Classical music – and an oenophile’s bounty

Italian pianist Roberto Plano returns to the Burnsville stage Feb. 10 as a guest artist with the Dakota Valley Symphony. (Photo submitted)

Italian pianist Roberto Plano returns to the Burnsville stage Feb. 10 as a guest artist with the Dakota Valley Symphony. (Photo submitted)

A unique fundraiser at the Dakota Valley Symphony’s upcoming concert offers guests a chance to head home with a cellar’s worth of wine.

Tickets will be sold at the concert for a chance to win one of two “Walls of Wine” – each consisting of 50 bottles of wine donated by symphony members and local liquor stores – with the drawing held during intermission.

And while oenophiles may swoon at the prospect of 50 bottles, classical music fans will be equally taken with the symphony’s lineup for the Feb. 10 concert, titled “Grieg Meets Verdi,” at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

The symphony is tapping some guest talent for the show. Italian pianist Roberto Plano will be joining the symphony for a performance of Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 16.”

This is a reunion of sorts – Plano, a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, also performed with the Dakota Valley Symphony at its 25th anniversary concert at the Burnsville venue in 2011.

The “Grieg Meets Verdi” concert’s second piece, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” will see the symphony joined by CORO, an ensemble of Twin Cities vocal soloists, as well as Hymnus, a New Prague-based community choir.

In addition to the Wall of Wine drawing, there will also be a silent auction before the performance and during intermission as a fundraiser for the symphony, which is a nonprofit, all-volunteer arts organization.

Tickets for the concert range from $5 to $16 and are available at the Burnsville arts center’s box office and through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Ticketmaster.com.

More about the Dakota Valley Symphony is at www.dakotavalleysymphony.org.

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