First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra received $75,000 to support the creation and performance of 11 commissions for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 by the Minnesota Orchestral Association.

To celebrate the 2003 centennial, the Minnesota Orchestra committed to commissioning, performing and recording major new works from some of the world’s leading composers, with world premieres of 30 works over a ten-year period that began in 1999. The latest eleven commissions are the second phase of this celebration. The compositions will be included in the Orchestra’s regular national radio broadcasts.

During the 2001-2002 season, the Orchestra will premiere a new concerto by Osvaldo Golijov for violinist Pamela Frank, as well as a new work by John Corigliano, Pulcinella, co-commissioned with the San Francisco Ballet. During the 2002-2003 season, Peter Serkin will premiere a new work for piano and orchestra by Peter Lieberson, as well as a piece by Marc-Andre Dalbavie. Other composers commissioned include Thomas Adès, Kurt Schwertsik, John Tavener, Judith Weir, Wolfgang Rihm, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Nicholas Maw.