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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Bemidji

Kinder Konzert

A new group of Minnesota Orchestra musicians has arrived in Bemidji: our Kinder Konzerts ensemble is onsite is to perform a series of concerts designed to introduce pre-schoolers to classical music and the instrument families. Today’s performance at the Bemidji Public Library featured the world premiere of a jazz-inspired work by trumpet player Charles Lazarus. Narrated by Katie Condon and commissioned by the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, it’s a musical setting of author Michael Hall’s popular book “Perfect Square,” which follows the imaginative transformations of a little square.

Our Kinder Konzerts Ensemble:
Greg Milliren, flute
David Pharris, clarinet
Charles Lazarus, trumpet
Joanne Opgenorth, violin
Katja Linfield, cello
Brian Mount, percussion
Dave Williamson, bass
Tommy Barbarella, piano
Katie Condon, narrator

Photo: percussionist Brian Mount gives it his all as he demonstrates drum rudiments for the young audience.