Violinist Gary Levinson to Perform with the Minnesota Sinfonia

Minneapolis, MN, September 16, 2011 --( The Minnesota Sinfonia will begin its Winter Concert Series early this season so that acclaimed violist Gary Levinson can return to perform with the orchestra this October in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Gary Levinson is a celebrated chamber musician and the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony. A Minneapolis native, Levinson is son of former Minnesota Orchestra bassist Eugene Levinson. He will join the Minnesota Sinfonia October 14 and 15 for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Melodie, Meditation and Scherzo” and Vivaldi’s “Winter from The Four Seasons.” This concert series will also feature organist Lynn Trapp performing Proulx’s “St. Olaf’s Sequence.”

Also on the program are Elgar’s “Nimrod from The Enigma Variations” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 101, The Clock.”

Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, October 14 at First Covenant Church at 1280 Arcade Street, St Paul, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at Saint Olaf Catholic Church at 215 8th Street South, Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

Gary Levinson joined the New York Philharmonic in 1987 at age 21, and made his New York Philharmonic solo debut under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf in 1991, the same year he earned his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School. A laureate of the Jaçques Thibaud and Romano Romanini International Violin Competitions, he is a sought-after recording artist and chamber soloist. His music has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today. Gary will join the Sinfonia later this fall in making recordings of the three Tchaikovsky pieces and all four of the Vivaldi Seasons.

Dr. Lynn Trapp has served as Director of Worship & Music, Organist/Pianist, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis since 1996 where he directs an extensive liturgical program including television and radio broadcasts. At St. Olaf he directed the installation of the 67 rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ in 2001 and made its first cd recording, “Recital in the City.” Dr. Trapp has won many awards and is the co-director of the Twin Cities Pilgrimage Choir.

Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or

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. For more information, to make a donation, or for a list of upcoming performances, visit or call 612-871-1701.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia Winter Concert Series I: featuring Gary Levinson, violin and Dr. Lynn Trapp, organ. Friday, October 14, 7 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade Street, St Paul and Saturday, October 15, 1:30pm at Saint Olaf Catholic Church, 215 8th Street South, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701.

Minnesota Sinfonia
Emily Matejcek