Our 2018 – 2019 Season


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 will open with an intriguing survey of the symphonic form spanning three
centuries. The first half of the concert will feature rare performances of Haydn’s
Symphony no. 88 and Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony no. 2-subtitled “The Mysterious
Mountain.” The Hovhaness was written for Leopold Stokowski and the Houston
Symphony and premiered on a live television broadcast in 1955. The second half of the program will be the beloved Fourth Symphony of Brahms.



We will welcome December with a program we’ve titled An English Christmas. The
orchestral section of the program will spotlight rarely performed works of Britten, Finzi
and Malcom Arnold. Finzi’s Eclogue is a lush work for piano and strings which was only
published after the composer’s death. Arnold’s The Holly and the Ivy suite is from a film
score of the same name from 1952. We continue our long-time collaboration with
Normandale Choir in performances of Vaughan Williams’ lusicious Fantasia on
Christmas Carols and John Rutter’s compelling Brother Heinrich’s Christmas.

On our concert last May we premiered a new work by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Van.
The performance was big success and we will repeat Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
by Van with Minnesota artist Christopher Kachian on the guitar in February. The
orchestra also plays a favorite – Mahler’s spectacular Symphony no. 1.

We continue are commitment to presenting family concerts that are hour-long programs
for the entire family to enjoy on a Saturday morning and will feature more Minnesota
composers as well as John Phillip Sousa’s Minnesota March written for the University of
Minnesota. And during the Symphonic Safari I will lead all that are interested on a
“safari” through the orchestra as the orchestra is playing!

And our season will conclude in May with a concert featuring a student performer from
the MacPhail Center for Music, a double concerto performance from members of the
orchestra and the ravishing Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel.

Cary John Franklin, Music Director

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.