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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

last Sinfonia concert of the winter season

April 8, 2017 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

Greetings all. Tomorrow Sunday, April 9th is the last of the Sinfonia's winter concerts. We are featuring a fantastic cellist, Soo Bae who has won all kinds of competitions, and performs all over the world. The concert starts at 2pm and will be at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 W 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419. As are all of our concerts, admission is free, and children/grandchildren are all welcome! Please plan to join us (their is a parking lot right behind the church). If you do come, please, please come by and say hello after the concert. Thanks and see you all soon. Jay

MN Sinfonia holiday and new year's concerts

November 9, 2016 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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Greetings all. The Sinfonia is at it again. Holiday concerts are coming up on Friday December 2 at 7pm at First Covenant Church in East St Paul, and Saturday, December 3 at 2pm at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. As always these and all of our concerts are free admission and children and grand children are always welcome!

And please start planning ahead and make plans to join us just after new year. On January 7 at 7:30pm at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, and Sunday, January 8 at 4pm at Temple Israel, we will be featuring literally one of the greatest violinists in the world, Ilya Kaler. Ilya performs all over the world, and won the Paganini, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius International Violin Competitions. These are three of the most important and prestigious competitions in the entire violin world! He is amazing - check him out on You tube! For more about our concerts and programs, please visit the Sinfonia web site: http://www.*****/**** I hope to see you soon - until then, I wish you all my best regards, Jay

Sinfoniafest (beer)

October 12, 2016 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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Greetings - Please join us this Saturday (Oct 15) from 4-8pm at Summit Brewery for the Sinfoniafest - 30% of beer sales support the Sinfonia. And we will have a quartet playing pops from 7-8pm. Here is the link


my best, Jay

opening of 28th season

October 11, 2016 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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Greetings. The Sinfonia is beginning its 28th season with concerts on October 21, 2016 at 7pm Metropolitan State University 700 E. 7th St., St. Paul and October 23, 2016 at 2pm Basilica of St. Mary
1600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

We are featuring an incredible violinist Rachel Lee Friday, who performs all over the world, and has been a sensation where ever she plays. This will be a really fun program - a Dvorak Slavonic Dance, the Julius Conus violin concerto (a great Russian romantic work), a new work that I composed in memory of a friend for over 35 years, and one of the great symphonies (#88) by Franz Joseph Haydn.

I suspect that many of you do not go to symphony concerts, maybe never even tried... So here's the deal - all of our concerts are free admission, and you can and should bring the kids (or grandkids), which means that you have a chance to see and hear something really special (of course I am biased, but still), and it won't cost you any money. What a deal. Check out the orchestra at our website: http://www.*****/**** I hope to see you - come backstage after the show and say hello.

My best, Jay

Jay Fishman/Minnesota Sinfonia

July 9, 2016 by Jay Fishman (Register to contact)

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Greetings everyone. The STRIB did a nice article about the Sinfonia and what we do in the public schools. Evidently, I can't include the link on this page, so I have copied the article at the bottom.

Again, a reminder to join us for our upcoming summer concerts at Lake Harriet: July 15 is a family pops concert and July 22 will be our season's grand finale. 45 local talented young (high school) musicians will join the orchestra on stage for a performance of Mendelssohn's great, and yes I do mean great, Italian Symphony.

The article with a picture:

It was with disappointment that I read the June 26 article "The color of music," about the lack of diversity in Twin Cities orchestras. The author lists only two: the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. There is a third Twin Cities professional classical orchestra, you know -- the Minnesota Sinfonia! For more than 27 years, the Sinfonia has maintained a busy schedule of 60 performances every year, reaching thousands of our community's families, including their children through concerts in accessible venues, our "Music in the Schools" and "Youth Outreach" programs. All of our programs are free, and they directly answer the article's concerns.

The writer of a July 3 letter to the editor responding to the article hits the nail on the head. If the schools don't provide quality musical experiences, teach kids to play instruments and expose them to classical music, they are not likely to become musicians and they will seldom, if ever, have the chance to hear the magic of classical music beautifully played.

That's where the Minnesota Sinfonia comes in. Each year, the Sinfonia crafts a special curriculum for elementary schoolchildren using state academic guidelines. The orchestra's Music in the Schools program is presented at 18 to 20 inner-city public schools, where the poverty rate often reaches more than 90 percent. For several months, the kids learn how classical music expands their minds and helps make learning difficult academic subjects easier. And on "Sinfonia Day," the full orchestra travels to their school, where students first meet individual Sinfonia musicians, then hear first-class performances of the music they have been studying, watch their own school choirs perform with the Sinfonia, and enjoy an enchanting performance by African-American actress and storyteller extraordinaire, Kathleen Hardy.

Over the past 27 years, we have received thousands and thousands of thank-you letters from the students with comments such as "You guys rock," "I loved your music" and "Please come back to our school." One seventh-grader wrote: "I am a drummer. I never realized the importance of math to my music until I watched your program [The Magical Mysteries of Math and Music]. Now I am going to study my math!"

