Live Holiday Music! 2016 Holiday Schedule

Festive music performances set the scene as part of the Arboretum's "Making Spirits Bright"!

Saturdays and Sundays in November and December, Oswald Visitor Center. All performances are free with gate admission.

Minnesota ChoraleSaturday, Nov. 26

Minnesota Chorale
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Great Hall

The Minnesota Chorale celebrates the human voice and its power to educate, enrich, unite and inspire by performing an ever-widening repertory of choral music, at the highest artistic leve, for a broad community of audiences. Enjoy a program of lighter holiday classics with this premiere Twin Cities musical organization.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Partners in Praise Girl's Choir
1-2:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

Partners in Praise Girls Choir is performing its 23rd season. The choir consists of auditioned members, grades 8 through 12, from the Twin Cities and surrounding communities.  Their repertoire consists of all styles of music in different languages, and they perform selections that empower both the singers and their audiences with songs of hope with a powerful message. Partners in Praise will be performing mostly Holiday music, world music, some sacred and folk songs.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Westwind Big Band
1:30-3 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

The Westwind Big Band is a group of 18 musicians including trumpets, trombones, woodwinds, rhythm and percussion. The repertoire is big band music from yesterday and today featuring mainly jazz and swing ensemble, solo and improvisational music for listening and dancing. Holiday selections will also be performed. This band was founded by Don Bates who is now the conductor emeritus and a pillar of the Hopkins music community.  In its over 30 years, the Westwind Big Band has performed numerous venues in the Twin Cities such as the Burwell House Festival in Minnetonka, Hopkins Raspberry Festival of Bands, Edinborough Park, Minnehaha Park, Shalom Home, The Glen, Staring Lake Amphitheatre, Ridgepointe, Docktoberfest in Excelsior and private parties.

Celebration Brass

Sunday, Dec. 4

Celebration Brass Quintet
1-2:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

Members of the Celebration Brass Quintet (CBQ) came together 16 years ago through membership in the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. The CBQ performs across the Twin Cities metro throughout the year. Performances last summer included the Lake Harriet Bandshell, the Como Park Pavillion and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Repertoire will include Holiday music in a variety of styles. Demo clips available on CBQ website:

Saturday, Dec. 10

Minnetonka Chamber Choir
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

MacMillan Auditorium

The Minnetonka Chamber Choir is an internationally recognized performing and touring ensemble for young women in grades 9-12.


36th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
1:30-3 p.m.

MacMillan Auditorium

The Music Association of Minnetonka will perform for the Arboretum once again. All singers welcome! Please join the fun and spread the holiday cheer!

Sunday, Dec. 11

Crosstown Community Band
1:30-3 p.m.

MacMillan Auditorium

The Crosstown Community Band has been making music for five years. The majority of its members are in Southwest Minneapolis, the Kenny and Kingfield neighborhoods. Rehearsing weekly at the Richfield Lutheran Church, their performances include home church Annunciation Church, the Kenny Ice Cream Social, Armatage Music and Movies in the Park, the Gibbs Historical Farm, Kingfield Porch Fest, neighborhood fall festivals and holiday performances at Bachmans on Lyndale. Their music is largely contemporary American band music from a broad range of genres. Constantly exploring and trying out new music, they enjoy playing lighter, fun pieces that they never tire of playing and their audiences never tire of hearing!

The Holiday Singers
5-6:30 p.m.

Oswald Visitor Center Balcony

A special performance for Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum ticket holders

Friday, Dec. 16

The Prairie Brass
7-8:30 p.m.

Oswald Visitor Center Balcony

A special performance for Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum ticket holders.

Saturday, Dec. 17

The Flute Loops
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center

The Flute Loops are a flute quartet that has been playing together for about 10 years. Musicians are Mary Renz of Chanhassen,, Diane Markovich of Eden Prairie, Laurie Strand of Chanhassen and Jeanne Roudabush of Eden Prairie. They enjoy playing a variety of music, for a variety of audiences. With backgrounds in classical, spiritual, and jazz music, their repertoire is very diverse. The Flute Loops often play for special occasions such as weddings, dinner events, church services and music in the parks, including on the Arboretum terrace a few summers ago.

Jazz on the Prairie
1-2:30 p.m.

MacMillan Auditorium

Jazz on the Prairie Big Band is a 20-piece big band based in Eden Prairie, MN. Made up entirely of volunteer musicians, the band performs about 10-15 times per year around the greater Twin Cities area providing free concerts to the general public. Repertoire includes all styles of jazz and big band music ranging from the roaring 20's to the big band era of the 40's and the later compositions that made muscians like Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson famous.


Sunday, Dec. 18

Arbor Bells
1-2:30 p.m.
Snyder Building Auditorium

Arbor Bells is a community hand bell ensemble (13 ringers and 1 director) comprised of ringers from the Twin Cities metro area, mostly the South and Western suburbs.


Many thanks to Live Holiday Music sponsor Ovation Orthodonics!

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