The Minnesota Orchestra With Conductor Osmo Vänskä and Violin Soloist Midori on March 7

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     Sarasota Concert Association's "Great Performers" season continues with the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra led by conductor Osmo Vänskä with the renowned violin soloist Midori, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 8 p.m. The concert is at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Individual tickets are $35, $45, $55, and $60. Tickets and information for the "Great Performers" series are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting: www.sarasotaconcertassociation.org.
     The Minnesota Orchestra is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational programs, and commitment to building the repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the ensemble played its first regional tour in 1907, debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1912, and has toured regularly ever since. In 2003, the orchestra welcomed its tenth music director, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, who is renowned for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. Vänskä began his music career as a clarinetist, holding major posts with orchestras in his native Finland. For two decades he was music director of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which he transformed into one of Finland’s flagship orchestras.
       Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic more than 25 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement that sets her apart as a master musician, innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. She is recognized not only as one of the most dazzlingly gifted performers before the public, but increasingly for the community engagement initiatives to which she devotes a substantial amount of her energies and resources. In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to thousands of underprivileged children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts.

About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set reasonable fees for all performances. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales, held every year. For more information about SCA, visit www.sarasotaconcertassociation.org.

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