Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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    Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
    Symphonic Series
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    The Nutcracker
    Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck

    The musical equivalent of twinkling lights on the tree, a warm fireside, and comfort food. Former Cantus star Aaron Humble sings Christmas favorites and the orchestra entertains you with seasonal favorites like Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and more!


  • Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: 170 Good Counsel Drive
    Music on the Hill
    Maurice Ravel
    Duo for Violin and Cello
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

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    Our second concert features three talented Minnesotan musicans - Peter McGuire, Anthony Ross, and Timothy Lovelace - performing works by Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

    Duo for Violin and Cello was written by Maurice Ravel in 1922 and dedicated to colleague and fellow Impressionist composer, Claude Debussy. Ravel uses cyclical themes in this composition, using the opening violin line throughout all movements. Melodie from Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher is a piece written for violin and piano by the great Russian Composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was written in 1878 at the grand estate Brailivo in Ukraine, which was owned by Tchaikovsky's benefactor Nadezhda von Meck. Tchaikovsky described this movement as "chant sans paroles" which translates to "song without words". The concert concludes with more Tchaikovsky, with his Piano Trio in A Minor. This piece was written in Rome and completed in 1882. The trio is subtitled "in memory of a great artist" and is dedicated to Nikolai Rubenstein, his close friend and mentor who passed away the previous year. The Piano Trio in A Minor is arguably the most difficult piece Tchaikovsky wrote for piano and is well known for it's beautiful lyricism. 

    Peter McGuire is a native of Mankato and started his musical education at the Mankato Suzuki School. Peter is now the Principal Second Violin with the Minnesota Orchestra. Anthony Ross is Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, a position he has held since 1991. Timothy Lovelace, a renowned pianist, is the head of the Collaborative Piano Department at the University of Minnesota. 

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

    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.


  • aaron humble and stephanie thorpe
    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.


  • silver ainomae
    Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Verizon Grand Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
    Symphonic Series
    Igor Stravinsky
    Suite from The Rite of Spring
    Antonín Dvorák
    Cello Concerto in B minor
    We're turning tradition on its head, just like Stravinsky did with his innovative The Rite of Spring that led to riots. A limited number of patrons will be able to sit in and among the orchestra and experience the music from the inside out!
    Luminous international cello sensation Silver Ainomäe performs Dvorák's Cello Concerto.