Welcome to the 2017-2018 Season!


Our annual collaboration with the Normandale Choir on December 10th pairs a couple of unlikely composers—Stravinsky and Mendelssohn.

The orchestra will open the concert with the fantastical early ballet, Petrushka by Stravinsky. The score is at times energetic, charming, exotic, and thrilling. The second half will feature the Normandale Choir in Mendelssohn’s soaring Von Himmel Hoch. The curiosity of the program will be a full string orchestra performance (as imagined by Toscanni) of a movement from Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet, written when he was just 16 years old.

American composers are one of the themes of this season, and in February, the orchestra will play the Minnesota premiere of Stephen Paulus’s three movement The Age of American Passions.

The program will conclude with Kraig Windschitl at the mighty organ, playing Saint-Saens’s exciting Symphony no. 3 – “The Organ.”

Cary John Franklin

Music Director & ConductorVisit our website for more information about our 2017 – 2018 Season.Wayzata Community ChurchChristmas at Normandale

December 10, 2017 – 3:00 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church

Winter Wonders
February 18, 2018 – 3:00 PM
Wayzata Community Church
Symphonic Safari – Children’s Concert
March 10, 2018 – 11:00 AM
Normandale Lutheran Church
Benefit Concert
May 11, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church
While our concerts are always free, we need your support to continue playing great music.


Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis


CHANGE OF TIME: PLEASE NOTE: Our Normandale concert on December 10th is at 3 p.m.

December 10, 2017, 3 PM Normandale  Lutheran Church CHANGE OF TIME
  February 18, 2018, 3 PM Wayzata Community Church
March 10, 2018, 11 AM Normandale  Lutheran Church – Family Concert
May 11, 2018, 7:30 PM Normandale  Lutheran Church – Benefit Concert

Concert details to follow.

Come celebrate with us as we embark on the 66th season of playing orchestral music in our community.

Cary John Franklin, Music Director