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CVRO concert marks hospital centennial

Northfield Hospital & Clinics will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 31, with a concert dedicated to healing performed by the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Friendship Hall, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. 

The orchestra, directed by Paul Niemisto of St. Olaf College, will play six pieces selected for their reflective and comforting qualities. They are: Beethoven Egmont Overture; Vivaldi D Major Guitar Concerto (Randy Ferguson, soloist); Debussy, Danses Sacrée et Profane for Harp and Strings (Elinor Niemisto, soloist); Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra (Gail Nelson, soloist); Brahms, Four Serious Songs (Deesa Staats mezzo soprano); Brahms, Variations on a theme of Haydn.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics began in 1910 in a wood frame house on the corner of Eighth and Water. The 12-bed facility served 5,700 patients over three decades. Nine hundred and two babies were born there.

 In 1934, the City of Northfield accepted responsibility for the hospital, and in 1939 a new facility was built on West Second Street. It served the community for 63 years until a new hospital opened on North Avenue in 2003.

In a retrospective published by Northfield Hospital & Clinics earlier this year, it was written that a hospital is a reflection of a community’s best instincts, representing concern for neighbors and hope for a better future.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. They are available at the door, at Present Perfect or the Northfield Arts Guild in downtown Northfield or at the Kaleidoscope Gift Shop at Northfield Hospital.