Wildwood Artist Series


President's Letter

Dear Valued Patrons,

I am so excited for today’s show. It is such a gift to be able to bring a symphony to our community! I truly hope that this performance will inspire a new or renewed appreciation for the performing fine arts.

Today’s performance is of particular significance because it is the last show envisioned by our beloved founder, Ellie Bruner. She passed away last April and we are so pleased that her son, Rick Bruner, will perform a tribute in her honor. We are also thrilled to have Mahtomedi High School senior Greta Nelson. To warm us up for the orchestra, there will be two ensembles with fun selections featuring the bassoon and violin. After a short intermission we will have the Peter and the Wolf performance, followed by an optional Q&A session with the orchestra.

Thank you so much for supporting music programs in Mahtomedi Public Schools and enjoy the show!
Julie Molitor President, Wildwood Artist Series


Julie Molitor
President, Wildwood Artist Series

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra

Peter and the Wolf

Russian-born Prokofiev wrote his first opera (The Giant) when he was nine years old. In 1936, when he was grown and had children of his own, the memory of that early opera and his first experience hearing an orchestra helped inspire Peter and the Wolf.

Peter and the Wolf is not an opera (there’s no singing) and it is not a ballet (although it can be performed that way); nor is it a play (there are no actors.) It is a musical tale in which the orchestra tells the story, helped along by a narrator.

Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf at the invitation of Natalia Satz, the director of the Moscow Children’s Theatre, who gave him the idea of composing music that would entertain, but which would also help children get to know the instruments of the orchestra. So, this fantastic tale with its charming music has an ulterior motive.

Each character in Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale is represented by a different instrument of the orchestra:


KSO Artistic Director & Conductor - Yuri Ivan, D.M.A.
Violin I - Ian Snyder – Concertmaster & Soloist Melissa Hernes Pickering, Julie Pronovici, Steven Rollin, Barbara Lamb, David Otero, Madeleine Norman (Soloist)
Violin II - Megan Peterson (Principal), Clair Tyra, Duane Jacobson, Linda Xayamongkhon, Anna Souders
Viola - Ann Bur (Principal), Jenny Bengston, Phillip Brauer, Erika Neely, Patrick McCarthy
Cello - Brita Moore-Kutz (Principal), Madison Wieczorek, Todd Grill, John Renwick
Bass - Conrad Hultquist
Flute - Leslie Pietila
Oboe - Kaia Sand
Clarinet - Christopher Raddatz
Bassoon - Ellen Maas Pratt
French Horn - Sam Crocker (Principal), Josephine Bierbaum, Bob Meier
Trumpet - David Kaiser
Trombone - Jeff Macomber
Percussion - Kelly Grill (Principal), Paul McKenzie
Narrator - Julie Conzemius
Artrio Perfomers (Peter Douglas, Ellen Maas Pratt, and Gene Scholtens) will delight us with a collection of classical, jazz, and contemporary music featuring the versatility and comical timbre of the bassoon.
Violin Duo: Ian Snyder & Madeleine Norman

About Kenwood Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1972 as the Kenwood Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra became a full symphony in 2003 and appointed Yuri Ivan as Artistic Director in 2007. From humble beginnings as an adult education class, the orchestra continues to grow in membership, ability, and reputation.

Based at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, the KSO comprises over 50 highly accomplished volunteer musicians of diverse ages and occupations including students, working professionals, and retirees, all passionate about playing and sharing great music.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit organization financed primarily by member dues, financial gifts from supporters, and annual performance partnerships with The Metropolitan Ballet.

Find more information at kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org

Upcoming 2023-2024 Events

Unless otherwise stated, all concerts are held in the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center at Mahtomedi High School.  Click an event name for tickets and more information.

The Chautauqua Fine Arts Center provides access for people with disabilities. A ramp is available to the left side of the lobby. Public restrooms are located off the lobby in either direction. Beverages and food are limited to the lobby or high school commons and may not be brought into the Center. Fire codes prohibit seating in the aisles. Our buildings and grounds are smoke free.

About the Wildwood Artist Series

Click here to read about the Wildwood Artist Series and the Wildwood Artist Series Committee.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wildwood Artist Series committee, contact Julie Molitor at [email protected] to learn more.

The Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Arts Residency Program

It is the distinct honor and pleasure for the WAS new administration to rename the Wildwood Artist Series Professional Performing Artist Residency Program to the Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program.

Click here to read more, or to DONATE to the Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program.


Click here to donate, or to see the list of our Donors, all of whom help to make the Wildwood Artist Series possible.


Our thanks and appreciation to Red Luna Seasons Mexican Food for sponsoring today's show.