WELCOME to the 67th Season of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis

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.