A Holiday Fête: Celebrating the Joy of the Season

Featuring excerpts from Clara’s Dream performed by students of the School of St. Paul Ballet with professional company dancer Michelle Ludwig as “Clara” Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129 Purchase Tickets Here Please read bulleted information before purchasing:  When you click an Add to […]

Dwight Erickson – French Horn

  Dwight Erickson French Horn – Double King Horn Joined EMSO: 1979 EMSO Treasurer Dwight grew up in Jordan, MN and currently resides in Woodbury, MN – close to 3M headquarters where he currently works as a materials scientist. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys biking and gardening.

Angie Newgren – Violin

Angie Newgren – Violin Year Joined: 2014 Non Profit Management Angie studied at the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2014, with a minor in music. Through UST, she studied violin under Tamas Strasser (former SPCO violist), Daniel Chong (Parker Quartet violinist), and Lydia Miller (former MN […]

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 […]