Preview Season 46!


Mark your calendars, and stay tuned! The 2016-2017 season (our 46th) will be the largest in decades, featuring a world-class Sundin Music Hall series as well as additional concerts throughout the Twin Cities. Although the final details won't be available for a couple weeks, we wanted to share with you all the exciting things already in place as we look ahead to the fall. We're entering into a season about émigrés and immigration in Paris, and recently won a $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in support of our cutting-edge programming. Click here for coverage of our season announcement from Pamela Espeland on her Artscape column at Minnpost. 

IMG_1986In the wake of monumental tragedies both at home and abroad and a resurgence of nationalism around the world, we decided our upcoming season couldn't simply continue the path of exploring French chamber music that we started last year. As Co-Artistic Director Susan Billmeyer said in her remarks following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, "In the face of total hatred, destruction and murder, the vital importance of what we do on this stage snaps into focus. We have the incredible privilege of maintaining great music and passing it on to our audiences and the generations after us; these are beautiful, important things that give us pleasure, soothe our pain, and invite dreams into our minds. Against terrorists, who will not look us in the eye, who reject culture out-of-hand in order to remain hate-filled, we fight back with music that represents the heights of what humanity can be."

In the coming year we'll explore the profound influence of émigrés composers and the contributions they made to music while in France. Some traveled to escape persecution, especially from Eastern and Central European regimes. Others came to learn, especially American composers like Aaron Copland who at the beginning of the 20th century had far less access to top-quality instruction. There are a host of others from South America to Asian composers inspired by the Orientalisme movement, and we are proud to be the first chamber music ensemble to tell the story of the significance of immigration in classical music. 

2016-2017 Concert Dates

"Favorites from France"
Free concert featuring our wind Quintet
July 24th, 2016 2:00pm
Centennial Lakes Park, Edina Minnesota

Sundin Music Hall Series:
All concerts take place at 3:00pm at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University

*October 23rd
*January 22nd
*February 26th - "The Kitchen Revue" Food & Wine Salon 
*April 23rd

More information and additional concerts will be announced later this summer. Stay tuned!