In preparation for their 47th concert season, the Heartland Symphony Orchestra has returned to rehearsals! This 2023-24 season HSO will yet again be presenting three themed concerts. Based in west central Minnesota, Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents a Fall, Winter, and Spring series with concerts in both Brainerd and Little Falls. An additional Outreach Concert will be held during this season’s Winter series in Crosslake. The overall theme of the year is “Shall We…”
The theme of the upcoming Fall Concert series is “Shall We Dance?” which will take place October 14 in Little Falls at Charles D. Martin Auditorium at 7:30 PM and October 15 in Brainerd at Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts at 2:30 PM. The featured soloists for this concert are the HSO horns in a performance of Schumann’s Concert Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra. This concert also includes our annual side-by-side with the students from the St. Francis Music Center and a new collaboration with the Brainerd High School Sinfonia Orchestra. The featured soloists for this concert are Terri Deming, Andrea Lund, Jen Mickels, and Becky Stadem, the horns of the Heartland Symphony, in a performance of Schumann’s.
The Winter Concerts will be held November 30 at 7:30 PM in Crosslake at The Log Church, December 2 in Little Falls at 7:30 PM and December 3 in Brainerd at 2:30 PM at the same locations. “Shall We Sing?” will be presented in collaboration with the Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra featuring soloist David Thompson, Principal Oboe, in the Minnesota premiere of Allen Stephenson’s Concerto for English Horn and Strings.
In Spring 2024, with the return of HSO’s Composition Competition the theme will be “Shall We Write?” Please submit applications by January 21st to be considered, see website for more details. Performances will be held in Little Falls on April 6 at 7:30 PM, and in Brainerd on April 7 at 2:30 PM again in the same locations. The concerts will include the world premiere of the winning Composition Competition submission. The featured soloist for this concert includes Miriam Webber, Principal Bassoon, in the world premiere of the orchestra setting of Lindsey Wiehl’s The Letter and the Envelope.
These concerts are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.
HSO concerts are free and welcome an audience of all ages. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at www.heartlandsymphony.com.