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Minnesota Sinfonia Celebrates 25 Years Serving the Community; Celebratory Activities Offered by Local Nonprofit

Minneapolis, MN, September 25, 2013 --( The Minnesota Sinfonia celebrates 25 years of over 1,500 concert and educational performances in the Twin Cities and around the state!

Since it’s creation in 1989, the Sinfonia has stayed true to its mission of serving the musical and educational needs of Minnesota families - especially those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia is the only professional orchestra of its kind, providing free admission, family friendly concerts, a music education program called Music in the Schools to over 10,000 inner-city youth annually, and allocating nearly 30 per cent of expenditures and over 50 per cent of its concerts dedicated to children.

“Reaching 25 years as an organization is incredibly exciting for us,” said Sinfonia Executive Director and conductor Jay Fishman. “We’ve been able to offer more than 1,200 free concerts to people around the state of Minnesota. We are thrilled to celebrate with the people, organizations and corporations who have supported us throughout the years.”

The Sinfonia will kick off its 25th anniversary celebrations with the opening of its annual Winter Concert Series. Performances will take place at 7pm on Friday, October 25 at Johnson High School in St. Paul, and at 4pm on Sunday, October 27 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Russian virtuoso violinist Gary Levinson will be the featured soloist, and members of the Johnson High School and First Covenant Church choirs will join the orchestra for the concert finale in St. Paul.

More information about the Minnesota Sinfonia, its 25th anniversary celebrations and upcoming concerts can be found online at or by calling 612-871-1701.

Who: Minnesota Sinfonia celebrates its 25th anniversary season
What: Magnificent Miniatures – the opening concerts of the Winter Concert Series
Featured soloist: Russian violin virtuoso, Gary Levinson plays St. Saens’ Havanaise and Dvorak’s Romance
When/Where: Friday, October 25, at 7 p.m. at Johnson High School – 1349 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
Sunday, October 27 at 4 p.m. at Temple Israel - 2324 Emerson Ave South, Minneapolis 55405
Particulars: Free admission/children welcome

Concert program:
Michael McCarty: Three Preludes (Sinfonia commission and world premiere)
Antonin Dvorak: Romance in f minor for violin and orchestra (with Levinson)
Camille Saint-Saens: Havanaise (with Levinson)
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 95
Georg Frederic Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah (just on Friday night) with the Johnson High School and First Covenant Church choirs

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.
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Michaela Gardner
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