Pictured is Winona Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Fall Concert.
The Winona Symphony Orchestra (WSO) presents its annual Children’s Concert on Tuesday, February 19, with performances at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University campus, Winona.
The concerts will include W.A. Mozart’s “Overture to The Marriage of Figaro” and a narrated orchestral score featuring Serge Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” The piece introduces different instruments personifying characters in the story of Peter, his grandfather, the bird, the cat, the duck, the hunters, and the wolf. Area elementary schoolchildren have been invited and 1,100 have confirmed reservations.
Under the direction of Dr. Erik Rohde, the annual Children’s Concert includes 28 musicians and local announcer Ray Felton as the narrator.
The symphony has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2019 Children’s Concert for Winona area third- and fourth-grade students. Thanks to this generous grant and donations from local businesses and individuals, the concerts will be presented to Winona area schoolchildren at no cost to the students or schools. Reservations for the 9 a.m. concert are full; reservations are still being accepted for the 10:30 a.m. performance. Limited balcony seating at the 10:30 a.m. concert is available to the general public. Free-will donations are accepted from the general public.
The WSO will also offer free admission to kindergarten through 12th-grade students for its Spring Concert on Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The March concert will feature guest artist Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, and will include W.A. Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” Dominick Argento’s “Casa Guidi,” Libby Larsen’s “Raspberry Island Dreaming,” and Claude Debussy’s “Petite Suite.” For the Spring Concert, high school students will be admitted free with a school ID; elementary and middle school students are to receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
The 2019 Winona Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Concert 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. For more information about WSO visit winonasymphony.org.
About Winona Symphony Orchestra
WSO exists to enrich the Winona area with live performances of high quality symphonic music, to provide performing opportunities for talented area musicians, and to promote an appreciation of live classical music among young people.
The symphony is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For additional information, visit www.winonasymphony.org.
Photos by Peter Schuneman, Pocket Watch Photo