It was a wonderful kick-off to our 2019-2020 New Beginnings concert season at EMSO’s French Passions concert on October 27th.  The orchestra was in grand form playing classical French pieces from composers like Bizet and Franck.  Merci to our fabulous audience who came out to support the start of our 11th season and see the

Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas!

THE EAST METRO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO), in collaboration with Applause Community Theatre (ACT), is pleased to present Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas!, a musical concert featuring excerpts from the play by David Caldwell and Ernest Zulia. The performance will be held Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St.

Oct 27- French Passions

THE EAST METRO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS French Passions The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) is pleased to present French Passions, a concert featuring the music of French composers, on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at The Grove United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN.  Admission to this concert is free. Donations in

May 7-An Evening with EMSO

In the spirit of our mission to provide a broad range of orchestral experiences to our community, EMSO is proud to present a community concert at Boutwells Landing Senior Living Center. The concert will be presented in the Boutwells Landing Auditorium. This concert will feature special guests violinist and former EMSO concertmaster Michal Sobieski and

Image May 19-10 Years and Still Celebrating

May concert poster

EMSO’s final concert of its 10th anniversary season will recognize and celebrate some of the best music, moments, and friends in the orchestra’s history. EMSO is known for its unique collaborations with remarkable artistic partners and its accessible presentations of a variety of musical styles including classical music, folk and cultural music, and new compositions.  Some of the orchestra’s favorite artistic partners will join the orchestra to celebrate this special concert, including violinist and former EMSO concertmaster Michal Sobieski; renowned nyckleharpa (key fiddle) performer Cheryl Paschke; and composer and fiddler Jim Price. Musical performances will include Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy,Karl-Johan Ankarblom’s Knuss Olles Livsstycke, selections from Jim Price’s Violin Story, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. EMSO will also honor several of its most influential members and partners during the concert including EMSO artistic director and conductor Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes, who is celebrating her 20th and final season with the orchestra. A meet-and-greet with orchestra members and refreshments will immediately follow the performance.

March 5-St Therese of Woodbury

In the spirit of our mission to provide a broad range of orchestral experiences to our community, EMSO is proud to present a community concert at St. Therese of Woodbury Senior Center that will feature music celebrating Carnival around the world. Free will donations will be accepted. St. Therese of Woodbury Chapel7555 Bailey RoadWoodbury, MN

Attend a Concert

EMSO concerts are always relaxed, informal, and appropriate for all ages and musical backgrounds. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for each and every event and to meet EMSO’s wonderful musicians during our informal receptions following a performance. Orchestra Audience Frequently Asked Questions Who can attend a concert? EMSO concerts are open to all members of the

Image March 2 – Mardi Gras!

The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) is pleased to present Mardi Gras!, the fourth annual EMSO pops cabaret concert and fundraiser.

 EMSO will host the evening of live music, desserts, drinks, cash raffle, and silent auction, on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Lake Elmo Event Center, 3712 Layton Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN.

Doors and bidding open at 6:30 p.m. The musical performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit the orchestra’s artistic and community outreach endeavors.

Tickets will be sold at the door if available for $35. 

Dec 15-Holiday Sing-A-Long

Holiday Sing-A-Long Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129 As part of the Merrill Community Arts Center Holiday Festival Series, EMSO will be presenting a Holiday Sing-A-Long performance. Join a collaborative performance lead that is surely to get you in the festive spirit. You’re encouraged to sing