Have you ever attended a live professional orchestra concert? Well now is your chance! Students in grades 1-12 may attend WSO concerts for FREE! High School students are asked to show a school ID for free admission. Elementary and Middle School students get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Our Fall Concert will feature the strings in a glittering array of works new and old. We open with Hawaiian composer Michael-Thomas Foumai’s Kaunānā, written as an exploration of musical ideas old and new. Dvořàk’s lustrous string serenade closes the program, a work he wrote just on the cusp of becoming the famous composer he is still today, and a beautiful pictorial tribute to his Czech homeland. The program is made complete with conductor Erik Rohde trading in his baton for his violin, joining concertmaster Hillary Kingsley in a performance of the beloved Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins.
Our annual Children’s Concert is again dedicated to reaching young audiences in various elementary schools throughout the region. This year’s program will feature music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, a norse play by Ibsen, made even more famous by Grieg’s incredible music.
Joining the Winona Symphony Orchestra in March for the Spring Concert are members of the Apollo Chamber Music Festival, a group based in Houston, MN and widely regarded for their superb professional performances of chamber music classic and contemporary. They will join us as soloists for one of Beethoven’s lesser-performed concertos, the Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano as we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The program opens with two works by prominent historic female composers, Ruth Crawford Seeger an important early 20th Century American composer, and Ethel Smyth, an English composer from the late 19th Century and important suffragette.
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