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Heartland Symphony Orchestra to present 37th season

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) announces its 37th season of presenting live orchestral concerts to audiences in rural central Minnesota.

With HSO’s new conductor, Sergey Bogza, and more than 50 musicians, the HSO has a full orchestral sound and an upbeat concert season planned. HSO will also sponsor music clinics to area schools and revive the Composers’ Competition.

The fall concert, entitled “Americana,” will feature some of America’s most beloved orchestral masterworks. Featured guest artist and piano virtuoso Joseph Welch will join the HSO in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The second half of the program will present the world premiere of “Civil War Memories” by Brainerd’s own composer, Jim Grimes. Performances of “Americana” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

In December, the HSO will once again enrich the joyous Christmas season by presenting a concert of popular holiday classics. “A Winter’s Tapestry” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Travel around the world with the HSO for the spring concert series as it showcases orchestral masterworks from France, Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic. This concert will also feature the 2014 Composers’ Competition winner.

“Around the World with the HSO” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

HSO recently launched its new website at For the first time, tickets are for sale online. Simply navigate to the “tickets” page for instructions and secured payment processing.

The new website also includes orchestra member information, programming details and current news updates. HSO fans will find a new blog with a “Meet the Musicians” theme to introduce audience members to orchestra members. Sign up online to receive new blog posts featuring profiles of HSO players.

Season tickets are available now at a discounted price of $25 for adults and $20 for seniors (60 and older). They are for sale online, through ticket vendor locations and before the fall and winter concerts (season ticket winter purchase will be prorated). Enjoy the entire season of programming at a savings.

Single tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, and they are also for sale online, through ticket vendors and before each concert.

Ticket vendor locations include Little Falls Radio, Little Falls Great River Arts Association, Brainerd Dispatch and Bridge of Harmony Music Store in Brainerd. HSO concerts are free to all youth through high school age students.

To receive a complimentary season brochure detailing HSO’s 37th season, contact

These activities are made possible through the Laura Jane Musser Fund and Five Wings Arts Council grant funding.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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