Past Season Highlights
Over the years we have had many great performances with exciting guest performers. Here are the highlights:
April 28, 1953
As the founder, first conductor, and violinist, Dennis played with his ensemble “Allegro aperto” form Violin Concerto No. 5 by Mozart and “Meditation” from Thais by Massenet. Claude Carlson was the conductor.
Almjeld played with the orchestra on four occasions. She gained recognition for her excellence at the Minneapolis Aquatennial contests in 1956 and 1958 when she won first place in the competition. Almjeld’s solos were: Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra by Beethoven on February 22, 1959: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano by Beethoven on March 5, 1961; Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor by Tchaikovsky on February 18, 1962; and Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra by Grieg on November 19, 1972.
Evans played in the United States Navy band on both coasts during his service. Under the direction of Rolf Scheurer they performed Concerto in C for TWo Trumpets, Strings and Cembalo by Vivaldi on February 23, 1964, and Concerto in G-Major for Mwo mandolins, Strings and Hermonium by Vivaldi on February 28, 1965.
November 22, 1997
Receiving her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado and widely concertized throughout the US, Great Britain, and Russia, Snapp sang selections from Carmen, by Bizet and love songs from Cole Porter by Warrington.
Jonathan Ramstad Coward
December 19, 1998
Mankato’s own eleven year-old performed Dr Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham by Geisel and Kapilow.
East Cherokee Seven
January 27, 1985
Members of the group performed old fiddle tunes Arkansas Traveler and Devil’s Dream.
February 1, 1981
Minnesotan and Miss America 1977, Benham performed twelve well-known operatic selections.
January 22, 1972
Perlman won the praise of the critics and musicians as one of the most brilliant violinists of our time, at the age of 25. Born in Israel and diagnosed with polio at the age of four, didn’t stop Perlman from getting scholarships to attend Juilliard. Under the command of Hermann Herz, Perlman played Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 64 by Mendelssohn and the Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Opus 26 by Bruch.
October 11, 1992
Heitzeg is a Gustavus graduate who has become an Emmy Award-winning composer. Heitzeg advocates for the “peaceful coexistence of all species through music.” Heitzeg’s Mahkato Wakpa (Blue Earth River) was performed several times after the 1992 concert.