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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

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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