Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: 1 Civic Center Plaza
    Carmina Burana

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    Past meets present in one of the great choral works, combining inspiration from medieval texts and Carl Orff's brilliant new compositional style invented for this piece. Lust, greed, gluttony, envy, pride, and wrath are laid bare for all to see. Singers from the Minnesota Valley Chorale, St. Peter Choral Society, Musicorum, and Minnesota Boychoir join the Orchestra for a massive concert production you won’t want to miss.


    Concert length ca. 70 minutes. There will be no intermission.


    Program Notes

    Guest Artists

    Minnesota Valley Chorale

    St. Peter Choral Society


    Minnesota Boy Choir


    Shannon Prickett, soprano

    Dan Dressen, tenor

    Jared Hiscock, baritone


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    Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Mankato YMCA

    He’s Bach! Join Johann Sebastian Bach, and the MSO String Quartet and learn about Bach’s journey from a Wartburger to a famous composer. A perfect first concert for babies, toddlers, and early elementary ages. It’s OK for the kids to sing and dance along!

    Each child gets to take home a gift and a snack at the end of each show.

    Performances begin at 11:30 am and feature live classical music and interactive educational activities.

    Admission: Free. No tickets necessary. Open to the public; you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend.

    This is the last of four shows. In "Bach to the Drawing Board" Bach needs a new approach. 

    The Mankato Symphony's free family concert series will be back next fall with "Mozart in Me." 

  • Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN, 56001
    Ittai Shapira
    Sephardic Journey
    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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  • 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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