Northeast Orchestra takes audience on a tour

Grab your imaginary passports and become an armchair traveler at Northeast Orchestra’s upcoming concert.

The Northeast Orchestra, under the baton of Jeffrey Stirling, will play a concert “At Home and Away” Sunday, Feb. 10 at Church of St. William. photo submitted
The Northeast Orchestra, under the baton of Jeffrey Stirling, will play a concert “At Home and Away,” Sunday, Feb. 10 at Church of St. William in Fridley. photo submitted

The free performance slated for Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m., at Church of St. William in Fridley is aptly named “At Home and Away.”

“For folks wanting to hear a live, full symphony orchestra, here’s their opportunity,” said director Jeffrey Stirling.

Composers from a variety of countries are featured. But not in the usual manner. Instead, Stirling has decided to mix it up a bit.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey to such places as Russia, France and Czech Republic to name a few. But rather than focusing on a single country and a lineup limited to composers of their homelands, in this concert, the listener will hear composers identified as the musical voice of their country alternating with other composers writing music about their travels, laced with musical nuances representative of the countries visited.

For instance, the concert starts off with Russian composer Stravinsky’s “Four Norwegian Moods” followed by American composer Copland’s “Our Town.” The piece was written as a film score for a movie of the same name, according to Stirling.

Glinka, a Russian composer, will be featured in his “Spanish Overture No. 1,” while Holst, an English composer, is featured in “Somerset Rhapsody.”

On the final journey of the concert, the audience travelers will hear French composer Debussy’s “Scottish March,” with Dvorák, a Czech, winding up the final leg of the journey with “My Homeland,” written in true Dvorákian style.

Stirling promises to offer a concert with much variety.

“I thought it would be interesting to mix it up,” he said.

A free will offering will be taken.

The Northeast Orchestra was founded in 1972. The 65-piece orchestra comprises musicians largely from the Anoka County area.

Church of St. William is located at 6125 Fifth St. N.E. in Fridley. For more information, visit or call the church at 763-571-5600.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]