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Minnesota Orchestra to perform free, outdoor concert in Hudson

HUDSON — The Phipps Center for the Arts proudly announces the 30th annual free, outdoor concert by the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakefront Park bandshell.

Under the direction of assistant conductor Akiko Fujimoto, the acclaimed ensemble will delight music lovers of all ages with a mix of well-loved popular and classical music. The program will consist of "The Star-Spangled Banner," by John Stafford Smith/arr. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski; "Roman Carnival Overture," by Hector Berlioz; "Bugler's Holiday," by Leroy Anderson; "The Carousel Waltz," from "Carousel," by Richard Rodgers; "Thunder and Lightning" Polka, by Johann Strauss, Jr.; Theme from "Jurassic Park," by John Williams; "Bacchanale," from "Samson and Delilah," by Camille Saint-Saëns; "Armed Forces Salute," traditional/arr. Bob Lowden; and "1812," Solemn Overture, Opus 49, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Grammy Award-winning orchestra, now in its second century and led by music director Osmo Vänskä, has long ranked among America's top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow. Under Vänskä's leadership.

The ensemble has undertaken four European tours, most recently an August 2016 tour to Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland.

In May 2015, Vänskä and the orchestra performed two historic concerts in Havana, Cuba. In 2014, the orchestra and Vänskä won their first Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for a disc of Sibelius' Symphonies No. 1 and 4.

Earlier recordings by the orchestra and Vänskä include a five-disc cycle of the complete Beethoven symphonies that the New York Times wrote, "may be the definitive [cycle] of our time." The orchestra's Friday night performances are broadcast live regionally by Minnesota Public Radio, a weekly tradition for more than 40 years.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation and the William H. Phipps Foundation. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Patrons are asked to respect the comfort of others by not smoking or bringing pets into the seating area.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.

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