Dominick Argento Memorial Concert

On Tuesday, June 18 from 3 to 4:30 pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall, please join the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and many other local musicians in a celebration of the life and music of MSO Composer Laureate Dominick Argento—composer, teacher, mentor, collaborator, friend, and luminary in our state’s musical landscape. In addition to the MSO, the program, curated and conducted by Argento’s long-time collaborator Philip Brunelle, features performances by Sam Nelson (boy soprano), Maria Jette (soprano), Michael Sutton (violin), Vern Sutton (tenor), and Jeffrey Van (guitar), as well as musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and VocalEssence, with support from The Schubert Club, University of Minnesota School of Music, and Minnesota Opera. Remembrances will be given by Barry Kempton (Artistic and Executive Director, The Schubert Club), Rick Walters (Vice President, Classical & Vocal Publications, Hal Leonard), U of M Professor Emeritus Vern Sutton, and Argento’s niece Nicki Rambeau. Michael Kim, Director of the School of Music, will serve as emcee.

Dominick Argento and MSO Music Director William Schrickel

Dominick Argento and MSO Music Director William Schrickel, photo by R. Kingsley Elder

The MSO, under the direction of Music Director William Schrickel, will perform Argento’s Reflections on a Hymn Tune, which we played at our season ending concert on May 12, and accompany other musicians under the direction of Philip Brunelle during this celebration.

Philip Brunelle shares, “With the amazing amount of music Dominick Argento composed I created this program to include music from various times in his compositional life, inviting several performers and speakers who were near and dear to him. I believe I have created a love-fest not to be missed!”

School of Music Director Michael Kim looks forward hosting this memorial concert, “It is an honor to collaborate with our musical community to celebrate the life and accomplishments of our esteemed colleague. His legacy and impact went far beyond the University and influenced and encompassed many aspects of America’s vast musical landscape. He was a true ambassador for our School of Music.”

The concert is free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservations required. For more information, visit z.umn.edu/argentoconcert


MSO’s 38th season program information coming soon; Dates are below.

— William Schrickel, Music Director


Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville, MN

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN

1-Hour Family-Friendly Concerts:
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3pm
Church of St. Matthew
490 Hall Avenue, St. Paul, MN
– and –
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3pm
North Community High School Auditorium
1500 James Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN

Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 4pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville, MN
– and –
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN


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Concerts are free; donations are requested. Programs are subject to change.