DSSO – Carmina Burana | Postponed

A Message from the DSSO:

Dear Patrons and Friends of the DSSO,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has made the difficult decision to suspend the 2019-2020 Season. Because of the limitations on group gatherings and the increasing restrictions in our daily lives, we see no path forward that offers us the opportunity to prepare for our April and May concerts.

This is an extremely painful decision to make, but it is the only one available to us currently. We are actively working to reschedule the March, April and May concerts at future dates. We will provide updates through e-mails, social media and our website. We are also currently working on virtual activities, so please follow us on social media for more information in the coming weeks.

The list of concerts and programs suspended includes:

• April 16 & 17 – Young Peoples Concerts
• April 18 – Pop Goes the Classics
• April 19 – Casual Concert: Peter & the Wolf
• May 2 – Carmina Burana
• May 3 – DSSYO Spring Concert

If possible, the DSSO will still continue its Beerthoven On Tour Series until we return to Symphony Hall at the DECC. Our next performance is still scheduled for April 16 at The Rathskeller and April 27 at Castle Danger Brewery, in the hopes that bars and restaurants will be reopened in time for the event.

All ticket purchases for any of our upcoming performances, are handled through their original point of sale. The following options are available for those that purchased direct through the DSSO Box Office. Please remember, transferring your ticket into a donation supports your DSSO during these uncertain times and we appreciate your consideration.

• Hang on to your ticket until the postponed dates are announced. Once we announce the new dates, your ticket will still be valid for entry into the concert, otherwise the options below are available if the date conflicts with your schedule or the concert is not rescheduled.

• Donate your ticket. As a nonprofit arts organization, DSSO relies on the audience we serve. By donating the value of your tickets, you are providing vital support for music that inspires and enriches our community. Please consider donating the value of your tickets back to support music in the Twin Ports. All patrons who donate will receive a tax credit letter at the end of the calendar year.

• Account Credit. A credit on your DSSO account can be made and is available to redeem for a future concert in the 20-21 season. This credit can be redeemed anytime AFTER August 10, 2020 when single tickets are on sale for individual concerts. Credits must be used by the end of the 20-21 season.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone at 218-623-3776 or email at tickets@dsso.com. A reminder that the DSSO Box Office is closed until Monday, March 30, at which time normal 9 am – 4 pm hours are expected to resume. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

We know that this is an extraordinary and difficult time for many people, including our musicians. Several of them have lost their source of employment for the next few months, and we are assessing how to best support them. If you are interested in helping to support our dedicated musicians, please visit dsso.com/give. We will get through this together. We value you as a member of the DSSO family and look forward to seeing you back at Symphony Hall.

Thank you for your continued support.


Brandon VanWaeyenberghe
Executive Director

Dirk Meyer
Music Director

Saint-Saëns: Baccanale from Samson and Delilah
Schubert: Symphony No. 5
Orff: Carmina Burana
Soloist — Richard Zeller, baritone
Soloist — Alice Pierce, Soprano
Soloist — Wesley Frye, Tenor

Program Notes


Guest Conducting: Ho-Yin Kwok, Assistant Conductor and Richard Robbins, Chorus Master

DSSO Chorus – Richard Robbins, Chorus Master
University of Minnesota Duluth University Singers, Richard Robbins, director
The College of St. Scholastica Concert Choir, Sarah Ludwig, director
University of Wisconsin-Superior Chorale, Michael Fuchs, director
Lake Superior Youth Chorus, Brett Amundson, Director

The evening opens with Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns and the beautiful Symphony No. 5 by Franz Schubert. We close the season with over 300 musicians on stage, as the Orchestra and Chorus bring to life one of the greatest choral works of the repertoire: Carmina Burana.

Purchase tickets at the DECC Ticket Office, ticketmaster.com or dsso.com