Sponsor the BSO @ Orchestra Hall

On Sunday, April 16, 2023, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will join forces with four vocalists and singers from three Bloomington-area choirs, for a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, “Choral,” Op. 125.

We invite you to attend this concert by purchasing tickets through the Orchestra Hall Box Office.

We need your support to put on this major work. Please consider sponsoring this concert with an additional contribution. Benefits include program advertisements, acknowledgement from stage, social media posts, and best of house concert tickets.

Diamond Level – Inside cover ad has been claimed. We can offer the inside back cover ad for the next Diamond sponsor.

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Order “Soul and Irony” concert tickets now!

Tickets for Soul and Irony are now available for online purchase. Order your reserved seating tickets today to avoid lines on the day of the concert. If you have any questions or would prefer to order your tickets on the phone, please message info@bloomingtonsymphony.org or leave a voicemail at 952-563-8573 and we will return your call within 1 business day.

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“Soul and Irony” Concert Tickets

As of today, October 26, ticket sales for our “Soul and Irony” concert are on hold due to box office service disruptions. Please keep an eye on our social media and email newsletter for updates. Stay tuned!

If you would like to receive email updates, please send a message to info@bloomingtonsymphony.org to be added to the list. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, November 20 for this fabulous concert!

#TwinCitiesOrchestras #CommunityOrchestra #FranzSchubert #OrchestraConcerts #BloomingtonMN #ViolinSolo #StayTuned #SeasonOfNines #Margaret Bonds #Shostakovich

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Announcing 2022 Board Match

We have an ambitious season in 2022-23 as we look forward to marking our 60th season, a significant milestone for our volunteer community orchestra. To make the vision of the BSO’s season a reality, we invite you to join the musicians who donate their time and membership dues, the audience who attends our concerts, and our roster of donors, by donating today.

The BSO Board and Staff will match the first $6,000 given now through the end of the year.

Please consider donating any amount to help us bring music lovers and accomplished musicians together to experience inspirational performances of orchestral music with community as our cornerstone.

Donate here: https://bloomingtonsymphony.org/donate/support-the-bso/
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Concert Health and Safety Policy – October 2022

Vaccinations and masks are encouraged but not required for the audience at the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s October 9 concert. Please stay home if you are ill or exposed to COVID-19. 

Purchase tickets to the Great Music! concert at the Masonic Heritage Center Box Office.

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Tickets are on sale!

Tickets for the October, November, and February concerts are now on sale.

We we will announce a special 60th Anniversary VIP ticket package for the February and April 2023 concerts. These ticket packages will be limited.

Click each picture to learn more about the concert and purchase tickets now.

October 9, 2022 :: Great Music!
November 20, 2022 :: Soul and Irony
February 26, 2023 :: From the New World
April 16, 2023 :: Music in 3D #9: Beethoven’s 9th
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Save the Dates for 2022-23!

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra performs at the Masonic Heritage Center, under the baton of Manny Laureano
The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra with Manny Laureano, Music Director onstage at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center (Photo by Leslie Plesser)

We are working behind the scenes, preparing the programs for 2022-23. We will be making the full season announcement shortly but until then, we are sharing the dates for our 2022-23 concert season.

Sunday, October 9, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Sunday, April 16, 2023

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Music in 3D: #8 :: Concert Preview No. 1

Before each concert, we share “Manny’s Musings,” thoughts from our Music Director and Conductor, Manny Laureano. This is the first entry of the “Musings” for the “Music in 3D: #8” concert that will be performed on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Paul-Abraham Dukas (1865-1935) was one of France’s pre-eminent Jewish composers but his music did not really reflect the folk aspects of that culture, unlike Gustav Mahler, who was alive at the same time. His music was, instead, exemplary of the new traditions that the impending Impressionist would bring. In fact, he would eventually attend the Conservatoire in Paris and find himself studying and honing his skills alongside a young Claude Debussy and the two were friends until Debussy passed into musical immortality in 1918.

In addition to becoming a composer and orchestrator he became a respected music critic (one does have to make money, after all). His musical output was not as massive as so many other composers of note but he did manage to make the most of what he wrote. There are few music-lovers who could not sing the famous bassoon melody from his best-known work, L’Aprenti Sorcier, with a few bup-de-buppity-bups. 

