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.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
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. 26
Westwind Big Band
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.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Festive Flute Loops
Visitor Center Balcony
The Festive 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.
Sunday, Dec. 3
The Silverwinds Flutes
The Silverwinds Flutes were formed in the Fall of 2004 by members of the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band Flute Section. Performance venues over the past thirteen years have included community gatherings, private functions, and special events, as well as before and during Westwind Band Concerts.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Minnetonka Youth Choir
Oswald Visitor Center Balcony
Under the direction of Cynthia Bayt Bradford and Rachel Hansell, the Minnetonka Youth Choir focuses on increasingly complex music, community involvement and partnerships with other choral and instrumental ensembles. The Choir provides learning and performance opportunities for children in grades 2-12.
37th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
The Music Association of Minnetonka will perform for the Arboretum once again. All singers welcome! Please join the fun and spread the holiday cheer!
The Holiday Singers
Visitor Center Balcony
A special performance of holiday favorites during the evening hours of the Outdoor Lights Displays.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Waconia Suzuki Ensemble
The Waconia Suzuki Ensemble fosters an early enjoyment and appreciation of music in children.The idea behind Suzuki is to have fun while learning how to play music, to serve the community at large and to belong to a musical group community.
Sarah Martin and Gigi Hickey
Martin (violin) and Hickey (keyboard) play selections of Irish Christmas music.
Saturday, Dec. 16
The Prairie Brass Quintet
McQuinn Great Hall
The Prairie Brass Quintet has been performing in the Eden Prairie and southwest Twin Cities metro area for many years. They specialize in many types of music, such as wedding processionals, hymns, religious music, dixieland jazz, Broadway, marches, classical and a variety of other styles.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Partners in Praise Girl's Choir
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. 23
Jazz on the Prairie Big Band
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.
Saturday, Dec. 30
Just One More! and Swype
McQuinn Great Hall
Both these quartets perform as part of the Minneapolis Commodores. Just One More! has been singing their whole lives, singing barbershop for many years, and singing together as a quartet for about 10 months. Swype if the 2015 10,000 Lakes Division Novice Champions. All live around the Minneapolis area, and get together to practice, perform and compete. Barbershop singing is a unique style of a cappella music, but it has a long and proud tradition which has been carried on by countless talented musicians.
The groups will be performing some holiday music, and some "contemporary" music ranging from the 1930s to the 2010s sung in the classic barbershop style, but will also feature some a cappella arrangements throughout the show.
Many thanks to Live Holiday Music sponsor Ovation Orthodonics!