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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.'”


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