2019-2020 Season Schedule | 2020 Summer Pops

Evening at Pops: Symphony at the Cinema with Colleen Raye

Sunday, October 13, 7 PM
Featuring Colleen Raye, Vocalist

The Dakota Valley Symphony presents your favorite songs from the silver screen with singer Colleen Raye (of Girl Singers fame!) and her trio in lush orchestrations of famous songs from movies, including: Casino Royale, The Greatest Showman, 9 to 5, The Wizard of Oz, Toy Story, Skyfall, A Star is Born, Despicable Me. The orchestra will also play film scores from The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, Jaws, a world premiere of Morning Song by Minnesota composer Robert Maderich and Theme from Schindler’s List with our own Concertmaster, Erika Hoogeveen, as soloist.


A Burnsville Family Christmas

Sunday, December 8, 2 PM
Featuring Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Narrator

Rutter: Magnificat Stokes: Suite from A Child is Born
O'Loughlin: Christmas Canticles
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
Holcombe: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Join the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus and special guest narrator Mayor Elizabeth Kautz for a family friendly Christmas Celebration. Our own composer and principal trombonist, Randy Stokes, is preparing a delightful suite of pieces for the orchestra describing the scene at the Inn in Bethlehem. And our own Mayor Kautz will read us the story Twas the Night before Christmas, illustrated by the orchestra. We will also create our very own collection of pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and will wrap it all up an audience sing-along of the Hallelujah Chorus. What a warm and inspiring concert to help us get into the spirit of the season!


An Andy and Bing Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2 PM and 7 PM
Featuring Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling with the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

we are all invited to join Super Bowl Champion Ben Utecht and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame singer Mick Sterling and the Dakota Valley Symphony for a concert devoted to the songs of two of the world’s most beloved crooners: Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. This concert is packed with our favorite Christmas carols and songs, including: Silent Night, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Sleigh Ride, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Jingle Bells, and many more! Get your tickets at the Ames Center Box office or on Ticketmaster.

Please note: this concert is NOT included in the DVS Season Ticket Package. Tickets for this concert will be available for purchase separately at the Ames Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster.


Ode to Joy: A Beethoven Birthday Celebration

Sunday, February 9, 3 PM
Featuring the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Please join the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus, and Soloists, as we celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with his magnum opus, the Ninth Symphony. Beloved all over the world, Beethoven’s Ninth has become a plea for us all to live as brothers and sisters. With sentiments decades ahead of their time, Beethoven sets a poem by Schiller with a hopeful vision for the future of the world. As befits a birthday celebration there will be a festival of activities in the lobby including a silent auction and a drawing for TWO walls of wine to make the day bright.


Romantic Strings

Sunday, March 8, 2 PM and 7 PM
Featuring: Erika Hoogeveen, Violin

Mozart: A Little Night Music
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Beethoven: Romance in F Major, Op. 40, Erika Hoogeveen, Violin Soloist
Schubert: Symphony No. 5

In the intimate chambers of the Black Box Theater, members of the Dakota Valley Symphony strings (and a few wind players!) bring you a concert of sumptuous delight. Perhaps pushing the season just a bit as we wrap up winter and look forward to spring, we present our concertmaster, Erika Hoogeveen in a gentle Romance for Violin and Orchestra by Beethoven and the delightfully tuneful Symphony No. 5 by Schubert. Along with string favorites from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, this is a concert that will warm your winter heart.


Young Artists’ Concert

Sunday, April 19, 2 PM
Featuring the winner(s) of our Young Artists’ Competition held in January
and welcoming Yuri Ivan, Guest Conductor

Mozart: Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

While Maestro Ramsey is away, the Dakota Valley Symphony welcomes Ukrainian/Minnesotan Conductor, Yuri Ivan, to the podium for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Raised in an environment that is rich with the traditions of Russian music, Yuri will surely bring us a performance of the Tchaikovsky that is true to the spirit of the composer: dramatic, powerful, and above all, captivatingly tuneful. This concert will also feature the winner of our Young Artists’ Competition.