Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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

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    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. 
    Cello Concert
    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.


  • 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

      ***  CANCELLED *** 

    Due to this historic winter storm, we have canceled the Sunday, April 15th concert and will work with Good Counsel Chapel and the Mill City String Quartet for a future concert opportunity.  Stay tuned for more information!

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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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  • Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish
    Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

    Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto leads the Minnesota Orchestra in orchestral showpieces ranging from Ravel’s exquisite Le Tombeau de Couperin to Tchaikovsky’s powerful Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique, in the Grand Hall at Mankato’s Verizon Center. Mankato-native Peter McGuire solos in the brilliant Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5.


    The performance is part of the Orchestra’s Common Chords project, a multi-year endeavor that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency.The Mankato residency will feature Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing at more than a dozen events in and around Mankato from April 25 through April 27. The concert is presented in cooperation with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.


    Common Chords: Minnesota Orchestra in Mankato



    Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. / Grand Hall, Verizon Center, Mankato


    Minnesota Orchestra

    Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Peter McGuire, violin


    RAVEL                               Le Tombeau de Couperin

    MOZART                            Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Turkish

    TCHAIKOVSKY                Symphony No. 6, Pathétique



    Adults $10 

    Youth/Students $5 

    Children 12 and Under FREE


    Tickets go on sale March 26th at 8 a.m.