Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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Music on the Hill

Music on the Hill

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The Mission:

MSO's Music on the Hill proudly returns to present a seventh season of chamber music. Founded by former MSO Concertmaster Lydia Miller Choorapuzha, these concerts aim to deepen the bond between musicians and audiences and offer a new and intimate kind of performance in the Minnesota River Valley.

What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is written for a small group of musicians and traditionally performed in a small venue. (The word “chamber” refers to the palace chamber where such music was performed during Mozart’s time.) Today, chamber music is regularly performed everywhere from concert halls to neighborhood bars. There is only one player per part, unlike a symphony where as many as twenty-four violinists play the same part. Also, unlike a symphony, there is no conductor leading the ensemble. The lack of a single leader requires each performer to share in the responsibilities of leading. The result is a dynamic musical conversation amongst the musicians, hence the common reference to chamber music as “the music of friends.” 

The Series:

Through a generous partnership with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the concerts are set in the beautiful chapel on historic Good Counsel Hill. Featuring some of Minnesota’s best musicians —including members of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Parker String Quartet, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra— the programs include some of the richest works in the chamber music genre, with special attention to contemporary American works. The intimate setting and post-concert gatherings with the performers are designed to foster a rare bond between musicians and listeners of all ages.