The Minnesota Orchestra continues its Common Chords outreach project with a weeklong residency in Detroit Lakes as the Orchestra and conductor Sarah Hicks travel to the western Minnesota city September 22-26 for a week of concerts and more than 25 events tailored to the Detroit Lakes community. Common Chords Home »
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The residency, the result of an intensive planning process by a committee of Detroit Lakes community leaders and Orchestra staff, is part of Common Chords, a multi-year project that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency week.
The residency concludes with an evening performance by the full Minnesota Orchestra with Sarah Hicks conducting a program that features Dvořák’s New World Symphony and works by Berlioz, Bizet and Tchaikovsky, on Saturday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Tickets for the concert are priced at $10 for adults and free for students, and are available online or by calling 218-844-7469.
“At the highest level, Common Chords is a real exchange of people and ideas, a process that builds new and unexpected connections through music,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “The program allows us to foster deeper relationships with a community than a one-night performance typically offers. In fact, a fundamental component of the program is to jointly plan each festival week with area residents to make sure the experience is tailored specifically to the community.”
Amy Stoller Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, says, “We are thrilled that the Minnesota Orchestra will kick-off the 15-16 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre and are especially excited that their visit to our region includes numerous outreach activities at schools, businesses and other venues during their weeklong stay. These incredible musicians are world-renowned, and it’s an honor to host them in our community and to give everyone in our region a chance to experience this remarkable orchestra.”
Building on a Legacy
Common Chords builds on the Minnesota Orchestra’s long legacy of performing across the state. The fledgling Orchestra embarked on its first state-wide journey in 1907, taking the train to Moorhead, Grand Forks and Duluth. Since then, the ensemble has played nearly 700 concerts in more than 60 Minnesota cities—from International Falls to Worthington—performing in school gyms, churches, community auditoriums, theaters and the great outdoors. Detroit Lakes is the fifth city to host a Common Chords residency; Grand Rapids, which hosted the first residency in October 2011, was followed by Willmar in May 2012, Hibbing in May 2014 and Bemidji in September 2014.