ST. CLOUD -- From trumpets, flutes and violins classical music is an art form that has stood the test of time.

September is Classical Music Month and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra continues to bring that music to the public.

"Classical music is kind of a broad term that includes the music of a certain type," says Smith.

Clinton Smith is the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra's conductor and artistic director. He says the music was written based on an emotion the composer was feeling.

"In the music the composer was struck by something in their life such as death or love, and the music we hear today is what came from that," says Smith.

While one would associate the art form with the playing of an orchestra, Smith says there are many other styles of classical music.

"There's chamber music, solo lit, and wind ensemble so it's not just an orchestra on stage," says Smith.

Classical music can take on a life of its own and everyone who listens to it takes away something different.

"It's not some museum piece that just sits on a pedestal it's for us to experience and relate to," says Smith.

The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State University.


The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra practices for their concert. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)