Thank you all for your attendance and your support. 

It is with a heavy heart that I report the following:


Hopefully this email finds you doing well. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adapting to changes in public health guidance. Based on the latest information from Governor Walz, and our continued effort to ensure the safety of our community and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Music in the Parks program.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to work through this evolving situation.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation”

Laura Winge, CPRP

Community Recreation Coordinator, Parks and Recreation
Pronouns: She/her/hers
1188 Hubbard Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104

We hope to be back with more concerts next summer.

About the Como Pops Ensemble
2019, marked the 68th year the Como Pops Ensemble has entertained families 
and senior citizens at Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, on Sundays during the 
summer months. Admission is always free.

The “Pops” ensemble is a concert band of professional musicians, all of whom 
are members of the Local Union 30-73 of the American Federation of Musicians. Union professionals liven up Orchestra Hall, Ordway Center, Children’s Theatre, SPCO Center, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, other theaters, the Vikings, 
Twins, and other sports events but most important park concerts!

We are striving to enhance our heritage of good music and cultural excellence 
by supporting the programming, performance and continuing development of 
the Como Pops Ensemble. 

We continue to work on raising more funds this fall by way of individual donations, grants, and sponsorships. The ensemble hopes to be able to provide as many concerts as possible this year with the full 24 piece band. If the full ensemble is 
not possible, the Como Pops Ensemble will continue to provide music concerts during eh summer with smaller ensembles.

The Como Pops Ensemble is now a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization.

Each year, on the last Sunday of August, the musicians donate their time to give 
an extra concert celebrating music in the parks and to raise funds for the continuation of these concerts. We hope we can count on your support. Checks 
can be made out to Springboard for the Arts, and are tax deductible to the 
extent permitted by law. Make sure to put Como Pops in the memo lineHere 
is a guide for supporting the Como Pops and Music in the Parks program.

  • Major sponsors          $ 5,000 and above
  • Major support            $ 1,000 to $4,999
  • Sponsor                     $    500 to $   999
  • Intense support          $    250 to $   499
  • Group support            $    100 to $   249
  • Individual support       $        1 to $     99

All donations will be listed in the program with the exception of those wishing to be an anonymous donation.

For further information please contact: 
Jim ten Bensel at 612.926.3708
3428 St Paul Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55416-4343

Thank you to the following individuals for their generous donations 
to the 2019 Como Pops Program so far.
(Some of these donations were received after the last concert in 2018 
so they did not show on the programs last year)

   Major Supporter $1,000 to $4,999

Mel Olson / James Zieba

Donor $250 to $750

Wayne Haag

Contributor $100 to $249

Loretta Achey, Helen Chambers,
John Clair, Otis Hilbert
Donald Hofmeister, Carol Sandberg, Schwab Charitable Fund,
Barbara & Terry Williams, Jean Zieba,
In Memory of Louise Connely

Friends $1 to $99

Andrea Adams, Paul & Phyllis Comstock,
Odelia Conlon, Shirley Dahl, Gloria Frederick,
Esther Giesel, Jack Gillespie, Richard Graf,
Patricia Gunderson, Carol Hansen,
Robert Hogan, Kathryn Johnson,
Lorelei Larson, Herb Levin,
Terrence Mackin, Ramona MacDonald,
Daniel Martin, Dorothy Neudahl, Odelia Conlon,
Jeanne Pechmann,  Irma Ryan,
Cathleen & Robert Taylor,  Sara Vriesen,
Jenifer Wagner, Joyce Wistrom

Miscellaneous cash donations
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