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.
More photos and updates from Detroit Lakes
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
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.
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.”
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.”
Strings in the Library
The Detroit Lakes Library Club meets monthly for special presentations; on Tuesday's agenda –the Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet.
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.
“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.”
Common Chords Detroit Lakes Schedule
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.