A note from Sinfonia Board Chair Tina Enberg, and Artistic Director, Jay Fishman:
Our greetings and we hope you, and your families are all well and staying safe. Given the substantial chaos caused by the Coronavirus, we thought it would be a good idea to send a recap of our recent activities and explain how we have been dealing with the unanticipated circumstances. Please check out information about the upcoming virtual auction and new audio and video performances described below!
Our year started in a typical and successful fashion. We successfully performed three of our Winter Concert Series and three-holiday concert programs, completed two successful tours to rural Minnesota communities, and worked with eight schools as part of our Music in the Schools program. And then the virus struck, bringing havoc and upheaval. We canceled all of our remaining winter and projected summer concerts and our remaining Music in the Schools programs.
While unable to go into the schools for Music in the Schools, and after consulting with teachers and administrators from both Minneapolis and St. Paul districts, we had our musicians create (in their homes) short videos, introducing themselves, and explaining their instruments and the music. We are now making these videos available to teachers throughout the state free of charges.
Though we are not currently performing live, our musicians have created video performances that we will begin posting on October 20th. These recordings will include small groups playing chamber music and culminating with the premiere on November 11th of a special composite video of all of the Sinfonia musicians performing the last movement of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. This premiere presentation will coincide with our first-ever virtual online auction. The link is: https://www.mnsinfonia.org/concerts/virtual-concerts
We have some incredible items that have been donated including a Toro snowblower, a hand-blown glass vase by Steve Palmer, wine tasting, and more that we will continue to share over the coming weeks. Right now you can preview items that will be available for bidding at https://www.32auctions.com/MinnesotaSinfonia
Bidding will begin on Wednesday, November 11th at noon and end at midnight on November 15. Please plan to participate. All bidding will take place virtually and items will be mailed or pickup time scheduled dependent on the particulars of the item.
For your listening pleasures, we have created a special listening room of audio recordings from recent past performances. Please visit via the following link, and enjoy some of our favorites: https://www.mnsinfonia.org/listen
These are very trying times for all of us at Sinfonia. In spite of all of the difficulties, we want to assure you that we are in this for the long haul! We are already planning upcoming performances (some may be virtual) and looking far into the future when we will again be able to perform live concerts and go into the schools. In fact, we have already chosen the winning composers for this year’s Call for Scores by Minnesota Composers, and will soon be making announcements for upcoming contests, as well as scheduling soloists for 2021/2022. To make this all happen, and to make sure that the Sinfonia can (and will) continue its service to the families and children of our communities we need your support. We hope you will continue supporting our mission of providing great concerts where everyone can come, where children are always welcome, and connecting with inner-city schools – all at no cost to all participants.
If you are able to make a contribution, you can mail it directly to the Sinfonia office:
901 North Third Street, Suite 112
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Or make your contributions online on our website: https://www.mnsinfonia.org/ways-to-give
Jay and Tina