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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)

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to returning to stage this fall.

The first concert, Celebrations! will be on Sunday, October 3. Featuring Rebecca Jyrkas, the BSO’s principal horn playing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919), along with violinist Vladimir Tsiper, the concert will be a triumphant and celebratory return to the concert stage.

The BSO will return to the Masonic Heritage Center stage on Sunday, November 21, for The Storyteller and the Poet. Opening with William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, this gorgeously orchestrated piece was written by an African American composer who we are proud to introduce to our Bloomington audience in what we believe to be the Twin Cities premiere of this piece. The concert will conclude with BSO Concertmaster Michael Sutton performing the beloved Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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October concert

November concert


Arts in the Park – Cancelled

Due to tonight’s forecasted inclement weather, and in consultation with the City of Bloomington, the BSO’s concert at Arts in the Park is cancelled. We are so sad not to be able to play for you as we had hoped.

We thank you for your support and enthusiasm, though, and hope you will consider joining us for a season concert in 2021-22. Please check our website for current concert information.


Arts in the Park 2021

The BSO is excited to announce the program for our August 5 Arts in the Park concert. Click here for full concert information.

We are thrilled to welcome Vladimir Tsiper, who will make his BSO debut, performing the exciting final movement of Henri Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Vladimir Tsiper, Violin

We are so excited to perform and hope you will join us for this evening of music sure to inspire and delight.

The BSO’s performances are subject to change based on the public health situation at the time of rehearsals and performances. We will make decisions to gather for rehearsals and performances based on the best interest of the safety of our musicians and audience. Changes to our performance schedule will be announced on our website and Facebook page.


Audition for the BSO

The BSO is anticipating a return to performing in summer/fall 2021. We are currently accepting audition videos for violin, cello, and oboe II/English horn. Please visit the audition page to learn more.

The BSO performs at Normandale Lake Bandshell at the 2018 Summer Fete in Bloomington

2nd Trumpet Audition – December 2020

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will hold an audition for Second Trumpet in December 2020. The first round video is due on November 30, 2020.

Download the materials here and share with any potential candidates.


Percussion Audition – February 2020

We are pleased to announce an audition for a section percussionist on Sunday, February 2020. Full information is available on our audition page. You may also reach out to for more information.


Benefit Recital on September 22

A graphic representation of a violin and a flower like design. Text says Benefit Recital, along with the BSO logo, date of September 22 and time of 3 p.m.

The BSO invites you to jumpstart our 2019-20 concert season by attending our Benefit Recital featuring Michael Sutton, Lara Bolton, and the Solerna Winds. Join us for an afternoon of conversation, refreshments, cash bar, and music, all in support of the BSO’s mission to enrich the lives of our audiences and musicians with outstanding performances of challenging, educational, and thoughtfully selected orchestral repertoire.


Season Announcement on July 15

Come to our website on Monday, July 15 to find out what Manny has selected for the BSO in 2019-20! You will be able to learn about each concert and order tickets on that day.

We will happily send a brochure to your home if requested. Please send requests before July 8 to assure delivery. You can request this by filling out the form below:

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Last call: Audition video due June 1

Auditions for cello viola violin on June 9
Videos for the June auditions are due on June 1.
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Music in 3D: #6 :: Concert Preview

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Antonín Dvorák

Before each concert, we share “Manny’s Musings,” thoughts from our Music Director and Conductor, Manny Laureano. This is the first edition of the “Musings” for the “Music in 3D: #6” concert that will be performed on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

When, at first you don’t succeed, wait about thirty years and try it again. It’s always a bit stunning to see, when we study the lives of the great composers, how much time can lapse between a concept and an execution. From Brahms to Wagner, we see that the great composers were willing to wait until the roast was ready and rested before carving.

Antonín Dvorák was born in an area of the world that produced so much descriptive and beautiful music, Bohemia, in 1841 and he died in Prague, in 1904. In his later years he traveled to the New World and visited much of the United States, which gave him opportunity to experience music and musicians in a more personal and firsthand way. After hearing American composer and cellist Victor Herbert play his own Second Cello Concerto,
Dvorák was reminded that he had some unfinished work to do. In 1865, the young Antonín had written a Cello Concerto that he ultimately disliked and never took to the task of orchestrating to completion. Now the more mature and accomplished Dvorák realized he needed to both write a work for cello and orchestra that would satisfy him and be richly successful as a standard part of the solo repertoire.

Though Dvorák had selected friend and musical associate, Hanuš Wihan, to be his soloist for the premiere, it was not to be, due to a set of managerial mishaps—although Wihan did get the opportunity to play it publicly later. The premiere was rescheduled with a different soloist, Leo Stern, in London. Since Dvorák was of the group of composers who had conducting skills, he led the performance from the podium. His opportunity to conduct must have been very special indeed, but for a different reason than you might suspect. At one point in his life, Dvorák was quite smitten with one Josefina Cermáková but his ardor was not returned by Josefina. He did, however, marry Anna, the younger sister of Josefina. We can only surmise that there were always subdued feelings for his first love and when news of her reached him, he inserted a coda with references to a song of his, which he knew Josefina liked. One can only imagine that personal and reflective moment for him on the podium, as the music in his ears matched what he felt in his heart.

Nygel Witherspoon with his cello
Nygel Witherspoon, Cello

Join Music Director & Conductor Manny Laureano, for the concert, “Music in 3D: #6” featuring award-winning cellist Nygel Witherspoon soloist for the Cello Concerto. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, 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.