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Welcome to our 71st Season!
Our next performance...

Join us at 3:00 PM on February 25, 2024 for Realizing Dreams.

This concert honors Black History Month with significant works by two African American composers. We'll open with Kevin Day's lively and vibrant Danza Del Sol. Not yet 30, Kevin Day is a rising young talent of growing international repute. We'll close the concert with Florence Price's stunning Symphony #1.  Premiered in 1933 by the Chicago Symphony, it was the first large orchestral work by a Black women performed by a major American orchestra. After its premier, it fell into a long period of unjust neglect and was almost lost, so we are proud to be party to the dream of its continued revival.


Between the Price and the Day, we'll celebrate forty years of national syndication for Minnesota Public Radio's weekly celebration of all things organ, Pipedreams, by performing Saint Paul native Gerald Near's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra.  Gerald Near is a legend among church musicians and organists, and his colorful concerto shows why. 

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

4801 France Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 

Like all of our concerts, this one is FREE and open to the public. However, seating is limited and first-come, first-serve. Arriving 15-20 minutes before the concert will help ensure you are comfortably seated for the program.

Find more details on our concert page.

Writing a new chapter...

As our current director, Cary John Franklin, notes in his welcoming remarks below, he is retiring after 30 years of leading the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. Cary has provided three decades of strong leadership and helped the orchestra grow in size, technique, and artistry, for which we are grateful. But now we're writing the next chapter of the orchestra's story.

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis recently began a search for a new music director, and there is exciting progress to report. Applications were recently closed, and the search drew many well-qualified candidates. The search committee has reviewed complete applications and is in the process of scheduling interviews to identify finalists for the position, each of whom will lead a program during the 2024 - 25 season. Stay tuned for the announcement of the list of finalists and our 2024 - 25 concert season later this spring.

From our music director...

The 2023-2024 concert season marks my 30th season as Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and it will be my final season. I hope you will join us for my Farewell Season.

In planning the season, I thought of honoring music of all kinds – beloved classics, neglected masterpieces, and new music – A Salute to Music. My first concert 30 years ago included Brahms' Symphony No. 3, along with music by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower. To remember that first concert, we will be revisiting the Brahms symphony. We’ll also perform the full orchestra version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music.


December’s concert, titled Remembrance and Reflection, will feature British classics and will including readings from Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. During Black History Month we will be performing the too-long neglected Symphony No. 1 by Florence Price. When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiered Price’s symphony in 1933, it was the first time a symphony by a Black woman was performed by a major American orchestra.


The Family Concert in April will be all fun. Its concert program is called Nature and Music, and the concert will feature an interactive instrumental “petting zoo” with instrument demos in stations scattered around the performance hall. The season will conclude with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 5, which opened the Civic Orchestra’s inaugural season over 70 years ago.


Please join us as we celebrate Music!


Cary John Franklin

© 2023 Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis • PO Box 50604, Minneapolis, MN 55405-0604 •  The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

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