“The Mankato Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for the holiday season with a variety of performances,” writes Leticia Gonzalez in Wednesday’s (12/7) Mankato Free Press (MN). “From now through Dec. 25, the organization is … accepting submissions of musical recordings from community members for a festive compilation.…. A new video will be shown each of the 25 days of the program on the MSO website … and social media pages. The MSO will also host two free Winter Wonder events as part of its Free Family Fun Series. A small group of musicians will perform a free concert 1 p.m. Saturday called ‘See, Hear, Play,’ featuring music and storytelling, at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.… On Dec. 12, guests can enjoy the Music on the Hill chamber music concert [featuring] ‘Oblivion’ … by … Astor Piazzolla…. ‘The program also includes the charming ‘Gypsy Rondo’ by Haydn and the tempestuous ‘Trio in D Minor’ by Fanny Mendelssohn,’ executive director Bethel Balge said. The final winter event is the Mankato Symphony Orchestra concert … Dec. 19 [led by] guest conductor Stephen Radcliffe … the second of four guest conductors vying for … the open conductor position at the orchestra.”