Moving quickly after the recent resolution of a 15-month labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra has announced a full schedule for its 2014 season — and debuted a new look for its website and publicity materials as well. The season incorporates some concerts that the musicians had planned independently in addition to some new concerts planned on the fly by the post-detente musicians and administration.
After its early-February concerts celebrating the orchestra's return to performing in its signature Minneapolis hall (the first of which will be broadcast live on Classical MPR), the orchestra will present 15 different programs through July. Highlights include Osmo Vänskä — the orchestra's former music director, who resigned over his disappointment at the labor dispute — conducting the Sibelius symphonies that recently earned the orchestra a Grammy nomination for a BIS recording.
Vänskä will also wield the baton for a guest appearance by violinist Joshua Bell; a previously planned performance commemorating the reopening of Northrop Auditorium will proceed as planned, but is not part of the orchestra's subscription season. Further, composer-conductor Eric Whitacre will make his Minnesota Orchestra debut, leading the band in performances of his own work and other compositions.
Full details for the season are available on the orchestra's website. Subscription packages will go on sale January 27, with tickets to individual concerts becoming available on February 9.