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Minnesota Orchestra  One of America’s top symphonic ensembles, performing over 200 concerts a year at Orchestra Hall. #MNorch

Happy Season Opening! Follow our story throughout the day for a behind-the-scenes look with Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe. #mnorch

On Saturday, the #MNorch musicians and crew completed their final performance of the tour at Johannesburg’s City Hall. 📸: @travisandersonphoto #musicformandela #mandela100

What happened in Soweto was magic. When the first “Freunde” of Beethoven’s Ninth rings out, the energy in the venue is electric. To hear the “Ode to Joy,” that blazing hymn celebrating the togetherness of humankind, sung in this revered space, where people fought and died to achieve equality, is overwhelming.

Two long-time Regina Mundi parish members, who lived the struggle here, reveled in the concert afterwards. “It took me far away,” says one. “But it was too short. It could have been five hours and we don’t mind.” 📸: @travisandersonphoto #MNOrch #musicformandela #mandela100

After a day of sectional workshops and masterclasses with SANYO and University of Pretoria students, the Orchestra performed a sold-out concert at Aula Theatre in Pretoria. 📸: @travisandersonphoto #MNOrch #musicformandela #mandela100

On Sunday afternoon, the Orchestra headed to Durban City Hall for a quick touch-up rehearsal and early evening concert. the crowd of nearly 1,000 came to life in the second half, with many cries of “Bravo” at the end of Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. A young girl gasped loudly and squealed “Yes!” when the iconic opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony filled the cavernous space. The audience leaped to their feet at the end of the piece, giving the ensemble a standing ovation. 📸: @travisandersonphoto #MNOrch #mandela100 #musicformandela

The spirit of Nelson Mandela was alive as the Minnesota Orchestra kicked off its South Africa Tour with a performance at Cape Town City Hall on Friday evening, August 10. .
"A couple of people said they'd never been to a classical concert before and were blown away. One woman said that she was seeing colors and recognizing nature in the music." via @mprnews
. 📸: @travisandersonphoto #MNOrch #mandela100 #musicformandela

Thursday was a free day for Minnesota Orchestra musicians and a holiday—National Women’s Day—for the students of the Cape Music Institute but both Orchestra professionals and music students opted to forego a day-off for the chance to participate in a music exchange together. #MNOrch

Nkosi Sikelel’ performed by musicians of the Cape Music Institute! Thursday was a free day for Minnesota Orchestra musicians and a holiday—National Women’s Day—for the students of the Cape Music Institute but both Orchestra professionals and music students opted to forego a day-off for the chance to participate in a music exchange together. #MNOrch

Thursday was a free day for Minnesota Orchestra musicians and a holiday—National Women’s Day—for the students of the Cape Music Institute but both Orchestra professionals and music students opted to forego a day-off for the chance to participate in a music exchange together. Final song of the day—a tribute to Nelson Mandela! #MNOrch

Oh, what a night! 🎶

Osmo Vänskä and #MNOrch presented an all-American program at the @bbc_proms featuring Bernstein, Gershwin (with Inon Barnatan on piano) and Ives.

The musicians previewed their tour to South Africa with a special encore performance of Shosholoza! 📸: Chris Christodoulou #bbcproms

"On musical terms alone, Saturday evening's performance of the Ninth was a considerable triumph.

On Saturday evening, though, special ingredients were added. A quartet of solo singers from South Africa featured in the finale, adding a unique fervor and authenticity to Friedrich Schiller's words about human solidarity and freedom." — Terry Blain for the @startribune 📸: @william_t_armstrong #mnorch

#TBT: Take a look back at last week's incredible performance with @audramcdonald! Thank you to all who helped make the opening night of Sommerfest a success! #ThrowbackThursday #mnorch

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