CVRO Classical Concert

Oct 29 2017 3:00 pm
St. John's Hall, 500 3rd St. W, Northfield

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) presents a Classical Concert featuring pianist Esther Wang, professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, under the direction of CVRO founder Dr. Paul Niemisto.  Along with the full orchestra, Wang will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major.  The concert’s repertoire also includes Adrien Boieldieu’s “Overture to the Caliph of Bagdad,” and Franz Berwald’s “Symphony No. 3. ” Classical Concert performances are Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 pm, Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour,  515 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN and Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 pm, St. John’s Hall,500 3rd St W, Northfield, MN.  

Esther Wang, pianist, is an active soloist and collaborator throughout the United States and has appeared on numerous concert series, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago and the A. Mozart Fest Series in Austin, TX. The San Jose Mercury News has called Wang "a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality...spirited and vital," and the Double Reed journal called her a "magnificent accompanist" after the 1999 International Double Reed Conference.

She has won prizes in the Kingsville and Shreveport Young Artists Competitions and has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Green Lake Festival Orchestra under Sir David Willcocks. As a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the LaSalle String Quartet, the Maia Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Advanced sale tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and seniors.  Tickets may be purchased at the Guild’s Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, by calling the Northfield Arts Guild at 507-645-8877 or online at    A suggested, “pay what you want” admission is also available at the door, and 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. Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is a program of the Northfield Arts Guild.

The Classical Concert is sponsored by River Valley Eye Professionals and Vision. The 2017-18 Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra season is generously sponsored by Community Resource Bank, with media support from 95.1 KYMN The One.

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

Pianist Esther Wang