YMM would like to extend a huge thank you to all of its donors and community supporters that have allowed us to put on a hugely successful concert at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall. Without all of your enthusiasm and graciousness we wouldn't have been able to share such an unforgettable night of music-making with our audience. We hope that you will continue to support us in our future endeavors, such as next summer's summer festival program!
BIG NEWS! The Young Musicians of Minnesota are pleased to announce their grand finale concert on Friday, August 1st, at 7:00pm, held at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall. We need YOUR help!
"YMM has launched its 2014 Summer Music Festival, free to advanced music students looking for a summer performance opportunity. The group of 72 students rehearses for 4 hours every Sunday in preparation for our Summer Music Festival Grand Finale concert on Friday, August 1st at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall. Abiding by our “no cost” mission, YMM charges no entrance fee to participate in our summer festival and will charge no admission fee to our concert. That is why we need YOUR help! YMM operates on a small budget that covers our basic operation needs. With YMM’s summer orchestra growing from last summer’s 46 musicians to today’s 72, and a larger intended audience for this performance, YMM is unable to use our past venues that originally were adequate for our orchestra.
We’re calling upon the community to help us cover our rental costs for Ted Mann Concert Hall. Help bring the Young Musicians of Minnesota’s summer music festival participants to Ted Mann Hall to share an unforgettable night of music with you. We hope to see YOU at our concert this August as we perform music by Wagner, Glazunov, and Tchaikovsky with guest musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. Help YMM keep the music alive by donating today!"
Join the Young Musicians of Minnesota at the Minnesota Orchestra's Homecoming Concerts on February 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th as various chamber ensembles perform on the Mezzanine level of the newly-remodeled Orchestra Hall! Performances begin at 7:00pm each evening, and will conclude at 7:45pm before each concert. The lineup is as follows:
Friday, February 7th:
7:00-7:45pm: MacPhail Wind Quintet
--Toni Andres, Flute
--Caroline Schmitter, Oboe
--Keeheon Nam, Clarinet
--Alie Langston, Bassoon
--Emily Green, Horn
Saturday, February 8th:
7:00-7:15pm: Flute/Viola Duets
--Nathan Torunsky, Flute
--Madeline Warner, Viola
7:15-7:45pm: Flute Duets
--Sierra Schadegg, Flute
--Noah Livingston, Flute
Friday, February 14th:
7:30-7:45pm: Clarinet Duets
--Keeheon Nam, Clarinet
--Simon Plum, Clarinet
Saturday, February 15th:
7:00-7:45pm: Horn Ensembles
--Eleanor Arnold, Horn
--Emily Green, Horn
--Annika Johnson, Horn
--Ryan Johnston, Horn
--Erin Louwagie, Horn
--Ben Mackie, Horn
--Anna McGlone, Horn
--Aisling O'Sullivan, Horn
--Nat Rose, Horn
--Anna Shortridge, Horn
A huge congratulations goes out to the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä tonight for their Grammy nomination and WIN for Best Orchestral Performance! BRAVO!!
Today, a settlement was reached between the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and management that will have the musicians back working on February 1st, marking this day as a historic one in the world of music. We at YMM want to express our infinite gratitude for the musicians who fought so hard for what they loved and believed in; the artists who would s...ettle for nothing less than the best for our beautiful community; the performers and teachers who went day after day without salary, benefits, or sometimes even a shred of hope, weathering a brutal lockout in the hopes that, some day, music might return to the state of Minnesota.
And return it shall. Musicians, as always, we stand with you--our mentors, our inspiration, our heroes. The time has come for rebuilding, and we are here for you every step of the way.
Finally, we'll make music again.
Thank you to all the YMM Musicians who participated in this fall's YMM Orchestra. Your hard work and dedication paid off this evening in our concert! A special thank you goes out to the wonderful Minnesota Orchestra Musicians who played alongside us--it truly was a night to remember.
A huge thank you goes out to the We Day Production Team for a spectacular day full of inspirational speakers, great music, and powerful speeches. We would like to thank everyone who took a part in making the event happen, and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate! If you missed our performance live or online, tune in below!
The Young Musicians of Minnesota are proud to announce our upcoming performance tomorrow at We Day Minnesota, being held at the Xcel Center! We Day is about youth empowerment, activism, volunteerism for positive change. The event will be broadcast LIVE tomorrow at WCCO.com. Make sure you log on to hear the YMM perform at around 1:30pm!
