The Minnesota Sinfonia has set out on its first ever tour of greater Minnesota, and the city of Granite Falls will receive a visit this coming Saturday, June 9 with the professional chamber orchestra scheduled to take the stage at the Yellow Medicine East High School Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.
Granite Falls is but one of nine greater Minnesota cities that will be treated to a performance made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board with funds from the Legacy Ammendment, Plum Creek and Pioneerland Library Systems and Red Wing Arts Association.
The Minnesota Sinfonia will perform a variety of light family favorites as well as feature a selection of vocal pieces from:
•Georges Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen,
•Giacomo Puccini’s O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi,
•Harold Arlen’s Stormy Weather,
•Richard Rodgers’s Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music,
•Bob Thiel and George Weiss’s What a Wonderful World,
•Leonard Bernstein’s Tonight from Westside Story and American Folk Songs Shenandoah and Yankee Doodle.
In addition, the chamber orchestra will feature soprano soloist, Maria Jette, who has appeared with over a dozen prestigious orchestras throughout the country and performed all over the world. She is also a regular on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, serving the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means.
Other cities who are also on the docket include, Canby, Willmar, Hutchinson and Red Wing, who will receive June performances; and Pipestone, Jackson, Worthington and Redwood Falls, which are set to be visited in September.
Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, concerts are held free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools.
Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or www.mnsinfonia.org.