Mississippi Valley Orchestra, in its 42nd season, relies solely on donations from the Twin Cities area.

The Mississippi Valley Orchestra, one of the Twin Cities’ finest semi-professional orchestras, is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 season. The new season, featuring five concerts throughout the Twin Cities, also features the orchestra’s new conductor, Ho-Yin Kwok, concertmaster Sarah Grimes, along with an array of musical guests.

Originally from Hong Kong, Ho-Yin Kwok recently moved to the Twin Cities, bringing his impressive list of conducting credentials. He served as assistant conductor of Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, during their Carnegie Hall debut. He conducted tours with the Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony, the Sacred Heart Canossian College Orchestra, the St. Stephen’s College Orchestra, and served as Conducting Fellow for the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Kwok said “For me, The Mississippi Valley Orchestra is a perfect welcome to Minnesota. The musicians have a true unconditional love of music and will give up much of themselves for a great performance. I am so honored to serve and be part of this incredible group, and I look forward to sharing our joy of music with the community."

Concertmaster Sarah Grimes, a member of Minnesota Orchestra, was raised in the Twin Cities. She began violin at age 4, then eventually attended Northwestern University, where she was an active musician on campus and throughout the Chicago area. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a guest musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and most recently, a member of the first violin section of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Under this new artistic leadership, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra’s season opens at Simley Theater of Performing Arts, featuring nationally-renown cellist Richard Belcher in Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto.

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