Feb. 19, 2007

Osmo's back for his third year

The Minnesota Orchestra is returning to the PAC March 18

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday for the Minnesota Orchestra, which will be visiting the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center for its third year Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

“We are very glad to come back,” said Sandi Brown, public relations coordinator for the orchestra.

The orchestra has enjoyed the auditorium and “wonderful” audience response they received on past visits.

“[The orchestra] really felt a connection with Cokato,” Brown said.

With the orchestra’s Finnish composer, Osmo Vanska, the local Finnish community undoubtedly plays a part in the orchestra’s return.

The concert will feature a suite from Peer Gynt, composed by Edvard Grieg, and compiled by Vanska.

Also, the orchestra will perform Symphony 5, composed by the major Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, a prime area of expertise for Vanska, according to Brown.

This was also the same number performed by the orchestra last week during its visit to Carnegie Hall in New York, and it was very well received, according to Brown.

The orchestra is in the process of recording all of Beethoven’s symphonies and has received “rave reviews from critics around the world,” according to Brown.

Tickets are available now for arts association members, but will be on sale Tuesday, Feb. 20 to the public.

“We are very fortunate to have them here again,” said Colleen Compton, executive director for the DC Arts Association.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth, available by calling (320) 286-4120 or by visiting Community Education on the west end of the Dassel-Cokato High School.

For a list of other upcoming events at the PAC, visit www.dc.k12.mn.us/artscenter.

Become a member

The Dassel Cokato Arts Association is also welcoming new members. The association was originally organized in 2004, to help support and sponsor non school-sponsored arts in the community.

There are currently 285 households and businesses that are charter members, and dozens of volunteers that help support the events in various ways.

With a tax-deductible membership, members have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public, as well as help make the events possible.

For more information or to become a member, check out the DC Arts website at www.dc.k12.mn.us/artscenter/arts or call (320) 286-4120.

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