A New Era
We are excited to introduce our new music director, Russell Gray. He will join the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra starting the upcoming 2024 season, which begins June 29, 2024!
The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra
Since 1950 the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra has been making a difference in the community by offering summertime concerts at Lake Harriet and other park locations.
Each year 20,000 to 25,000 concertgoers enjoy our beautiful music in glorious open-air public venues. Learn More About The Pops
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association Board President Cynthia Stokes has written a book on the history of the Pops Orchestra! You can find more info about the book on our history page.
Now, more than ever, it is important that you support the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra with your best gift. Join hundreds of your neighbors in donating to this timeless twin cities tradition.
CONCERTS & PROGRAMS
Our Musicians Enrich Our Community
The professional musicians of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra are actively engaged in enriching our community in the art of music. We spend our summers providing a variety of performances and activities for all ages.
The Pops hosts ten concerts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell each summer.
Each year the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra presents free concerts for seniors at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. These concerts are suspended for 2021 due to COVID. We hope to return to Nicollet Island in 2022!
Kids Play, an instrumental coaching/mentoring program for high school musicians during the school year, side-by-side performance with the Pops pros in the summer.
We also host an annual Neighborhood Concert at Elliot Park.
Our Major Supporters
The Pops Relies on Your Support
Our orchestra is made possible by contributions from major supporters, and individuals like you. Every dollar matters and the Pops is one of the most financially efficient non-profits around.
Voices from the Crowd
“I was amazed by how we got to know so many professional musicians and how willing to teach they were."