Children waiting for the 2017 Winona Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert.

Winona Symphony Orchestra to perform tales from Dr. Seuss on Feb. 13


2017 Winona Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert.
2017 Winona Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert.

The Winona Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Children’s Concert on Tuesday, February 13, with performances at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University campus, Winona.

The concerts will include a narrated orchestral score featuring two Dr. Seuss stories “Gertrude McFuzz” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” American composer Robert Kapilow wrote the music. Area elementary schoolchildren have been invited and 1,200 have confirmed reservations.

Under the direction of Dr. Donald Lovejoy, symphony performers will include nine instrumentalists and three vocalists (including Gertrude and Sam). “We hope to not only entertain the students but also inspire them to get involved in music making,” said Lovejoy.

The symphony has been awarded a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2018 Children’s Concert for Winona-area third and fourth grade students. Thanks to this generous grant, 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 Winona Symphony Orchestra will also offer free admission to kindergarten through 12th grade students for its Spring Concert on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. The March concert will feature Godfrey Ridout’s “Tafelmusik,” Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” For the Spring Concert, high school students will be admitted for free with a school ID; elementary and middle school students will receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

The 2018 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 the Winona Symphony Orchestra visit

About Winona Symphony Orchestra

Winona Symphony Orchestra 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 more information visit

Photos by Gretchen Michlitsch.


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