The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis celebrates its 64th season playing orchestral standards as well as premieres and rarely performed orchestral music.
The season opens with favorites of Bach and Brahms as well as a rarely performed work, Ballade, by the 19th century British composer of Creole descent, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The December concert presents our annual collaboration with the Normandale Choir in a performance of Gerald Finzi’s rarely performed In Terra Pax as well as the virtuosic and brilliant Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky as orchestrated by Ravel. February features a collaboration with the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists in presenting Diana Lee Lucker playing Widor’s rarely heard Symphony no. 3 for Organ and Orchestra. That program also features one of the season’s premieres with Whitman’s Trumpeter by Charles Watt, a member of our trombone section. In March we celebrate children in our annual Family Concert and the Symphonic Safari.
Four years ago the Civic embarked on a commissioning project with 40 other orchestras across the country. Our May concert presents the results of that project. The original composer on the project was Stephen Paulus. Stephen was only able to complete the first movement before falling ill. We will open the concert with that single movement – his last orchestral work. The commission was passed along to the highly regarded composer, Christopher Theofanidis, who dedicated his work to the memory of Stephen Paulus.
Come celebrate with us as we embark on the 64th season of playing orchestral music in our community.
Cary John Franklin, Music Director