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The 2016-2017 DSSO Season


September 17 – The Dream of America

Osvaldo Golijov takes us on an incredible journey with his stunningly beautiful composition Azul for solo cello, accordion and two world percussionists. This modern day American composer owes much to the trailblazers who created the American sound: Aaron Copland (Fanfare to the Common Man) and Antonin Dvorak, who inspired generations of American composers with his marvelous New World Symphony. Enjoy a new perspective on this well known work as we provide real-time program notes during the music, available on your smart phone!

October 15 – Pops: Time For Three

Self proclaimed “Classical Garage Band” Time for Three performs and entertains with works from Bach to Kanye West.

November 12 – The Four Seasons

DSSO superstar Erin Aldridge takes the stage with one of the great concertos of the classical repertoire: Vivaldi’s Four Season. Our fantastic DSSO Chorus then brings to life Mozart’s final masterpiece, his Requiem, known to audiences worldwide through the 1984 movie Amadeus.

December 3 – The Beethoven Project – The Early Years

This season the DSSO kicks off The Beethoven Project. With moderated concerts we offer a new perspective on Beethoven’s works. This season we take a look at The Early Years by performing works by Mozart and Handel that influenced Beethoven and some of his own earlier works. As part of the project the DSSO will perform and record all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, and here we are kicking it off with his first symphony.

December 31 – Remember When Rock Was Young

Do you Remember When Rock Was Young? Come ring in the New Year with this incredible night of upbeat music, performed by “almost” Elton John, Craig Meyer.

January 21 – Russian Tales

This night of Russian music features brilliant American pianist Jeffrey Biegel in an audience favorite: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2. We also shine a light on the incredible talents of our Youth Symphony students, who will join us in Tchaikovsky’s March Slave. Finally the Russian tale of the puppet Petroushka comes to life this great ballet score by Igor Stravinsky. Follow the story of the ballet with our real-time program notes, delivered to your smart phone!

February 11 – Hidden Treasures

You know the composers, but have you heard these works? Beethoven’s Symphony No.4, Glazunov’s Violin Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No.7 are three absolute masterpieces, yet they have been largely ignored. These Hidden Treasures are waiting for you to discover them!

Sibelius’ music perfectly captures the landscape of his Scandinavian home. We challenge you, our audience, to send us your best pictures from your Scandinavian vacations or your trips around the Minnesota lakes. The best images will be projected onto a large screen during Sibelius’ wonderful music.

March 11 – Pops: Big Time Swing

Are you ready to dance the night away? We will light up Symphony Hall with the sounds of Viennese Waltzes and Polkas. After intermission, we switch gears: Duluth’s very own Big Time Jazz Orchestra will join us on stage for the swinging sounds of Big Band greats such as Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

April 1 – Resurrection

Throughout his life Gustav Mahler was fascinated by eschatological questions: questions regarding the end of time and a life after death. All his convictions he worked into his Resurrection Symphony. Mahler uses the forces of a gigantic orchestra, soloists and full chorus to convey his deeply felt believe in the Christian message: Rise again will you, my heart! Everything you have suffered, to God it shall carry you.

May 6 – Now & Then

The Duluth Civic Orchestra was founded in 1931 and performed its inaugural concert on May 2nd 1932. On the program was Tchaikovsky’s stirring Symphony No.4. Almost to the day 85 years later this music will come to life again as we celebrate 85 years of the Duluth Superior Symphony OrchestraNow & Then also features the Valentino Dances by Minnesota based composer Dominick Argento, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with a pianist who Duluth audiences have embraced like one of their own: Alexander Korsantia.


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