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Tony Ross – Cellist Extraordinaire

Marlene’s Musings
February 22, 2019

I have known about Tony Ross for years.  When I played clarinet in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he substituted in the cello section a few times. Soon after, he auditioned for the Principal Cello spot in the Minnesota Orchestra and won.  None of us were surprised.

When I became Music Director of the Wayzata Symphony, I mustered my courage and asked him to play a concerto with us. How lucky we were when he said yes and even suggested to perform David Ott’s Double Concerto with his wife, Beth Rapier, Assistant Principal Cello of MN Orch.

Tony is a musician’s musician – phenomenal technique, gorgeous sound, heart-stopping expression.  But, beyond all of that he is so genuine and generous. He performs with us because he believes in community and that music is for everyone, as performers and listeners. No matter what, it’s all about the music with him. He always offers spot-on, constructive comments to help us lift the music off the page.

His performances of Weinberg’s Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra are coming up soon – February 24 at Wayzata Community Church and March 3 at Orchestra Hall. They will be fifth and sixth times he has performed with us. How lucky for us!

I am so happy we get a chance to showcase his incredible artistry as he performs a piece he requested and one that has never been performed in Minnesota. Who better than Tony Ross to introduce it!

 

Events

Dine In Give Back at Monello (The Ivy Hotel)

Join us on March 3, 2019 after the WSO Orchestra Hall performance at Monello (The Ivy Hotel) for a Dine In Give Back event!

Meet and greet cocktail hour with Anthony Ross (Principal Cello, MN Orch) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Constantine Portrait Gallery
Optional cocktail and appetizer:$20*

Dinner reservations available beginning 5:00 pm
3-course dinner: $39*
4-course dinner: $45 (includes dessert)*

*Be sure to make a reservation and mention the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra! For cocktail/appetizer or dinner reservations email info@monellompls.com.

10% of sales will be donated to the WSO that evening.

Contact Dagne Gustafson at 513-708-0511 with any questions. See you there!

Dona Nobis Pacem at Orchestra Hall

Program:
Weinberg: Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra,
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem.

Music Director:
Marlene Pauley

Guest Artists:
Anthony Ross, Cello,
Tracey Engleman, Soprano,
Gerard Sundberg, Baritone,
Edina Chorale,
Two Rivers Chorale.

Join the WSO, the Edina Chorale, and the Two Rivers Chorale for their third performance at Orchestra Hall! Free, no ticket required. Join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.

Marlene Pauley, WSO Music Director
John Hoffacker, Edina Chorale Music Director
Timothy Sawyer, Two Rivers Chorale Music Director

Join us after the concert at Monello (The Ivy Hotel) for a reception with Tony Ross from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by a Dine In Give Back dinner event at 6:30 for $39 with a fixed menu. The WSO will receive 10% of sales as a donation. Learn more.

Thank you to our media sponsor: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

 

 

The 2018-19 WSO concert season is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

2016-17 Season

Hello Friends of the WSO!

We will announce the details for our upcoming season in early July 2016. Please save these dates!

September 10-11, 2016: Outdoor performances at James J. Hill Days in Wayzata

September 18, 2016: Wayzata Community Church Sunday Morning Celebration

October 16, 2016: Concert at Wayzata Community Church at 3:00

November 20, 2016: Concert at Wayzata Community Church at 3:00

February 19, 2017: Concert at Wayzata Community Church at 3:00
February 26, 2017: Concert at Orchestra Hall at 3:00

March 19, 2017: Wayzata Community Church Chancel Choir and WSO at 3:00

April 30, 2017: Concert at Wayzata Community Church at 3:00
May 7, 2017: Concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran in Mahtomedi at 3:00

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Brahms Requiem (Orchestra Hall)

TraceyEngelman2Guest Artists:

Two Rivers Chorale, Tim Sawyer, Director.

Edina Chorale, Tom Paulson, Director.

Tracey Engelman, Soprano.

Thomas Glass, Baritone.

 

Program:thomas-glass-web Johannes Brahms: Requiem

Free. No ticket required.
Donations gratefully accepted.
Please join us for a reception following the concert.