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We are a community orchestra serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities - We'd love you see you at our concerts!
We are a community orchestra serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities - We'd love you see you at our concerts!
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Guided by Conductor Ho-Yin Kwok and Concertmaster Sarah Grimes, the MVO embarks on it's final concert of the season.

Joined by special guests Aurora Wang- winner of the St Paul Piano Teachers Concerto competition (Chopin Concerto No. 1) and the women of Chorus Polaris (Debussy's Noctures) this free concert promises to put some "spring" in your step!

And if that's not enough- come early (like 2:30) and have a discussion with our Conductor Ho-Yin!
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Mississippi Valley Orchestra, one of the Twin Cities’ finest semi-professional orchestras, is partnering with Minnesota-based Chorus Polaris for a two-concert, family-friendly holiday celebration on Friday, December 8 and 15, 2017.

In the spirit of the season both ensembles will join artistic forces to reimagine traditional holiday tunes to spread good cheer throughout the Twin Cities. Featured works include selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Sleighride and Hagen’s version of Deck the Halls. No holiday celebration is complete without an audience sing-along, arranged by former Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor and Mississippi Valley Orchestra conductor Henry Charles Smith, complete with a visit from St. Nick himself.

This year’s celebration also marks the collaboration debut between ensemble conductors. In his first season with Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Ho-Yin Kwok brings extensive conducting credentials and experience working on orchestral projects in Hong Kong, New York, Iowa, and North Carolina. After serving as choral conductor for a variety of churches and universities in the area, William “Bill” Mathias moved this fall from his position at Hennepin United Methodist Church to Chorus Polaris. The collaborative spirit of both conductors is shared, through music and song, with our Minnesota communities. Join us for the celebration!

Additional concert information is listed below:
Friday, December 8, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Ho-Yin Kwok, conductor
With music guests Chorus Polaris- William Mathias, conductor
Free admission- donations appreciated.

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Ho-Yin Kwok, conductor
With music guests Chorus Polaris- William Mathias, conductor
Free admission- donations appreciated.

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED CELLIST RICHARD BELCHER
SOLOS IN MISSISISSIPPI VALLEY ORCHESTRA SEASON OPENER
The Mississippi Valley Orchestra, one of the Twin Cities’ finest semi-professional orchestras, kicks off its 2017-2018 season with cellist Richard Belcher of the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet, and debut performances by its new conductor Ho-Yin Kwok and concertmaster, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sarah Grimes.

Richard Belcher, originally from New Zealand, is an expert player and teacher of contemporary chamber music. He is member of the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet, which performs in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many concert halls around the world, and is principal cellist with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO). He’s appeared at many festivals, including
Festival d’Aix en Provence, Madeline Island, and SummerFest La Jolla. Belcher has participated in live and prerecorded radio and internet broadcasts in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He enjoys teaching, and has served as faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, and is currently on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy. With Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Belcher will play the Cello Concerto No.1 by Saint-Saëns on his 1856 N.F Vuillaume cello.

Belcher returns after his appearance with Mississippi Valley Orchestra last May with Minnesota Orchestra violinist Cecilia Belcher. Conductor Ho-Yin Kwok and concertmaster Sarah Grimes, a member of Minnesota Orchestra, will be making their debut appearances with Mississippi Valley Orchestra. In addition to the Saint-Saëns, the orchestra will play two other selections, Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Additional concert information is listed below.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3 PM
Simley Theater of Performing Arts
2920 80th St. E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
With special guest Richard Belcher, cello
Free admission- donations appreciated.

Suppé - Poet and Peasant Overture
Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No. 1
Richard Belcher, Cello
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Find out more about Mississippi Valley Orchestra’s 42nd season and conductor Ho-Yin Kwok at mississippivalleyorchestra.com
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GRAMMY-NOMINATED CELLIST RICHARD BELCHER
SOLOS IN MISSISISSIPPI VALLEY ORCHESTRA SEASON OPENER

The Mississippi Valley Orchestra, one of the Twin Cities’ finest semi-professional orchestras, kicks off its 2017-2018 season with cellist Richard Belcher of the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet, and debut performances by its new conductor Ho-Yin Kwok and concertmaster, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sarah Grimes.

Richard Belcher, originally from New Zealand, is an expert player and teacher of contemporary chamber music. He is member of the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet, which performs in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many concert halls around the world, and is principal cellist with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO). He’s appeared at many festivals, including
Festival d’Aix en Provence, Madeline Island, and SummerFest La Jolla. Belcher has participated in live and prerecorded radio and internet broadcasts in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He enjoys teaching, and has served as faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, and is currently on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy. With Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Belcher will play the Cello Concerto No.1 by Saint-Saëns on his 1856 N.F Vuillaume cello.

Belcher returns after his appearance with Mississippi Valley Orchestra last May with Minnesota Orchestra violinist Cecilia Belcher. Conductor Ho-Yin Kwok and concertmaster Sarah Grimes, a member of Minnesota Orchestra, will be making their debut appearances with Mississippi Valley Orchestra. In addition to the Saint-Saëns, the orchestra will play two other selections, Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Additional concert information is listed below.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3 PM
Simley Theater of Performing Arts
2920 80th St. E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
With special guest Richard Belcher, cello
Free admission- donations appreciated.

Suppé - Poet and Peasant Overture
Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No. 1
Richard Belcher, Cello
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Find out more about Mississippi Valley Orchestra’s 42nd season and conductor Ho-Yin Kwok at mississippivalleyorchestra.com
Information about Richard Belcher and the Enso Quartet is available at ensoquartet.com Additional information about Sarah Grimes is available at: minnesotaorchestra.org/about/who-we-are/musicians-soloists-conductors/orchestra-musicians/317-first-violin/1573-sarah-grimes
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You will not want to miss the Mississippi Valley Orchestra concert this Sunday, May 7 at Augustana Lutheran Church.  The concert will feature violinist Cecilia Belcher of the Minnesota Orchestra and cellist Richard Belcher of Enso Quartet.  These premier musicians will be performing the Brahms Double Concerto.

Additionally, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Brian Dowdy will perform:
Borodin - "In the Steppes of Central Asia"
Liszt - "Hungarian Rhapsody"

The concert is free, with a suggested $15 donation.

During intermission, we will have some items to purchase which would make perfect Mothers Day gifts!  We will be selling fudge and CDs of past MVO concerts. 

We look forward to seeing you!
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