Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Sergey Bogza, conductor. A 50-member ensemble presenting three concerts in Brainerd and Little Falls in October, December, and April in its 37th season. www.heartlandsymphony.org 800.826.1997
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, Sarah Aamot, Artistic Director. The Brainerd Lakes’ own 64-voice ensemble presenting concerts in Brainerd, Deerwood and Nisswa. A 2009 invitee to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual meeting in Minneapolis. www.legacychorale.org
Nisswa-Stämman, Paul Wilson, Artistic Director. A celebration of Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music here in northern Minnesota in its 14th season. www.nisswastamman.org
Great River Strings, Richard Aulie and Arne Anderson, conductors. Two community-based orchestras for all levels of ability serving the Aitkin and Crosby regions presenting fall and spring concerts in both communities. https://www.facebook.com/GRSRRS?ref=stream 218.678.3034
Geritol Frolics, Ed Yunker, Producer and Director, Lynn Olson, Music Director. An all-over-55-year-old cast in its 23rd year presenting a theatre, dance and music performance October 17-27, 2013 at Brainerd’s Franklin Arts Center. www.geritolfrolics.com
Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series, Patrick Spradlin, Producer. The goal is to bring to local stages professional artists of national and international reputation. www.clcmn.edu/arts/culturalarts.html 218.855.8199
The Lakes Area Concert Association sells subscription memberships for a concert series that includes concerts in Brainerd, Sauk Centre, Alexandria, Wadena and Park Rapids. For more information on the concert series, call Betty Alderman at 218.829.3379. www.concertassociation.net/brainerdMN/index.cfm 218.829.3379.
Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Adam Tervola Hultberg, conductor. A community orchestra in its 40th year presenting October, December and April concerts. www.thelpco.org
Alexandria Festival of the Lakes, Nathan Doege, music director. In its 21th season, five concerts each August with small professional ensembles and vocalists. www.alexfest.org
Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Susan Dubin, executive director. Six chamber music concerts by professional, visiting quartets or small ensembles from October through May. www.chambermusicstcloud.org 320.253.3683
St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Clinton Smith, conductor. In its 36th season, the orchestra presents four concerts in October, December, April and May. www.stcloudsymphony.com 320.252.7276
Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Marlene Pauley, music director. Founded in 2009, four programs presented from October through May, at sites in Wayzata, Roseville and Mahtomedi. www.thewso.org Free concerts.
Northfield Youth Choirs, Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director. Founded in 1986, this organizations consists of 5 choirs and 200 children from grades K-12 with weekly rehearsals with nationally renowned directors and educators. www.northfieldyouthchoirs.org 507.664.9335
Minnesota Opera, Dale Johnson, artistic director. Fifteenth-largest opera company in the US presenting September through April: Manon Lescaut, Arabella, Macbeth, The Dream of Valentino, and The Magic Flute www.mnopera.org 612.333.6669
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, multiple artistic partners, Steven Copes, concertmaster. America’s premier professional chamber orchestra performing at ten Twin Cities metro sites with 26 concerts from September through June. www.thespco.org 651.291.1144
Minnesota Orchestra, One of America’s great orchestras with a comprehensive music program including Family Concerts, Jazz, Pops, and Sommerfest. www.minnesotaorchestra.org 612.371.5656