2016-2017 Season Schedule | 2016 Summer Pops

Evening at Pops: An American in Paris

SATURDAY, October 15, 7:00 PM
Featuring Northern Darling

Gershwin: An American in Paris
Bernstein: Candide Overture

Jazz and Rock Standards with Northern Darling and the Dakota Valley Symphony

“With well-crafted and creative originals and some fun covers, Northern Darling has been described as a pure as honey, hipster version of Billie Holiday. Liz Davis’ vocals are complemented by the unique sound of Trent Jacob playing an amplified bassoon, James Mouritsen, guitar; Gus Whatcott, upright bass; and Ben Mouritsen on drums.” All this, coupled with the DVS’s crisp performance of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Overture, and more Jazz standards for orchestra and chorus will create a truly enjoyable date-night celebration.


And On Earth Peace: A Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 4, 2 PM
Featuring the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Join the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus as we celebrate the season with song and cymbal…a truly lovely afternoon of your favorite light classics and Christmas Pops to help you get in the spirit of the season.


Three Choirs Festival

Sunday, February 12, 3 PM
Featuring: The Burnsville High School Concert Choir, Martha Helen Schmidt, Director
Hymnus, Rush Wagner, Director
The Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus
Elise Molina
, Piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto, No. 2
Daniel Forest, Requiem for the Living

Resplendent in the bustling metropolitan air of New York City, one of the world’s most popular piano concertos is performed by Symphony member and chorus accompanist, Elise Molina. We also welcome the return of Burnsville High School’s own Concert Choir, Hymnus from New Prague, and our own Symphony Chorus to join forces and create a 150 voice chorus of stunning ability, accompanied by the Dakota Valley Symphony.


Mozart and Me

Sunday, March 19 at 2 PM and 7 PM
Featuring: Dr. Angela Waterman Hanson, Violin
Rachel Weidman, Clarinet

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor (opening music in Amadeus)

This concert, in the intimate Black Box Theater of the Ames Center, emphasizes our personal relationship with the music of Wolfgang Mozart. Whether writing for himself as a violinist or for a dear friend on the newly invented clarinet, Mozart created a remarkably warm and friendly relationship with the soloists. The Dakota Valley Symphony is proud to present its talented Concertmaster and new Principal Clarinetist in a special concert of the musical genius that is Mozart.


Young Artists' Concert and Orchestra Festival

Sunday, April 23, 2 PM
Featuring the winner(s) of our Young Artists’ Competition held in January
and welcoming the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Yuri Ivan, Music Director

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Join us as we present our own celebration of youthful virtuosity with our next Young Artists' Competition winner(s). Past winners have graduated from the Julliard School of Music and Dance, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and many of our nation's finest schools of music We wish them well, even as we welcome the next winner(s) into their circle

Ravel’s stunningly beautiful orchestration of Mussorgsky’s heart-felt tribute to his friend, gone too soon, is most surely not for the faint of heart. Each short piece is a musical representation of the artist’s sketches that are full of color, texture, and primal-earthiness. We will use the full digital resources of the Ames Center to view the original sketches Mussorgsky saw, and revel in the power of two orchestras joined together in a sometimes primitive, sometimes svelte, carnival of sound.