Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Winter Concert March 1-2

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra plays Beethoven’s "Coriolan Overture" and "Choral Fantasy" along with the "Violin Concerto" of Samuel Barber on Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p. m. at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St. and on Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p. m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague. 

Tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild, 507-645-8877 or online at  They will also be available at the door in Northfield, $10 adults and $5 for students (under 18). There will be a free-will offering in New Prague.

Both concerts feature local artists:  A. DeWayne Wee, the New Prague Hymnus Choir, and Anthony Eddleston. A. DeWayne Wee is emeritus professor of piano at St. Olaf College.  He will be featured in the Beethoven "Choral Fantasy."  Anthony Eddleston, violin, is a high school orchestra conductor in Moorhead, MN, with a degree from Concordia College in Moorhead.  He toured with the Concordia Orchestra abroad and recently taught in the Faribault Public Schools.  Today he plays in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and maintains a private studio.  Eddleston will be the soloist in the Barber "Violin Concerto."

The Hymnus Choir of New Prague was established in 2002 by Mary Zard of New Prague.  This choir provides an opportunity for people of all ages and faiths in the greater New Prague area to study and sing music of the Western liturgical tradition.  It functions in the European cathedral choir school tradition.  Hymnus has toured abroad in 2004, 2006, and to New York in 2007.

The CVRO winter concert is underwritten by season sponsor Community Resource Bank of Northfield.   CVRO functions under the auspices of the Northfield Arts Guild, while other funding comes through the McKnight Foundation, Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, and Legacy funding through the MN legislature.

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra draws players from a wide area including Northfield, New Prague, Faribault, Kenyon, Owatonna, and Red Wing and has been under the direction of Dr. Paul Niemisto since 1979.  The players are serious amateurs who play for the love of orchestra music.  Visit for more information.