Highlights of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2006-07 season, the first under UBS's sponsorship, include the launch of a Bruckner symphony cycle, semi-staged performances of Grieg's complete incidental music to Ibsen's epic play Peer Gynt, and a two-week Beethoven and Sibelius festival, both programs of which will also be presented at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
UBS, Switzerland's leading commercial and retail bank, offers wealth management and other financial services to clients worldwide. In the U.S., the firm is already the exclusive season sponsor of the Boston Symphony and supports numerous other orchestras, including the Detroit, St. Louis, Utah and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In Europe, UBS supports the London Symphony Orchestra and the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra.
The Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and long one of the nation's leading ensembles, has gained new prominence in the three years since Finnish conductor Osmo V‹nsk‹ became its music director in 2003. After only his second season at the orchestra's helm, he was named "Conductor of the Year" for 2005 by Musical America.