Welcome to the 2016-2017 Season!


The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis continues its tradition of playing orchestral standards, as well as premieres and rarely performed orchestral music. The season opens in October with one of the most beloved symphonies of the orchestral repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The first half of the program offers some rarities and features William Walton’s film music for The Battle of Britain. After completing the film score, the producers decided not to use Walton’s music. This suite contains Walton’s original thrilling music for the film.

The December concert features Bach’s seasonal advent cantata “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Sleepers, Wake!) with the Normandale Choir. Orchestral fireworks will be on display with Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture, Stokowski’s arrangement of Bach’s Passacglia and Fugue, and the ever-popular Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

The orchestral classic of the February concert is Rimsky-Korsakov’s ravishing Scheherazade, along with Beethoven’s brilliant Leonore Overture no. 3. We welcome Dave Werden, euphonium, playing a couple of rarities, including the premiere of Edmond Dede’s Mephisto Masque in recognition of Black History Month. Dede was a Creole musician from New Orleans, who went on to study in Paris.

The May concerts feature the premiere of my The Singing Wilderness for orchestra. The work is for narrator and orchestra and is set to beautiful prose writing of naturalist Sigurd Olson. The writing celebrates the wonder and beauty of the Boundary Waters. And then hold onto your seats with Respighi’s The Pines of Rome.

Come celebrate with us as we embark on the 65th season of playing orchestral music in our community.

Cary John Franklin, Music Director