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Minnesota Sinfonia celebrates its 30th season

October 8, 2019 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

It is with great pleasure that we at the MN Sinfonia are celebrating our 30th anniversary season, and it promises to be another great year! Our season begins on October 25 at Metropolitan State University's East St Paul campus with a 7pm concert, and the same program will be repeated on Sunday, October 27th with a 2pm performance at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. As always both concerts are free admission, and by all means, bring the kids and grandchildren.

The concert program is a winner from start to finish. Opening the festivities will be a new piece by Minnesota native, Kirsten Broberg called Flourishes. Our guest soloist is next up. Violinist Grace Park is the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition winner, and she will play one of the most romantic and popular pieces in the entire repertoire - Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor. After intermssion we will play two pieces by the Bach boys. Father Johann Sebastian's ever popular third Brandenburg Concerto, followed by Johann Christian's (one of papa's 20, yes 20 kids) Sinfonia opus 6 #3. I thought it would be fun to do a Bach to Bach (you can all sigh...) comparison, which is actually quite interesting. The concert will finish with one of last century's true masterpieces - Edward Elgar's Introduction and Allegro.

Please do come and stop by after the concert to say hello. For me, it is always great fun to see friends new and old alike. Until then, I wish everyone my very best regards, Jay

MN Sinfonia ending 30th season

July 9, 2019 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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Just 3 summer concerts left before we finish our 30th season. So please join us for our concert on the lighter side (family pops) on Wed July 10 at Como Park Pavilion at 7pm, and or
July 12 at Lake Harriet at 7:30,

and/or July 26 also at Lake Harriet at 7:30 for our grand finale - 50 yes 50 talented area young (high schoolers) musicians will be joining the Sinfonia in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's great Third Symphony, the Scottish.

As always, these concerts are free of admission charges, and by all means bring the entire family - including grand children!

Do check us out at our website - audio, video and lots of descriptions.


See you soon - my best, Jay

MN Sinfonia concert performances

March 5, 2019 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

The MN Sinfonia's Winter Concert Season continues

Sinfonia's upcoming concert

March 5, 2019 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

My greetings to you all. In spite of the ridiculous weather, and as they say in our business, the show must go on! And so with that, this weekend the MN Sinfonia is featuring a marvelous and world class violinist, Francesca Anderegg playing Mozart. Francesca is truly a marvel, performs all over the world, and will be great fun to see and hear. Also on the program is a new work by Scott Miller called Dialogues - he describes the first movement as a trumpet lesson being taught by a bassoon. The two remaining works include Joseph Bologne's First Symphony and Franz Schubert's Third Symphony. An interesting side note is that Bologne was the first classical composer, violin soloist and conductor of African descent. He lived during the time of George Washington, et al, did most of his career in Paris, and was renown for his musical and athletic prowess. He was friends with kings and queens (including Marie Antoinette), and a major musical figure during his career. Do plan to join us - Friday, March 8 at Harding High School in St Paul with a concert start time of 7pm, and Saturday, March 9 at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, with a concert start time a bit earlier than normal - 1:30. I hope to see you there. My best, Jay

MN Sinfonia free concert information

January 7, 2019 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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My greetings and happy, good and healthy new year to all. Come join us on January 12 at Temple of Aaron Synagogue in St Paul for a 7:30 concert, or January 13 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis for a 3pm concert. Like all Sinfonia offerings, these concerts are free admission and we want people to bring their kids and or grand children.

This set of concerts is very special. They will feature world famous and world class (NO exaggeration) violinist, Ilya Kaler. Ilya is the only violinist ever to win the Tchaikovsky, Paganini and Sibelius International Violin Competitions. He is nothing short of amazing!!

For more information about the Sinfonia, this and other programs, and the work we do in our communities. please visit our website at http://www.*****/**** I hope you can come to the concerts, and if so, by all means, come up to me afterwards to say hello. Until then, I wish you all my very best regards, Jay

Celebrating 40 years of conducting in the TwinCities

October 9, 2018 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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My greetings to you all. The MN Sinfonia is opening its 29th season with concerts on Oct 26 at First Covenant Church in East St Paul (7pm) and Oct 28 at the Basilica of Saint Mary (2pm) in Minneapolis. As always, these are free admission, and we want you to bring your (grand) children!!

