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Oct. 14: Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra

Newly formed orchestra to perform at Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-19-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The newly-formed Minnesota State University, Mankato Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Orchestra Director Dr. Joseph Rodgers has transformed this year’s university orchestra. The orchestra has invited area community members to join the former university orchestra and perform with university student musicians. The orchestra has quadrupled in size and offers an abundance of new opportunities for both students and community members. Rodgers believes that the new performing group gives students experience getting to know community members as well as learning from them. Many of the community members playing in the Minnesota State Mankato Community Orchestra also perform or have performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.
The concert features Kalinnikow’s "1st Symphonie," Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville," and Donizetti’s "Concerto in re minore."

Donizetti’s piece features two soloists, cellist Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, and violinist Emily Saathoff. Sharon Mautner-Rodgers is the current principal cellist of the South Dakota symphony, principal cellist of the Mankato Symphony, and also a cello instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College. Emily Saathoff recently won the Mary West Violin Competition in Minneapolis. She is the current concertmaster of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. This piece will showcase the talents of two outstanding soloists and the new partnership between university and regional classical musicians.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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