More about We Day Minnesota:
"We Day is an educational event and the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change. It is the movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative called We Act, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.
We Act is the blueprint for young people to take action as agents of social change.
Why? Because we believe that we are the first generation that can truly end the worst forms of poverty, embrace we thinking and we acting and remove the barriers to youth being agents of social change. And there’s no time to waste: every single day we have the opportunity to make this world a better place. And everyone has a role to play.
How are we doing this? By pushing forward the boundaries of charity and creating change. It’s a worldwide movement that proves anyone can change the world—and revolutionizes how we make that change."
Visit their website at: http://www.weday.com/
If you missed YMM Co-Founder, Emily Green's, speech at the Symphony Ball Rally at Orchestra Hall today, make sure to read it below!
"On October 1st, 2012, the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout began. And, on October 1st, 2012, the music stopped. The concerts seized. The passion went missing, through the Management’s disownment of the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians. Our Minnesota Orchestra Musicians, the very ones nominated for a Grammy, the ones receiving a monumental opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall this year. So far, the Minnesota Orchestra has lost twenty-six musicians. And, as each day passes, more musicians continue to leave in order to find other work. Our Minnesota Orchestra is slowly disintegrating in front of our own eyes.
As the lockout pushed onward, the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians weren’t the only ones being affected. The community was locked out too—specifically the young musicians and students. Each of us has had our musical development impacted by the Musicians, whether it’s through private lessons, concerts, theory classes, musician-led sectionals, or side-by-side rehearsals. With the lockout, however, our musical growth has been obstructed. Every month, we lose our irreplaceable teachers and mentors as they undertake gigs with other orchestras across the nation. Their concerts, so important to our learning, have become nonexistent. The Musicians, our inspirations, are without work.
Students without their teachers and directors not only affects their musical capabilities, but it also affects their enthusiasm for classical music and the fine arts. Without Minnesota Orchestra concerts for students to attend, young musicians’ exposure to classical music will slowly dwindle away. Classical music will eventually become a lost art form in Minnesota. Music students will lose the ability to communicate and express themselves through music. Many music students will lose the hobby that their life revolves around. And, lastly, music students will lose the opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional musician in the Minnesota Orchestra.
To preserve the Minnesota Orchestra’s 110-year legacy, the Young Musicians of Minnesota (YMM) formed in May of 2013 by a group of students wanting to show their appreciation and gratitude for the Locked Out Musicians, as well as make their voices heard in the current dispute. We have made it our mission to do everything we can to bring our Musicians back to the stage and make sure they are being compensated for their work. Our missions have included writing letters to elected officials, Board, Management, and Musicians, creating a student-run youth orchestra, hosting a flash mob concert outside of U.S. Bancorp Headquarters, having chamber ensembles perform at various events, and using the social media to create a presence.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are more than just a name on a concert program. They are our role models and they are whom we aspire to be like. The Musicians are our heroes: they are our celebrities. They are talked about only in the highest manner. Often, we music students make discussions about them at our rehearsals. We may dream about one day having a lesson with them. Or we may just mention how we simply got to congratulate them after an awe-strucking performance they put on. Destroying the Minnesota Orchestra may lead to the destruction of everything a young musician possibly lives for.
I, on the behalf of the Young Musicians of Minnesota, urge the Minnesota Orchestral Association Management to resolve the lockout. Save the orchestra that means so much to us students. Save the orchestra that us young musicians cannot possibly live without. Bring back the orchestra that we look forward to hearing at every concert they perform. Bring back the orchestra that creates such a centripetal factor in Minnesota. Bring back the orchestra that Alex Ross considers to be “legendary”.
As I am writing this, the Minnesota Orchestra’s recording of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony is playing in the background. I sat and listened to the horn section dominating the beginning of the piece. The perfect balance, tone, and intonation are the unmistakable sounds of our Minnesota Orchestra. The pizzicatos done by the strings are perfection. The grandeur and energy from the trumpet section is magnificent. The emotion expressed with each and every note played is indescribable. Incredible. Bruckner’s 9th is a reminder of why we need a Minnesota Orchestra. Bruckner’s 9th is a reminder of why I want to become a professional musician. And lastly, Bruckner’s 9th is a reminder of why this lockout needs to end. It’s time that our Minnesota Orchestra Musicians are brought back to doing what they do best: performing world-class music, under the direction of Osmo Vänskä, center stage at Orchestra Hall.
It’s time to make music again."