Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 3

Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 3

We performed for our biggest audiences yet on Thursday in in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota--some 600 students from Detroit Lakes Middle School.

More photos and updates from Detroit Lakes

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Ipad Generation Meets the Brass

Detroit Lakes Middle School

The brass players performed for their biggest audience yet Thursday morning–some 600 students from Detroit Lakes Middle School. Q&A time was again largely focused around the students’ fascination for the instruments.

Detroit Lakes Middle School

“Does the piccolo trumpet sound high high high?” and “How low can that tuba play?” are frequently asked questions. The full Orchestra arrived Thursday night and will perform for an assembly of elementary students on Friday.

Detroit Lakes Middle School

Detroit Lakes Middle School


Conducting the Rotary

Detroit Lakes Rotary Club

Conductor Sarah Hicks and the string players lunched with the very welcoming Detroit Lakes Rotary Club over the Thursday noon hour, and Hicks subsequently spoke on the “Art of Conducting.”  “I always tell people that conducting is a lonely profession,” she said. “I spend 90% of my time studying scores and learning music so I have a vision for the music to share with musicians.”

Detroit Lakes Rotary Club

“A conductor communicates almost solely through the language of gestures which is a very powerful thing,” said Hicks.

Detroit Lakes Rotary Club

Detroit Lakes Rotary Club

Detroit Lakes Rotary Club

When Hicks called for a volunteer, a confident Rotarian stepped forward to try her hand as a conductor. “You are a natural!” said Hicks.


Mozart on the shores of Detroit Lake

Mozart at Detroit Lake

Good weather held for an evening string serenade in a wooden gazebo at the Pavilion on the shores of Detroit Lake, the city’s namesake.  The al fresco performance by the String Quartet was part of an annual United Way community celebration to encourage community giving.

Mozart at Detroit Lake

Mozart at Detroit Lake

Cecilia Belcher and Beth Rapier greet a young fan.  The youngster heard the brass ensemble perform yesterday and came to the Pavilion tonight to meet the strings.


Festive Overtures

Side-by-side with concert band in Detroit Lakes

Minnesota Orchestra brass players crashed the weekly Lakes Area Community Concert Band rehearsal on Thursday night, sitting in to rehearse Shostakovich’s Festive Overture with the band’s regulars.  Advice from the brass guys: “One thing we always work on is learning to breathe together.  Even our percussionists and string players practice breathing together, so we all come in together.”

Side-by-side with concert band in Detroit Lakes

Sarah Bauck, high school band director in nearby Waubun and a horn player in the community band, is bringing her music students to hear the full Orchestra at Friday’s Young People’s Concert. “They have no clue what to expect,” she said at rehearsal. “What should they listen for?”

“Tell them to enjoy themselves,” said Charles Lazarus. “People feel intimidated by classical music sometimes, but we are really just another type of band.”

Side-by-side with concert band in Detroit Lakes

Side-by-side with concert band in Detroit Lakes


Jazz at the Lodge

Jazz at the Lodge

New musicians arrived in Detroit Lakes Thursday night: bass player Dave Williamson, percussionist Peter Kogan, and pianist Tommy Barbarella joined trumpeter Charles Lazarus for a late night round of jazz at the Lodge on the Lake.


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.

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