Upcoming Common Chords: North Minneapolis

January 21-27, 2019

Minnesota Orchestra musicians will participate in about 25 events throughout North Minneapolis, including musician visits to students at several elementary and high schools and chamber performances at locations ranging from the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, the Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center and La Doña Cervecería to Wilson’s Image Barbers & Stylists and Sammy’s Avenue Eatery. The full Orchestra will perform two concerts: a public community meal and sing-along at Sanctuary Covenant on January 22, and a public evening concert on January 26 at North High School, where the Orchestra will share the stage with individual artists and ensembles from the North Minneapolis community.

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Jan 22 | Community Meal and Sing-Along
Jan 26 | Music Together: Finale Concert

North Minneapolis Common Chords Sponsors:
Minnesota State Arts BoardClean Water Land and Legacy AmendmentTarget US Bank

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Common Chords

Common Chords

Common Chords


About the Common Chords Program

In 2011, the Minnesota Orchestra began a new chapter in its long history of touring with the launch of Common Chords, through which the Orchestra immerses itself in a single Minnesota community for a week. Previous Common Chords residencies have involved week-long immersions in Greater Minnesota communities from Wilmar to Bemidji, but this season the Orchestra turns its attention to its own home city for the first-ever Twin Cities-area Common Chords residency week, to be held in locations throughout North Minneapolis from January 21 to 27. The residency builds on existing relationships with the North Minneapolis community, and the Orchestra hopes to set the stage for deeper partnerships that will continue long after the week.

In all Common Chords residencies, musical activities take place in both traditional and non-traditional settings, ranging from concert halls and schools to coffee shops, pubs and community centers. These varied settings provide opportunities to experience classical music in surprising venues or simply “happen upon” a musical performance. In each community, Orchestra staff works with a steering committee of community volunteers – including business owners, civic representatives, educators, and nonprofit leaders – to develop goals and activities during the week in residence.

Common Chords background & sponsors

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Minnesota State Arts BoardClean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its initial investment in Common Chords. The Common Chords program has also received generous support from Mardag Foundation and The McKnight Foundation.

Five days of performances and events by nearly 30 musicians at more than 25 Bemidji locations—from schools to pubs, the Paul Bunyan statue to Sanford Hospital—drew to a close Saturday night in a dramatic Minnesota Orchestra concert at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Orchestra in three Sibelius Symphonies, the Third, Sixth and Seventh, with dynamic ranges spanning between the softest pianissimos to thundering fortes—a fervor matched only be the cheers of the standing-room-only audience. That’s a wrap for Bemidji Common Chords 2014.

The Orchestra offers its thanks to this arts-friendly community for a warm welcome and wonderful week of shared music.

Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and fellow jazz musicians entertained late-night guests at the Bemidji Green Mill on Friday—and eventually were joined by Music Director Osmo Vänskä on clarinet. Tomorrow Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in an all Sibelius concert at the Bemidji High School.

In the middle of an afternoon thunderstorm, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra rehearsed for two hours at Bemidji High School, fine tuning Sibelius for Saturday night’s performance.

Conductor Sarah Hicks and host/violist Sam Bergman brought Bemidji audiences inside the world of Felix Mendelssohn at Friday night’s Inside the Classics concert, touching on the composer’s life as a child prodigy, his talented sister and the elements that make his Italian Symphony extraordinarily beautiful. Held at the Bemidji High School auditorium, the concert is the second-to-last performance of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2014 Common Chords initiative in this first city on the Mississippi.