Winona Symphony Celebrates 110th anniversary at March 24 Concert

Saturday | March 24 | 7:30pm
Pre-Concert Talk | 7:00pm
Harriet Johnson Auditorium | Somsen Hall
Winona State University

The Winona Symphony Orchestra’s exciting 2017-2018 season marks 110 years since its establishment by founder Carl Ruggles in 1908. The Spring Concert offers three renowned works by eminent composers Ridout, Copland, and Beethoven to commemorate this special anniversary. Tafelmusik is an uplifting composition for woodwinds by Godfrey Ridout. Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet score, Appalachian Spring, is one of the most iconic works of the 20th century. Ludwig van Beethoven is widely considered the greatest composer of all time. His quintessential Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 36 was one of the last works written during his “early period.”

Tickets for the Concert are $15 for adults and $6 for college students. The Symphony offers free admission to high school students with a student I.D., and elementary and middle school students receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are available at Hardt’s Music & Audio (115 East Third Street, Winona) or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

A reception will be held immediately following the concert celebrating the Symphony’s landmark anniversary and honoring retiring music director, Dr. Donald Lovejoy.

The Winona Symphony Orchestra has carried out its mission through its 2017-2018 season by presenting live, orchestral music at three concerts, providing performance opportunities to more than 30 local and regional musicians, and reaching more than 1,200 area elementary students through an annual Children’s Concert. The 2018 Children’s Concert was 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 Winona Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For additional information visit or email

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