The Storyteller and the Poet

When and Where

November 21, 2021 3:00 pm

The BSO is proud to present the music of two composers for this concert, each with a language that speaks to our hearts and imagination. William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony is a re-discovered American gem that paints portraits through his impeccable orchestration and melodies supported by perfect harmonies. Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D Major is a model of presumed simplicity and musical economy that manifests as poetry, line by line. Welcome back BSO concertmaster Michael Sutton as he offers his take on this time-tested masterpiece.


Negro Folk Symphony – William Dawson

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 – Ludwig van Beethoven

Michael Sutton, violin

Ticket information

RESERVED TICKETS may be purchased at the door, subject to availability; advance purchase is recommended.

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center Box Office

Phone: (952) 948-6506 or (800) 514-ETIX

In person: Masonic Heritage Center, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

Online: Purchase here

Advance Tickets: Adult $15; Seniors (62+) $12; Students free with ID

At the Door: Adult $17; Seniors (62+) $14; Students free with ID


A man wearing white tie and tails holds a violin in both hands, and leans against a railing.

Michael Sutton