Minneapolis, MN, September 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Minnesota Sinfonia will kick off its 25th Anniversary celebrations with Minneapolis and St. Paul performances featuring internationally acclaimed Russian virtuoso violinist, Gary Levinson. Mr. Levinson is a celebrated chamber musician and the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, and is making his third appearance with the Sinfonia. He will join the Minnesota Sinfonia on October 25 and 27 for performances of Antonin Dvorak’s “Romance in f minor, Opus 11” and “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saens.
Opening the program will be the world premiere of Michael McCarty’s “Three Preludes for Orchestra,” commissioned as part of the Sinfonia’s ongoing commitment to Minnesota based composers, and sponsored by the McKnight Foundation.
Michael McCarty received his formal composition training at the New England Conservatory and has worked with groups including The Esterházy String Quartet, The Piano Trio Triple Helix and the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. His “Three Preludes for Orchestra” was written in honor of the Newtown tragedy.
Also on the program are Samuel Barber’s ever-popular “Adagio for Strings” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 95 in c minor.” The Sinfonia will also perform Handel’s “Hallelujah chorus” featuring the Johnson High School and First Covenant Church choirs during Friday night’s concert.
Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, October 25 at Johnson High School at 1349 Arcade Street, St Paul, and 4 p.m. Sunday, October 27 at Temple Israel at 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.
Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert, program and artist information is available at 612-871-1701 or www.mnsinfonia.org.
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 www.mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.
For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia: Magnificent Miniatures featuring Gary Levinson, violin. Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. at Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade Street, St Paul and Saturday, October 27, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701. www.mnsinfonia.org