GET TO KNOW THE
LONG PRAIRIE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Looking for a place to catch a classical music repertoire? Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra (LPCO) is a nonprofit arts organization of volunteer musicians and has been inspiring audiences with their concerts since 1974.
Every year, the LPCO performs three masterwork performances often featuring soloists from the Upper Midwest.
We’ve got something for everyone to enjoy here for a free-will donation. Join us as a valued member of our orchestra and arts organization!
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Engaging With the Local Community
Ever since opening its doors to the Long Prairie community in 1974, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra (LPCO) has truly lived up to its mission to provide engaging programming of orchestral music for the enrichment and enjoyment of its performers and audience. From Russian soundscapes to water songs in music, we strive to provide quality entertainment to our community while collaborating with local talent such as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Chamber Choir.
All musicians work together to perform great music written by master composers. By mastering the technical aspects and the dynamics of the music, we provide the audience with the emotion and story each piece of music is intended to convey. Our musicians and audience feel immense satisfaction from performing a difficult piece of music.
The Long Prairie area has a large number of musicians of all ages who love to play music and are thrilled at the chance to play in Long Prairie concerts. We recently increased our youth participation to include six new young musicians this year to a total of 9 young musicians on stage.
Opportunities to play classical music are limited in the greater region so some of our musicians drive for 2
hours to play with us. We always reach out to young musicians by advertising to area music organizations and teachers to invite young people to our concerts. Occasionally we collaborate with the local high school music groups in Long Prairie such as the choir.
Not only is the LPCO an important venue for community members to gather and play music, but it is also a vital resource for the mental, physical, emotional wellness and development of children and students in our schools.
Studies show that music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including
intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Taking music lessons predetermines high
academic performance, verbal intelligence, and IQ scores in young children. Students who play music in a
group learn teamwork, emotional intelligence, responsibility, and build self-confidence.
A Closer Look at the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra
Every orchestra has a great story that paved the way to its establishment. In fact, most stories stem from one person’s childhood passion that eventually evolves into a tangible reality - bringing masterpieces to life through hard work, determination, and persistence.
The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1974 by two couples, Orv and Reta Dahlen and Lowell and Janet Klukken.
The orchestra's first performance was held at the armory in celebration of our country's Bicentennial. During Orv Dahlen's direction, the orchestra had taken a bus to perform a short tour in North Dakota.
Throughout the years, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra has performed the Messiah and other works with a choir from Sauk Centre. Also, the orchestra has had members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra join in a performance.
Many of the performances were held at the former Long Prairie Arts Center and at the Christie House.
Since the beginning of the orchestra's existence, there have been seven directors. Mark Graf is the current music director of the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra.
The LPCO performs three masterwork performances which include soloists from the Upper Midwest and the reinstatement of Handel's Messiah.
Our concert activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Art Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
So whether you’re looking for quality entertainment, or want an excuse to get out of the house, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra has everything you need to be inspired, uplifted, and dazzled.