In conjunction with The Barbican, The Independent is able to offer one of its readers a pair of tickets for the Barbican performance, and a meal for two at Searcey's Restaurant in the Barbican before or after the performance. To enter the draw for this prize, put your answer to the following question on a postcard with your name and a daytime contact number: what is the state capital of Minnesota? Please send postcards to Indy/Minnesota Orchestra Offer, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL by Thursday 12 February.
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As part of the year-long "Inventing America" season, the Minnesota Orchestra performs at the Barbican on Wednesday 18 February. Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati and Sir Neville Mariner have all held the post of music director with the orchestra, but this year witnesses its first European tour. The orchestra's programme will include Samuel Barber's lyrical first symphony, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and the UK premier of Pulitzer Prize-winner Dominick Argento's Reverie.