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Minnesota Orchestra Series 6: Special Events and Projects

Identifier: PA012-Series 6

Scope and Content Note

The records in the Tours series (6.1) include extensive documentation of touring by the Orchestra from the late 1950s to the present. Tours included many U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and other countries. These files also include documentation of run-outs to nearby cities and towns, annual performance series in Rochester and St. Joseph, Minnesota, and special performances within the Twin Cities' area in such programs as the Symphony for the Cities. Series includes press clippings, programs, and administrative records.

The 75th Anniversary records (6.2) document the series of events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra. Two activities that are extensively documented are the Composers Competition and the fund raising and publication of the book, Ovation.

A small collection documents the two major events of the 80th Anniversary (6.3): the production of the book, Fourscore, and the luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, "Big League Sports Salute the Minnesota Orchestra." Scandinavia Today (6.4) collection includes office files relating to a concert by the Orchestra, "Tonight Scandinavia," performed as part of the celebration of Scandinavian culture.

The tours of Metropolitan Opera productions (6.5) started in 1945. Staff of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Minnesota Orchestra served as administrative staff for the Opera season. Files include include correspondence, planning memos, meeting minutes, and publicity materials for the Met's annual spring performances and the social events surrounding the week.

Sommerfest (6.6) was inaugurated in 1980 as Viennese Sommerfest, a summer music festival. Maestro Leonard Slatkin was the artistic director of the festival during the 1980s. The collection contains office records that document the artistic planning, publicity, operations, and box office activities.

Popular concerts (6.7) have been part of the Orchestra’s season from the early years. Planning and administering the pops concerts have been the responsibility of various staff members over the years. These records are mainly from the office of Susan Kodner, Audience Development Administrator in the 1980s and early 1990s. Other files are from the Operations Department and from Polly Barten. The records from the In the 1980s they focus on Night at the Pops, an early-summer group of concerts. The 1990s records are for Cabaret Pops. Night at the Pops files document some artistic planning but mainly focus on audience development: which groups purchased tickets, what benefits were part of the Pops season, and related activities.

Minnesota Orchestra Visual Entertainment (MOVE) (6.8) was a business venture established in the 1990s to bring classical music and the arts to children and adults in new and innovative ways. The series includes brand books, videocassettes, and other video packages of the three products. The brand books (one for each project) include brief background information about the project and copies of reviews, articles about the project and products, press releases, and copies of publicity.

The 100th anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra (6.9) was celebrated during the 2002-2003 season. This series documents the events surrounding the historical anniversary. Currently there are only two items in this portion of the collection. It is expected that the MOA will contribute additional material from this landmark event as part of an ongoing records management process.

Minnesota Orchestra in Rochester files (6.10) include advertising, financial statements, programs, and reports from the Minnesota Orchestra in Rochester Program.

In order to augment the history captured within the Minnesota Orchestra Archives, Mary Ann Feldman recorded several oral histories from orchestra members, a practice which continues at the orchestra today (6.11) . The collection contains AV materials that document interviews with Music Directors, musicians and others in leadership and governance roles within the Minnesota Orchestra Association, as well as interview transcripts and administrative material. Video recordings in this collection have been digitized to DVD format.


  • 1944 -

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Restrictions on Access

Materials are open to research without restriction except for portions designated as restricted, confidential, or sealed. For the latter material, prior permission in writing from the President of the Minnesota Orchestral Association is required.

Permission to examine this collection will be granted to any qualified researcher upon completion of an application form. The original documents do not circulate and may only be used in the Reading Room of Andersen Library.

Restrictions on Use

Photoreproduction and audio reproduction of any materials in which the Minnesota Orchestral Association holds copyright, shall be performed only with the written permission of the MOA except for photoreproduction of any published materials of the Association in the public domain.


Approx. 57 boxes


Collection contains records created for Minnesota Orchestra projects and special events.


Transferred to the Performing Arts Archives from the Minnesota Orchestra.

Processing Information

Collection is processed by Performing Arts Archives staff.

Minnesota Orchestra Series 6: Special Events and Projects PA012.Series 6
Kathryn Hujda
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