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St. Olaf Orchestra reschedules 2022 tour throughout Minnesota

Steven Amundson conducts the St. Olaf Orchestra during the Homecoming and Family Weekend Concert in October.
Steven Amundson conducts the St. Olaf Orchestra during the Homecoming and Family Weekend Concert in October.

The St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson, will embark on a 2022 summer tour of Minnesota this summer beginning in Alexandria, Minnesota, on Memorial Day and culminating with the St. Olaf Orchestra Reunion Concert on June 4 at 3 p.m. 

St. Olaf Orchestra members, about a third of whom grew up in Minnesota, will explore the lakes and woods in the central and northern parts of the state. The landscape partly served as inspiration for Symphony No. 1: The Singing Wilderness by alumni composer Matthew Peterson ’06, which the orchestra premiered earlier this year.

The St. Olaf Orchestra was initially set to tour the Pacific Northwest this winter, but the tour was ultimately canceled due to the Omicron surge at the time. The rescheduled tour will be the orchestra’s first since the autumn of 2019. 

“I’m so grateful that the college supports touring, which provides students with life-changing musical, cultural, and educational experiences,” Amundson says. “It gives the students and me a chance to experience a progressively deeper and richer musical experience each day of our journey. The orchestra understands that some of the most valuable qualities of a fantastic performance are found not only in a high level of excellence, but also in seeking a transformative musical experience.”

ST. OLAF ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR STEVEN AMUNDSONI’m so grateful that the college supports touring, which provides students with life-changing musical, cultural, and educational experiences. It gives the students and me a chance to experience a progressively deeper and richer musical experience each day of our journey. The orchestra understands that some of the most valuable qualities of a fantastic performance are found not only in a high level of excellence, but also in seeking a transformative musical experience.

The St. Olaf Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra rich in international artistry and tradition and known for its enthusiastic and passionate performances. Founded in 1906, the 92-member ensemble has been heralded as one of the finest collegiate orchestras in the country, and has twice won the American Prize in Orchestral Performances Among Colleges and Universities.

Concerts are free for all students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online. The concert in Anoka is free for all, as part of the JOYA Concert Series.

Masks will be required for all audience members. St. Olaf College has required all faculty, staff, students, and guests on campus to be fully vaccinated and receive booster shots, which includes members of the St. Olaf Orchestra. Members of the orchestra will also wear masks while performing.

Members of the St. Olaf Orchestra perform during the Homecoming and Family Weekend Concert on campus in October.
Members of the St. Olaf Orchestra perform during the Homecoming and Family Weekend Concert on campus in October.

See the St. Olaf Orchestra’s 2022 Summer Tour schedule below, and reserve your tickets!

Monday, May 30 – 7 p.m.
Alexandria Area High School
Alexandria, Minnesota

Tuesday, May 31 – 7 p.m.
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
Brainerd High School
Brainerd, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 1 – 7 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
Duluth, Minnesota

Thursday, June 2  – 7 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
Anoka, Minnesota
*Free thanks to the JOYA Concert Series*

Saturday, June 4– 3 p.m.
St. Olaf Orchestra Reunion Concert
Skoglund Auditorium
St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minnesota