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Save the Dates for Two Incredible 2017-18 Seasons!



25th Anniversary Season

“Story Time” - November 18 & 19, 2017    

Copland: Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915

     with Josh Diaz, tenor
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake

“Czech it Out” - March 10 & 11, 2017

Smetana: Overture to Libuše
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 2 in E Minor
Brahms (orch. Dvorak): Hungarian Dance No. 19 in B Minor
Coleridge-Taylor: “Danse nègre” from African Suite
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

“25th Anniversary” - May 12 & 13, 2018

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Higdon: Soliloquy for clarinet and orchestra

     with Matthew Krueger, clarinet
Benjamin: World Premiere
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

Dates for Summer 2018 QMC and Lake Harriet Bandshell Concerts will be announced soon!

Times, locations, and other info for all concerts can be found at www.mnphil.org.


A Season of Stories

Preview Concert:

“A New Chapter Begins” - September 22, 2017

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 - I. Allegro con brio
Debussy:  Petite Suite - I. En Bateau
Rimsky-Korsakov: Polonaise from Christmas Eve
​Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

     with Jesse Langen, guitar

“Taking Flight” – November 4, 2017

Liszt: Les Preludes                                                                                                  
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

     with Dr. Erin Aldridge, violin

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

“St. Cloud Holiday Fantasy”

& “Children’s Holiday Fantasy”

- December 9, 2017
     with special guests The St. John's Boys' Choir
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Rimsky-Korsakov: Polonaise from Christmas Eve
Debussy: The Snow is Dancing from Children’s Corner
Strauss, Johann, Jr.: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Finnegan: Holiday Singalong
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite No. 1

“On Stage” - February 24, 2018
Verdi: Overture to Nabucco                                                                            
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy                                              
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont                                                                           
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Op. 80

     with Kyung Kim and the Great River Chorale

“Legends” - April 21, 2018
Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story                                                                    
Debussy: Petite Suite                                                                                                
Young Performer Competition Winner – TBD
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Times, locations, and other info for all concerts can be found at www.stcloudsymphony.com.

New Beginnings with the Minnesota Philharmonic orchestra

     & the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra

I am incredibly excited to begin a new artistic partnership with the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, America’s oldest LGBTQA symphony orchestra. When I moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, I quickly learned of the Philharmonic and was inspired by its commitments to inclusivity, diverse programming and musical excellence. I’m honored to have been appointed their new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and I can hardly wait to work with the musicians, to build relationships with supporters and audience members and to help bring the mission and vision of this wonderful organization to life in our music-making and community-building. Visit www.mphil.org to learn more about the MPO and to save the dates for our 2017-18 concert season!

I am also thrilled to announce my new appointment as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra! When I first learned about the SCSO, I was drawn to their dual commitment to musical excellence and educational outreach. This past April I had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra in a Subscription Series concert and two Classics for Kids performances. As I worked with with orchestra and met audience members, teachers and students, I came to know what a vibrant presence SCSO has in the community. I am excited to begin this musical partnership, and I look forward to building relationships with individuals and organizations in the St. Cloud area. Our 2017-18 season will be announced soon. In the meantime, come out to our Lemonade Concert on June 22, 7:30pm at St. Cloud Sate University. More info at www.stcloudsymphony.com.

Feel free to contact me at briandowdy@briandowdy.com