We hope that everyone who joined us for our first ever Pops Cabaret Concert in January had a wonderful time. It was a great event for EMSO members and we loved seeing all of the support from our community members. Even though half of EMSO’s 2015-2016 season has now come and gone there are still two GREAT opportunities to come out and see us.
7th Annual Side-by-Side with ERHS
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 7PM
East Ridge High School, Woodbury, MN
This will be a concert full of movie music with the students of the East Ridge HS orchestra program. Selections include the music from Harry Potter and Star Wars, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo from West Side Story.
Origin Series: Russia
Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 2PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, North St. Paul, MN
EMSO’s May program will center on classical Russian orchestra music and the folk songs, stories and artwork that inspired it. In addition to the orchestra, this program will include guest artists, twin cities-based Dr. Denis Evstuhin (pianist) and the esteemed St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra. Our program will include traditional Russian folk songs performed by the balalaika orchestra, classical Russian orchestral music with a direct connection to Russian folk elements, and both the balalaika and symphony orchestras performing a folk tune together. Selections will include Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Overture on 3 Russian Folk Songs by Mily Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely-heard Piano Concerto, and a selection of Russian folk tunes.
St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra
An amateur musical group from St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis that plays authentic balalaikas and domras creating a traditional sound from lands such as Russia, Ukraine and Czechoslovakia. Instrumentation in the orchestra consists of prima domra, alto domra, prima balalaika, alto balalaika, bass balalaika, accordion, vocals and some light percussion.
Dr. Denis Evstuhin
As a native of Russia who now makes his home in the Twin Cities, Dr. Evstuhin’s participation in this concert provides an invaluable connection to both the classical music and folk traditions of Russia. Dr. Evstuhin is also artistic director of “Music at the Museum”: a concert series featuring a wide range of Russian music at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis.