The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Marking our 42nd season, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Minnesota’s most highly regarded civic orchestral ensemble. Our mission is to perform outstanding symphony concerts for diverse audiences throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

Welcome Steven Amundson as MSO’s New Music Director

We are excited to announce that Steven Amundson will be our new Music Director.

Steven, an original founder and the first Music Director of the MSO when it was known as the Central Chamber Orchestra, has inspired audiences around the world with his dynamic conducting and innovative programming. His tenure at St. Olaf College, where he served as Professor of Music Conductor for 41 years, brought national recognition to the St. Olaf Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra won the prestigious American Prize in Orchestral Performance twice and he deeply influenced a generation of musicians through his passionate teaching and innovative approaches to music education.

In addition to his significant contributions at St. Olaf, Steven served as Music Director and Conductor of the Bloomington (MN) Symphony for 13 years. During this period, he enhanced the orchestra’s repertoire and elevated its performance standards, which significantly broadened its community appeal and engagement. His leadership there was marked by creative programming and a commitment to integrating the orchestra within the community, including educational outreach and collaborative performances.

Please join us in welcoming back Steven Amundson. We look forward to a 2024-2025 season filled with creativity, community engagement, and exceptional musical experiences under his leadership. More information, please read our announcement statement HERE

Upcoming MSO Concerts

Harmonies Unite
Special Partnership with BorderCrosSing

Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 4pm
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 S. Robert Street, West Saint Paul

Ahmed Anzaldua, Guest Conductor

Carole Schultz, Soprano
Regina Stroncek, Soprano

Arturo Márquez – Danzón No. 2
Arturo Márquez – Danzón No. 8 (Homenaje a Maurice)
Osvaldo Golijov – Lúa Descolorida
Silvestre Revueltas – Sensemayá
Heitor Villa-lobos – Ária (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Heitor Villa-lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4
Heitor Villa-lobos – Chôros No. 10 (“Rasga o Coração”)

Special Thanks to Concert Sponsors:
Hellmuth & Johnson and the Nancy Walker Team at Coldwell Banker Realty

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thanks to the generous donations from our supporters, the MSO is able to offer concerts free to the community. For the MSO to produce each exceptional concert, the cost is approximately $20,000. Individual contributions are not just appreciated, but critical, and enables us to share the joy of music with everyone, without financial barriers.

Programs are subject to change.