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Give in November

There are three great ways to give in the month of November!

  1. Send a check to “BSO” to the BSO Office at 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431
  2. Shop with us at Talbots on November 5. invite with full details!.
  3. Participate in Give the Max Day on the GiveMN website.
  4. You can make a online donation on our PayPal page.

We especially appreciate gifts sent to our office; the full value of your gift goes directly to the BSO. We are grateful for whatever way you choose to give, whether it through shopping or giving online through GiveMN.

Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.



Musician’s Musing – February 2017

Karen Nordstrom, former BSO cellist and current concert sponsor

This month’s Musician’s Musings was written by former BSO cellist and current concert sponsor, Karen Nordstrom. Karen and her husband Dr. Leonard (Bud) Nordstrom, have been longtime chair sponsors. They recently decided to sponsor a concert and their first recognition as concert sponsors will come in April 2017. We asked Karen to share a few words of experience and this is what she wrote. 

From the time I was a very young girl growing up in Milwaukee, music was a big part of my life. My mother played the piano. Mom and Dad sang with the Arians, a great Milwaukee choir. I sang with the Junior Arians. Mom began encouraging me to play piano at a young age and taught me where middle C was on our piano. When our church organist, Elfrieda Winninger, asked me at church one Sunday where middle C was, I said it was at home. Well, they decided to wait a bit with piano lessons. Mrs. Winninger would one day be my piano teacher for 7 years.

Mom and I attended Milwaukee Symphony concerts, sitting very close to the front in my warm blanket coat and sometimes nodding off, but still listening. I had two much older sisters, Gloria and Joyce, who as young girls played cello and violin, respectively. However, before I reached the age of having memory, those girls were off to college and I never did hear them play their instruments. One day I decided to try the violin. It was a more manageable size. That wasn’t for me. So at age 11, I chose Gloria’s cello, taking lessons, and loving it—my mellow cello. It was an easier instrument to play, by far, than the violin.

As a youth, I participated in our high school orchestra as well as CAP, Children’s Art Program, in greater Milwaukee, an orchestra that met down at the War Memorial building on the shore of Lake Michigan. Those were very enjoyable years and cemented friendships that carry through to this day.

Off to St Olaf College in 1959, and packing my cello, I auditioned for the St Olaf Orchestra and made it! As a nursing student, it perhaps wasn’t a wise thing to do, as with the tough science courses plus all the rest, I should’ve been studying more. When for a brief time I was “on probation” due to grades, it was suggested I perhaps quit the orchestra freshman year, I declined that suggestion, and just buckled down a bit more. WHEW! I made it through.

After graduation in 1963, I took a few years off from even thinking about joining an orchestra. Working 40 hours a week as a pediatric nurse, I was too busy to manage the practicing required I would need to be in a good orchestra. In 1966, I tried out for the Minneapolis Civic and played with that group until 1987 when I joined BSO, playing until ulner neuropathy began in my fingering hand. The numbness, tingling, and reduced strength of that left hand caused me  to leave my beloved BSO several years ago. But I had played for almost 60 years and that was a good thing. Now my husband and I enjoy attending the concerts and seeing this great orchestra blossom and thrive. My cello awaits my 11 year old granddaughter who as a 5th grader here in Bloomington, decided on the cello. She is a third generation cellist, her dad being the second, and I am relishing passing mellow cello on to the next generation.

My husband, Bud, too feels that this is a priority with our giving to our beloved Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, one of the crown jewels, which makes this city great!

Thank you, Karen and Bud, for your faithful donations and concert attendance! To learn more about how you can support the BSO’s efforts – no matter the level – visit the Support page on this website.


Give to the Max 2016 – Michael Sutton

Hear from the Bloomington Symphony’s Concertmaster Michael Sutton!

Then, Give to the Max here!


Give to the Max 2016 :: Video No. 1

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra principal horn Becky Jyrkas shares about what she loves most about the BSO and why community support is so important to her and the orchestra.

Watch and then give online to the Bloomington Symphony.


2016-17 Sponsorship Opportunities Announced!

The BSO is supported by members dues, grants from the City of Bloomington and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council but most importantly, it is supported by people like you! Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and this year, we are launching a way for you to give and be recognized in a unique way!

This year, the BSO is offering patrons the opportunity to sponsor the rental or purchase of a piece of music, or to underwrite the soloist fee this season. The opportunities come at a variety of price points and offer many ways to be recognized. Perhaps you have a favorite piece of music or want to honor or memorialize a loved one by supporting the music or a musician. These are great ways to acknowledge your love for classical music!

We continue to offer chair and concert sponsorships, both of which help us continue to present concerts with the best soloists, creative programming and excellent musicians.

Click on either of the photos to learn more or download the PDF here.

2016-17 Fundraising Brochure - OUTSIDE 2016-17 Fundraising Brochure - INSIDE


Bloomington Symphony Receives Grants for 2016-17 Season

The Bloomington Symphony Board is pleased to announce the receipt of two major grants in support of the BSO’s 2016-17 season.

The BSO was presented with a $9,000 Cultural Arts Support Grant by the City of Bloomington, through a competitive RFP process. This granting program supports a variety of arts organizations in Bloomington and the BSO is grateful to be a recipient for 2016-17.

The Bloomington Symphony was also presented with a $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This grant will go directly to support the 2016-17 concert season including all four subscription concerts and the orchestra’s appearance at the Bloomington Orchestra Festival. More information about other recipients can be found here.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



BSO Benefit Recital 2016 Photos


Support the BSO – Benefit Recital

Michael Sutton, Violin

Michael Sutton, Violin
photo by Joel Larson

The Bloomington Symphony is supported in large part by donations from our audience members and playing members. One of the fundraisers we do is a benefit recital presented by our concertmaster, in a private home. This year Michael Sutton will be joined by pianist Sonja Thompson in a program featuring great violin works by Mozart, Ysaye & Franck. BSO Principal clarinetist Karen Hansen will host the recital in her St. Paul home on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

The tickets for the benefit recital are $100 and include the performance by Michael and Sonja, along with drinks and light appetizers. $75 of each ticket is tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Seating is limited and we urge you to purchase tickets as early as possible to ensure availability.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, email or call Brianna at 612-360-7762.

The recital is supported by the contributions of Michael Sutton, Karen Hansen, the BSO Board of Directors and piano tuner John McKone, all of whom are providing products and services to make the recital a success.


Benefit Recital, March 20