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Conrad Tao is an American composer and pianist and former violinist.
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Department of orchestras everywhere

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.

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This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.