St. Anthony Civic Orchestra

  The St. Anthony Civic Orchestra plays at the water's edge. The St. Anthony Civic Orchestra, conducted by Carol Jensen, performed July 3, 2008, at Salo Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota.
Carol Jensen conducted the orchestra's performance at the St. Anthony Community Center, March 15, 2009.  The SACO plays in the community center.

The St. Anthony Civic Orchestra is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide continued musical education and performing opportunities for area musicians and to enhance, enrich, and expand the musical experiences available to citizens in the area. It plays a variety of music each season, including classical concerts in fall and spring, Christmas concerts, and summer pops concerts. The orchestra performs at many locations, including the St. Anthony Community Center, St. Anthony High School, retirement and nursing homes, churches, shopping centers, and parks.

St. Anthony Civic Orchestra 2018-2019 Concert Season

(The summer concerts are not yet confirmed.)

 Fall Concert
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 3 pm 
St Anthony Community Center

Christmas Concert

Friday,  Dec. 14,  2018, 7:30 pm

St. Anthony Community Center

Spring Concert

Sunday,  March 3,  2019, 3 pm.

St. Anthony Community Center

Benefit Concert

Saturday,  May 11, 2019, 7:30 pm

St. Anthony Community Center

Summer Pops Concerts

Thursday,  June 20, 2019, 7 pm

Chandler Place, St. Anthony

(inside if inclement weather)

Sunday,  June 23, 2019, 7 pm

Como Park Pavilion, St. Paul

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7 pm
George Green Park, Anoka


In October, 2018, the St. Anthony Civic Orchestra is in its 43rd season, having played 404 concerts since its inception. The orchestra's repertoire includes conductor Carol Jensen's composition "Anniversary Memories" which she wrote for the 40th Anniversary concert. Members of the orchestra are adults from all walks of life, including consultant, engineers, teachers, nurses, dentist, psychologist, accountant, lawyers, computer programmer, and homemakers. Their interests are many: music, hiking, languages, photography, sewing, gardening, theater, sports, computers, needlework, cooking, birds, cars, and antiques. They all have the common interest of making music.

A major highlight in the orchestra's history was its 1991 tour to St. Anthony's sister city, Salo, Finland. The program the orchestra performed in Salo included Glen Newton's composition, "Passacaglia"; the orchestra had given the work its premiere performance at St. Anthony High School, March 4, 1979. The orchestra has also performed Newton's "Barely Bossa Nova" and gave the world premiere performance of the orchestra version of Newton's "The Maine Coon Cat Waltz" on May 9, 2015. They have also performed numerous compositions and arrangements by conductor Carol Jensen and works by other contemporary composers living in and near St. Anthony.

The orchestra's first rehearsal was August 12, 1975, and its first concert was a Christmas program played by the 34-piece orchestra at Apache Plaza Shopping Center, December 4, 1975.

For more information about the St. Anthony Civic Orchestra, visit the orchestra on Facebook or send E-mail to Carol Jensen at

This page was last updated
Friday, February 07, 2020.

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