the minneapolis pops orchestra

The mission of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is to bring the power and pleasure of live orchestra concerts performed by professional musicians to the Twin Cities community, free of charge. Since 1950 the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra has been making a difference in the community by offering summertime concerts at Lake Harriet and other park locations.

free concerts for seniors

Each year the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra presents various free concerts for seniors at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.  Check back soon for the 2014 dates!

kids play!

Forty-five student musicians from local high schools will join the professional musicians of the Pops Orchestra to play a side-by-side concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

new orchestral repertoire project

New Orchestral Repertoire Project seeks to identify new orchestral works that have been premiered and are worthy additions to the standard repertoire, but have not received large numbers of additional performances.

2013 ~ The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra received 30 submissions for the 2013 New Orchestral Repertoire Project! Entries were received from composers in the U.K, Canada, Chile, Australia, Italy, and the U.S.  The winning composition, Meteora, was performed on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Tom Cipullo won the inaugural New Orchestral Repertoire Project contest in 2009 with his composition Sparkler.

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Photo Gallery

Check out more photos from Minneapolis Pops Orchestra performances at Lake Harriet Bandshell and Nicollet Island Pavillion.



Notes to Jere

In 2011 we celebrated Jere Lantz’s 25th year as Music Director with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Audience members were invited to write Jere a note in honor of this anniversary.

> Read Notes to Jere


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