Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN, 56001
    Ittai Shapira
    Sephardic Journey
    Dvorak
    New World Symphony
    Joseph Achron
    Hebrew Melody

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    Composer and violinist Ittai Shapira, described by the NY Times as “an Israeli dynamo,” invites you to hear the regional premiere of his new work, Sephardic Journey, which contains themes of journeys and migrations and the need to balance tradition with adaptation to a new culture. We pair this work with Dvorak's New World Symphony, a piece written so that Americans could have their own great music.

     

    Guest Artists

    Ittai Shapira, violin

    Tony Ross, cello

      

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    Preview the Music-although one of the pieces you will here has never been recorded, we have a similar piece by the same composer and soloist!
     

  • Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: 170 Good Counsel Drive
    Charles-Marie Widor
    Toccata from Symphony No. 5 for Organ
    Franz Schubert
    Fantasia in F minor for piano four hands, D. 940
    Bohuslav Martinu
    Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
    Johannes Brahms
    Piano Quartet in c minor, op 60

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    Fans of the keyboard should buy their tickets early for our final concert of the season as it is likely to sell out! The program opens with Widor’s festive Toccata. The fifth movement of his Fifth Symphony, this is the French composer’s most famous piece. It is frequently performed at festive Christmas and wedding celebrations; you will likely recognize this popular work. Four hands on one piano? Absolutely! The Fantasia is one of Schubert’s most original works and was composed in the last year of his life. Martinu was a Czech composer who fled to the US during World War II. While in NY in 1947, he wrote the Three Madrigals for sibling virtuosos Lillian and Joseph Fuchs. The piece contains reminiscences of well-known works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Franck, and Richard Strauss. Brahms’ monumental C minor Piano Quartet was begun when Brahms was quite young and vulnerable. He felt despair as illness took his friend and mentor Robert Schumann, and at the same time the pain of his unrequited love for Clara Schumann. The turmoil he felt with these conflicting emotions created an incredible musical work that he did not complete for twenty years. The piece takes advantage of the piano’s power and range, and skillfully contrasts the piano with the strings.

    Mary Jo Gothmann’s organ playing is a highlight every season – you won’t want to miss her! She is joined on this concert by Music on the Hill regulars Scott Lykins and Lydia Miller Choorapuzha and newcomer Deanna Anderson, whose sensitive playing will tug at your heart strings.

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    Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park
    6:00 Doors Open, Bingo Fundraiser
    7:00 City Mouse
    8:00 Mankato Symphony Orchestra and City Mouse
    10:00 Red Hot Boom Fireworks-set to music choreographed by the Radio Mankato Stations.

    City Mouse, Mankato’s favorite blues and classic rock band, performs at 7. After that the Mankato Symphony will take the stage playing lighter pops fare, including some patriotic favorites, classic rock, and some movie and TV theme music.  Then City Mouse and the Symphony will play some classic rock tunes together, completing their performance with the epic 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and the Star Spangled Banner. 

    The Red Hot Boom Fireworks Celebration begins immediately following the concert, choreographed to music from the Radio Mankato stations.  Hear the music in the park or tune to radio stations KATO FM at 93.1, KXLP FM at 94.1 or KDOG at 96.7. Listen also with the I-heart radio app. 

    Free  will donations are also encouraged at the gate. The Symphony will be offering Bingo as a fundraiser during the first half of the evening.

    Free admission thanks to our generous sponsors.