyquist, CRAYO board chair.

Nyquist, a Cokato resident, has two daughters in CRAYO; 16-year-old Megan, who plays the cello, and 18-year-old Leighana, who plays the violin.

Every year, CRAYO brings in outside musicians for enrichment opportunities, Nyquist said.

This allows students to get a different perspective on their work and learn from it, he explained.

Nyquist encourages CRAYO students to attend the concert and expose themselves to a professional-level orchestra.

Either way, they will have to show up for rehearsal afterward, Nyquist said.

Schrickel will stay after the concert and conduct the closed CRAYO rehearsal.

Several of the pieces CRAYO is working on Schrickel knows very well, Nyquist said.

CRAYO is practicing for their spring concert, also at the PAC Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m.

CRAYO is based out of Hutchinson, but members come from all over including as far as Willmar, Buffalo, and New Germany.

For more information about CRAYO, visit www.crayo.org.

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