The Fanfare to La Peri is a bit of an afterthought that comes from suggestions that the abrupt, original opening to his short ballet needed something to prepare the palate. So, after preparing the main course, this chef pairs it with a short but brilliant work for an orchestral brass section. In three parts, he accomplishes what he sets out to do with bursts of chords, triple-tonguing, and a shimmering nod to the Impressionist period of 1912. It gives way to a cloudy texture of close harmony that does exactly what Impressionism in France was famous for. That is, suggestion rather than outright clarity. Not to worry, as the opening statement is reprised with an anthem-like ferocity leaving the listener to want to stand and, with a wave of your chapeau, yell “Vive le France!”

Join Music Director & Conductor Manny Laureano, for the concert, “Music in 3D: #8” featuring soloists Clare Longendyke, piano, and Yu Chia Hsu, violin. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 3 p.m., at the Gideon S. Ives Auditorium at the Masonic Heritage Center (11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington)

To learn more about the concert, click here. You can order tickets online through the Masonic Heritage Center Box Office, or by calling 952-948-6506.

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Musicians Musings – April 2022

We are always thrilled to share the non-musical talents of our musicians. This month’s musing is written by SO Principal Trombonist John Metcalfe. Read on to learn more about John’s other artistic pursuit, and then visit the link at the bottom of the page to bid on the lamp (auction will be open April 24-28, 2022).

A white man with white hair plays a trombone, a younger Hispanic man plays trumpet in the background
John Metcalfe, BSO Principal Trombone & Stained Glass Artist

I joined the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1985 as principal trombonist, a position I have held since then.  In that time I have played for some very talented conductors, played with some incredibly gifted colleagues, and performed some of the world’s greatest music.  I even had the opportunity to solo with the orchestra – twice – playing the Gordon Jacob “Concerto” and the Launy Grondahl “Concerto.”  As a non-professional, playing in this wonderful orchestra has allowed me to pursue this avocation at a high level well into my retirement years.

In addition to playing in the orchestra, I have also served on the Board of Directors and have contributed to various orchestra fundraisers.  This includes a stained glass lamp that I contributed to this year’s event.  And that brings me to my other avocation, stained glass work.

A stained glass lamp created by BSO musician John Metcalfe

I had long admired the stained glass work that I saw at various art shows, such as the Renaissance Festival.  Then one day, about 15 years ago, I was running some errands and happened to walk past a stained glass supply shop.  I stopped in and asked the proprietor if stained glass was an expensive hobby.  He replied, “It’s cheaper than golf.”  I liked his attitude right from the start.  He said they had a beginner’s class coming up in a month.  I signed up, took the class, set up a studio in my garage, bought the necessary tools, and jumped in.

The pieces that I make are either panel lamps (lamps consisting of 4, 6, or 8 flat panels), windows or hanging panels, or small suncatchers.

I have sold a few pieces that were commissioned, given a few as gifts, and we have a number of pieces in our home.  But many of the pieces I have made have been donated to causes that are meaningful to me.  When the Bloomington Symphony participated in Taste of Chocolate, I donated lamps to the silent auction.  And for the past ten years I have donated to a similar fundraiser at my former school, Community of Peace Academy.  A few years ago, I created three large windows for the Prayer Room at my church, Augustana Lutheran in West St Paul. 

And I have donated many pieces in support of the Lutheran Church in Guatemala, with which my church has a partnership.  Most of those projects have been in conjunction with our annual gala fundraiser.  But one project consisted of four large windows which are installed in the Lutheran Center in Guatemala City.  (The glass pieces were cut and packed here and then assembled and finished in Guatemala.)  When I told the proprietor at the glass shop that I was working on this, he remarked, “Cool!  You’ll be hung in a foreign capital.”  To which I replied, “I guess that’s better than being hanged in a foreign capital.”

This has been a great hobby for me.  I have a CD player in my studio.  And since most of the glass work is quiet, I can listen to great music while doing the work.  I may lose track of time, but I know that if I get to the end of a Mahler symphony, it’s time to take a break.

You can help the BSO make it’s end of year fundraising goal by bidding on this lamp or one of the other fabulous items and experiences on our virtual auction. Click here to see all of the items on this year’s auction. Thank you for supporting the BSO!

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Tickets on Sale Now!

The BSO looks forward to performing with soloists Clare Longendyke and Yu Chia Hsu for our season-ending concert, Music in 3D: #8, on Sunday May 1. Tickets are on sale now – Order today to assure your chance to hear these outstanding soloists and the BSO’s highly anticipated performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

Clare Longendyke, Piano
A black and white photo of a young Asian man holding a violin
Yu Chia Hsu, violin
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