Winter Music Series

The Arboretum’s Winter Music Series is back! Enjoy live music from local performers and community groups throughout November and December. Concerts are included with Arboretum admission. Tickets to visit the Arboretum must be purchased in advance of your visit. Performances starting after 5 p.m. are included with Winter Lights tickets.


Performance Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 5
10-11:30 a.m. Pete Hofmann
1:30-3 p.m. Star of the North
5-6:30 p.m. Chuck Linderkamp

Sunday, Dec. 12
10-11:30 a.m. Audible Fuel
1:30-3 p.m. Jazz on the Prairie
5-6:30 p.m. Minneapolis Civic Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 17
5-6:30 p.m. Side by Side

Saturday, Dec. 18
10-11:30 a.m. Mike’s Brass
1:30-3 p.m. Waconia Suzuki
5-6:30 p.m. The Prairie Brass

Sunday, Dec. 19
10-11:30 a.m. Flutes of the Spirit
1:30-3 p.m. Crosstown Community Band
5-6:30 p.m. Bend in the River Big Band

Band Bios and Information

The Banjo Boys Variety Band:  (Performed Nov. 20). We are not a blue grass music group. We select the classic, best-loved songs. from the Great American Song, playing from different genres of music.

Brad Cattadoris:  (Performed on Dec. 4). Brad Cattadoris is a Twin Cities singer songwriter who has been performing for 10 years in Minnesota. Brad grew up in Central New York and came to Minnesota to work for the Unisys Computer Co. Brad sings and plays on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. His music offerings are a mix of original Americana Ballads songs dealing with love and lifestyles blended with contemporary and classic popular songs. Brad has written more than 60 original songs. His influences are from Contemporary and Classic groups such as the Maroon 5, Pink, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and the Four Tops. Brad performs at coffee shops, cafes, bistros, farmers markets, the State Fair, and senior living / memory care facilities. Brad performs many genres of music: Contemporary/Classic Polular, Country, Fold, Traditional, Christian, Children's and Holiday Songs.

Cathie English: (Performed Nov. 27). Cathie is from the St Cloud area and has been playing about 12 year and will be playing folk style holiday and winter theme music.

Celebration Brass:  (Performed on Dec. 4). The Celebration Brass Quintet was formed by members of Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and is now in its 20th season of performing in the Twin Cities area. Drawing from a library of over 750 arrangements, the CBQ tailors its programs to the variety of performance situations, including park concerts, weddings, church services and holiday concerts.

Crosstown Community Band:  The Crosstown Community Band celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2021. Located in south Minneapolis, its members come from across the south metropolitan area. Our music reflects a broad range of musical genres and styles. XTB is very responsive to the requests from our performing venues. Many of the summer concerts in the parks are theme-oriented; others serve a specific group’s heritage, playing both traditional and contemporary pieces, as was performed for FinnFest 2017 at Orchestra Hall. Our annual holiday concerts are a favorite for audiences and band members alike with classics like “Sleigh Ride”, and contemporary jazzy pieces like “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Flutes of the Spirit:  We have been playing together for at least 10+ years! We are from this area in Victoria and Chaska. Our community band, the Minnesota Valley Community Band, directed by Mr. Barry Fox, brought us together. We love classical and traditional as well as pop and movie tunes! We LOVE variety and play that way….from shorter, easier pieces to longer, more difficult pieces. We appreciate the light and fun music as well as the deep, meaningful ones.

Jazz on the Prairie:  Jazz on the Prairie is a 21-piece jazz Big Band that plays a wide range of big band jazz from the swing era to modern day arrangements. We've been together for over 30 years and have performed at the Arboretum numerous times over the years.

Minneapolis Civic Orchestra:  Established in 1952, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis is the Twin Cities longest running community-based orchestra. In a greater metropolitan region blessed with many community orchestras, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis stands out for its innovative programming that combines the new with the familiar. While providing high quality performances of popular and challenging orchestral favorites, the orchestra also introduces audiences to new and rarely performed works that deserve to be heard.

Music Association of Minnetonka:(Performed Nov. 28) Strives to be the community destination for all who love music. We offer two orchestras, a concert band, jazz band, and youth choir opportunities and free concerts. Visit our website to learn more

The Prairie Brass:  The Prairie Brass is a brass quintet that performs a wide range of literature from classical standards to pop favorites arranged for 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba. We've been together for over 20 years and have enjoyed performing at the Arboretum many times over the years. We especially enjoy performing at Christmas time as the sound of our brass instruments adds a wonderful holiday spirit echoing through the Visitors center.

Side by Side:  Women's a capella octet. The members have been singing together in various ensembles for over 10 years. We are from the Twin Cities area, Isanti and Rochester, MN. Our music is influenced by our love of four part a capella harmony. We perform song arrangements written with 4 part cords since the 1920's up to current 2021 arrangements.

SWYPE, BOMP and Just one More:  (Performed Nov. 28) Three quartets from Minneapolis Commodores

Tickets & Registration

Concerts are included with Arboretum admission. Tickets to visit the Arboretum must be purchased in advance of your visit. Performances starting after 5 p.m. are included with Winter Lights tickets