Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
    Time: 2:45 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 7
    String Quartet op 12, no. 1

    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. 
    Mill City String Quartet consists of members Huldah Niles, Erika Hoogeveen, Valerie Little, and Ruth Marshall

    ***NOTE: This concert was postponed from April 2018 and is not included in the 2018|2019 Music on the Hill season ticket package. We honor previously purchased tickets for this performance, and tickets can be purchased separately. 

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  • Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

    The show is performed on Saturday afternoons at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. The entire venue and its surroundings are filled with numerous child-friendly activities. Come to the concert an hour early and enjoy free admission to the Children’s Museum. A great way to get the wiggles out before the show! These concerts are created for children and their caregivers. All ages welcome! The performance features musicians, actors, storytelling, and musical activities. Concerts have a runtime of approximately 45 minutes and are performed without intermission

    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

    224 Lamm St, Mankato, MN 56001

    Admission: Free. No tickets necessary. Open to the public.

    What is the Family Series?

    Each season, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra gives four shows designed to introduce young children to the delights of classical music. Each show is hosted by an actor in costume and the MSO String Quartet. They are a truly fun experience no matter your age, and it's a great way to get your children interested in music. 

  • Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good counsel Chapel
    Quartet for the end of time

    Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience. Described as ethereal, but never dainty. Sometimes powerful, but never harsh or ugly, Messiaen’s music is set apart from any other. Balancing out the program is Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, a piece commissioned by celebrated jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman.     Featuring clarinet phenomenon, Gabriel Campos Zamora, internationally reknown pianist Tim Lovelace, Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal Violin, Susie Park, and cellist Richard Belcher. This program is transcendent and beautiful— a gem among contemporary works.

  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall
    Program to Be Announced

    Kick off Valentine’s Day with a fresh take on rock and pop classics with the MSO! The New Standards started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between three Minneapolis-based musicians and friends and has grown into a globe-spanning adventure. The core members all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munson was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. A limited number of patrons will be able to sit in and among the orchestra for an up-close and personal musical experience. Staffed cocktail bars near the stage, table seating, and room to groove, this is a party you won’t want to miss!




    This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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  • Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    Piano Trio in g minor Op.17
    Piano Quintet in A, D.667 "Trout"

     The season comes to a close with Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, referred to as the masterpiece among her compositions. Paired with certainly the best-known piece of music to be named after a fish, Franz Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet’s popular title comes from a movement of one of his best loved songs. Maestro Ken Freed shows off his inimitable skills on the viola on this program, joining a stellar roundup of musicians.