Heartland Symphony Orchestra announces virtual winter concert

Heartland Symphony Orchestra is a 50-piece volunteer, nonprofit, community orchestra located in and serving the central Minnesota area of Brainerd, Little Falls and the surrounding rural communities.

Ryan Webber
Heartland Symphony Orchestra Conductor Ryan Webber

Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert will once again be impacted by the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music Director Ryan Webber has instead created a compilation of previous concert footage that premiered at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Alexander Corbett, the former music director, was included in the program as a special guest.

The program also included footage from past holiday concerts, a few new favorites from the orchestra’s “Music Monday” series, as well as the Christmas Sing-Along Finale, a favorite tradition at the orchestra’s holiday concerts.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s virtual winter concert “Holidays Around the (Virtual) World” is available to watch at Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s website and YouTube channel.

These concerts are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, with legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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