Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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Music on the Hill: Chamber Music


About Music on the Hill

MSO's Music on the Hill proudly returns to present the eighth season of chamber music. 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.


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.


Romantic MasterpiecesMaureen Nelson, violin Mankato Symphony Orchestra Music on the Hill Romantic Masterpieces

Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 PM


Debussy:  String Quartet in G minor
Turina: Serenata, Op. 87
Arriaga:  String Quartet

Maureen Nelson, violin

Cecilia Belcher, violin

Sam Bergman, viola

Richard Belcher, cello


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Mill City String QuartetMill City String Quartet Mankato Symphony Orchestra Music on the Hill

Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 PM


Bacewicz:  String Quartet
Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 7
Mendelssohn:  String Quartet op 12, no. 1

Note:  This concert was postponed from April 2018 and is not included in the 2018/19 Music on the Hill season ticket package.  We honor previously purchased tickets for this performance, and tickets can also be purchased separately.

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Quartet for the End of Time

Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 PM


Bartok:  Contrasts
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Susie Park, violin

Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet

Timothy Lovelace, piano

Richard Belcher, cello


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Spring Trout

Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM


Schumann:  Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 17
Schubert:  Piano Quintet in A, D. 667 "The Trout"
Arriaga:  String Quartet

Francesca Anderegg, violin

Kenneth Freed, viola

Chris Brown, double bass

Richard Belcher, cello

Nicola Melville, piano


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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. To see information on our symphonic orchestra, click here. 

The result is a dynamic musical conversation amongst the musicians, hence the common reference to chamber music as “the music of friends.” 


Past Events



Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 PM

Brahms: Piano Concerto in B Major
Beach:  Piano Concerto
Boulanger:  D'un Matin de Printemps
Boulanger:  D'un Soir Triste

Peter McGuire, violin

Richard Belcher, cello

Bethel Balge, piano