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The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, A History—Now Available!

A year-long labor of love has finally come to fruition! Cynthia Stokes, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association president and longtime flutist with the Orchestra, has written an informative history of your favorite Lake Harriet tradition. In its introduction the book gives a brief history of the concert tradition at Lake Harriet that started in 1888. Pictures of the various band shells that preceded the present one are included. The creation of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra in 1950 is described along with the story of its growing pains, its various conductors, anecdotes from players and audience, and the evolution of its present concert traditions.

It would be a perfect companion in these times of social distancing. We are happy to offer this to the public for sale at our concerts.