A Mighty Fortress: Mendelssohn’s Reformation

A Mighty Fortress: Mendelssohn’s Reformation Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Featuring the King of Kings Lutheran Church’s King’s Choir, Brass Ensemble, and JuBELLation Handbell Choir. Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN Admission to this concert is free. Free will offerings in support of the […]

2017-2018 Season: A Season of Celebrations

Download this Flyer   A Mighty Fortress: Mendelssohn’s Reformation Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Featuring the King of Kings’ Handbell and King’s Choirs, and Brass Ensemble Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN A Holiday Fête Celebrating the Joy of the Season FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM THE […]

EMSO Announces Joan Molloy as New Concertmaster

Woodbury, MN, August 23, 2017 – The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) is pleased to announce violinist Joan Molloy as its new concertmaster. Molloy served as guest concertmaster for A Celebration of Finnish Music, the final concert in the orchestra’s 2016-2017 concert season, and returns as a permanent replacement for Michal Sobieski, EMSO’s previous concertmaster, who retired last year. […]

2016-2017 Season

2016-2017 Season Chapter One: Friendship Sunday, November 6th, 2016 – 2:00PM Trinity Lutheran Church 115 North 4th Street Stillwater, MN This concert reunites three childhood friends – EMSO Music Director and Conductor Dr. Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes, special guest Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Gary Stucka, and violinist Robin Fossum. A wonderful concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, and a performance […]

It’s Actually Not So Easy to Explain…

Conventional orchestra concerts generally contain three pieces of music: an overture, a concerto, and a symphony. The East Metro Symphony Orchestra almost never performs conventional concerts, so when it’s time to explain exactly what is going to happen at our performances, especially in a more unusual program – such as our upcoming Celebration of Finnish […]

A Celebration of Finnish Folk Music

It all started with a guy named Bud People often wonder how some of our more unusually collaborative programs come into being.  As we make the final touches on our upcoming Celebration of Finnish Music, there is a tale to tell about how the idea of creating a program as part of an international celebration […]

The Boy with the Shiny “Kay” Cello

or, the serendipity of programming for a community orchestra Reconnecting I first laid eyes on Gary Stucka at my first rehearsal of the Park View School Orchestra, in my hometown of Morton Grove, Illinois.  I was in fourth grade, and had just recently begun to study the violin (a full year after others had begun […]

Deb Benson – Violin

Deb – Violin Year Joined: mid 1970’s Human Resources Deb first played violin with the 3M orchestra during high school in the mid 70’s – her father a retired 3M employee.  After about a 25 year hiatus that included college (Concordia, Moorhead – BA Elementary Education), teaching, marriage, 3 kids, and now 20 years as […]

Jim McCarville – Trumpet

Jim McCarville – Trumpet Year Joined: 1967 Retired My wife Karen and I joined the 3M Symphony Orchestra in early 1967 when I joined 3M and we were the trumpet section along with several others until we moved with 3M to Brookings SD in 1975. When we first joined the 3M Orchestra, it was only one […]

Jim Cheeseman – French Horn

Jim Cheeseman – French Horn Year Joined: 1963 Retired James Cheeseman was principal horn in the University of Wisconsin Concert Band for 4-years (even though he was a Chemical Engineering student earning a B.S. degree at the time) and has been playing in the 3M Club Symphony/EMSO since joining the orchestra in 1963. J im is a retired 33-year […]