Winona Symphony Orchestra Awarded SEMAC Grant for 2018 Children’s Concert

The Winona Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2018 Children’s Concert for Winona area 3rd and 4th graders. Thanks to this generous grant, two free performances of the 2018 Children’s Concert will be presented on the morning of Tuesday, February 13 at Winona State University’s Harriet Johnson Auditorium. Area schoolchildren have been invited.

The concert will feature music settings of two Dr. Seuss stories, “Gertrude McFuzz” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” The music was written by American composer Robert Kapilow. Under the direction of Dr. Donald Lovejoy, WSO performers will include nine instrumentalists and three vocalists (including Gertrude and Sam). “We hope to not only entertain the students but also inspire them to get involved in music making,” says Lovejoy. The 2018 WSO Children’s Concert is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The WSO also offers free admission to K-12 students for its Spring Concert on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7:30 pm. The March concert will feature Godfrey Ridout’s Tafelmusik, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in in D Major. For the Spring Concert, high school students will be admitted free with a school ID; elementary and middle school students get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Winona Symphony Orchestra exists to enrich the Winona area with live performances of high quality symphonic music, to provide performing opportunities for talented area musicians, and to promote an appreciation of live classical music among young people. The Symphony is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For additional information, visit

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