Welcome to the MSO’s 2016 – 2017 Season

Welcome to the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season. In this year, my 17th as the MSO’s Music Director, a spotlight on Russian music illuminates most of our programs. I am proud to feature the talented members of the MSO in such thrilling symphonic showpieces as Rimsky’s Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and to lead them in the first Twin Cities performance in 40 years of Shostakovich’s monumental Fourth Symphony. It is an honor to conduct the world premiere of young Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Symphony No. 1, a work commissioned by the MSO. I am also delighted to welcome back to our stage singers Clara Osowski and Jake Endres to perform A Few Words About Chekhov, a song cycle by the MSO’s beloved Composer Laureate, Dominick Argento. Other highlights of the season include our showcase of MSO’s Co-Principal Trumpet, Takako Seimiya Senn, in Eric Ewazen’s First Concerto; symphonies of Beethoven (No. 1) and Haydn (No. 102); and our 85th birthday shout-out to John Williams, the composer of Star Wars and the recipient of 50 Oscar nominations. We hope you enjoy experiencing all this powerful music as much as we enjoy performing it for you.

– Music Director William Schrickel

All concerts are free and open to the public.
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Download MSO’s 2016-2017 season brochure here.


Symphony #102, Concerto #1, Overture 1812
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 4pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN
William Schrickel, conductor
Takako Seimiya Senn, trumpet

Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 102, Hob. I:102 (The Miracle)
Eric Ewazen – Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet and Orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky – Introduction to Act I of Khovanshchina (orch. Rimsky-Korsakoff)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1812 Solemn Overture, op. 49


Argento & Rimsky: Russian Letters and Arabian Nights
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano
Jake Endres, baritone
Dominick Argento, composer

Dominick Argento – A Few Words About Chekhov
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff – Scheherazade, op. 35


One-Hour Family-Friendly Concerts:
Happy 85th Birthday, John Williams!
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3pm
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
490 Hall Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3pm
St. Joseph’s campus of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church
1310 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

William Schrickel, conductor

John Williams – Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
John Williams – Adventures on Earth from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
John Williams – Star Wars Suite


Welcome to Minneapolis Concert with VocalEssence
and sing-along led by Garrison Keillor
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm

Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
1301 Second Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

Tickets are required for this concert. They are free, and will be available starting on Monday, December 19, 2016. Go to the VocalEssence website to order.


Beethoven and Nazaykinskaya: Symphonic Firsts
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Polina Nazaykinskaya, composer
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21
Polina Nazaykinskaya – Symphony No. 1 April Song (World Premiere of MSO Commission)


Shostakovich Symphony No. 4
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 4pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville, MN

William Schrickel, conductor

Benjamin Britten – Russian Funeral (1936) for Brass & Percussion
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 in C minor, op. 43


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