Russian National Orchestra wraps up Beethoven festival in Winona

Russian National Orchestra

WINONA — The final week of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona will feature concerts by Dale Warland and the Festival Chorale, and the Russian National Orchestra.

The concerts by Warland and the Festival Chorale are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, on the Saint Teresa campus of Saint Mary's University. The concerts are hosted by Brian Newhouse, of Minnesota Public Radio.

The festival-concluding concert by the Russian National Orchestra is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Winona Middle School. The Russian orchestra is filling the end-of-festival concert spot normally taken by the Minnesota Orchestra, which is mired in a labor dispute.

This is the fourth year Warland, a legendary choral director, and the Festival Chorale will perform at the Beethoven Festival. Warland founded the Dale Warland Singers in 1972, and the ensemble went on to achieve international acclaim before being disbanded in 2004. His Festival Chorale performances at the Beethoven Festival have included past members of the Dale Warland Singers,

The concert program will include "The Woman with the Alabaster Box" by Paert, "Lux Aeterna" by Elgar, "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen," by Mahler and "Hymn to the Creator of Light" by Rutter.


The Russian National Orchestra made its premiere in 1990 in Moscow and has since become the first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel. The orchestra is conducted by Mikhail Pletnev.

For the Winona concert, the orchestra will perform Sibelius' "Night Ride and Sunrise," Tchaikovsky's "The Tempest," and Beethoven's Sixth Symphony.

Tickets for the Warland and Russian National Orchestra concerts are $25, $21 for students and senior citizens; 507-457-1715.

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