The mission of Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is to keep classical music alive and thriving on Minnesota’s Iron Range. The musicians of MSO are committed to artistic excellence, community, and lifelong learning.

MSO presents a total of six concerts per year, comprising of three concert series and two performances per series. Performances are in Virginia, Eveleth, Hibbing and Ely. One of these concert series is a Young People’s Concert that is the culmination of an in-school arts education project for students in 18 area elementary schools.

Brahms: A German Requiem - April 30 and May 1, 2016

The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Reason Chorale, and the Two Rivers Chorale proudly invite you to their performance of Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem. Taken from the German Luther Bible rather than Latin liturgy, it was written in German so it could be understood by congregations. In that same spirit, we will be singing in English. Directors Dr. Sergey Bogza, Mr. Roy Berg, and Mr. Timothy Sawyer have led their performers in preparation of this largest of Brahms’s works.

This “Requiem for the Living” will be presented at Virginia High School’s Goodman Auditorium on Saturday evening, April 30, at 7:00pm, and Sunday, May 1, at 2:30pm.

Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, $20 maximum for a household. Students may obtain a free ticket here.

With well over 100 performers, this will be a joyful, musically inspiring occasion. Brahms himself said that he would happily have called it “a Human Requiem,” because he wrote it for the living. We hope you will bring everyone you know to this celebration.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds. Additional funding is provided by the J ohn T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

Brahms Poster

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Mesabi Symphony, Too!

Are you a string player who hasn’t played for years; or are you an adult beginner? Perhaps you are busy with work and family obligations. Well, we have a fun and informal musical opportunity for you. The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring an adult training/re-training class. We will meet on Monday’s right after work from 5:30-6:30pm in the Eveleth-Gilbert High School Band room, located on the Eveleth campus. All you need is yourself and your instrument. Music, instruction, and camaraderie will be provided. Your children are welcome; just let me know if they need supervision. For more information or to register, please contact Sheila Wilcox by phone at 290-9877 or by email at We hope to see you soon!!




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