Mankato Symphony Season Debut: Brilliant Beethoven

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — Beethoven thought that his Seventh Symphony rated as “one of my best” and who are we to disagree? Hear the brilliant and electrifying concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Steven Copes as he makes his Mankato debut in Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto. We raise the curtain on our season with the all the drama and pathos of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.

The season begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at the Verizon Wireless Grand Hall with a concert of all compositions by the great Ludwig van Beethoven.

Tickets can be purchased at the Verizon Box Office in person, or in advance from the Mankato Symphony either by phone, at 507-625-8880, online at

About our Guest Artist

World-renowned violinist Steven Copes has maintained an active international presence as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader, and teacher. He is the Concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a position he has filled since 1998. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the music of today, having given the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2, as well as the NY premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subio for Violin and Piano. Copes has performed at chamber music festivals and concert series such as Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Chestnut Hill, Colorado College, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, Marlboro, Mozaic, Skaneateles & Styriarte in Graz. He founded Accordo, a dynamic chamber group. Copes is also a frequent Guest Concertmaster, having led the Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Mahler Chamber Orchestra on numerous tours and recording, and has served in the same capacity with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. He holds degrees from Curtis & Julliard, and performs on a violin made by Samual Zygmuntowicz in 2014.

About the Music

Ludvig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist and was a crucial figure in the transition from the Classical era to the Romantic era. Beethoven is regarded as one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, composed between 1811 and 1812, is one of his most oft-performed works. It is known for its lively rhythms; Richard Wagner called it the “apotheosis of dance.” The symphony – from the joyful dotted rhythms of the first movement and the profound beauty of the allegretto to the exhilarating finale – bursts with irrepressible energy and is as viscerally exciting today as it was at its premiere. The success of the Allegretto, which was encored at the premiere and remained popular since, has also given it the distinction of being one of the few classical tunes to have achieved universal popular recognition.

Guest Artist Steven Copes will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Although the piece was forgotten and rarely performed after its disastrous premiere in 1806, virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim revived it in 1844 and since then, it has become one of the most well-known violin concertos.

Egmont Overture is a piece of incidental music that was written for the 1787 play of the same name. The Overture, as one of the last works of Beethoven’s “heroic” middle period, is filled with drama and emotion.


The Mankato Symphony is celebrating its 68th anniversary and its second season in the new Verizon Center Grand Hall. Programming for the season includes five Symphonic Series performances with the full orchestra and major guest artists, a four-concert chamber music series, four free Family Concerts, three free Youth Concerts, and an outdoor Fourth of July concert. Kenneth Freed, a Grammy winning violist in his own right, conducts.

The MSO serves the nine-county region of south central Minnesota, a region with a population of over 240,000. Together, the neighboring cities of Mankato and North Mankato contain over 50,000 residents. Several thousand people attend the Mankato Symphony each year, and some have attended loyally since its founding. All Symphonic Series concerts are recorded and rebroadcast on local radio. Select concerts are broadcast on MPR, which reaches over 1,000,000 listeners. In recent years the MSO has been nominated for multiple ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. We have been selected for three grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, and were one of three nationally selected winners for the Eide Bailly Resourcefulness awards. The MSO was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2014, and received the Hospitality Award from Visit Mankato last season.

Tickets can be purchased at the Verizon Box Office in person, in advance from the Mankato Symphony either by phone, at 507-625-8880, online at, and at the door beginning one hour before the performance.

Verizon Center Grand Hall: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato MN 56001

General admission: $30.00 – $35.00

Student (under 18 or with college ID): $5.00

Under 12: free

Group rates available (10 or more)- call 507-625-8880 for more information

For more information, call the MSO office at 507-625-8880 or email us at


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