Poster Thomas Sondergard
Danish conductor and percussionist Thomas Søndergård is the new music director of the Minnesota Orchestra.
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These are the 'Good Old Days'

I don’t know precisely who first coined the expression ‘the good old days,’ but there’s a case to be made that we’re in them right now, because from Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis to Festival Hall in Fargo, it’s a wonderful week for new beginnings.

The new music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Thomas Søndergård, makes his official debut this weekend. At his first guest gig with the orchestra in 2021, he struck a match to an explosive performance of Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life, and this weekend he’ll bring back that incendiary passion with two Strauss tone poems, Don Juan and the rarely heard An Alpine Symphony.  Can’t get there? You can still say, “I was present at the beginning,” if you catch the excitement wherever you are from our live broadcast on YourClassical MPR at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony welcomes a first-time guest: violinist Rachel Barton Pine, bringing flowers and fireworks to her part of the program. The FMSO starts its new season with Rachmaninoff’s last piece, his Symphonic Dances.

Meanwhile, between Minneapolis and Moorhead, catch the St. Cloud Symphony’s season preview concert. Copland and Barber? Check. Springsteen and Prince? Check! Check out the entire season lineup here, and see you at the symphonies!

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