With the arrival of the full orchestra on Thursday night, Friday was a big day in Detroit Lakes!
More photos and updates from Detroit Lakes
Arrival at Fair Hills
The full Orchestra bused up to Detroit Lakes on Thursday night, arriving after dark at Fair Hills, a quintessential Minnesota resort which had been owned by the Kaldahl family since 1926.
Violist Ken Freed maps the route to his cabin.
Concertmaster Erin Keefe, Violist Richard Marshall, and Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox. Cox, named to his position last spring, is traveling with the Orchestra for the first time. He is "covering" Saturday's concert-- meaning he is prepared to conduct the performance if Sarah Hicks were unable to do so.
Bass player Dave Williamson takes an early morning paddle on Pelican Lake: three hours later he was onstage performing a morning Kinder Konzert.
Music for the Junior Set
Almost 800 students from a 20-mile radius of Detroit Lakes filled the Holy Rosary Church for a morning Kinder Konzert. The program, specially designed for preschoolers, focuses on introducing students to the instrument families and concludes with a musical story.
Brian Mount is always a favorite with students. "We are thirty minutes into our program and they haven't let me play yet," he said. "That is going to change NOW!"
Dave Williamson: "Bass is spelled b-a-s-s just like the fish, but we pronounce it differently."
Tim Zavadil on the clarinet: "When my fingers are up, I play higher and when they are down, it's a lower note."
Greg Milliren shares the intricacies of the flute. "Some people say the flute sounds like a bird."
Narrator Katie Condon leads the story, A Perfect Square.
A Day for Celebration
Amy Stearns, executive director of the Holmes Theatre, welcomed students to Friday's "Young People's" concert. Stearns and her staff were among the outstanding Detroit Lakes movers and shakers who were invaluable in organizing the Orchestra's visit.
Violinist Arnold Krueger arrives for the Young People's Concert.
Kids arrive for the Young People's concert.
Flutist Wendy Williams warms up for the Young People's concert.
Violist Sam Bergman warms up for the Young People's concert.
"Who is here for their first orchestra concert?" asked conductor Sarah Hicks. When a sea of hands shot up, she called out, "That calls for a celebration!" What followed was a one hour tour de force performance by the full Orchestra of celebratory musical overtures, marches and opera interludes.
Bass player Kate Nettleman at the Young People's performance.
Hicks conducted the student audience in the art of rhythmic clapping, as the concert concluded with the high energy Radetzky March.
"This is great exposure to an orchestra that many of our kids otherwise wouldn't get," said band director Sarah Bauck who attended with her Waubun High School students.
The Orchestra's jazzers enjoyed one last round of jazz jamming, performing on Friday night at Zorbaz Pizza Shack-- a lakeside institution.
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.