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Minnesota Orchestra visits Detroit Lakes for weeklong "Common Chords" residency of concerts and community activities

Orchestra holds its fifth Common Chords residency September 22 to 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Week includes more than 25 events reflecting the heritage and diversity of Detroit Lakes, including musician visits to schools, also to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital, Lodge on the Lake, Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, nursing homes, coffee shop, jail and more; Kinder Konzert; and rehearsals with local ensembles

Week culminates in two full-Orchestra concerts; Common Chords website complements events

Major funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts, with local support from Essentia St. Mary’s

Click here to view a Detroit Lakes Common Chords schedule at a glance

The Minnesota Orchestra continues its Common Chords outreach project with a weeklong residency in Detroit Lakes as the Orchestra and conductor Sarah Hicks travel to the western Minnesota city from September 22 to 26 for a celebratory week of concerts and more than 25 events tailored to the Detroit Lakes community. 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.

The residency concludes with an evening performance by the full Minnesota Orchestra with Sarah Hicks conducting a program that features Dvořák’s New World Symphony and works by Berlioz, Bizet and Tchaikovsky, on Saturday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Tickets for the concert are priced at $10 for adults and free for students, and are available online at or by calling 218-844-7469.

Other highlights of the residency week include multiple visits by Orchestra musicians to schools ranging from kindergarten to high school; string or brass chamber ensemble performances at such venues as the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital, Oak Crossing Nursing Home, LaBarista Coffee Shop, Trinity Lutheran Church, Becker County Minimum Security Jail and Emmanuel Community Care Center; jazz ensemble performances at the Lodge on the Lake and Zorbaz on the Lake; a workshop with the Lakes Area Community Concert Band; an appearance on the KDLM radio station by Hicks; and a chamber ensemble performance at a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital.

In addition to the full Minnesota Orchestra concert on Saturday evening, the Orchestra will perform a Young People’s Concert, specifically for school students, at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 25, at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Sarah Hicks will conduct a varied program that includes Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty, among other works.

Members of the public may follow the Common Chords festival week online at, where a complete schedule of the week’s events will be posted, along with photos and updates on daily events.

Common Chords is supported by major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“At the highest level, Common Chords is a real exchange of people and ideas, a process that builds new and unexpected connections through music,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “The program allows us to foster deeper relationships with a community than a one-night performance typically offers. In fact, a fundamental component of the program is to jointly plan each festival week with area residents to make sure the experience is tailored specifically to the community.”

All Common Chords events were organized by a steering committee of Detroit Lakes residents who represent a broad cross-section of the community, involving schools, businesses, and civic and cultural organizations. Leading the committee is Amy Stoller Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre, who comments: “We are thrilled that the Minnesota Orchestra will kick-off the 15-16 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre and are especially excited that their visit to our region includes numerous outreach activities at schools, businesses and other venues during their weeklong stay. These incredible musicians are world-renowned, and it’s an honor to host them in our community and to give everyone in our region a chance to experience this remarkable orchestra.”

Building on a Legacy
Common Chords builds on the Minnesota Orchestra’s long legacy of performing across the state. The fledgling Orchestra embarked on its first state-wide journey in 1907, taking the train to Moorhead, Grand Forks and Duluth. Since then, the ensemble has played nearly 700 concerts in more than 60 Minnesota cities—from International Falls to Worthington—performing in school gyms, churches, community auditoriums, theaters and the great outdoors. Detroit Lakes is the fifth city to host a Common Chords residency; Grand Rapids, which hosted the first residency in October 2011, was followed by Willmar in May 2012, Hibbing in May 2014 and Bemidji in September 2014.

About the Minnesota Orchestra
The Minnesota Orchestra, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, is recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras, presenting nearly 175 concerts in a typical season. It is heard live by 350,000 people each year, including more than 50,000 students who attend Young People’s Concerts each year. The Orchestra has toured regionally, nationally and internationally, earning rave reviews in music capitals around the world, and is heard on radio stations across the country on award-winning broadcasts produced by Minnesota Public Radio and distributed nationally and internationally. It has received many awards for adventurous programming and much acclaim for its vast collection of recordings, which date back to the 1920s. In 2014, the Orchestra earned its first Grammy Award for a recording of two Sibelius symphonies made under Vänskä. The Orchestra, which was founded in 1903, now makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Common Chords: The Minnesota Orchestra in Detroit Lakes

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m. / Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor

BERLIOZ                             Roman Carnival Overture
BIZET                                   Selections from Carmen Suite
                                    Prélude | Aragonaise | Habañera | Danse Bohême | Les Toréadors
TCHAIKOVSKY                   Capriccio italien
DVOŘÁK                              Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Sarah Hicks leads the Minnesota Orchestra in a performance of music by composers who were inspired by cultures other than their own.

Tickets: $10 for adults, free for students; available online at or by calling 218-844-7469

For further information about Common Chords, visit

Common Chords is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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