The concert will feature Israeli cellist and remarkable - yes, remarkable musician, Amit Peled. He is nothing short of amazing. He plays all over the world, and performs on Pablo Casal's cello, which was leant to him by Casal's widow. That is quite a compliment and then some!

The program will be a really fun, and somewhat of an unusual mix - Amit's part is called, "My Jewish Journey," and will feature music by Jewish composers, and Jewish content. The rest of the program includes a new Polka by Sergey Kvoshchinsky, which is part of our New Work's by MN Composers, as well as the Haydn "Miracle Symphony, and my latest, "Yizkor (remembrance) for Mom." We lost my mother (Dorothy Jacobs) this past April (she was 95+), and the concert, and in fact the entire season is being dedicated to her memory. I know that many of you met my mother some 55 years ago. She was an extraordinary lady, and dedicated much of the past 40 years in helping me to build first the old Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, and for the past 29 years, the Sinfonia.

This year marks my 40th anniversary performing in the Twin Cities - well over 1600 performances, and still going strong! All in all, I have a lot to be very grateful for.

Please plan to join us in a few weeks, and by all means, stop by and say hello! For more information, please visit the Sinfonia website:


Until we see each other again, I wish you all a very good, happy and healthy new year! Jay

Minnesota Sinfonia end of summer

July 9, 2018 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

Greetings yet once again. The Sinfonia is about to finish its 28th year with four remaining summer concerts:

Wed July 11, at Como Park Pavilion with a family pops concert that starts at 7pm

Thurs July 12, at Webber Park in North Minneapolis with a children's concert that starts at 10:30 am

Thurs, July 12 at Lake Harriet Band Stand with a family pops concert starting at 7:30pm (rain site is Annunciation Church at 54th and Diamond Lake Road - parking behind the church)

and the season's grand finale with over 50 high school age students joining the Sinfonia in a performance of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony

July 20, at Lake Harriet starting at 7:30pm and the rain site is at the Basilica of Saint Mary, starting at 8;30

Please plan to come and bring the family, and, by all means stop by the stage after the concerts to say hello! Until then, my very best regards, Jay

Class of '69 Update

June 9, 2018 by Beth Scheunemann (Register to contact)

Our 50th reunion is taking shape! The main event will be Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Crowne Plaza in Plymouth (Hwy. 55 and 494). It'll be a night of dinner and dancing, reminiscing and reuniting. There will also be a Friday night meet-and-greet at a local venue (TBD) so everyone can be re-acquainted, and a Sunday brunch to allow for good-byes before everyone heads home. Go to the Facebook group "North Polars 1969" and join, if you haven't already. A web site is being developed and will be shared soon, and a save-the-date card will be mailed. Mark your calendar, it's going to be a fun weekend!!

Class Reunion #60 August 4 and 5, 2018

April 9, 2018 by Ron North High School, Minneapolis, MN Bearman (Register to contact)

Saturday the 4th at 6PM at Grizzley's in Minnetonka on Carlson Parkway until Closing $15.00 per person
Sunday Brunch from 11-2 August 5, 2018 at The Minneapolis Golf Club on Flag Avenue in St. Louis Park $35.00 per person. Includes entertainment.

Sinfonia's at it again.

January 10, 2018 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

Greetings all. The Sinfonia is at it again. We have a great program and an extraordinary soloist for this weekend. Friday night, January 12 at Metro State in East St Paul starting at 7pm, and Saturday, January 13 at Annunciation Church (54th and Diamond Lake Road, with parking behind the church) in Mpls, starting at 1pm. As always, these concerts are free admission, and kids are welcome - Bring the grand children, or better yet bring your kids and have them bring theirs. All is good and Happy New Year to everyone. Jay

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