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Minnesota Orchestra,

founded 1903. Since 1974 its home has been Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. The orchestra was one of the first to be recorded (early 1920s) and featured in a radio broadcast (1923). In addition to traditional concerts, it frequently commissions and performs contemporary music and offers young people's programs and pops concerts. Its first music director was Emil Oberhoffer, who held the podium from 1903 to 1922. Subsequent conductors have included Eugene OrmandyOrmandy, Eugene
, 1899–1985, American conductor, b. Budapest. At the age of five Ormandy entered the Budapest Conservatory, where he studied the violin. Graduating in 1914, he became a member of the faculty.
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 (1931–36), Dmitri MitropoulosMitropoulos, Dimitri
, 1896–1960, Greek-American conductor. A piano pupil of Busoni, in 1930 he substituted for an indisposed piano soloist and simultaneously conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 (1937–498), Antal DoratiDorati, Antal
, 1906–88, Hungarian-American conductor, b. Budapest. Dorati studied with Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. He made his conducting debut at 18 at the Budapest Opera.
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 (1949–60), Sir Neville Marriner (1979–86), Edo de Waart (1986–95), Eji Oue (1995–2002), and Osmo Vänskä (2003–13, 2014–).
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The 85 men of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under German conductor Emil Oberhoffer gave 70 concerts on an eastern and southern trip in 1912 that covered 9,000 miles of territory in a season of 23 weeks, leading the orchestra as far as North Dakota and Alabama.
Musical Invasion of Eastern Cities Starts Tonight," Minneapolis Journal, 8 March 1912, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Scrapbooks, Archive for the Performing Arts, University of Minneapolis.
Birmingham's adoption of comparatively unknown quantities - Simon Rattle and Sakari Oramo - for its orchestra's current and future principal conductor is comparable with what Minnesota has done in taking on Eiji Oue, roughly the same age as Rattle, and someone who has brought a breath of fresh air to one of the USA's most venerable ensembles (it was founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, changing to its present, more embracing name in 1968).

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