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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Grand Rapids

“We are richer when we share.”

Minnesota Orchestra players shared a warm cultural exchange with members of the Ojibwe community last night in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as part of the Orchestra’s Common Chords project.

The evening opened with a taco and fry bread feast before Orchestra musicians unpacked their instruments and offered music by Dvorák and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Ojibwe dancers, wearing traditional regalia, took the gym floor next in a whirling demonstration of tribal drumming and intertribal dances. The conclusion: a circle dance involving everyone. “Our communities are richer when we share,” said Daniel Curry, who led the Ojibwe presentation—and then offered an Ojibwe farewell. “Giga-waabamin, we’ll see you again.”


View more photos from our residency in Grand Rapids on our Facebook page.