April 15, 2022
Osmo Vänskä Conducts New Music By Seven Emerging Composers at Minnesota Orchestra’s “MusicMakers” Concert, May 6

The 18th annual Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute takes place at Orchestra Hall, May 2 through 6 with participating composers Henry Dorn, Adeliia Faizullina, Bobby Ge, Molly Joyce, Ryan Lindveit, Nina Shekhar and Sam Wu

Composers spend one week in Orchestra’s award-winning professional training program under the direction of Kevin Puts, winner of a 2012 Pulitzer Prize, culminating in the MusicMakers concert

MusicMakers concert to be shared live on Twin Cities PBS and via online streaming for the first time

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (APRIL 15, 2022) — The culmination of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 18th annual Composer Institute features performances of new works by seven emerging orchestral composers, plus a behind-the scenes look at the craft of music-making via onstage interviews with each artist. This year’s performance, held at 8:00 p.m. CT on Friday, May 6, is led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä for the final time during his tenure with the Orchestra, which ends this summer. The seven selected composers are Henry Dorn, Adeliia Faizullina, Bobby Ge, Molly Joyce, Ryan Lindveit, Nina Shekhar and Sam Wu who were chosen from a pool of about 300 applicants.

“This year's winners represent a wide variety of perspectives and artistic voices,” said Composer Institute Director, Kevin Puts. “We’re thrilled to share this incredible new music with audiences here at Orchestra Hall and beyond with the first-ever livestream and TV broadcast of this concert.”

All seven featured composers will be present to introduce their music onstage at the concert, which will be emceed by Fred Child, who hosts American Public Media’s Performance Today. For the first time, the MusicMakers performance will also be shared live on Twin Cities PBS (Channel 2), as well as on the Orchestra's website and social media channels and YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio. Brian Newhouse, the Orchestra's associate vice president of individual giving, hosts the television and livestream broadcast.

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