Page 8 - Common Chords in Willmar: Final Report

Inside the Classics
Following a week of chamber music performances in Willmar, community residents turned out on Friday
evening to hear a performance by the full Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks.
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Inside the
Classics host Sam Bergman, who also plays viola in the Orchestra, opened the concert’s second half
with thanks to the community for its work in planning Common Chords and welcoming the ensemble so
graciously. The Orchestra offered gratitude in its own way: offering two Suites from Ravel’s
Daphnis and
Chloe
and
La Valse
.
Final Concert
The Minnesota Orchestra offered its final
performance in Willmar on Saturday.
Baritone Andrew Wilkowske, a native of
Willmar, joined the Orchestra and conductor
Sarah Hicks to sing six of Copland’s
Old
American Songs
, including “Simple Gifts”.
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Greeted with a roar of approval from his
hometown audience, Wilkowske repaid the
tribute: “I am a product of the Willmar public
school system. Returning under these
circumstances is humbling and exciting.”
PRESENTING THE FULL MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Photo: Dennis Benson
Photos: Dennis Benson
Photo: Mele Willis
Special Guests
Local band “3 or 4 Amigos”
treated audiences to their
unique blend of Mexican
and American folk music
traditions pre-concert and
during intermission on
Saturday.
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