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Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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    Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: Mankato YMCA
    FREE FAMILY SERIES

    Child superstar musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart introduces young children to music making and composition in this comedic and interactive program held at the Mankato YMCA.  Suitable for all ages.  Each child gets to take home a souvenir, snack, and their own mini composition at the end of each show.  Performances begin at 11am, last approximately 45 minutes, and feature Mozart's music performed by the MSO String Quartet.

     

  • Mankato Symphony West Side Story in Concert
    Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
    Symphonic Series
    Leonard Bernstein
    West Side Story

    Star-crossed lovers from rival gangs are torn apart by tragedy. Come hear the concert version of West Side Story as we celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein! Minnesota State University, Mankato's voice faculty, Stephanie Thorpe and Aaron Humble, will be sure to leave you starstruck.

     

  • Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Verizon Grand Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
    Symphonic Series
    Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5
    Antonín Dvorák
    Cello Concerto in B minor

    About this Concert:

    We're turning tradition on its head!  This concert allows you to experience the symphony like never before.  A limited number of concertgoers are invited to sit on stage,  among the orchestra and experience the music from the INSIDE OUT!
     
    Luminous international cello sensation Silver Ainomäe joins us to perform Dvorák's Cello Concerto, the unparalleled masterpiece for this instrument. 
     
    Dvorák
    Cello Concert
     
    Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5
     

    More Details:

    • Dvorák, the most famous Czech composer, wrote his Cello Concerto in New York City.
    • Ainomäe has performed in more than 30 countries as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician.
    • Composed in 1888, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 was met with muted enthusiasm upon it's premiere and didn't gain in popularity until after his death.  Today, it stands as one of his most loved large-scale creations.
     
     
     

     

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    Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: Mankato YMCA
    FREE FAMILY SERIES

    Child superstar musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart introduces young children to music making and composition in this comedic and interactive program held at the Mankato YMCA.  Suitable for all ages.  Each child gets to take home a souvenir, snack, and their own mini composition at the end of each show.  Performances begin at 11am, last approximately 45 minutes, and feature Mozart's music performed by the MSO String Quartet.

  • Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: 170 Good Counsel Drive
    Music on the Hill
    Erwin Schulhoff
    Five Pieces for String Quartet
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Selections from The Art of the Fugue
    Bela Bartok
    String Quartet No. 2

     

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    The concert opens with Five Pieces for String Quaret by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. Written in 1925 and dedicated to Darius Milhaud, the work draws from the styles of Baroque dance and the Second Viennese School. The pieces are: Viennese Waltz, Serenade, Czech Folk Music, Tango, and Tarantella. The program continues with The Art of the Fugue. This piece was written towards the end of Bach's life and was a culmination of his experimentation with monothematic instrumental works. It is an incomplete work and there is no specified instrumentation. The piece has been performed by many different instruments including harpsichord, piano, and organ, as well as by full orchestras and string quartets. The concert concludes with String Quartet No. 2, written between 1915 and 1917 by Bela Bartok in Hungary. 

    The Mill City String Quartet, based in the Twin Cities, began in 2007. Since then, they have traveled around the state and the country performing for all types of audiences. They frequently collaborate with Kantorei and work with students across Central and Southern Minnesota. They were chosen as Artist-in-Residence through Minnesota Public Radio's Class Notes program, and also have been able to tour and perform for rural communities in Southern Minnesota thanks to a grant from the Mankato Symphony and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council. 

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