Giving back to the community through beautiful music

Join us for this delightful children's concert for all ages!

Teddy Bear Picnic - John Bratton
Meet The Orchestra - Carol Jensen
Tim Blotz, Narrator
Highlights from Mary Poppins - Sherman
Maggie Burton, Soprano
Highlights from The Sound of Music - Rodgers & Hammerstein
Maggie Burton, Soprano
Music from Frozen - Anderson-Lopez
Santa at the Symphony - Williams
White Christmas - Berlin

Annual Teddy Bear Concert

Jim tenBensel, Assistant Conductor
Tim Blotz, Master of Ceremonies

Sunday, November 21 – 3PM - 4PM
Brookview Community Center - Upstairs Ballroom
316 Brookview Parkway South - Golden Valley, MN 55426

Free Admission with new unwrapped toy or cash donation

(To minimize the spread of COVID-19, masks are required for all Adults and Children older than 5 years of age.)

Featuring Special Guest Artists and Colleagues

Jim ten Bensel, Assistant Conductor

A Minnesota native most of his life, Jim is a Yamaha trombone artist who holds a Master's degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. Jim has taught vocal and instrumental music at all levels from elementary through college. Presently he is teacher of trombone and jazz combos at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. As a performer, Jim has toured with such legendary greats as Henry Mancini, Ralph Marteri, and Stan Kenton. In addition to traveling with top show bands, Jim has conducted many clinics, and made numerous guest appearances. Learn more about Jim.

Tim Blotz, MC & Narrator

Many of you know Timothy (Tim) Blotz as a reporter and new anchor at Fox 9, however, he is also a lifelong musician. Tim makes sixth appearance with The Golden Valley Orchestra as Master of Ceremonies and Narrator. A native of Wisconsin, Tim holds holds a master’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.  Timothy is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award in writing, and holds multiple Emmy Awards for his work as a television anchor and journalist. While in college Tim toured the Midwest as a trumpet player in the renown musical show group, the Kids from Wisconsin. To this day the Kids from Wisconsin are still the official goodwill ambassadors for the state of Wisconsin. Timothy continues to perform as a trumpeter with the Minnesota Valley Community Band in Chaska in addition to the Valley Jazz Big Band and the St. Hubert’s Catholic Church brass choir. . When Tim is not on the air for Fox 9 News or playing his instrument he is spending time with his family. Learn more about Tim.

Maggie Burton, Soprano

Maggie Burton began singing in public at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped yet! She has sung, both solo and in ensembles, in many synagogues and churches, as well as with Bach Society, Dale Warland Singers, Minnesota Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera. Most recently she has been a featured soloist with the First John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band, in which she also plays flute and piccolo. This concert marks Maggie's her first appearance with the Golden Valley Orchestra.

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