Common Chords

The Minnesota Orchestra continues its Common Chords outreach initiative with a weeklong residency in Hibbing, Minnesota from May 5 to 9, 2014; treating the Hibbing community to a festival week of concerts and events.

The festival is part of the multi-year Common Chords project, which establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique festival week. Hibbing is the third city to host a Common Chords festival; previous festivals were held in Willmar in 2012 and Grand Rapids in 2011.


Hear the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra in Hibbing

The Minnesota Orchestra is heading for Hibbing! Join us in Common Chords—a festive week of music activities and outreach around town, May 6-9, that culminates in a not-to-be-missed performance at the Hibbing High School Auditorium, Friday, May 9 at 7pm, led by Associate Conductor Courtney Lewis.

More information coming soon!

All Common Chords activities are organized by the Hibbing Common Chords Steering Committee

Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

A Homecoming Gift

The Minnesota Orchestra offered its final performance in Willmar on Saturday–after a packed week of music activities from one corner of this West Central city to another.  Baritone Andrew Wilkowske, a native of Willmar, joined the Orchestra and conductor Sarah Hicks to sing six of Copland’s Old American Songs, including Simple Gifts. Greeted with a roar of approval from his hometown audience, Wilkowske repaid the tribute. “I am a product of the Willmar public school system,” he says. “Returning under these circumstances is humbling and exciting.”

Read more: A Homecoming Gift

Community Turns Out for “Inside the Classics”

Following a week of some thirty chamber music performances in Willmar, community residents turned out on Friday evening to hear a performance by the full Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks.

Inside the Classics host Sam Bergman, who also plays viola in the Orchestra, opened the concert’s second half with thanks to the community for its work in planning Common Chords and welcoming the ensemble so graciously. The Orchestra offered gratitude in its own way: offering two Suites from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe and La Valse.

View more photos from our residency in Willmar on our Facebook page.

Peter and the Wolf take to Willmar

The Minnesota Orchestra took the stage at WEAC for the first of its full ensemble concerts Friday morning, performing a Young People’s Concert for Willmar elementary and middle school students.

The centerpiece of the morning’s program, which also featured a performance by student soloist Austin Frohmader on piano, was an imaginative rendition of Peter and the Wolf staged by Theatre de la Jeune Lune and narrated by Vern Sutton.

View more photos from our residency in Willmar on our Facebook page.

Music, Music Everywhere!

From a Kinder Konzert at the library to small ensemble performances at Becker Market and Jazz n’ Java Café, Thursday evening found musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra sharing the gift of music throughout the community of Willmar, MN.

Despite a rain that had persisted during the day, skies lightened and residents turned out in good number for an Orchestra string quartet performance at the the new season’s launch of the Becker Farmers Market. Residents enjoyed the outdoor concert event while dining on sweet and savory delights from the surrounding community.

Across town at Jazz n’ Java Café, a capacity crowd was in attendance for a concert by a jazz quartet featuring orchestra musicians Charles Lazarus, Dave Williamson, Peter Kogan and Willmar legend Ron Hagemeyer. With some sipping coffee and others enjoying supper, the audience experienced a treat of a program ranging from Gershwin to Hancock. As is Thursday night tradition at Jazz n’ Java, the evening’s event closed with a group sing-along.

View more photos from our residency in Willmar on our Facebook page.

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