Common Chords in North Minneapolis

Common Chords in North Minneapolis

From January 21 through 27, 2019, Minnesota Orchestra musicians will participate in approximately 25 events throughout North Minneapolis in the Orchestra’s first-ever Twin Cities-area Common Chords residency week.

The full Orchestra will perform two free concerts, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä: a Community Meal and Sing-Along at Sanctuary Covenant Church on January 22, and a Finale Concert on January 26 at North High School, where the Orchestra will share the stage with individual artists and ensembles from the North Minneapolis community.

Many of the events and performances of this Common Chords week are free and open to the public. Concert details for the two full-Orchestra concerts as well as a complete schedule of events are below.

Full-Orchestra Concerts

Photo © Greg Helgeson

Community Meal and Sing-Along

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6 p.m. | Sanctuary Covenant Church

In this first-of-its-kind Common Chords event, Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra and Sanctuary Covenant Church invite members of the North Minneapolis community to join in a family-friendly sing-along with the Orchestra and local worship leaders, preceded by a community meal catered by Breaking Bread Café, a North Minneapolis based social enterprise run by Appetite for Change. Attendees will share a meal with community members and musicians, have the opportunity to try bucket drumming, and then join a sing-along featuring well-known songs and spirituals. 

Register now for the community meal »

Charles Lazarus and the Steeles | Photo © Tony Nelson

Music Together: Finale Concert

Saturday, January 26, 2019. 7 p.m. | North High School

Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a performance at North High School—the culminating event of the Orchestra’s Common Chords residency week in the North Minneapolis community. Program highlights include Dance for Martin’s Dream by American composer Michael Abels and Danzóby Cuban composer Alejandro García Caturla, plus Leonard Bernstein’s showstopping Overture to Candide, Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia and Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1. The concert features musical collaborations with The Steeles, MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra, Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and Patricio DeLara from Juxtaposition Arts, who will create new artwork live during the performance.

Tickets are FREE for North Minneapolis residents. Use promo code: NORTHMPLS to redeem »

Common Chords North Minneapolis Schedule

Items in bold are open to the public.
*This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, January 21, 2019

7:00-9:20 a.m.
Minneapolis Armory – 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast 
(Tickets available only at
Brass Quintet and Percussion with MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra Bucket Drummers

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ordway Center - 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Brass Quintet and Percussion with MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra Bucket Drummers   

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cora McCorvey Health & Wellness Center
Cello Duo

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Freestyle Dance Battle – Thor Companies
String quartet with Asian Media Access Youth Dancers

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

MacPhail School Partnership, Harvest Network of Schools
String Scholars with Orchestra musicians

Cityview Community School of Innovation
Violin and bass duo

Bethune Community School
Woodwind quintet

Lucy Craft Laney Community School
Orchestra musicians

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Community Meal and Sing-Along, Sanctuary Covenant Church
Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vänskä 
Free meal with Orchestra musicians at 6 p.m.; Sing-Along at 7 p.m.        

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
Violin duo

MacPhail School Partnership, Ascension Catholic School
String scholars with Orchestra musicians

7:00-8:00 p.m.
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Ave N.
String trio                              

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Gathering Space at Sammy’s Avenue Eatery
1101 W. Broadway Ave.
String quartet and Patrick Henry High School Choir Students

John B. Davis Education & Service Center
1250 W. Broadway Ave.
Yoga with Live Music, arrive early and bring own mat

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd
Family-friendly: Meet a musician and try out the violin.

North Commons Recreation Center Afterschool Program
Bass duo with MacPhail Center for Music School Partnership String Scholars

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dispatches from the North: A Reading, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center 
2001 Plymouth Ave N.                                            
Original readings plus a string duo

Friday, January 25, 2019

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Patrick Henry High School Winter Choir Concert
4320 N. Newton Ave
String quartet with Patrick Henry High School Choir

7:30-9:00 p.m.
Pint of Music at La Doña Cervecería
241 Fremont Ave N
Woodwind quintet

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Wilson’s Image Barbers & Stylists
2201 W Broadway Ave
Tuba duo

Side-by-side Rehearsal with MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra, Shiloh Temple International Ministries
Orchestra musicians and Osmo Vänskä, conductor

7:00 p.m.
Music Together: Finale Concert and Reception, North High School
1500 James Ave N
Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä and Akiko Fujimoto, conductors; Charles Lazarus, trumpet; The Steeles; Juxtaposition Arts; MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra, Tamara Gonzalez, conductor
Reception catered by Sammy’s Avenue Eatery and Cookie Cart

Sunday, January 27, 2019

9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Sanctuary Covenant Church Services
710 W Broadway Ave
String quartet

10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Service
3355 N 4th Street
Tuba with piano

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Capri Theater – Jazz Concert and Reception
2027 W Broadway Ave
Orchestra musicians join the Capri Big Band

North Minneapolis Common Chords Sponsors:

Minnesota State Arts Board    Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment   Target    US Bank

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Minnesota Orchestra Staff