The Mankato Symphony Orchestra will be trying out a unique event tonight.
MSO is hosting Music and Brews at 5:30 p.m. in the Mankato Brewery. The event represents an attempt to engage the public by allowing visitors to try out instruments and sample locally made beer.
The Mankato Brewery launched around the same time that MSO was considering new ways to engage the community. Planners immediately saw the allure of having a nice, cold beverage at the local brewery.
With the help of Music Mart, numerous instruments will be available for the community to test out tonight while enjoying a local brew with orchestra members.
“It’s like in elementary school, when you get to try all different instruments to decide which one to play -- only with a cold brew,” said Sarah Buechmann, executive director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.
Buechmann explained that the orchestra felt they needed to get away from the rigid schedule of performances and show the community that the orchestra is not all about performing concerts. Buechmann sees this as an opportunity to attract new patrons.
“People who hear us perform enjoy us; it’s getting them in through the door that is the hard part,” Buechmann said.
The money raised through Music and Brews will go toward the Mankato Orchestra Symphony. Funds are used to make tickets more affordable to the public.
Among the musicians attending Music and Brews will be violinist Mark Wamma, as well as cellists Lori Smart and Kate Sonsteby. Herb Kroon will be the emcee for the evening.
Those who wish to attend are not expected to stay for the entire event. Buechmann iterated the event is intended to be laid back, with visitors able to come and go as they please.
MSO’s Music and Brews
Begins 5:30 p.m. today
Mankato Brewery, 1119 Center St. in North Mankato
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Reservations can be made online at www.mankatosymphony.com