2016 Friday Favorites Interview

Steve Staruch of MPR Classical was nice enough to host Jere Lantz for an interview on the July 1st edition of Friday Favorites.  They talked about the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra’s 2016 season, which got underway last night with an amazing audience: over 3100 people! In case you missed it, here is the recording from that […]

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Player Profile: Warren Starr

Warren Starr: Tuba Warren earned a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota in 1980, and a certificate in Gifted/Creative/Talented   Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2011.  He started teaching instrumental music at Hill-Murray School in 1981, and has been the Coordinator of the Hill-Murray Parish Schools Band Program since 1984.  Warren toured China […]

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Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Featured in Southwest Journal

Writer Michelle Bruch featured the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra in her June 16, 2015 article entitled “Minneapolis Pops draws thousands to Lake Harriet” in the Southwest Journal!  Some highlights of the article: One of Lantz’s greatest challenges at the podium is preventing his music from blowing away. With up to 50 or 60 pages to turn, […]

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Featured Soloist: Dan Chouinard

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is happy to be partnering with Twin Cities pianist Dan Chouinard this season to present George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  The concert will take place at Lake Harriet on Sunday June 28th at 5:30 PM. The Minneapolis-born pianist “plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers.”  He […]

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Player Profile: Theresa Elliott

Theresa Elliott: Violin Theresa Elliott, violinist, is also a member of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the upper Midwest’s  period instrument ensemble that has toured and recorded  in Spain on Glossa Label. Other organizations she has performed with include Philomusica, the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Valley Community Orchestra as concert master. […]

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Poster: “Lake Harriet” by Michael Birawer

Did you see the posters we are selling at the lake?  They were painted by local Minneapolis artist Michael Birawer.  He has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Lake Harriet posters that he sells on his website between now and July 31!  Check out the Lake Harriet poster by visiting his […]

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Recording: Duke Ellington

Here is a recording the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra made in 2013 of a suite of songs that pays homage to Duke Ellington.  It is called “Duke Ellington!” and it was arranged by Custer.

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Player Profile: Michal Sobieski

Michal Sobieski, Violin Michal Sobieski was a violinist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1979 to 2013.  During his tenure he also appeared as soloist and chamber musician.  In 1994, he won praise as soloist in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as a last minute substitute for an ailing Iona Brown.  He has performed on five Lifescapes […]

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