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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Willmar

Music, Music Everywhere!

From a Kinder Konzert at the library to small ensemble performances at Becker Market and Jazz n’ Java Café, Thursday evening found musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra sharing the gift of music throughout the community of Willmar, MN.

Despite a rain that had persisted during the day, skies lightened and residents turned out in good number for an Orchestra string quartet performance at the the new season’s launch of the Becker Farmers Market. Residents enjoyed the outdoor concert event while dining on sweet and savory delights from the surrounding community.

Across town at Jazz n’ Java Café, a capacity crowd was in attendance for a concert by a jazz quartet featuring orchestra musicians Charles Lazarus, Dave Williamson, Peter Kogan and Willmar legend Ron Hagemeyer. With some sipping coffee and others enjoying supper, the audience experienced a treat of a program ranging from Gershwin to Hancock. As is Thursday night tradition at Jazz n’ Java, the evening’s event closed with a group sing-along.

View more photos from our residency in Willmar on our Facebook page.