The DSSO Spring Season on PBS North

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This spring WDSE•WRPT continues its partnership with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to bring you the live concert experience from the comfort of your own home!

The five spring concerts from the 20-21 season will be a mix of fun, from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella to Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me, to moving, featuring pieces by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Tune in to PBS North as WDSE•WRPT brings the best of local classical music straight to your home.


Mendelssohn and Mozart

Find yourself transported into the minds of musical geniuses.

Sunday, April 4 at 1pm; Friday, April 9 at 9pm

Strauss and Haydn

A concert full of fun and playfulness featuring music of Stravinsky, Strauss, and Haydn!

Sunday, April 11 at 1pm; Friday, April 16 at 9pm

Price and Mendelssohn

Be inspired by the innovators and dreamers of the past and the talented prodigies of today.

Sunday, May 23 at 5:30pm

From Beethoven to Milhaud

Find yourself renewed by music that fills your senses and embodies energy, power, and joy.

Sunday, May 30th at 5:30pm

More on Each Concert

Mendelssohn and Mozart

Experience the tension and wide range of emotions Shostakovich endured in Soviet-controlled Russia as you listen to his Chamber Symphony. Then, brilliant guest soloist Dominic Cheli takes you to a brighter place with a flurry of cascading melodies in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Finally, hear one of only two minor symphonies that Mozart ever wrote—the popular Symphony No. 40.


Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring soloist, Dominic Cheli

Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Strauss and Haydn

Indulge in an evening of sheer fun and playfulness! Stravinsky’s Pulcinella was inspired by the Commedia dell’arte of 16th century Italy and we meet all the typical characters, from the heartbroken lover to the prankster harlequin. This delightful piece will put us in the right mood for Richard Strauss’ wonderful Horn Concerto, as performed by the DSSO’s principal horn player, Jim Pospisil. Finally, Papa Haydn takes us on a humorous and energy filled trip to Britain, in his Symphony No. 104, the London Symphony.


Stravinsky: Pulcinella

Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, featuring soloist, Jim Pospisil

Haydn: Symphony No. 104

Price and Mendelssohn

Something New and Something Old: Join the DSSO as we introduce Duluth’s audience to two spectacular works. Michael Torke’s Ash was inspired by Beethoven’s music and lacks none of the master’s energy and power. Then we hear, for the first time in the Twin Ports, Florence Price’s wonderful Piano Concerto, featuring our young soloist Clayton Stephenson. Ms. Price was one of the first Black female composers to come to prominence during the first half of the 20th century and this work is truly an undiscovered gem of the repertoire. Finally, we enjoy light, sunshine and lust for life with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.


Torke: Ash

Price: Piano Concerto, featuring soloist Clayton Stephenson

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4

From Beethoven to Milhaud

Think of our season closer as your favorite quilt: Many different and diverse small pieces that come together to form a beautiful whole. From the young refugee Milad Yousufi, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, to Mozart, to Latino composer Osvaldo Golijov, to the iconic French composer Darius Milhaud and finally Ludwig van Beethoven, this concert is as diverse as the wonderful country that we call our home. Join the DSSO as we close this unprecedented season on an upbeat note!


Yousufi: Freedom

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, featuring soloist, Jennifer Gerth

Golijov: ZZ's Dream

Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit

Beethoven: Leonore No. 3