“The Music in the Park Series reminds us that chamber music once was the favorite focus of an audience of friends – intimate, familiar, welcoming. Those qualities still exist in St. Anthony Park.” —Saint Paul Pioneer Press
Each season, Music in the Park Series presents a concert chamber music series at the acoustically and architecturally superb Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, "home" to the series since 1979. This intimate setting (cap.350) makes possible a connection between performers and audiences that cannot be duplicated in larger halls. It is this special quality about the series that draws composers, performers, and audience members alike to the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. (2129 Commonwealth Avenue at Chelmsford)
The three-concert family series at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church features composers and performers of local, national, and international prominence. The series offers listeners a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the richest and most varied forms of musical literature. Through imaginative and varied programming, traditional chamber music, jazz, new compositions, and popular music are all available in a context which links rather than separates them.
The intimate setting and post-concert gatherings foster a rare bond among composers, performers and listeners of all ages.
Music in the Park Series founder and artistic director Julie Himmelstrup was recently honored by the Saint Anthony Park Community Council. She was nominated to the City of St. Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll in appreciation of her contributions to the quality of life in St. Anthony Park.
Himmelstrup was named a 1994 Marvelous Minnesota Woman for her work as founder and Artistic Director of Music in the Park Series. In 1997, Himmelstrup was honored with the prestigious Champion of New Music Award, a national award given by the American Composers Forum.
Music in the Park Series is made possible with funds provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Music in the Park Series is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.