Poster Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Minn.
Choral Arts Ensemble founder Rick Kvam conducts his final concert with the ensemble this weekend.
Erin Sinnwell
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Happy anniversaries

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s been a fun two decades for the Singers, wrapping a celebratory 20th-anniversary season this weekend with a special finale, including a world premiere and an alumni choir.

It’s a farewell finale for the Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester, as founder Rick Kvam conducts his final concerts and passes the baton for the 40th season to new director Ryan Deignan, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 125th anniversary on the Mississippi River with a world-premiere arrangement of Madrigal Divine, by Nathaniel Dett and Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin. 

Last year, pianist Kirill Gerstein celebrated the 150th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s birth with a series of recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic. This weekend the party continues with the Minnesota Orchestra as Gerstein plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1.  Catch the live broadcasts on YourClassical MPR.

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