Composer Steve Heitzeg.
Photo by Terry Gydesen.

Winona Symphony Orchestra holds fall concert


Winona Symphony Orchestra.
Winona Symphony Orchestra.
Photo by Peter Schuneman, Pocket Watch Photography.

The Winona Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2018-2019 season, From Minnesota with Love, with a fall concert on Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University (WSU) campus, 175 West Mark Street, Winona.

Audiences will experience American composer David Diamond’s “Rounds for String Orchestra,” a fiddle-inspired high-energy piece commissioned and premiered by Dmitri Metropoulos and the Minneapolis Symphony in 1944. The vigor of “Rounds” will be contrasted with living Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg’s beautiful “Flower of the Earth,” a piece written in homage to Georgia O’Keeffe and inspired by four of her works of art. Heitzeg will be joining the symphony at the fall concert. Rounding out the program is “Joseph Haydn’s 82nd Symphony,” subtitled “The Bear.” Written as Haydn was reaching the height of his incredible popularity, the symphony is full of wit, humor, and vivacious joy.

The fall concert also offers a pre-concert talk by Heitzeg and the symphony’s new music director Erik Rohde beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for college students. The symphony offers free admission to high school students with a student I.D., and elementary and middle school students receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are available online at or in person at Hardt’s Music & Audio (115 East Third Street, Winona) and at the venue on the evening of the concert.

About Winona Symphony Orchestra

The Winona Symphony Orchestra exists to enrich the Winona area with live performances of quality symphonic music, provide performing opportunities for talented area musicians, and promote an appreciation of live classical music among young people. Last season, the symphony celebrated its 110th anniversary by presenting three concerts, providing performance opportunities to more than 40 local and regional musicians, and reaching more than 1,100 area elementary students through a free children’s concert. The symphony is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; tax-deductible donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1197, Winona, Minn., 55987. For additional information visit or email

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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