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Minnesota Beethoven Festival

Epic performances each summer

Masters like Yo-Yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Minnesota Orchestra have all paid homage to Beethoven in this premiere festival, which transforms Winona into a classical music Mecca each summer. The 2015 festival runs June 28 – July 19.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to Winona to open the 2015 Minnesota Beethoven Festival. Other featured artists of the Festival’s ninth season include soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Takács Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, pianist Vadym Kholodenko, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Dale Warland will once again lead the Festival Chorale in a special weekend of concerts, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be making their third Festival appearance. The Minnesota Orchestra will present the annual free concert at Lake Park on July 2.

See calendar, details and ticket information: Minnesota Beethoven Festival

Festival Ticket Packages will go on sale March 10, 2015, and individual tickets for all other performances will go on sale April 28, 2015. There are three Festival ticket package options: the 8-concert series includes all 8 indoor concerts and is priced at $175 for adults/$147 for students and senior citizens, the 7-concert series (excludes Yolanda Kondonassis) is priced at $155 for adults/$131 for students and senior citizens, and the 6-concert series (excludes Yolanda Kondonassis and Vadym Kholodenko) is priced at $135 for adults/$115 for students and senior citizens.

Tickets can be purchased through the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center box office in person or by phone (507) 457-1715, weekdays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ticket packages are not available online.

2015 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts
June 28: Garrick Ohlsson, piano
June 30: Takács Quartet
July 2: Minnesota Orchestra, free outdoor pops concert
July 7: Vadym Kholodenko, piano
July 9: Dawn Upshaw, soprano
July 11 & 12: Dale Warland and Festival Chorale
July 14: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
July 16 & 17: Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
July 19: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra


About the festival

The soundtrack to a summer in Winona

In its ninth season, Minnesota Beethoven Festival is a Winona institution. Performance selections showcase the unique talents of each orchestra, soloist and ensemble. This community celebration of Beethoven takes in many Winona venues including the Winona Lake Park Bandshell, Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University, Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona Middle School and Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

The festival is led by artistic and managing director Ned Kirk.

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