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June 1, 2017IM -
In early May, students from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, presented a concert in the atrium of Orchestra Hall as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s new Arts Access project. Over the course of the 2016-2017 season, the orchestra has partnered with ComMUSICation, an after-school choral youth-development program based in Saint Paul; and with the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Minnesota Orchestra musicians support MacPhail’s programs by playing alongside students and working with them to compose arrangements of folk songs. Students have performed in spaces at Orchestra Hall, and have received free tickets and busing to Minnesota Orchestra concerts.
Participating Minnesota Orchestra musicians and Local 30-73 (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) members include bassist David Williamson, cellist Pitnarry Shin, violist Kenneth Freed, and violinists Pamela Arnstein, Catherine Schubilske, and Deborah Serafini. The partnership with the youth programs is planned to continue next season.