Concerts, Events and Outreach Activities

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Itasca Symphony Orchestra Concert Season 2019/2020

November 2, 2019                 
Featuring soloist Olivia Skaja performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto

Former Itasca Strings Program student and Deer River native Olivia Skaja will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra. The orchestra will also perform six selections from Bizet’s great opera Carmen.  In this arrangement Carmen Suite No 2 by  Guirard, vocal lines are picked up by instrument voices.

The concert will conclude with a medley of military songs in the Armed Force in honor of Air Force veteran Mike Wourms who is retiring from the ISO principal trumpet position after 20 years with the orchestra.

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February 15, 2020      
Featuring our local musicians including the Itasca Strings Students

We will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven birth by starting our February concert out with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, op.62.

This concert will feature the exceptional talent of local musicians in a program that moves the spotlight around the sections of the orchestra. Violinist Kristine Arntson will solo in Bizet’s Meditation from Thais. A selection from a Joseph Haydn symphony nicknamed the “Horn Signal” will feature our strong French Horn section. The solo in the Adagio section of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet will be performed by Jan McKinney. If you didn’t hear enough from the opera Carmen at our November concert, you are in luck. This concert will include Carmen Suite 1.

In this concert selected Itasca Strings students will join us in playing an arrangement of music from the movie Jurassic Park.

May 16, 2020
Featuring pianist Alexander Sandor in Sergei Rachmanioff’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra

May brings us the return of the prodigious piano talent Alexandor Sandor. Sandor will once again wow us with his performance of Sergei Rachmanioff’s Concerto No 2 for piano and orchestra. This is It is an extremely challenging piece for the pianist. It is even referred to as disastrously difficult. Fortuitously, our region is blessed with the talented Alexander Sandor who interprets the piece flawlessly. Often the piano or orchestra is featured and the other accompanies. In this piece, the orchestra and piano share the stage playing off each other which makes for an exciting collaboration.



All Itasca Orchestra Concerts will be held at 7:00 pm at the Reif Performing Arts Center

Wilcox Theater
Reif Performing Arts Center
720 Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids MN 55744

Concert prices are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors or $5 for students
Tickets are available online through the Reif box office or at the door


Strings Program Student Concerts 2019/2020 Season


Wednesday October 30th, 2019
Concert with The Concordia Orchestra
7:00 pm

December 19, 2019
6:00 pm

May 21, 2020
6:00 pm

All concerts are in the Wilcox Theater of the Reif Performing Arts Center




All rehearsal times and concert dates are also listed on our Calendar.