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.
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.