Concert Cancelled due to April Snowstorm

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Yes, it’s hard to believe, but due to a severe snowstorm, the Sinfonia is having to cancel our April 14 special tour concert in Fairmont, Minnesota.

The Friday, April 13th concert at Harding High School MAY be cancelled. We are watching the weather and will decide later this afternoon.

Watch for an update at 4:30pm.

Questions? Please call 612-871-1701

Orchestra Youth Shine in July 21 Concert

Sinfonia concerts at Lake Harriet are fun for all ages

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 12, 2017 – The Sinfonia will be joined by 48 of the Twin Cities’ most talented young musicians for their summer season finale concert, “Dvorak 8!” on Friday, July 21 at Lake Harriet.

The concert will feature solo violinist Archie Brown playing the third movement of Bruchs famous first violin concerto, then joining the orchestra to play the Dvorak symphony. Archie is the junior division winner of the Sinfonia’s 2017 Young Artist String Competition.

“Having 48 excited and very talented area students perform such a great masterwork as the 8th Symphony is a joy beyond words,” said Sinfonia Artistic Director and Conductor Jay Fishman.

Also slated on the concert program is a new work by young composer Isadora White, “Macbeth,” a musical description of Shakespeare’s play. Isadora is the winner of the young composer division of the Sinfonia’s 2017 New Works Competition sponsored by the McKnight Foundation.

“Isadora’s work will be a real treat for those familiar with the play.” said Fishman. “This concert is the highlight of the summer for many of these young players, and for the Sinfonia. These are all serious players—both Isadora and Archie say they are considering considering making music a career.”

The concert is the culmination of the Sinfonia’s annual Youth Outreach Week, providing young musicians the opportunity to “live the life” for a week as they learn from, rehearse alongside, and perform with professional musicians.

“We expect well over 2,000 people to attend this free-admission concert. Kids are always welcome at every performance throughout the year, but summertime is especially fun,” said Fishman. “People bring lawn chairs, blankets, dogs, toys, picnics and just relax and enjoy the music.”


FRIDAY, JULY 21 (7:30), Dvořák 8!

Lake Harriet Band Shell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway in Minneapolis


  • Macbeth by Isadora White
    Winner of the 2017 New Works Competition
  • Violin Concerto No. 1  in g minor, opus 26 by Max Bruch
    Finale Allegro energy
    Featuring Archie Brown, violin
  • Symphony No. 8 in G Major by Antonin Dvorak
    Allegro con brio
    Allegretto grazioso
    Allegro ma non troppo


Archie Brown

Archie Brown, age 15, lives in Minnetonka but attends school at the downtown St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.

He has only been playing violin for four years. Archie said he played piano for 10 years before that, but felt drawn to the violin.

Archie won the Junior Division of the Sinfonia’s 2017 Young Artist String Competition in April. “A friend loaned me a special instrument for the competition—it’s a nearly 100 year old Swiss violin made by the Italian August Fiorini—and it’s on loan to me again for the upcoming concert,” he said.

In 2016, Archie competed in Sinfonia’s Young Artist String Competition, and participated in the last summer’s Youth Outreach Week. He said he had a lot of fun, and liked the people, so he decided to compete again this year and came out a winner.

He said he practices every day, but “I practice efficiently, so I don’t have to spend hours every day at it.”

Archie says the best part of playing for him is the social aspect. “I spend a lot of time getting to know other people when we are working together on a piece. I’ve met my best best friends through music.”

Isadora White


Isadora White, age 16, lives and attends high school in Minneapolis. She started writing her work for solo piano as part of an English class project about Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth.

“I thought it would be a fun way to represent the play. Then my composition teacher at MacPhail encouraged me to orchestrate it.” She said she thinks about the kind of sound she wants, then plays it on piano and imagines what it will sound like with oboe, trumpet, and strings.

Isadora said the piece starts with the part of the play where the witches are over their cauldron: Fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air. “So I imagined strings, timpani, and woodwinds doing some chromatic stuff,” said Isadora. “Then it builds and opens up into a kind of fanfare thing where Macbeth has just won a battle with—Yay, Fanfare! I used trumpets, doubled woodwinds and violins to make it sound more heroic.”

She has played piano since age four, and viola for the past four years, and wants to learn the clarinet. “I really want to learn the oboe because I love the sound, but I’ve heard the double reed is ‘evil.'”


Media Contact:

Joan Elwell
Managing Director

Sinfonia Offers Free-Admission Concerts!

Category : Concerts


Plan to arrive early, as all seats are first-come, first-seated. Children are always welcome to attend.


The Minnesota Sinfonia at Lake Harriet (Photo Credit: Tim Nolan)The Sinfonia takes to the parks in summertime to present the same high quality concerts as our Winter Series in scenic outdoor parks such as Lake Phalen Regional Park in St. Paul and Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis.

The highlight of the summer for up to 30 of the area’s most talented young musicians, is Youth Outreach Week, when dedicated players have the opportunity to experience a “week in the life” of a professional musician, rehearsing side by side, and performing with the Sinfonia’s professional musicians at Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis.


The Sinfonia at Temple IsraelThe Sinfonia concert programs include  well-known orchestral works by the great composers, as well as new works by American composers, and showcase accomplished guest soloists from around the world.

Concerts are performed in comfortable neighborhood settings including Minneapolis venues, the Basilica of Saint Mary and Temple Israel, and St. Paul venues Metropolitan State University and First Covenant Church.


The Sinfonia lets its hair down to play light classical and “pops” music in an even more casual atmosphere.

Holiday Pops Concerts

Popular holiday music and seasonal favorites are performed at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, and other local venues.

Summer Family Pops

Summer Family Pops Concerts feature Broadway and movie tunes, as well as marches, polkas, rags and more. Typical concert sites include Como Park, the Minnesota Zoo, Lake Harriet Band Shell and Caponi Art Park.

Children’s Concerts

While all Sinfonia concerts are open to children, our free-admission Children’s Concerts are tailored especially for kids. Families are invited to experience well-known classical music and listen to lively stories narrated by local singer and actress Kathleen Hardy.


CONCERT Sponsors

Special thanks to the following foundations and sponsors, whose generosity ensures the Sinfonia is able to offer programs free to the public. Thank you!

First Covenant Church | East Side Arts Council | Basilica of St. Mary

St. Paul Public Schools

Target Janice Gardner Foundation Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

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