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News from MSO Music Director, William Schrickel

Symphonic Spring Was A Great Success!

Our fundraising party on Saturday, March 24 was a huge success, raising over $8,000 for the MSO. Thanks to all who came and even more thanks to those who spent money.
Many hugs and thanks to all who organized, planned, and helped out in this event.
Our Symphonic Spring Committee was:
Kate Saumur
Joan Cochran
Julie Brusen
Tom Niemisto
Jeff Bina
Mary Ann Aufderheide
Katherine Eklund
Allison Eklund
Lena Cicha
Stuart Ronkainen
Jon Lewis
Our Wonderfully Talented Musicians were:
Nicole Christopher
Mary Laurie
Jim Waldo
Others Who Helped A Lot were:
Kate Berning-Alfred
Jason Alfred
Mike Stevens
Brian Anderson
Karen Anderson
Paul Zbaracki
Bill Schrickel
A great time was had by all. Thanks for the most successful MSO fundraiser ever!

Sneak peek at the Silent Auction!

Come for the Party, Stay for the Bidding!

MSO’s fundraiser event on Saturday, March 24 will include a silent auction with amazing items and experiences lovingly donated by many of your favorite local venues, totaling over $4,000 in value. This is your chance to get in on some great deals and special access to venues you already love or try something new!

Tickets are only $35 to attend the event so register now, bring your family, and outbid your friends to support your orchestra to walk away with fantastic winnings!

– Auction Committee

  • Portrait Painted by Alison Eklund
  • Wisconsin Cabin Weekend
  • Schubert Club Tickets & Blue Plate Restaurants Gift Certificate
  • Theatre Latte Da Tickets & Café Latte Dessert Certificate
  • Minnesota Opera & Boca Chica Gift Card
  • Live From Here with Chris Thile & Pizza Luce Gift Card
  • VocalEssence John Rutter Tickets & Blue Plate Gift Certificate
  • Minnesota History Theatre Tickets & Boca Chica Gift Card
  • Co-Op Foodies: Lakewinds Natural Foods & Seward Food Co-Op Gift Cards
  • American Swedish Institute Package: Book and Four Tickets
  • The Singers Package: CD, Tickets & Insight Brewery Gift Card
  • Rose Ensemble CD Package & Bottle of Hungarian Schnapps
  • Park Square Theatre Champange Theater Party for Six
  • Cantus Package: CD & Tickets
  • Childrens Theatre: Four Tickets to The Lorax
  • National Lutheran Choir Package: CDs & Two 2018-19 Season Passes
  • MN Sports Fan Package: Pair of Timberwolves Tickets & Vikings Hall of Fame Collectibles & Joe Mauer Autographed Bat
  • Norway House Package: Tickets and Family Membership
  • St. Olaf Choir – Pair of Christmas Festival Tickets
  • MPR Experience: MN Orch in the MPR Booth with Brian Newhouse
  • Stages Theater Company: Four Tickets
  • Minnesota Orchestra Tickets & Newsroom Gift Card
  • Pair of Guthrie Ticket Vouchers & Fogo de Chao Dinner for Two
  • Artistry Theater: Pair of Tickets
  • Minnesota Chorale CD Package
  • Wellspring Massage
  • Peak Music Stand
  • Hand-painted Custom Pet Portrait by PetFacePortraits

MSO on StarTribune’s Top Ten List

StarTribune Top Ten List – Fizzing with Affection
Terry Blain, the classical music critic for the StarTribune newspaper, listed our performance of The Boor as one of the ten best classical music events of 2017 in Minnesota.  Here’s what he had to say:

“The Boor,” Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 15: Minnesota composer Dominick Argento turned 90 this year, and it fell to one of the Twin Cities’ amateur ensembles to pay the most consequential tribute. The MSO’s semi-staged production of Argento’s one-act opera fizzed with affection.

You can find the full article here.

Mr. Blain also noted terrific performances by the Minnesota Orchestra (with and without the Minnesota Chorale), Peter Serkin, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Bakken Trio, so we are feeling pretty good about the company we keep.  We knew this was pretty special when we did it, but it’s nice to have this acknowledged by the major print media source for Minnesota.
Dominick Argento and WIlliam Schrickel

Dominick Argento and WIlliam Schrickel

Jake Endres and Maria Jette

Jake Endres and Maria Jette

Vern Sutton

Vern Sutton