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Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra embraces spring

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present a performance of "Romantic Spring," a concert featuring music invoking the season, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School Auditorium, 400 Sixth St., Kenyon.

The concert will feature Hugo Alfvén's "Midsommarvaka" (also referred to as Swedish Rhapsody No. 1), Edvard Grieg's "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Movement 1" and Karl Goldmark's "Rustic Wedding Symphony." The concerts will be performed under the direction of CVRO founder and conductor Dr. Paul Niemisto.

"This concert, with music of springtime, is a way to celebrate the end of a very rigorous Minnesota winter. For me these musical phrases evoke the green vistas, the flowers and birds, and the smells of fields and forests," he said.

The Grieg concerto will feature piano soloist Peter Webb.

"I am very excited to be performing part of the Grieg concerto because it is a lot of fun to play, using the full range of the keyboard, and with spectacular pianist effects," Webb said.

Classically trained, Webb has become particularly enthusiastic about jazz in recent years and is a founding member of the group Sweet Jazz, performing regularly in the area. Webb is a professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Advanced sale tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 507-645-8877 or online going to Inclusive ticket pricing is also available at the door; no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Since 1979, CVRO has drawn players from a wide area, including Northfield, Cannon Falls, New Prague, Red Wing and Faribault. The performers are dedicated amateurs of all ages whose love for orchestral music encourages them to perform to high levels of artistic excellence. The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is a program of the Northfield Arts Guild.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.