ABOUT MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ORCHESTRA
Mississippi Valley Orchestra (MVO) is a civic orchestra with over 60 talented musicians. We perform concerts in several locations in the Twin Cities, including Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul and First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights. This season, MVO is excited to perform at a new venue - St. Paul's United Church of Christ on 900 Summit Ave.
MVO musicians are community members who are volunteer musicians and do not pay dues to play. We sustain the orchestra on the good will donations of individuals and companies.
The 2016-17 season is MVO's 41th season. This season will include 4 concerts with very intriguing repertoire. We will collaborate with Chorus Polaris and St. Paul Piano Teachers Association.
The new director is Brian Dowdy, who worked with Henry Charles Smith, past director, last season as the Associate Director.
The mission of Mississippi Valley Orchestra:
The orchestra was founded by Edward Schlueter in 1976 as a chamber group. Over its 40 year history, it has evolved into a polished symphony orchestra performing a broad repertoire ranging from baroque Bach orchestral suites to romantic Mahler symphonies of gargantuan proportions. The orchestra has also performed new works, many by local composers, and has a long tradition of performing modern works from the twentieth century.
MVO has performed in many venues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, including the Walker Art Center, Landmark Center, Dakota County Fair and Festa Italiana. It has also performed at many area schools and churches, earning a solid reputation for high quality, musically varied performances that cultivate strong community support.
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