Past Events 2020/2021
May 22, 2021
Wilcox Theater, Reif Performing Arts Center
We are happy to announce that there will be a limited amount of seats available for in person viewing for this concert.Piano Soloist Alexander Sandor
Conducted by Keith Swanson
St Paul’s Suite – Gustav Holtz
Eclogue for Piano and Strings – Gerald Finzi
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major – Bach
Masks required for the safely of our muscians and guests. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to Covid-19.
See the concert here! May 22, 2021 concert viewing
Thank you to our concert sponsor:
Julie Takkunen, Financial Advisor
TCCC Virtual Concert & Fundraiser
Performers – Evgeny Zvonnikov – violin, Magdalena Sas- cello
Composers – Eugene Ysaÿe, Akshaya Avril Tucker, Aleksey Igudesman and Maurice Ravel
Available virtually on Sunday, March 28 at 12pm CDT
This special event is brought to you through a partnership with the The Third Coast Chamber Collective and MacRostie Art Center and will be presented online on IOSP Youtube Channel.
All received funds will support creation of the TCCC/IOSP Music Camp in Grand Rapids,MN. You can find more information about the camp under our Lessons page.
See the following link to read more about performers. Third Coast Chamber Collective
IOSP teachers Pedro Oviedo and Magdalena Sas are founding members of the group and through that organization they will bring performance and learning opportunities to Grand Rapids and connect our community and our students to outstanding world class musicians.
Third Coast Chamber Collective is a group of emerging musicians from diverse backgrounds devoted to promoting the transformative power of chamber music through inspiring performances, residencies and workshops.
Peter & the Wolf | February 20, 2021
Our February concert recording of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev was released was produced by The Reif Center field trip and is available for viewing on the Reif Center website. The field trip is available at no charge to classrooms in the Grand Rapids, Greenway and Deer River school districts thanks to a generous donation by concert sponsor – Loggy Dome.
An educational performance for all ages based on Sergei Prokofiev’s classic. Great for classrooms and virtual learners! Written in 1936, Peter & the Wolf is performed with a narrator and the musical work is as an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Each character in the story is personified by its own instruments and melody.
Study guides will be provided to help students make connections with their classroom learning and creating opportunities for active listening and related creative activities. In addition to learning to identify instruments by sight and sound, students learn that stories and emotion can be communicated through music.
The performance is directed by Itasca Strings Program director of string instruction Pedro Oviedo and performed by The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program. Guest musician Evgeny Zvonnikov has performed this famous piece as concertmaster in orchestras in his native Russia and will perform as concertmaster of our Grand Rapids based community orchestra. Steve Jaeger from the Grand Rapids Players will narrate and bring his own special style and charm to the story.
Tickets Available on the Reif Center website through May 31, 2021
December 2020 Virtual concert
This concert was aired virtually via Itasca Community Television, aired on KOZY and KAXE. It was also aired as a YouTube Premier. You can find the full concert recording on our YouTube Channel
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, B. 179, op. 96, “American” | Antonin Dvorak
Selections from the Nutcracker for String Quartet | Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Pop Christmas with area strings players
Traditional Christmas Carols with short readings by the Grand Rapids Players
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.
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.
Tickets for veterans for this concert are $5 as a token of gratitude for their service.
Simply Three Workshop October 10, 2019
October 30, 2019 Concert with the Concordia Orchestra
Itasca Strings Students will perform with The Concordia Orchestra in Dances in the Canebrakes by Florance Price
2018/2019 School Year
The Artaria Quartet Residency 2019
We are fortunate to once again have the opportunity to participate in a residency with the Artaria Quartet. The Artaria Quartet will work with Itasca Strings Students over a period of three months. At the end of the residency, strings students will play a joint concert with Artaria. This has been a fun experience for the students and an incredible learning experience. We are really looking forward to this year’s residency.
OK Factor Workshop January 2019
In January, the young and creative duet The OK Factor will be playing a concert at the Reif Center. As part of their education program they have offered to hold a workshop that will be open to all Itasca Strings Students.