Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 1

Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 1

Our Brass Quintet and String Quartet have arrived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota! Their busy day on Tuesday included a visit to Detroit Lakes High School, the library, and a Silver Sneakers fitness class.

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Glorious Accompaniment

Silver Sneakers Class

Silver Sneakers Class

Participants in Tuesday morning’s Silver Sneakers fitness class in Detroit Lakes were in for a surprise:  their workout was accompanied by a Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet.  The ensemble, featuring Cecilia Belcher, Joanne Opgenorth, Gareth Zehngut and Beth Rapier, played music of varying styles and tempos to mix up the mood for the class.


Meet the Band

Band Class

The Orchestra’s Brass Quintet launched its first morning in Detroit Lakes with a visit to Detroit Lakes High School, where they played for and with band students in grades 10 through 12.

Band Class

The Brass Quintet's message: stay involved in music and it can give you a lifetime of joy.  “I grew up in a small town and when I was your age, I had never even heard an orchestra,” said Principal Trombone Douglas Wright. “If any of you are interested in pursuing music for a career, know that it is possible.  You will have to work hard but it is possible.”

Band Class

Said Tim Siewert, the students’ band director:  “It is really valuable for these students to be exposed to music- making at such a high calibre.”

Band Class


Strings in the Library

Performing in the library

The Detroit Lakes Library Club meets monthly for special presentations; on Tuesday's agenda –the Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet.

Performing in the library


Singing Brass

Performing for the Detroit Lakes Choir

The lively Detroit Lakes Concert Choir spent class today meeting the Orchestra’s Brass Quintet, which played the gamut of music: jazz, blues, Broadway and classical.

Performing for the Detroit Lakes Choir

“Do any of you actually sing?” asked one student. The guys grinned and agreed, not well. “But actually, to hit the note right, we have to be singing the correct pitch in our heads,” explained Principal Horn Michael Gast. “Then our instruments become our voices.”

Performing for the Detroit Lakes Choir


Common Chords Detroit Lakes Schedule

Click on a date to see the schedule of events for that day: Tue Sep 22 | Wed Sep 23 | Thu Sep 24 | Fri Sep 25 | Sat Sep 26

About Common Chords

The residency, the result of an intensive planning process by a committee of Detroit Lakes community leaders and Orchestra staff, is part of Common Chords, a multi-year project that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency week.

We'll be adding photos and updates from Detroit Lakes, right here in Showcase online, all week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest photos from the road.

Minnesota Orchestra Staff