MN Orchestra to perform at Vikes-Packers game

BTN11: Minnesota Orchestra to perform at Viking's halftime show

MINNEAPOLIS - It's not your typical venue for the state's most prestigious performers. 

The Minnesota Orchestra has been tapped to play the halftime show of the Vikings home opener this Sunday, where they'll face the Green Bay Packers. 

Music Director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the orchestra in an eight-minute performance on the 50-yard line at U.S. Bank Stadium, which is said to include both classic music selections and a Prince tribute. 

"We were honored when the Vikings invited the Orchestra to be part of this game experience," said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith in a press release. "The Vikings’ home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium is a major event in Minnesota, and we couldn’t be more proud to help mark the occasion and celebrate with music."

The performance will be produced by Michael Shann, who also worked on the Closing Ceremony for the XXII Winter Olympic Games. He said it'll be a celebration of Vikings fans, Minnesota history and of course, the Purple One.

The orchestra's performance, which includes a light show, will not be broadcast, so you'll have to get a seat in the stadium to enjoy the music. 

This is the orchestra's first performance during a halftime show with the Vikings -- they previously perfomed the National Anthem during a game in 1995.


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