Our 2019 – 2020 Season Auditions are scheduled for August 27th. Please use the contact form or email to email@example.com to indicate your interest. You can find audition information here. The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis continues its tradition of playing the orchestral standards along with rarely performed works and new works, particularly music of Minnesota composers. The season opens in October at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd with Variations for Orchestra by our adopted Minnesota composer Dominick Argento. This piece was commissioned by the orchestra in 1965 shortly after he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota. We will also be playing Rachmaninoff’s enormous Symphony #2. In December we will rejoin the Normandale Lutheran Church choir for our annual holiday concert. February brings a Minnesota premiere of Stephen Paulus, Concertante, a Roger Boutry piece Serenade for Saxophone and Orchestra, also a Minnesota Premiere, and the ever popular Symphonie Fantastisque by Berlioz. In March we will play out family concert at Normandale Lutheran Church with an Irving Fine piece Diversions for Orchestra and our own Cary John Franklin’s The Thunder of Horses. We end our season with Beethoven Symphony no. 3, Ginastera Estancia Dances, and another Minnesota Premiere by Marquez-Leyenda de Miliano . Come celebrate with us as we embark on or new season of playing orchestral music in our community. Civic Orchestra activities are assisted by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metroplitan Regional Art Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.