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Minnesota Sinfonia Offers Free Concerts Over Valentine's Day Weekend

Minneapolis, MN, January 15, 2015 --( The Minnesota Sinfonia presents Carmen’s Passion featuring violinist Eric Silberger performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Romance for Violin and Orchestra by Johan Svendsen, and Silberger’s own Homage, making its world premiere with the Sinfonia. The Minnesota Sinfonia is a Minnesota-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the musical needs of Minnesotans, focusing on children, seniors and those with limited financial means.

Silberger is a prize-winner of the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. He has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician around the world, and as a frequent performer at The Castleton Festival. His performances have been described as astonishing, charismatic, electrifying and more.

Silberger’s Homage is a new work dedicated to the memory of his friend and mentor, conductor, violinist and composer, Lorin Maazel.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 15 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are always welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

The program will also feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, the Surprise, and a newly commissioned work by Minnesota-based composer Yue Lor, Subtle Bliss and Raging Anger. Lor’s new work is premiering with support from the McKnight Foundation.

Lor is a senior studying music composition at Concordia College. He has attended the Junior Composers camp for aspiring composers where he studied with Randall Davidson, Jocelyn Hagen and recently Sinfonia commissioned composer, Linda Tutas Haugen. In 2011, Lor’s overture Laetificus Letificus won the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Overture Competition Contest.

For more information about the Minnesota Sinfonia, upcoming concerts, programs or to donate call 612-871-1701 or visit

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 27,000 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 Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia: Carmen's Passion featuring Eric Silberger, violin. Saturday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. at Temple of Aaron, 616 South Mississippi River Boulevard, St. Paul; Sunday, February 15, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701.
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