MPO's 2020-21 Season: Second Spring

What connects us? How do we experience grief, resilience, acceptance and hope at a time when we’re held at a distance from others? What will it feel like to return, to play joyfully and without fear, to shake hands with our neighbors? The musical journey of our 2020-21 season invites us to encounter those questions together, to share the answers we imagine, and to be fortified by our connection with each other. This season we are proud to share a kaleidoscopic diversity of chamber music by living composers, composers from underrepresented populations and composers you may already know and love. We are excited to share the unexpected intimacy of virtual performances with you, and we are grateful for your welcoming us into your homes.

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Beginnings: Season Opener Pop-up Concert
November 21 @ 7pm

Piazzolla – “Cafe” 1930 from Histoire du Tango
Godwin Sadoh – Egba Musical Totem

December 19 @ 7pm

Anthony R. Green – “Chance” from String Quartet No. 1
Emily Boyajian – Instrumental Music to “Desire”
Eugène Ysaÿe – Sonata No. 3 in D minor (Ballade)
Libby Larsen – Jazz Variations for Solo Bassoon
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Chôros No. 2 for flute and clarinet
Sant’Anna Gomes – Nenê

Eric Ewazen: Winter Pop-up Concert
January 23 @ 7pm

Eric Ewazen – Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano

March 27 @ 7pm
Gershwin – Lullaby for String Orchestra
William Grant Still – Incantation and Dance
Mina Kaiser – 2 Physiognomies
Mary Kouyoumdjian – Groung [Crane]
Ryan Brown – The Light By Which She May Have Ascended
Vincent Persichetti – Pastorale for Wind Quintet
Jean Sibelius – Andante Festivo

Bartók in the Bronx: Spring Pop-up Concert
April 24 @ 7pm

Violet Archer – Three Duets
Bela Bartók – Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins


May 22 @7pm

William Grant Still (arr. Lesnick) – “I Ride an Old Paint” from Miniatures
Paul Bonneau – Caprice en Forme de Valse
Amy Beach – Pastorale for wind Quintet
Jonathan Russell – In the Fir Trees: Fireflies
Leoš Janáček – “Scherzo” from Idyla
Sahba Aminikia – House of Circus – WORLD PREMIER

Missy Mazzoli - Proving Up

Journey North Opera Company's production of Proving Up has been postponed until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit to learn more about our company.

Past Concerts

2019-20 Season

Benjamin Britten - The Rape of Lucretia

Journey North Opera Company
Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7 - 7:30pm
Sunday, September 8 - 2:00pm
Minnsky Theater - Minneapolis MN

Showtime - Season Preview

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra with The Killer Vees
Dukas - Fanfare pour précéder La Péri 

Bernstein - Overture to Candide 

Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D Major, III

 - Overture to Der Freischütz
Songs by Neil Diamond, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Seal, and Bobby Vee

Showtime - Seniors Concert

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Bernstein (arr. Mason)
 - Selections from West Side Story
 - Overture to Der Freischütz
Dukas - Fanfare pour précéder La Péri

Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D Major, III

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite

Answering the Call

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra with Patrick Hughes
Weber - Overture to Der Freischütz
Actor - Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Liszt - Orpheus
Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis


Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra with Once Voice Mixed Chorus
Sibelius - Finlandia
Coleridge-Taylor - Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Op. 63
Dvořák - Nature’s Realm
Valverde - Cloths of Heaven
Dessa/Hagen - Controlled Burn
Hoiby - Hymn to the New Age

Currents - Children's Concert

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Op. 63
Antonin Dvořák: Nature’s Realm

St. Cloud Holiday Fantasy
& Children's Holiday Fantasy

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra with the St. John’s Boy’s Choir
Silvestri/Ballard - Concert Suite from The Polar Express
Rimsky-Korsakov - Selections from The Snow Maiden
Ellington/Strayhorn/Tyzik - Nutcracker Suite
Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Rutter - What Sweeter Music
Hayes - Masters in this Hall
Fraser- This Christmastide
Paulus - Final chorus from The Star Gatherer
Finnegan - Christmas Singalong


St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra with the Great River Chorale
Daugherty - Route 66
Larsen - Deep Summer Music
Brahms - Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73


Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra with Stephanie Arado & Korey Konkol
Larsen - Overture for the End of a Century
Bruch - Double Concerto in E Minor, Op. 88
Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”

New World Voices

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Antonin Dvorak - In Nature’s Realm
Young Performer Competition Winner TBA
Price - Symphony No. 1 in E Minor


Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra with Shelley Gruskin & Johanna Gruskin
Sibelius - Karelia Overture

Kaiser -Tombeaux & Rainbow

Still - Symphony No. 5 “The Western Hemisphere”

rainbow, flag, gay

Summer Pride Concerts

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra
MPO at Lake Harriet Bandshell
Queer Music Consortium at Como Lakeside Pavillion

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra

The thirteen-piece chamber orchestra, led by Brian Dowdy, had palpable ensemble energy on opening night. Dowdy creates a sensitive environment for the singers to shine

Kristen Moore

Thrilling a class with the top young string quartets

Michell Dulak
San Francisco Clasical Voice

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