Duluth Superior Symphony 2022-23: more low-priced tickets, standard repertoire, Black composers past and present

Posted on: April 19, 2022

“The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 season, which includes seven classical music concerts and two pops programs,” writes Jay Gabler in Friday’s (4/15) Duluth News Tribune (MN). “Executive director Brandon VanWaeyenberghe said the orchestra has embraced ‘three new programming goals’: to ‘celebrate unheard voices,’ ‘highlight rising artists,’ and ‘engage new audiences.’ While the orchestra’s programs will feature classical mainstays like … Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 … and … Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, … the orchestra will also perform … ‘music by Black composers, from past (Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Florence Price, William Grant Still) to present (Adolphus Hailstork, Jessie Montgomery),’ said music director Dirk Meyer in a statement. ‘We also introduce other works that, I suspect, might be less familiar to our audience, such as the beautiful Cantus Arcticus by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara or Michael Tippett’s emotional oratorio A Child of Our Time.’ … The orchestra is also aiming to increase accessibility by making tickets more affordable, [adding] 280 $20 seats into the hall, with most of them on the main floor. The DSSO is also continuing its ‘casual concert’ series with two matinee performances that are free to children 17 and under and $10 for adults.”