An extended goodbye in Johannesburg as the trip wraps up with an emotional finale
Powerful lessons learned, the musicians look back and look forward. But next stop: home.
It's truly a family affair for some of the touring musicians: 'We've had about 50 babysitters'
For touring musicians who have kids under 2 years old, the orchestra pays for a caregiver to come along.
Concert in anti-apartheid Soweto church is an ode to joy — in many languages
The performance brought the crowd packed into the historic Regina Mundi Catholic Church to its feet, singing, stepping and clapping.
Minnesota Orchestra crosses divide between South Africa's grand halls and shantytowns
A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africa is still grappling with massive income and wealth gaps that fall along racial lines.
In teaching young South African talents, Minn. Orchestra musicians find their own inspiration
While encouraging young South African talents, Minnesota Orchestra musicians are finding inspiration of their own.
Touring involves a 1,000-mile, high-stakes truck ride with precious cargo
Some of the instruments also need their own kind of visas to travel.
Minnesota Chorale joins voices with South African singers: 'It's magic all the way'
Minnesota Chorale loosens up, while the South Africans get a lesson in German.
At a historic concert in Cape Town, music echoes the words of Nelson Mandela
During a rousing, sold-out start for the Minnesota Orchestra in South Africa, the former president's words were sung by a soaring soprano.
Musicians make a grim pilgrimage to Mandela's prison cell: 'I know I don't have that strength'
A former prisoner led the grim trek through Robben Island, where South Africa's future president spent 18 years.
Trip to South Africa is the flowering of 'a new way' for Vänskä and his veterans
The orchestra embarks for South Africa this week, realizing "a big dream" for its players and partners.
The orchestra throws itself a send-off party filled with American fireworks
Review: The Minnesota Orchestra previewed its all-American program for next week's appearance at London's BBC Proms.
Meet the orchestra's new CEO: 'The Minnesota model really resonates with me'
Incoming CEO Michelle Miller Burns vows to continue open, collaborative leadership at Minnesota Orchestra.
London critics give Vänskä mixed reviews for BBC Proms concert
review: British critics were caught by surprise by programming.
Orchestra sounds a note of joy with Beethoven's Ninth and South African premiere
The Minnesota Orchestra's South Africa day ends in joy, with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
'Music became a weapon against apartheid,' Mandela's daughter says as orchestra previews its program
"We're not in Kansas anymore, are we?" joked the evening's host, Brian Newhouse of Classical MPR, after the drums had quieted and the applause died down.
South African gospel choir brings 'healing' post-apartheid message to Orchestra Hall
Touring the Midwest this summer, the 29:11 choir found an unlikely partner in Minnesota Orchestra.
South African composer celebrates 'Mandela's message' with new piece for tour
Among Saturday’s many festivities, the Minnesota Orchestra will premiere an orchestral work called “Harmonia Ubuntu,” a tribute to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela…
'It's not just a tour': Orchestra announces another first
The organization will perform in five cities, playing classical works and a new Mandela-inspired piece.
Orchestra outlines its plans for a Mandela-themed Sommerfest
The summer festival will kick-off Minnesota Orchestra's pioneering South Africa tour.