Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Presents Beethoven!! March 3-4

On March 3rd and 4th the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, conducted by Paul Niemisto, will present a concert of the music of the great early Romantic composer Ludwig van Beethoven.  Dr. Niemisto says that "Beethoven can be ignored for a while, but every orchestral musician comes back to him and it is time for us to once more celebrate this profound artist." The first concert will take place at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St., on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p. m.  Tickets are available at the Northfield Arts Guild (507-645-8877; or at the door. The second concert will be on Sunday, March 4, 4:00 p. m., at the Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Ave. N., Faribault.  Tickets are available at 507-332-7372 or or they may  be purchased at the door.

BEETHOVEN! features violinist Dr. Brian Buckstead in the composer's only Violin Concerto. Buckstead is a native of Northfield and has performed extensively as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College and his D. M. A. from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison in violin performance.  He has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and at Beloit College in Wisconsin.  He now teaches at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory in Alberta, Canada.  Conductor Niemisto says that "Northfield has been a training ground for many noted artists, and it is a great pleasure to invite back one of our own who has gone on to a very successful music career."

The concert also features Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 or the "Sinfonia Pastorale", a musical tribute to spring.  The program also inlcudes Beethoven’s Military March in F No. 1 and an accompanying interpretation by Hindemith, Geschwindmarsch for Winds and Percussion.

Under the direction of Dr. Paul Niemisto since 1979, the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra draws players from a wide area including Northfield, New Prague, Faribault, Owatonna, and Red Wing. They are experienced amateurs who play for the love of orchestral music.  Visit for more information.

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is sponsored by Community Resource Bank in Northfield, Frandsen Bank and Trust in Dundas, and Ferndale Markets in Cannon Falls. CVRO functions as an area orchestra under the auspices of the Northfield Arts Guild. Other funding comes through appropriations by the McKnight Foundation, Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, Legacy funding, and the MN State Legislature.