The new chair replaces Jon Campbell, who led the board during the 16-month lockout.
Instead of a music director, a series of visiting artists lead the orchestra for a few weeks every year. Kopatchinskaja will join the current roster of Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair.
Among St. Paul arts organization that will benefit from the grant: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Penumbra Theater, Springboard for the Arts, TU Dance, and the Arts Partnership, the umbrella organization building the new concert hall at the Ordway Center.
Patrick Ness' new book, "The Crane Wife," is based on the folk tale of the same name. The novel, which moves the story from Japan to London, centers on a divorced American trying to work out what went wrong with his life.
After a 15-month lockout, every public attempt at negotiation had collapsed. But a back-channel conversation between one musician and one board member was the key to starting a dialogue that led to a compromise.
With the opening of "The Invisible Woman," Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis talk about how hard it is to depict the creative writing process and the lives of writers on screen. However, they do recall a couple of successful films about the creative process:
Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to discuss the Oscar nominees.
After the bitterness of the orchestra's lengthy labor dispute, the season is meant as a crowd-pleaser in a newly renovated Orchestra Hall. There will be 41 concerts.
The Minnesota Orchestra today announced its first post-lock out concerts will be Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Orchestra Hall. The events are being described as "homecoming concerts."
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," a reboot of the old Tom Clancy series, inspired just a tiny quiver of interest from Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis. But it spurred a debate of which Hollywood reboots are worth a watch -- and which aren't.
After the settlement, the Minnesota Orchestra must meet crucial deadlines to keep their lease with the City of Minneapolis and to sell tickets for 37 concerts over 12 weeks.
While the focus is on restarting the music, the overriding issue may be how to fill the vacant music director position left by the resignation of Osmo Vanska.
Under the terms of a three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year. But the musicians said the orchestra will remain in the nation's top 10 in terms of pay.
After almost collapsing a little more than a year ago, Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, the nation's largest African-American theater, has announced a leadership transition. The biggest change: Sarah Bellamy will take over from her father Lou, who founded the company almost 40 years ago.
Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being" effortlessly weaves together issues of family and tradition, of bullying and suicide, of time and quantum physics.