You are here

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä, music director
Inon Barnatan, piano

One of America’s top symphonic ensembles, the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra enjoys a distinguished history of acclaimed performances around the world. The orchestra’s music director Osmo Vänskä, renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations, conducts “with an urgency and spontaneity that send shivers down one’s back” (Financial Times). Their program opens with the dramatic En Saga by Sibelius; The Guardian writes that Vänskä “conducts Sibelius better than anyone else alive.” Pianist Inon Barnatan, whose performance resonated powerfully with Krannert Center audiences in January 2017, joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s electrifying Piano Concerto No. 1, and the evening concludes with Beethoven’s irrepressible Symphony No. 7.

Sibelius: En Saga
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

This performance will run approximately one hour and 57 minutes, and includes a 20-minute intermission.

Dinner Buffet

Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $14.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm.

Endowed Underwriters

  • Valentine Jobst III
  • Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman & Vernon K. Zimmerman

Endowed Sponsors

  • Carole & Jerry Ringer

Patron Sponsors

  • James Economy
  • Helen & Daniel Richards

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Carol Berthold
  • Harriet & Herschel Cline
  • Lois & Ernest Gullerud
  • Peggy & Christopher Huson
  • Judith & Richard Kaplan
  • Masako Takayasu in loving memory of Wako Takayasu
  • Yvette & Herbert Whiteley

Corporate Gold Sponsor

  • Busey

Corporate Silver Sponsor

  • Green Yoga Spa, LLC


  • The presentation of the Minnesota Orchestra is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Krannert Center thanks our event sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support. We hope you will consider joining them, to ensure Krannert Center’s vibrancy now and for generations to come. Learn more about sponsoring an event »

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Th Jan 25, 2018 - 7:30pm
Pick Five+: 51 / SC 46 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 53 / SC 48 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 Events): 252 / SC 227 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50