The Winona Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is pleased to announce that its fall concert will be held on Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church. In this first concert, the WSO kicks off its 2021-2022 season, Revival and Renaissance, showcasing not only exciting initiatives but also renewed character, vision and dynamism for what is recognized as the oldest artistic organization in the world. region. With a wide repertoire ranging from playful to prayer, this program highlights the fantastic wind musicians of the WSO. Spanning centuries and countries, the concert will encompass 19th century Bohemia, 20th century England and contemporary America. The program includes “Concerto Grosso” by Michael-Thomas Foumai, “Prayer and Celebration” by Augusta Read Thomas, “Sinfonietta, Op. 1” by Benjamin Britten and “Wind Serenade” by Antonin Dvorak.
Founded in 1908 by eminent composer Carl Ruggles, the Winona Symphony Orchestra is Southeast Minnesota’s oldest performing arts organization. With a mission to “provide enriching encounters with classical music through professional performances and educational outreach,” WSO has historically offered three symphonic concerts each season, including their popular children’s concert for schools and students of the region. Proudly showcasing some of the region’s finest professional musicians, the symphony is conducted by Dr. Erik Rohde, professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa and prominent violinist and conductor.