Common Chords 2017: Grand Rapids

Common Chords 2017: Grand Rapids

The Orchestra headed east on the pine tree-flanked Highway 2 on Thursday morning, traveling from Bemidji to Grand Rapids—the home of Judy Garland, 1000 lakes and the Reif Center, where the Orchestra will play on Friday night.

Photos and updates from the road

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox’s first stop was the High School, where he led an end-of-day rehearsal with a combined band of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Band director Dale Gunderson has been leading the ensemble in music they’ll perform at graduation in a few weeks, and today was Roderick’s turn at the podium. “Can you sing the pitch for me?” he asked student trombone players. “You have to hear and feel the pitch inside to be able to play it in tune.” Friday, many of the same students will hear Roderick lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a day-time Symphonic Adventures program.

Across town, the Brass players gathered at Central Square Mall, playing a mix of Bach, tangos, jazz and rags. Trumpeter Lynn Erickson received a special cheer from the hometown crowd when she announced that she grew up in Chisholm, just a few hours from Grand Rapids on the Iron Range.

The afternoon’s events concluded at the MacRostie Art Center, where string players Anthony Ross, Kathryn Nettleman, Sam Bergman and Sarah Grimes played chamber music by Rossini and Dohnányi. “We’ve loved playing for you and we love being in Grand Rapids,” said Sam Bergman.

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(L to R) Sarah Grimes, violin, Anthony Ross, cello, and Sam Bergman, viola

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Anthony Ross and Kathryn Nettleman share a moment after performing at the MacRostie Art Center.

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Anthony Ross (cello) and Kathryn Nettleman (bass)

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Our brass quintet at Grand Rapids' Central Square Mall

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox works with Grand Rapids High School band members.

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Violist Sam Bergman hosted a Symphonic Adventures concert for Grand Rapids-area students.

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Cellist Pitnarry Shin

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Basses Kathryn Nettleman (left) and Kristen Bruya.

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The brass quintet performed at various venues in each of the towns we visited on tour.

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We have loved traveling this week with Orchestra dogs and babies! Pictured, from left, violinist Kathryn Bennett and son Dylan; Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora and Bruno; Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel and Leo; violinist Rebecca Corruccini and Sunshine; and violinist James Garlick with Ellie.

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Violinist Jonathan Magness (left) and Violist Rebecca Albers.

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox led all our performances on this tour.

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A sea of string players performing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

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Backstage at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids: Violinist David Brubaker (left) and Violist Gareth Zehngut (center) share a laugh with violinist Peter McGuire (right).

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox leading the Minnesota Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

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Associate Conductor Roderick Cox

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Piccolo Roma Duncan (left) and Flute Wendy Williams (right)

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Thank you for your generous hospitality, Grand Rapids!

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