2017-2018 Season Schedule | 2017 Summer Pops

Evening at Pops: By George!

SATURDAY, October 14, 7:00 PM
Featuring Darin Tysdal

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F Major
Gershwin: Highlights from Porgy and Bess
Gershwin: Lullaby
Bernstein: West Side Story
Ravel: Aborada del Gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester)

The Dakota Valley Symphony is so very pleased to welcome Darin Tysdal back to our stage. Darin has been a vital force in the music community of the Twin Cities area for more than 20 years. He will be performing the Piano Concerto in F major, written by the always effervescent American composer, George Gershwin. We will also celebrate the 100th birthdays of French composers Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein.

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 3, 2 PM
Featuring the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Gustav Holst: Christmas Eve
John Rutter: Carols

Beautiful collections of heartwarming music to get you in the mood for the season…As we struggle with impossible schedules at work and home, the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus offer you the opportunity to bask in the glow of a concert full of the joy of the season. Lush chorale sounds and rich orchestral harmonies melt away your stress and put you in a lovely state that will carry you into the New Year.

An Andy and Bing Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 4 PM
Featuring Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling with the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Remember all those cheer-filled Christmas specials that played in our living rooms between Thanksgiving and Christmas when we were growing up? An Andy and Bing Christmas recreates those special family times with all our favorite Christmas songs. From Santa Claus is Coming to Town to the First Noel, and Jingle Bells to Silver Bells, Superbowl Champion Ben Utecht and Minnesota veteran singer Mick Sterling, their fabulous backup singers and instrumentalists joined by the full glory of the Dakota Valley Symphony will bring great joy to your Christmas. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to re-live the variety shows of the past renewed at this, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Colton Peltier and Choirs

Sunday, February 11, 3 PM
Featuring: Colton Peltier, Piano
Choirs to be announced
The Dakota Valley Symphony & Chorus

Join us as we welcome Hastings native and one of our first Young Artists’ Competition winners, Colton Peltier, in his triumphant return to the Dakota Valley Symphony. Our principal oboist, Ellen Diischer who is also from Hastings, remembers an early performance when “Colton’s feet didn’t reach the piano peddles”. Indeed, Colton has been studying and practicing the piano since he was 3 years old and has just completed a Master’s Degree in piano performance at the Julliard School. Colton will perform one of the most beloved works of all time; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The second half of the concert will feature our Symphony Chorus, Tucker Moore, Chorusmaster together with guest choirs numbering in the hundreds for John Rutter’s joyful Mass for the Children.

I’ll be Bach

Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM and 7 PM
Featuring: Dr. Tami Morse, Harpsichord

JS Bach: Harpsichord Concerto
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
And Symphonies by the sons of JS Bach

Held in the intimate environs of the Black Box Theater, this is always one of our favorite performances. This year’s concert will contain pieces composed by the Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons. Beethoven said “Not Brook but Ocean should be his name” ("Bach" is the German word for "brook"). Join us as we present music from the pinnacle of the Baroque Era and the very beginning of the Rococo and plant the seeds for Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and all that follows.

Young Artists' Concert and Orchestra Festival

Sunday, April 22, 2 PM
Featuring the winner(s) of our Young Artists’ Competition held in January
and welcoming the Health Sciences Orchestra of the University of Minnesota

Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor, 3rd movement (finale), Featuring Catherine Carson on violin
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, 1st movement, Featuring Maria Chirinos on violin
Sibelius: Karelia Overture
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Join us as we welcome the next winner(s) of our Young Artists’ Competition to the stage of the Ames Center. Winners of our Young Artists’ Competition have gone on to careers in music at some of our country’s finest collegiate institutions. It is always great fun to hear them in their earliest winning performances.

Sibelius said, "My second symphony is a confession of the soul." The irony is that at the same time it is reflective, and intimately inspiring…it is also powerful beyond words. We are pleased to welcome the Health Sciences Orchestra of the University of Minnesota to this performance for they will help us bring the full force and gentle utterance of this Symphony to bloom and the conclusion of our 32nd Season.