Minnesota Orchestra’s “Common Chords” project takes it to Detroit Lakes

Posted on: September 24, 2015

“Saturday night’s public concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre is sold out—as is the Orchestra’s youth concert on Friday,” writes Vicki Gerdes in DL-Online (Detroit Lakes, Minn.). “Through the Orchestra’s ‘Common Chords’ musical outreach program, several small groups of musicians from the main ensemble … have been giving free performances at more than a dozen area venues … The string quartet has performed at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center for a Silver Sneakers fitness class, at the Speak Easy Restaurant for a Kiwanis Club luncheon, and at the Detroit Lakes Public Library…. The brass quintet, meanwhile, spent most of Tuesday performing for and working with band and choir students at Detroit Lakes High School, as well as performing at Essentia-Oak Crossing Nursing Home.” Detroit Lakes, about 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis, is the fifth city to host a Common Chords residency; Grand Rapids was the first, in 2011. Conductor Sarah Hicks says that with the residency, the orchestra hopes to “reach as many people as we can, so when the full orchestra arrives on Thursday, for our big concerts on Friday and Saturday, people will already feel like they know us.”

Posted September 24, 2015