With fire and smoke, violin bows and tympani strokes, two of Minnesota's biggest brands teamed up Sunday for an unlikely partnership. Just before kickoff of the Seattle Seahawks-Minnesota Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Vikings unveiled a new video mashup featuring their players and the Minnesota Orchestra, plus a few special effects. Watch below.
Vikings COO Andrew Miller said the team wanted to treat the first regular season home game in nearly two years “like a grand reopening of the stadium.” They commissioned keyboardist Tommy Barbarella, a former member of the New Power Generation, to write Symphony of the North. Osmo Vänskä, in his final season of a 19-year run as the orchestra’s music director, recorded it with his instrumentalists this summer.
This was the orchestra’s second Vikings collaboration: The first was a halftime hit in 2016, when the Vikings opened their new stadium. The team plans to play the new video before every home game this season.
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