Itasca Symphony Orchestra in Bigfork

For their second performance in Bigfork, The Itasca Symphony Orchestra (ISO), under the direction of Keith Swanson, will be at the Edge Center on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. The ISO first appeared on the Edge stage in 2012 to a very appreciative audience. This time the concert will feature the Schumann Concerto for four horns, John Williams Cowboy Overture, the Hindemith March from Symphonic Metamorphosis and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins.

The four featured horn players for the Schumann Concerto are Michael Alexander, Alison Akins, Deb Rausch and Deena Skaja. Alexander currently performs with the Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Orchestra; Akins performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York); Rausch teaches horn at the University of Wisconsin Superior; and Skaja has played as the featured soloist with the ISO many times since moving to Grand Rapids in 1995.

Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins will feature Mary LaPlant, Sarah Kowitz, Kristine Arntson, and Debbie Losik. LaPlant is Concertmaster, Kowitz is the Director of String Instruction, and Arntson has played in the ISO and not missed a concert since moving to Grand Rapids in 1998. Losik is the Instructor who heads up the strings program in Bigfork, which has 10 students this year.

The ISO was established in 1981 as the Itasca Orchestral Society by a group of teachers, musicians and music lovers. It is presently part of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP). Besides its symphony orchestra, IOSP enrolls students for lessons in violin, viola, cello and string bass. From the beginning, IOSP has staged three to four symphony concerts per year collaborating with guest and local artists. For the Edge Center concert the Itasca Symphony Orchestra will be comprised of musicians from Itasca County and others mostly from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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