Music in the Schools reaches up to 10,000 students every year.

Another Sinfonia program, Youth Outreach directly involves young people wishing to advance their abilities in classical music. This summer, 46 young musicians will rehearse and play with us at the Lake Harriet Band Shell to an audience of more than 2,000.

We are -- and have been for decades -- giving young people experiences in high-quality classical music and supporting their achievements. At no cost to them or their schools, by the way.

This, I believe, deserves the attention of the Star Tribune and the public. Our website, *****.org, details all of our programs.

Bruce L. Humphrys is chairman of the Minnesota Sinfonia board of directors.

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Minneapolis' North basketball players design shoe for Nike

January 16, 2018 by KMSP-TV

KMSP-TVMINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for the basketball team at Minneapolis North High School, as they brainstorm with Nike executives on designing a new line of sneakers. A product line designer for Nike said Tuesday that the ...

Girls undefeated at holiday jamboree

January 6, 2018 by ECM Publishers

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Roosevelt's Da'Kei Hines gets full eligibility from IHSAA's Review Committee

December 28, 2017 by as a freshman and sophomore, then moved to Minnesota, where he won a state championship last season. He returned home so he could spend more time with his three-year-old daughter. Provided by Craig Buckingham. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print ...

North High Athletic Director, Former Viking Leo Lewis on Administrative Leave

December 15, 2017 by

KSTP.comKnown to many Minnesotans as the former star Vikings wide receiver, for the past three years Lewis has been working as the athletic director at Minneapolis' North High School. Lewis makes nearly $96,000 a year, but Minneapolis schools won't say if he ...

Ex-Viking Leo Lewis on leave as North HS athletic director

December 14, 2017 by KMSP-TV

KMSP-TVMINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Fox 9 has learned that former Vikings wide receiver and current Minneapolis North High School athletic director, Leo Lewis, is on administrative leave and is now the subject of a school district internal investigation. When asked ...

Minneapolis students to help with Super Bowl dress rehearsal

December 14, 2017 by The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The Edwardsville IntelligencerMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis high school football team will be the first team to run onto the Super Bowl field at U.S. Bank Stadium for a dress rehearsal for TV network cameras. Super Bowl officials told Minneapolis North High School football ...

North HS Students To Help With Super Bowl Dress Rehearsal

December 14, 2017 by CBS Minnesota / WCCO

CBS Minnesota / WCCOMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis high school football team will be the first team to run onto the Super Bowl field at U.S. Bank Stadium for a dress rehearsal for TV network cameras. The Star Tribune reports that Super Bowl officials told Minneapolis ...

Minneapolis North to be Practice Team for Super Bowl LII Test

December 14, 2017 by

Vikings.comMINNEAPOLIS — It was hard to keep up with all of the surprises Wednesday morning at Minneapolis North High School. But in a 30-minute flurry, it amounted to a day the Polars football program will never forget. The NFL and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host ...

Super Bowl Surprise: First team to take the field for Super Bowl LII is Minneapolis North High Polars

December 14, 2017 by Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneAll the players will require special credentials to get in the building, which goes into its highest level lockdown just as the North players take the field Feb. 2. “You'll be booked all day. You'll be the very first people to see that building,” NFL ...

Super Bowl surprises for North High School football team

December 14, 2017 by WNIJ and WNIU

The NFL Foundation also awarded the school a $5,000 grant. The North High players were stoked about the chance to experience some of the Super Bowl activities. "It's crazy," said junior Michael Harris. "I always dreamed of doing something like that. It ...

North Minneapolis football team and coach to play special role in Super Bowl 52

December 13, 2017 by KMSP-TV

KMSP-TVThe team also got tickets to High School Night at the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center. “I don't want to take the credit. I know that I've helped with a lot of these kids' lives, but they have it inside of them. I knew it was ...

Mpls. North HS gets Super Bowl surprise

December 13, 2017 by KARE

KAREEJ Henderson, Minnesota Vikings youth football manager and former NFL player, awarded him with tickets to attend the Super Bowl. He thought he was helping the committee surprise the students but didn't expect the surprise himself. “Oh, my goodness, I ...

Minneapolis North Football Team Picked for Super Bowl Role

December 13, 2017 by

KSTP.comThe North football team will be on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in full uniforms on Feb. 2, two days before the big game. They will be the stars of a dress rehearsal to make sure all the cameras and technology are ready to go. North players were ...

Fargo North grad Kira Larson relishing NCAA volleyball tournament run in final season with Missouri

December 6, 2017 by West Fargo Pioneer

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Homecoming: Hoops star Khalid El-Amin returns to North High as assistant coach

November 8, 2017 by Insight News

Insight NewsJust recently El-Amin was named the best boys basketball player in the 100-year history of Minnesota high school sports. For El-Amin, the homecoming is serendipity. “I'm excited to come home. Each time I step into this gym I get goosebumps,” said El ...

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