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Menuhin Competition

Menuhin Competition Junior First Round, Day 2a

You can view the amazing performances of contestants in each division...very inspiring!!

Here's the performance that first caught my attention, thanks to a friend's FB post.

Previous winners are profiled here

Minnesota Orchestra!!


On October 2 at 8pm, tune in to the premiere of This is Minnesota Orchestra, a six-part series of livestream, television and radio broadcasts, brought to you by a three-way partnership of Minnesota Orchestra, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and Classical MPR.



Examples of Minnesota Orchestra at Home contentOUR NEW DIGITAL HOME

While we're all at home; you're still on our minds! During these times, listening to music, learning something new and taking a moment for yourself is even more important. Take some time and explore our new digital home. You'll love it.



Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora

Re-watch all episodes of our virtual pre-concert chats with musician hosts
Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora
and many special guests.


Enjoy listening, learning and watching as Minnesota Orchestra musicians present mini-concerts from their home to yours. 

At-Home Activities for Kids!!

Fun for kids of all ages: 
we hope you'll take a moment to relax and color with us.
Try out some of our favorite designs from Young People's Concerts and our new coloring page that lets you fill in the stage at Orchestra Hall!



Make Your Own Instruments

Michael is one of six musicians featured in a recent promo put out by the Minnesota Orchestra: watch HERE!! (~5:00)

Which Minnesota Orchestra musicians are originally from the Land of 10,000 Lakes? And what is it like to make a musical career in the place where you grew up? Hear from six Orchestra musicians who were born and raised in Minnesota in this roundtable conversation, hosted by The Current's Andrea Swensson and Classical MPR's Melissa Ousley.

Also, this bonus video!!! (Also ~5:00)
This is the funny one...Minnesota-themed questions: you betcha'!! 

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Wolfgang On The Web: Young People's Concert Webcast

Family-Friendly Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra's latest live stream is now available on demand! Hundreds of students tuned in live for a special Hear Into the Future week Young People's Concert conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Now it's your turn to enjoy Mozart the Adventurer!

Family-Friendly Concerts

2018 South Africa Tour

Did you see the Emmy-award-winning TPT Special yet?! Click above image!!
It's beautifully done!!  [

Sensory Friendly Concerts

Sensory-Friendly Concerts
Inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities. Details » 

Read stories from the orchestra here: Showcase: stories from and about the Minnesota Orchestra

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altOsmo conducting the MO @ Carnegie 3.3.16

altHilary Hahn playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto w/MO @ Carnegie 3.3.16

altMO Rehearsal at Carnegie 3.3.16

Symphony in 60 and Inside the Classics

Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Minnesota Orchestra's Family Concerts

Minnesota Orchestra Family Concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to these performances are FREE and adult prices are just $15!! All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission.

Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.

Michael Sutton plays Kabelevsky with the Bloomington Symphony!!

Individualized Education

  • Does your child work best in a small setting?
  • Does your child need a more personalized school?
  • Is your child bored? "Falling through the cracks"?

Metropolitan Open School in St. Louis Park offers students a full in-depth academic curriculum in a safe and friendly environment.

  • Students receive one-on-one attention as they work at their own pace in each area of study-based on each one's unique learning style, needs, and interests.
  • Experienced teachers encourage and nourish curiosity and creativity. 

Just for Fun!

Michael does studio gigs on the side, recording many commercials you've seen.

Here's one of the recent ones, for Wings Financial!

You'll love the little girl playing violin in the kitchen!! (You'll probably have posture pointers for her...)

Art That I Love!

Patrick Pryor

"I Could Be Prouder"

Original Patrick Kemal Pryor abstract acrylic oil painting inspired by mexico


 J. A. Geiger

“Windswept Oak”

Windswept Oak


Jim Dryden

"Song for Georg" (Georg Cantor)


Fiddling Around the Globe

A group class parent told me that their son was a finalist in this fiddling contest in Sligo, Ireland!!! How cool is that?! Check out the artists and details here!!

 I am excited to know of the event, as
I've visited Sligo and loved that part of Ireland...Yeats Country, the area is called.

The innkeeper we befriended in 2010
also told me about another event:

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  A former student let me know that this group Väsen played the Cedar Cultural Center here in Minneapolis!

One of the instruments being played is called "...a "nyckelharpa" (keyed harp). It was quite popular all over Europe in the later medieval period, but the tradition more or less died out apart from some places in eastern Sweden, especially the region of Uppland." --YouTube commenter


Osmo Vänskä



Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Osmo Vänskä,
Minnesota Orchestra
Label: BIS Records