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St. Paul, Minn. —
In November 2014, the Minnesota Orchestra celebrates 111 years. There have been 10 principal conductors, or music directors, in that time.
On today's Learning to Listen, hear recordings of the Orchestra and learn about the 10 leaders of the group.
Emil Oberhoffer was the first in 1903. Under Oberhoffer's direction, the Orchestra made its first trip to Carnegie Hall. Oberhoffer was the longest-serving director until Stanislaw Skrowaczewski started in 1960.
The Orchestra toured with ferocity under Oberhoffer's tenure, earning the name "The Orchestra on Wheels".
There are no recordings from the Oberhoffer era; however, on today's Learning to Listen, you'll hear from all subsequent music directors, starting with the earliest recordings the Orchestra made in 1924 at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus.
The third music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, was a talented performer and conductor. He also had a unique way with words, and you can find some of his notable remarks here.
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