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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Bemidji

Young People's concert

Conductor Sarah Hicks led the Minnesota Orchestra in a Young People’s Concert on Friday–and shared a conducting tutorial for the nearly 800 Bemidji students in attendance. The program celebrated dance music, from Copland’s Hoedown to Bizet’s Habanera, and the excitement of live performance. “Do you prefer hearing music live or recorded?” asked Hicks at the end of the performance to cheers of “live.”

The afternoon concert was the culmination of many education activities Orchestra musicians have participated in over the course of the week. For Bemidji High School Orchestra Director Seth Freundschuh it is about opening up new windows of opportunity for student musicians. “The Orchestra members have been so open in offering advice to students in a friendly and encouraging way,” he says. “I hope this week gives our students a different perspective and motivates them to keep trying.”