Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 4

Common Chords Detroit Lakes: Day 4

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

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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.

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills

Violist Ken Freed maps the route to his cabin.

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills

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.

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills

Bass player Dave Williamson takes an early morning paddle on Pelican Lake: three hours later he was onstage performing a morning Kinder Konzert.

The full orchestra arrives at Fair Hills


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.

Kinder Konzert

Kinder Konzert

Kinder Konzert

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!"

Kinder Konzert

Dave Williamson: "Bass is spelled b-a-s-s just like the fish, but we pronounce it differently."

Kinder Konzert

Tim Zavadil on the clarinet: "When my fingers are up, I play higher and when they are down, it's a lower note."

Kinder Konzert

Greg Milliren shares the intricacies of the flute. "Some people say the flute sounds like a bird."

Kinder Konzert

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.

Young Peoples Concert

Violinist Arnold Krueger arrives for the Young People's Concert.

Young Peoples Concert

Kids arrive for the Young People's concert.

Young Peoples Concert

Flutist Wendy Williams warms up for the Young People's concert.

Young Peoples Concert

Violist Sam Bergman warms up for the Young People's concert.

Young Peoples 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.

Young Peoples Concert

Bass player Kate Nettleman at the Young People's performance.

Young Peoples Concert

Hicks conducted the student audience in the art of rhythmic clapping, as the concert concluded with the high energy Radetzky March.

Young Peoples Concert

"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.


Lakeside Jazz

The Orchestra's jazzers enjoyed one last round of jazz jamming, performing on Friday night at Zorbaz Pizza Shack-- a lakeside institution.

Jazz at Zorbaz

Jazz at Zorbaz


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