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Conrad Tao is an American composer and pianist and former violinist.Courtesy of the artist

October 03, 2022

After last weekend’s live broadcast doubleheader of our beloved Twin Cities orchestras, this week brings great programs from other orchestras throughout Minnesota.


  • The South Dakota Symphony brings to Sioux Falls pianist Conrad Tao. After his Mozart weekend with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tao pivots to the grand Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 and the jazzy Toa’s composition, Spoonfuls.

  • The Winona Symphony flies the Union Jack with English composers, including a celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Haydn’s London Symphony and George Butterworth’s On the Banks of Green Willow.

  • The Mankato Symphony rushes to the Russians, including Glinka’s Pushkin-inspired Ruslan & Ludmilla and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.

  • The Bloomington Symphony starts a season devoted to the number nine with Schubert’s Ninth Symphony and later in the season, the ninth symphonies by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Beethoven.