Welcome to the MSO’s 38th season!

Welcome to the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra’s 38th season, my 20th as the MSO’s Music Director. Each program features music by a living composer: premieres by Carol Barnett (a Shakespearean song cycle created for mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, with actress Christina Baldwin as soliloquist), Polina Nazaykinskaya, John Orfe, and the setting of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale by writer/storyteller Kevin Kling and composer Victor Zupanc. Mahler’s iconic 5th Symphony, Bizet’s Carmen, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet share the spotlight with concerti by Shostakovich and Chaminade, witty ballet music by Dominick Argento, and Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket’s hilarious The Composer Is Dead, narrated by Jake Endres. Come and join us!

— William Schrickel, Music Director


Kevin Kling Channels the Brothers Grimm
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville MN

Music for the Opera, Ballet, Theater & Concert Hall
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN

One-Hour Family-Friendly Concerts:
The Composer Is Dead!
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

Nazaykinskaya Premiere, Mahler 5
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN

Shakespeare & Chaminade
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.