Minnesota Orchestra features young composers in concert

Musical score
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute provides an opportunity for composers from around the country to work with a major symphony orchestra.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

If you think of classical music as an antiquated art form, a concert tonight could change your mind. At Orchestra Hall, in downtown Minneapolis, the ink might still be wet on the pages of the scores on Osmo Vanska's podium. The Minnesota Orchestra will play nine brand new pieces by nine different young American composers.

After rehearsal yesterday, MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Ashley Nail. At 24, she's the youngest of the composers. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, she's studied at the University of Minnesota.

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