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Brian Newhouse

A hundred years from now, this is the moment they’ll talk about: Just before the downbeat on Saturday night, Osmo Vänskä turned on his conductor’s podium and asked the 2,600 audience members in the Cuban National Theater to stand. People slowly got to their feet, no clue what he was up to. Then Vänskä turned and the Minnesota Orchestra launched into the Cuban National Anthem. “Burst into song” is cliché, but that is exactly what happened — a mix of shock and joy on those faces. An American orchestra playing the Cuban National Anthem?

While the roar of applause afterward was still going, the Orchestra went right into the Star-Spangled Banner. That’s when the tears began. The Cubans didn’t know the words, of course, but they instantly knew the music, and the symbolism of playing the two anthems back-to-back. The audience members stayed on their feet, so many of them wiping tears from of their eyes. I wish you could’ve been there.

If you missed it, or would like to listen again, you can hear the Friday concert and the Saturday concert on

Brian Newhouse, Managing Director, Classical Music


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Upcoming Events

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

REST IN PEACE-Memorial Organ Concert
May 24, 2015
At St. Stephens Lutheran Church

Programming Highlights

Highlights from January 27 to February 3

Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member, MacPhail Center for Music.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: choreographer Penelope Freeh.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member, MacPhail Center for Music.
Thursday, 3 pm: Regional Spotlight: The String Orchestra of Minnesota Youth Symphonies play Vivaldi.
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Three takes on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Saturday, noon: The Metropolitan Opera: The Tales of Hoffmann, by Offenbach.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Longwood Laureates.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Jeffrey Kahane leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Chopin and Haydn.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight.



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