Professional Orchestra Receives Grant for Community Performances: Xcel Energy Supports Minnesota Sinfonia’s Mission to Offer Free-Admission Concerts
Minneapolis, MN, September 15, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Minnesota Sinfonia is excited to announce it has received an $8 thousand grant from Xcel Energy to fund community concerts. The Sinfonia believes all members of Twin City communities should have the opportunity to experience classical music without worrying about the cost of tickets.
“With this generous funding from Xcel Energy, we’ll be able to offer even more opportunities for people in the community to enjoy professional orchestra performances without worrying about extra costs,” says Ray Fishman, Minnesota Sinfonia General Manager.
The Sinfonia is the only professional chamber orchestra to dedicate itself to offering free-admission, family friendly concerts. Each year, the Sinfonia plays concerts for more than 27 thousand people around Minnesota.
Conductor and Artistic Director, Jay Fishman, says it’s consistently satisfying to see the impact the Sinfonia makes on the community. “It’s great to see people you’d never see at the other concerts because of cost and other factors. I know we’re providing a service for thousands of people who would like to attend a professional concert but have no other options.”
The Sinfonia offers free-admission, family friendly concerts throughout the year as well as community festivals, youth competitions and in-school educational opportunities involving music for elementary students.
The Sinfonia is currently preparing for it’s 25th anniversary and annual Winter Concert Series – six weekend concerts featuring amazing soloists beginning in October.
For more information about the Minnesota Sinfonia or for upcoming concert information, visit www.mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Minnesota Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education, environmental stewardship, job training, placement and creation and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory.